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Episode 5: Dirty Nights

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

December 29, 2005

 

Summary

 

The Space Knights are back in the base, with Aki briefing them on what they know. The new Tekkaman, as Aki put it, is a Formatted Combatant Tekkaman(Much like Blade), but since he’s not from Radam, he’s more than likely a survivor of Prague. David’s surprised by her comment about the city. In a graveyard at night, the man that David ran into(who is also the new Tekkaman), jabs his dagger into a cross, and carves the letter “D” into it, and just stares at it. It’s night time, and David leaves another woman who he was with. He manages to tick her off by making a curfew comment, and she throws a stuffed bear at him as he leaves. As he walks down the hall, he wonders when Blade was really defeated, and then sees Aki walk into the medical bay. He goes in to follow her, and sees her looking at an injured D-Boy, back on the medical bed. He watches Aki stroke his ear, and what follows after that drives David nearly crazy, and he leaves the room. He leans against a wall in surprise, then Yumi walks up to him and asks him if he’s all right. He notices that she has flowers with him, and before she can go get a doctor since she thinks David’s sick, he stops her from leaving, and tells her not to leave. He hugs her, while Yumi is confused about his actions, leaving the flowers on the floor. The next day comes, and the Space Knights get ready for a drill, but David isn’t around. Yumi goes to his quarters, but he won’t answer. The problem is he’s already left in a jeep, heading towards Prague, his usual hang out. He remembers what happened the previous night, and drives by a large crater nearby Prague. David simply sits nearby a fountain display for the day, not giving a care about anything. He suddenly hears an instrument playing the song he heard from before, then pulls out the harmonica, and gets and idea. Night time finally comes, and the same man David ran into earlier is heading back to the graveyard. The man hears a harmonica playing, then notices David on the same hill he played at before. David notices him, and says he knew he’d come. David asks him if he’d like to go for a drink, and the young man agrees. To himself, he already knows who David is, but realizes David doesn’t know who he is yet. At the bar, the young man introduces himself as “Dead” or “Dead End”, since he said he doesn’t remember his real name. He asks him that since David’s state of mind fits his name, asks him if he can guess what his troubles are. He goes through a few reasons, then says it’s a problem with a woman. David says it is, since he’s in love with one, but she’s already with another man, in this case, Aki and D-Boy. He goes onto say that the man was more than he was, and thought he was invincible. But when he mentions how he was shamefully defeated, he crushes the glass he was holding in his hand. Dead rips a piece of close and bandages David’s right hand, and Dead realizes that he’s referring to the “Red Devil”, who is the Red Tekkaman/Aki. They eventually wander in Prague’s streets. David apologizes for his gloomy story, but Dead cheers him up by saying a story like that could work on a woman. They both start enjoying each other’s company, and David asks him what Dead’s story is. Dead said he doesn’t like to tell his old story, and they both accidentally run into a street gang. They too, mistake Dead for a woman, but Dead plays along and hugs David. The gang gets ticked, and Dead tells David they can have some fun. David catches on, and the gang decides to fight them. Dead and David drop most of the gang by themselves in a fist fight, and the two last members pull knives on them. David and Dead get a member each, but Dead notices a crystal on one of the member’s necks. David takes his opponent out, but Dead refuses to fight and gets his right arm injured. David finishes off the last member, but when he goes to check on Dead, he runs off. David chases after him, and then notices a primary crystal on the ground while going after Dead.

 

