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EPISODE 4:
DEVIL TRAP - THE ENSLAVED VILLAGE

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
31/07/1986
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SYNOPSIS

The travellers decide follow the directions of the Wolf Sword after taking Jim and Leina to the safety of Sisima City. However, on their way there the group is stopped by a rockfall and ambushed by a group of Cronos Tribe people. It's soon cleared up as a misunderstanding - the people are from the village of Guweina, who fear outsiders. Rom suspects there is something else happening however and snoops around the village mine. There he discovers the Gyandlar have enslaved the villagers and their chief Dumas. He intervenes and kills one of the guards, but then finds the Devil Satan 6 taking hostages. The invaders are after a nearby energy source and take Rom prisoner.

Jet, Drill, Leina and Jim spot Grujios heading towards the village. Jim and Leina meet Dumas on their way and are captured by his men. Jet comes back and saves them, inspiring Dumas to order his men to rise up against the Gyandlar. Rom contacts Leina through the Wolf Sword allowing Drill to burrow into his cell and free him. He summons Kenryû while the villagers rise up against the guards. Devil Satan 6 combine in response but are once again driven off by Baikanfu. Grujios then reveals the village is mined, but Drill has found and disabled the explosives and the Gyandlar retreat. Dumas thanks Rom for freeing the village.


NOTES

Leina has what seems to be a fortune-telling computer and actually seems fairly handy in a fight for once. Machine Robo seem to sleep (though this might be just Drill, who seems 'special') and the group also has a camp fire in the desert, indicating they need light and/or heat.


TRIVIA

Cronos Tribe Featured: Leina Stol, Rom Stol, Dumas.

Battle Tribe Featured:
Triple Jim, Rod Drill.

Jet Tribe Featured:
Blue Jet.

Gyandlar Featured: Grujios, Diondra, Gadess, Devil Satan 6.

Anime Clichés: Jet deflects arrows with his sword in the opening ambush. He later gets a 17-second transformation - pretty impressive considering he's based on a toy with about six moving parts. Yet again we get the long Devil Satan 6 combination. There's even a long combination for Baikanfu this time.


REVIEW

Another gradual improvement, though the format of going around different feudal-style villages each with their own crazy energy source is already out-staying its' welcome.

On the plus side, Jet and Drill (his appearance with the explosives at the end is cool, and he gets to rescue Rom as well) get a little bit more to do and even Leina gets to be a bit useful for half a scene, though Jim's still a complete nancy.