“Revived Giant God, Rip Through the Darkness”
This was definitely the most pivotal episode for the story in the entire show, there were tons of things going down all over the place. We learn of Mother’s past, get a giant robot, and have a battle involving seven B-Fighters fighting the four B-Crushers.
The first half of the episode wasn’t the most visually exciting, but it basically spells out the entire back story for you. I know people are often more fond of the “show, don’t tell” approach and the characters here essentially stood around listening to Mother and the Astral Saber divulge their entire history. And man, what an interesting history it is.
Eons ago in another dimension, light and darkness fought what seemed to be a never ending war against each other. We learn that the Beet Ingram, Blue Beet’s power up weapon from the first B-Fighter series, was one of the key weapons used in this battle by the forces of light. Eventually the power of darkness grew so strong that it destroyed a bunch of planets trying to conquer the light. So the light splits itself into the eight medals and Astral Saber and then scatters across to a different dimension.
The darkness wanted the power of light for itself, so it went after those scattered pieces of light. Now, here’s the really interesting bit, we learn that Gaom, the main antagonist from the first series, was actually created by the darkness and called the Inheritor of the Will of Darkness while Takuya / Blue Beet was called the Inheritor of the Will of Light.
Once Gaom and Black Beet were killed, darkness needed to find a new vessel for itself. The vessel it found was Mother Melzard, in her eternal hibernation. The darkness promised Mother the entire earth and so she became Gaom’s successor.
After learning this little nugget, the B-Fighters retreat. Mac blames himself for things getting as bad as they have and comes up with a plan to get the Astral Saber and medals back. Eventually the saber falls into Kouhei’s hands when Genji, Min, and Ageha show up to help them out of a tight spot.
With the saber and medals loaded up together, the great power everyone’s been after finally unlocks. The Giant Shell God Kabutarious arises, turns out he was the beetle stuck inside the saber. Kabuto and Kabutarious combine into one being for battle and wipe out all of Mother’s air forces.
This was the sort of episode better suited for fans of exposition, so I found myself loving it quite a lot. Every series has its pivotal episode where things change forever and this was Kabuto’s. I did not see the connection to Gaom coming at all, we were told he was an extra dimensional being, but to actually be controlled by the same force that awoke Mother Melzard was a huge shock to me and I’m sure others as well. Learning this really helps us understand why the Astrel Saber has been freaking out Mother for the last few episodes, it’s the key to her victory and the entire reason she became the inheritor of darkness.
The rest of the episode is pretty special as well, nothing playing all that typical of the series. We actually get to see all seven B-Fighters on screen together for the first time outside of the opening and it is definitely an amazing sight, was just a shame that we didn’t get to see any of the new B-Fighters except for Mac out of suit.
So I was right in calling these episodes that would really change the game for everyone involved. Kabuterious is the literal physical manifestation of light and now things are going to heat up in the battle. I imagine this is going to make the darkness influencing Mother want to make her take more severe action. There was an urgency to get the Astral Saber and medals back before this point, but now it’s just gone up by a thousand. Seems like Mother can’t use the full power of darkness, but Kabuterious is essentially light itself.
I’ve always been fond of the way these Metal Hero shows deal with their giant robots. Most shows don’t have regular giant robots, they only come in around mid series and even then it’s rare that they do appear. This aspect gives them an allure of greatness, they don’t pop into battle too often because they’re not needed, only when things are at their worse are they called on. I definitely prefer this approach to the way Sentai does things.