He finally catches up to him, and manages to bandage up his wound this time. They hang out on a bridge, and Dead tells David that he ran because those gang members used to be like him, and tells David he’s a primary body. David asks if there are more primary bodies like him, Dead says they’re all dead, from five years ago. David cuts him off, by saying if it was from the “Black September of Prague”. Meanwhile, back at the Space Knights base, Aki briefs the Space Knights that since Blade was defeated, there have been signs of a new Primary Body Rebellion building up, much like what happened to Prague 5 years ago. She goes on to say that at the time, Primary Body Tekkaman were not viewed as equal and as a result were treated unfairly. But the rebellion’s leader created his own TekkaPlant and could create their own Combatant Tekkaman. The result changed the balance of power, and the rebellion rose up in Prague. The army sent in a Sol Tekkaman force to crush the rebellion, but the fighting lasted for weeks with no sign of a cease fire. Eventually the army became frustrated, and had enough. We then get a glimpse of a grown up Milly talking to Noal, telling him the military authorized a Reactor Bomb deployment. Milly tells him that Aki is still trying to stop the rebellion, but Noal tells her the military isn’t listening to anyone and that his rank and power have been stripped of him. He tells Milly to try to get the word out, but two armed men find Noal in the com room he’s in, and tell him that he’s ordered to come with them, and they won’t say on who’s order. They take Noal away, leaving Milly confused on the com line. Aki says that she no one was warned about the bomb, and back in Prague, Dead says the same thing about no warning that came. The army deploys the bomb over Prague, and a young Dead at the time is outside the city, and watches the bomb destroy his home. Dead goes on to say all his family and friends were killed as a result, which is why he hates the army and the Space Knights. Dead’s forehead symbol glows, as does David’s own symbol. David doesn’t believe at first who Dead is, but Dead says he plans on killing the Red Tekkaman, and tells David he knows he’s Sommer. David tells him he understands his anger, and goes on to say he was also in Prague that very same day. We then get a flashback, as Red fights the leader of the rebellion, who seems to be a combination of two Tekkaman somehow into one body. David watches them fight, and sees Red kill the leaders of the rebellion. She then sees him, and just before David could run, Red throws her weapon, but aims for the crystal on his neck and gets it off him. David pauses, which causes Red to catch up, and as he falls in shock, she points her weapon at him with his crystal around her blade. Red tells him that the leader of the rebellion’s mistake was for thinking Tekkaman were better than humans in general. She says that Tekkaman are no better or worse than Primary Bodies or humans, and tells him not to forget that. David asks her if she remembers him from the alley and says he’s been looking for her. Red asks him why, but David can’t then find any words to say. They then notice an aircraft pass by, and Red quickly grabs David as she gets on Pegasus and leave Prague. She tells him not to look back, but David recognizes the sound the explosion, and looks at Red as he realized why she told him not to look. The flashback ends, and David says the military was so desperate to succeed, that they went too far. He tells Dead he has no reason to hate the Space Knights, but Dead says he doesn’t care. He asks David if he can kill him, since he’s going to kill the Red Devil (Aki). Dead Tekk-Setters into Tekkaman-Dead, and heads into the air. But David Tekk-Setters into Sommer, and chases after him. He rams him mid air, and they take their fight to Prague’s street, and Sommer hooks a tether line to Dead’s left arm, but that doesn’t stop Dead from fighting, and they create more havoc in the city. The Space Knights get word of what’s going on, and deploy to head towards Prague. Sommer manages to kick Dead onto a clock tower, and has an opening to kill him. But as the clock goes off and Sommer swings, he can’t bring his weapon down upon Dead. Dead tells him he shouldn’t stop because they’re friends, and Dead continues the fight. The Blue-Earth Craft, with Space Knights and Aki onboard, follow the signal to suburbs, which in this case, Dead and Sommer are now fighting in the graveyard. They pause for a moment, and Sommer doesn’t know why he’s suddenly fighting Dead as an equal, since Dead nearly killed Blade before. He then notices the wound on his hand, then sees the wound on Dead’s own right arm. Sommer tells Dead to stop fighting, and tells him that he hasn’t sunk so low that he’d fight the wounded. Dead is surprised by this, and Sommer releases the tether holding Dead. The Space Knights fly over them, and Dead sees Red on Pegasus, and chases after her. David goes after him, and in the chase, Dead wishes for Sommer to kill him, since Blade was already defeated. Just before Dead reaches Red, Sommer gets in front of him and swings his blade, but in a defensive style that forces Dead to grab the weapon. Dead asks him why he won’t kill him, but before Sommer can answer, Dead becomes infuriated and fires his Vol-Tekker again, causing an explosion in the air. A jacket covering the tomb that Dead carved earlier is blown off, and reveals his own name on the tomb stone. Dead flees and leaves the area, with the rest of the Space Knights on the ground. Sommer explains to Hiver that Dead was looking for someone to kill him, but tries to say he couldn’t kill him. Red comes in and says he has to kill him, otherwise another tragedy will occur. She goes on to say that Dead doesn’t realize he could cause another Black September of Prague, and that he they can’t allow it to happen. Back at the Space Knights base, D-Boy is still in the medical bed, his status still unchanged.

 

Commentary

 

Here we have another solid episode, and one that clarifies a lot of things, but also doesn’t explain in others. Dead happens to be another cross dresser like Rebin, and I don’t see why there has to be a character like that in TB in general, but oh well. What we do know is that he’s angered over the military and the Space Knights in general, but is making a generalization. The Space Knights tried to prevent it, but we know why the military delivered the bomb. This is also the last time we see Noal and Milly, and we unfortunately never find out what happens to Noal, or Milly in this case. We don’t get too much clarification on the rebellion or who lead it, or who the leader of the rebellion was(In this case, referring to the leader who seemed to be a combination of two Tekkaman). We also get a bit of a cliché as well. David has befriended Dead End, and now is hesitant to kill him, which almost costs Aki her own life. David will have to decide in the last episode what to do, whether he kills him or not. And since D-Boy is the main star, we still don’t know how he can even defeat someone like Dead End. Hopefully things will be settled in the last episode.

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4 out of 5 stars
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