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Episode 5: Live-In Robbery Operation

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2011

 

Summary

 

Houquet and Mint wait by a roadside and signal a passing cola truck for help. Mint tells the driver that they're on their way to the town of Belnarda to see Yellow's concert, but their bike broke down. The driver tells them that the bike has run out of HBT, and Mint asks if he'll share a bit. The driver says that anyone dealing in HBT without permission will get in trouble with the Inbit, and Houquet pulls a gun on him. Jim ties the driver up, and when Ray comments that he didn't know soldiers stole stuff, Stick answers that stealing from the enemy is a tactic. Ray says they'll be in trouble if the Inbit find them, but Houquet points out that the police guard the HBT, not the Inbit. After removing the cola crates, they head into town and see a crowd has gathered to examine a Yellow poster. They drop off Mint so that she can make noise at the concert. Elsewhere, Yellow appears in costume at the concert hall and asks the promoter Wood if security is in place. He says that he asked the police for help, so they'll take care of everything. The police commander is informed of a request for help at Yellow's concert and orders his subordinate to put the entire staff on security. The subordinate disagrees and says they need to watch for attacks against the Inbit and protect the HBT warehouse. The commander thinks it'll be ok because there's a 30 minute window between Yellow's concert and the opening of the warehouse. Besides, he points out that no one has ever infiltrated Pagora Castle in 400 years, so that and current security technology makes it impregnable. Jim pulls up outside of Pagora Castle and says he's there to refill the vending machines. The guards inspect the truck and tell Jim not to try anything stupid because the check on the way out is more intense. Jim backs the truck up against the warehouse and goes into the truck's secret compartment to get Houquet, Stick and Ray. The three then begin crawling through air ducts to infiltrate the castle. At the concert, Mint tells the crowd that at a concert in Gracia, 100 fans stormed the stage and shook hands with Yellow. She thinks they should go wild since they might never have another chance to see Yellow. Stick hacks into the castle's security system and puts the video cameras on a repeating loop that will give them an hour. Yellow tells the police commander about fans storming the stage at Gracia, but he guarantees that she'll be safe. Stick and the others drive underneath the castle and unscrew a large pipe that leads directly into the HBT warehouse. Houquet is lowered into the warehouse by rope so that she can start stealing things without setting off the security sensors. Yellow begins his concert while Houquet sends up HBT containers on a rope. They then drive away and Stick opens a secret passage as noted on Yellow's map. He drives the car through the secret passage, but unfortunately it stops in a dead end. A wall then closes in behind them as the tunnel begins to flood with water.

 

Water quickly fills up and Stick says he overlooked the castle's old defenses and only thought about the modern security. Yellow continues to sing while Mint encourages the crowd to dance and get wild. Wood asks the police commander to arrange a car in case they need to evacuate Yellow. Elsewhere, Jim fills up balloons with helium. The police commander tells Wood that the Inbit will show up if a riot breaks out. Stick and the others begin pressing stones on the ceiling to search for an escape route. Ray finds a loose stone that Stick pushes aside to grab the HBT. The police commander tells Wood they need to stop the concert before trouble starts, but Wood says the crowd is having a good time. Stick and the others emerge from the secret tunnel and meet with Jim, who sends a signal to Yellow. Yellow immediately ends the concert, and a series of balloons are released behind the stage. Jim knocks out one of the castle guards, and both Yellow and Mint arrive. Jim dresses up in a guard's outfit and drives away in a police truck. An officer reports to the commander that 38 HBT containers were stolen from the warehouse. As the police search the city, a balloon lands on a roof with an HBT container tied to it. The wind carries the HBT balloons out of the town, and everyone starts to collect them as they fall. A squad of five Grabs appears, so Stick jumps into the Eta Legioss while Yellow, Ray and Houquet get on their bikes. One of the Grabs attacks Yellow, but he easily dodges and fires missiles at it. Ray jumps onto a Grab and begins kicking it, while Houquet blasts another Grab. Jim switches out the Eta Legioss' HBT supply, and Stick takes off to fight the Inbit. A Grab corners Ray, but Yellow destroys it with several missiles. Stick arrives and begins firing missiles at the Grabs. The police close in, so Stick tells everyone to load up the HBT and escape. After loading the last of the HBT, the group makes its escape.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is basically Mospeada's rendition of the classic heist film. The episode begins with their plan already in place, so they're just executing it. By using Yellow's concert as cover, they manage to draw the police of Belnarda away and sneak into Pagora Castle to steal loads of badly needed HBT for their vehicles. Of course, things don't go quite as planned, with an ancient flooding tunnel threatening to kill Stick, Ray and Houquet. Although they manage to escape, the delay cuts their time close with the end of Yellow's concert. Given that the guards conduct incoming and outgoing searches, tying the HBT to balloons unleashed at the end of the concert is a pretty clever idea. Although the Inbit show up, they're easily dispatched now that everyone has refueled their vehicles. Overall, a solid episode that represents just one stop of a long journey.

 

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