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CRITICAL MOMENT - LAND COMMANDER 5
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 19/03/1987
The Gyandlar are attacking daily to try and recover the three elements so training of troops is becoming more important. The five most impressive performers are selected for the reconstituted Land Commander 5 - Ambulance Robo, Missile Robo, Porsche Robo, Fire Robo and Shuttle Robo. Fearing for their lives after recent failures Garudi, Diondra and Grujios decide to work together on a joint strategy. Diondra takes the Varigale-X and attacks a nearby city to draw Rom out. Harley Robo escapes and heads to Rom and the others but is possessed by Grujios on route and uses him to ask Rom for help and he obliges, taking Jet, Drill and Pro Truck Racer to the city. Garudi then leads a large assault on the Battle Base and Land Commander 5 is sent out in response. Harley Robo is left in the base with Minmei and advances on her menacingly.
Land Commander 5 is soon damaged while Grujios - controlling Harley Robo still - is able to also set Rockdon and Rockgiran loose inside the Battle Base. Leina finds the injured Minmei, who warns her about Harley Robo. Leina interrupts him as he tries to steal the Phonix Armour but he is able to knock her out. At the city Rom begins to wonder why his team's battle with the Gyandlar is so repetitive and why they haven't retreated given their heavy losses. Pro Truck Racer, Jet and Drill agree to keep them busy while he heads back to the Battle Base to investigate his suspicions. Grujios meanwhile has taken over Leina and tries to walk out of the base with the Phoenix Armour and the Dragon Helmet. Jim tries to restrain her despite Grujios electrocuting him. Garudi withdraws, his part in the plan done. Rom arrives and tries to help Jim with the possessed Leina. Grujios leaves her, taking the Armour and Helmet with him. Rom is able to knock the Helmet clear with the Wolf Sword but Rockdon attacks him before he can try again. Baikanfu is able to get to Rockdon's master off switch and deactivate him. Rockgiran has nearly forced Land Commander 5 into the Battle Base's engine room; if breached this would destroy the craft. Harley Robo, feeling responsible for the crisis, manages to disable Rockgiran by shooting the off switch. Back on the Gyandlar mothership Gadess is pleased with the capture of the Phoenix Armour.
The Battle Base has a Danger Room-style hologrammatic training room.
Harley Robo is the same guy seen in episode 27, confirmed in dialogue with Leina.
Tribe Featured: Rom Stol, Leina Stol, Minmei
Jet Tribe Featured: Blue Jet, Blackbird Robo (cameo), Falcon Robo (cameo)
Rock People Featured: Devil Rock (cameo), Geiger Rock (cameo), Magna Rock (cameo), Amber Man, Rockdon, Rockgiran.
Gyandlar Featured: Casmodon, Falgos, Baldas (cameo), Garudi, Gildas (cameo), Gadess, Diondra, Grujios, Zarios (cameo)
Errors: Bike Robo keeps getting a blue chest for his close-ups.
A great episode - it's nice to have the Gyandlar captains work together for once and actually giving them some sort of victory is different too; it's a good shake-up for the staleness of some parts of the set-up.
Lots of good little bits in this one as well with a very democratic slicing up of the action.