Recap: Voltes V: Legacy, Episode 30 – Daiga Beastfighter
After Dr. Smith’s revelation, Big Bert recaps his entire Judy love story while stuffing his face with food. Next morning, Steve tries to wake his brother for breakfast, but a distraught Big Bert stays in bed and pulls the covers over himself.
Mark walks over and tells Steve that he should focus on Little Jon instead as he wants to use his Volt Frigate as his personal service vehicle. Steve hurries over. PJ thinks it’s so funny, he hampaseses Mark, but Mark takes it personally and hits PJ back hard.
Steve and Jamie tell Little Jon that he can’t just take the Volt Machines out for a joyride. Little Jon says he needs it to get to the model ship competition on the mainland. He’s worked so hard on his boat, but now they aren’t letting him go? Jamie says he can go, but not using the Volt Machine. Steve, however, says he can’t go at all.
Little Jon activates his hologram invisibility device and manages to sneak away into the Volt Frigate. Zandra detects the Volt Machine on its own and Zardoz orders Draco unleash the Beastfighter Neeg.
Back at the command center, Steve is beating himself up over being unable to even control his brothers, let alone the Voltes team. Dr. Smith prevents Steve from leaving to chase after Little Jon and instead sends other officers to bring him back.
Dr. Smith tells Steve to have more patience. Especially with Big Bert, saying to let him tell Steve what’s troubling him. For now, they must focus on Little Jon.
Meanwhile, Big Bert calls Judy so they can meet. He wants to speak with her about something. Elsewhere, Apable stealthily sneaks into Jamie’s room and tries to shoot her dead. But Jamie is able to fight back.
While Little Jon is in the middle of his competition, Neeg springs up out of the water and the mainlanders scurry from the monster. Little Jon calls CBF to inform them of the new arrival. CBF sounds the alarm and that allows enough distraction for Apable to be able escape from Jamie’s grasp, all without her learning of his identity.
Little Jon summons the Voltes Frigate and hops back in, but Neeg wraps itself around the Volt Machine and sends it falling into the water. Little Jon regrets not listening to his kuya.
Draco orders Neeg to find and destroy the solo Volt Machine and to kill its pilot so Voltes V can never form again.
Zardoz is taken aback by learning the Voltes pilot is a little boy. Zandra says the humans must think this is all just a game. But that’s even better for Zardoz and Co. who are even more confident that they will finally win.
Just then, a second Beastfighter pops up on the island and begins attacking a shield-less Camp Big Falcon. Everyone in the command center gets thrown to the ground.
Yay! Always great to finally get back to the action!
First though, can I say that they need to stop giving so much away in the previews! Like, it’s really too much. Let us be surprised and enjoy the excitement!
Anyway, this episode was definitely the strongest of the week. They spent the rest of the week setting it up, but not in a way that felt natural. Like, you could just feel that the episodes were just dumping all the information we need to know before this one. When ideally, the story can just naturally flow and we’ll eventually get where we need to be.
Many people keep talking about how “realistic” the show is compared to the anime. But a more realistic show would have characters not anticipate the next big MOTW battle. Like, I don’t know how to say it. But you can feel the characters anticipating the next plot move. Not because it’s part of the story, like “We need to be prepared for the next Beastfighter”-type of deal. But the characters are being fed the needed talking points, so to speak. So the set up feels quite contrived.
That said, again, the action scenes will always be able to carry the rest of the series, no problem.
And that was definitely the case here. It’s great to see civilians in danger! Lol So far, other than the initial invasion, the Beastfighter attacks have been on CBF. So it was good to see regular people in danger. It raises the stakes of course and makes the Voltes team’s work and responsibility that much more important.
In any superhero story, there need to be adequate stakes involved. Whether with the characters, personally. Or with the greater public that they must protect. So getting to see the regular mainland people getting caught in explosions and the like and then getting to see the CBF absolutely rocked by the attacks and seeing everyone get thrown to the floor; That’s all awesome to see. And it makes for more exciting battles and satisfying hero wins.
I’ll reflect on the Judy arc more after she dies next week. (We were told as much in the preview. lol) But another missed opportunity to tell a really great story about Big Bert’s trauma as well as Judy representing the plight of all slaves on Boazan. Oh well.
The #KillJamie stuff was meh. But I’m getting the feeling it’s going to be a series-long story.
Overall, the action took center stage, as it should. And it was able to provide one of the better, if not the best Friday cliffhanger so far.
Also shoutout to Mark and PJ for this funny scene:
— DryedMangoez (@dryedmangoez) June 16, 2023
Voltes V: Legacy Episode 30 is available on GMA Network’s official YouTube channel:
However, it is restricted to the Philippines only. Hopefully it will be made available worldwide soon!
I’ve seen people talk about how people worldwide should subscribe to GMA Pinoy TV in order to watch the series. I’d recommend that if you are interested in watching lots of Filipino programming. But if you only want to watch Voltes V: Legacy, I don’t think it’d be a good investment. Especially since you can’t watch the series on demand anyway. GMA Pinoy TV is a linear, premium TV channel on most cable and satellite systems.