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EPISODE 25:
LAND COMMANDER 5, GO FOR IT!

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
18/12/1986
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SYNOPSIS

The siege of Yamilan is briefly delayed by a severe storm. Nevertheless Jet is able to spot a large number of Gyandlar massing at the west side of the city. The west wall faces the moat and has a slippery surface under the guard of five cocksure troopers - Shuttle Robo, Bike Robo, Jeep Robo, Ambulance Robo and Police Robo. They brush off the travellers' offers of help, offending Leina in the process. Outside, Garudi is preparing an assault with robotic spiders. The west wall team continue to aggravate Leina, calling Kirai a coward. Rom meanwhile believes the west wall is a weak point and the most likely target for the Gyandlar. He's swiftly proved correct as the Spider Machines scale the wall with ease. Shuttle Robo and Bike Robo are distracted squabbling with Jim and Leina but soon swing into action, activating Land Commander 5. This allows them to combine into a single powerful armour system. Rom, Jet, Drill, Karate Robo, Jûdô Robo and Kendô Robo also arrive to help but Land Commander 5 is trapped in webbing by the Spider Machines.

Rom is able to free Land Commander 5 with the Wolf Sword. The remaining Gyandlar are soon scattered, but the unit continue to treat the travellers with no respect. The Land Commander 5 team are honoured by the townsfolk - apart from Bike Robo, who stays on guard at the wall. Leina meets him there and he admits he knew Kirai, leaving before Jet and Rom began their training. Garudi meanwhile is planning a second assault while the inhabitants are celebrating, using Spider Missile drones to vault the wall entirely and fire on the population. Bike Robo saves Leina from one but is gravely injured in the process. He insists of joining the Land Commander 5 for battle anyway. Police Robo is also wounded and Drill volunteers to take his place. However, when the armour arrives the Spider Missiles also combine into a giant and disable Land Commander 5. Baikanfu is unable to free the team until Bike Robo is able to deflect a blast from the armour's cannon onto the spider robot and free them both. They make short work of the remaining spiders and Garudi retreats in the Varigale-X. The injured Bike Robo and Police Robo are taken away to hospital, though Bike Robo warns the battle isn't over.


NOTES

Once again this episode follows on shortly after the last - and this time features a recap of previous events. Jim and Leina continue their recent progress, helping to fight off the Spider Machines. Rom once again goes pretty much straight to Baikanfu - Kenryû is only seen in the combination process.


TRIVIA

Cronos Tribe Featured: Rom Stol, Leina Stol, Kirai Stol (flashback).

Battle Tribe Featured:
Rod Drill, Triple Jim, Bike Robo, Police Robo, Ambulance Robo, Jeep Robo, Karate Robo (cameo), Jûdô Robo, Kendô Robo, Missile Robo (cameo), Combat Buggy (cameo), Harley Robo (cameo), Mixer Robo (cameo), Off Road Robo (cameo), Steam Robo (cameo).

Jet Tribe Featured: Blue Jet, Shuttle Robo, Falcon Robo (cameo), Harrier Robo (cameo), Apollo Robo (cameo).

Rock People Featured: Mecha Rock (cameo), Battle Rock (cameo).

Gyandlar Featured: Zarios, Gadess, Garudi, Baldas, Casmodon, Gildas, Devil Satan 6 (cameo), Diondra, Falgos.

Anime Clichés: Land Commander 5's combination is quite nice, but do we really need to see it again eight minutes later?

Errors: Bike Robo's chest is blue when he is first shown. Why exactly he's mocking Kirai early on is never established - peer pressure? TARDIS noise again as the Varigale-X takes off - it doesn't even fit well. The Spider Machines are much smaller than the other Machine Robo, yet seem to be piloted by full-size Gyandlar.


REVIEW

The whole series should be set in Yamilan. Another good one despite it basically being one long fight. It's a bit odd, though - the Land Commander 5 team don't really get much of a comeuppance for their early arrogance and rock the joint throughout with Baikanfu especially reduced to a sidekick.

Bloody marvellous.