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EPISODE 26:
CROSSROCK'S GREAT PROMISE

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
25/12/1986
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SYNOPSIS

Gadess is growing impatient at Yamilan's continued resistance. Garudi hatches a fresh plan - heating a frozen lake to the West of the city and flooding it. The city's inhabitants have a secret base underneath the lake. Rom and Jet meanwhile have captured an intruder found frozen under the lake - Cross Rock. He has had a vision that the lake will melt after fire rains from the sky. Patrols on the lake are unable to find anything amiss. However, Apollo Robo is ambushed by Diondra and the Devil Satan 6 when picking flowers for Leina and captured. Garudi meanwhile is mining the powerful fire energy needed for melting the lake. Diondra tortures Apollo Robo, hoping to find the entrance to the base under the lake, but he refuses to talk. She orders an attack on the city anyway. Cross Rock has further visions under meditation and warns Rom and the city leaders to evacuate immediately. Rom tries to calm him down while Leina is worried about the overdue Apollo Robo. Above the lake Cessna Robo has spotted the Gyandlar attack.

Rom leads the troops out to meet Diondra. The Gyandlar splinter-missile artillery inflicts heavy casualties until Rom charges and disarms Diondra and takes out the cannon. She produces the bound Apollo Robo and tells him she will kill the prisoner if Rom dosn't show her the secret entrance to the base and hand over the Wolf Sword. Apollo Robo begs him not to comply but Rom drops the sword and surrenders. He and Apollo Robo are chained to the front of Diondra's tank for the next assault. Drill and the others are forced to retreat rather than fire on their comrades, showing Diondra where the entrance to the secret base is as they go. Just then Garudi arrives in the Varigale-X ready to melt the lake. After a brief argument with Diondra he drops the firebombs anyway. The heat haze allows Leina to get out of the entrance without being seen, taking the Wolf Sword back and freeing Rom and Apollo Robo. Rom summons Baikanfu but is prevented from stopping Garudi by Devil Satan 6. Land Commander 5 joints the fray, giving Baikanfu chance to redirect the fire energy onto the Gyandlar forces. Diondra retreats but Garudi fires a missile towards the side of the lake. To save the city Apollo Robo jumps onto the weapon and redirects it into the sky, seemingly sacrificing himself. Jet thanks Cross Rock for his warning as the lake is refrozen. Leina hopes that Apollo Robo will return one day.


NOTES

A continuation of the Yamilan storyline. The frozen lake being to the West is a neat touch - it has been show in various establishing shots during previous episodes and the ice was the reason the West wall was so difficult to scale in the last episode.

Cross Rock has spent ten years frozen, apparently meditating. His visions reverse recent trends by largely featuring Cronos Tribe generics rather than the Jet/Battle Tribe types who seem to make up most of Yamilan's population.


TRIVIA

Cronos Tribe Featured: Leina Stol, Rom Stol.

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

Jet Tribe Featured: Apollo Robo, Blue Jet, Cessna Robo, Shuttle Robo.

Rock People Featured: Cross Rock, Devil Rock.

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

Anime Clichés: Apollo Robo promises to get flowers for a delighted Leina on his reconnaissance flight. The full Devil Satan 6 combination footage is dusted down for the first time in a long time.


REVIEW

Good stuff again. Garudi and Diondra are slipping into the same kind of idiocy she shared with Grujios but at least their plans are entertaining and Apollo Robo makes a fun guest star, providing the episode with a bit of heart. Best bit of all is Land Commander 5 appearing to bail Baikanfu out again just when you're wondering why he isn't in this one. Cross Rock himself is a bit of an irrelevance in places oddly, and the episode would work just as plausibly without his visions.

Sadly, the animation is surprisingly sloppy in places.