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EPISODE 40:
SECRET VALLEY OF THE FOSSIL MEN

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
09/04/1987
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SYNOPSIS

Rom, Drill and Magna Rock are investigating an old temple. It has been heavily damaged by avalanches so Magna Rock uses his phasing abilities to go on alone. Inside he finds the fourth element, another Wolf Sword. He takes it outside to Rom but Garudi is waiting for them. Baikanfu holds the Gyandlar off and orders the others to take the sword back to the Battle Base. After holding off Devil Satan 6 Baikanfu duels with Garudi before the ground collapses and the pair fall down into the earth. Diondra coolly orders that the pair are left while they follow the newly-discovered sword. All of this is observed by a transforming head being carried around by a pteodactyl. Drill's party take refuge in a forest but are attacked by tentacled plant life with the Varigale-X hovering overhead searching for them.

They decide they have to fight back against the tentacles, drawing Diondra's attention. She is able to take the sword from Magna Rock and begins bombing the group before escaping in the Varigale-X. Below, Baikanfu switches back to Rom but Garudi finds his Wolf Sword first and manages to get out, leaving Rom to his fate. Drill's team come across the strangers being chased by the Devil Satan 6 and decide to help, aided by Falcon Robo and an army of Jet Tribe troops who have set out to look for them. They attack the Varigale-X but Diondra is able to get away and deliver the sword to Gadess. Rom is saved by more strangers who introduce themselves as the Fossil Men. Back at the Gyandlar mothership, Grujios realises the sword Diondra captured is a fake. The real thing is embedded in the combined form of the Fossil Men, Gattai Saurer, who pledge to aid Rom. However, Rom's own sword is still in the hands of the enemy. Garudi's success enrages Diondra, who plans to send her secret weapon Meidulou into battle.


NOTES

As well as phasing Magna Rock can deploy a personal forcefield. Leina is now officially in charge of the medical facilities at the Battle Base. They even give her a little handbag with a red cross on it.

I have no idea what name the newly discovered Wolf Sword has, thus leading to much convoluted syntax in the above synopsis.


TRIVIA

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

Battle Tribe Featured:
Pro Truck Racer, Helitranser, Rod Drill, Tough Trailer (cameo), DrillHeli (cameo).

Jet Tribe Featured: Blue Jet, Falcon Robo, Phantom Robo, Blackbird Robo (cameo), Cessna Robo, Eagle Robo.

Rock People Featured: Magna Rock, Amber Man, Header, Abarar, Leggar, Taildar, Battle Rock (cameo).

Gyandlar Featured: Garudi, Zarios, Falgos, Baldas, Gilis, Casmodon, Diondra, Devil Satan 6, Gadess, Grujios.


REVIEW

Once again more new characters are thrown in and once again things seem to be taking a while to actually get in gear - we keep getting given chances for Diondra to get thrown out, Garudi and Rom to discover the truth of each other, either Gadess or the Battle Base to make a move and so on but it never quite seems to click into place and actually get going.

All that said, it is a bit different to have Rom still missing his own Wolf Sword come the end of the episode. And it's a nice subversion that once again the heroes find the artifact without trying all that hard only for the real thing to be hidden a lot more convincingly this time.