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EPISODE 42:
BAIKANFU - CRY OF ANGER!

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
23/04/1987
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SYNOPSIS

Rom and Leina confront Garudi inside the Gyandlar mothership but he targets their Power Riser suits. Outside the extreme weather and Gyandlar defences and endless supply of troops are taking their toll on the Machine Robo, though a massive block of ice smashes part of the mothership. Garudi is struck by debris and receives another odd dream about a spaceship crash featuring Rom, Leina, Kirai and an unknown blond boy. When his head clears he manages to escape further into the mothership. Meanwhile Battle Gyror is seriously injured and sacrifices himself, blowing a hole in the ship so Jet, Jim, Minmei, Blackbird Robo and Falcon Robo can get inside. Rom and Leina get separated and he ends up face to face with Diondra and the Devil Satan 6. Rom disarms her then converts to Baikanfu and prepares to combat the giant.

Jet's team finds a battered Leina who begs for her friends to find and protect Rom. He's in trouble as Baikanfu lets his guard down battling Devil Satan 6, who grabs him and unleashes a suicidal move - burning acid spilling from his head. At the last moment Baikanfu is able to kick clear and watches as Devil Satan 6 is finally destroyed. Rod is also able to lead a squad into the ship while back at the Battle Base Diamond Man is able to draw the Wolf Sword from within Gattai Saurer. However, the fortress has been infiltrated by Grujios - in possession of Wrestler Robo's body. He takes the sword from Harley Robo and Kendô Robo. Harley Robo recognises Grujios is in control immediately and attacks him only to get stabbed through the chest. While this is going on the Varigale-X makes a missile attack on the Battle Base. In the confusion Grujios leaves Harley Robo's body and escapes with the Wolf Sword and the Dragon Helmet. In the Gyandlar mothership Baikanfu chases down Diondra but finds his path to the Phoenix Armour and Lion Shield barred by Garudi. Rod arrives with troops to back him up and Minmei tells him of Leina's injury. Outnumbered, Diondra and Garudi withdraw and tell Gadess of the situation. Baikanfu follows them to his throne room and shrugs off a challenge by Garudi before slicing Gadess down the middle. However, the Gyandlar commander is only a hologram. The real Gadess taunts Rom but doesn't show himself. Diondra breaks down at the idea that she has been serving an illusion while the remaining two elements have also disappeared. Meanwhile Leina's life hangs in the balance as Jet tends to her as best he can.


NOTES

The secret of the Devils' ability to get blown up every week is revealed - their parts are dropped into a special furnace which instantly recreates them. Harley Robo was, of course, possessed by Grujios before.


TRIVIA

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

Battle Tribe Featured:
Rod Drill, Pro Truck Racer, Porsche Robo (cameo), Fire Robo (cameo), Truck Robo (cameo), Countach Robo (cameo), Classic Robo (cameo), Mixer Robo (cameo), Combat Buggy (cameo), Wrestler Robo, Bike Robo (cameo), Tough Trailer (cameo), Kendô Robo, Harley Robo, Jeep Robo, Off Road Robo (cameo), Steam Robo (cameo), Shuttle Robo (cameo), Ambulance Robo (cameo).

Jet Tribe Featured: Blue Jet, Battle Gyror, Falcon Robo, Blackbird Robo.

Rock People Featured: Ruby Man (cameo), Diamond Man, Gattai Saurer, Sand Rock (cameo), Devil Rock, Geiger Rock (cameo).

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


REVIEW

Jolly exciting stuff on the whole. A couple of big dramatic deaths (even Battle Gyror's death has a bit of a punch and he was possessed for most of the only other episode he's in) and some solid action sequences adorn a pacey episode.

While no-one in the world surely thought Baikanfu was just going to chop Gadess in half like that it's still an intriguing twist as well.