Sometimes, Some POW’s, Keep Slipping Through The Cracks, But These Two, Meisters, Are Pickin’ Up The Slack
No I didn’t just make a Power Rangers joke so don’t ask the question. 🙂 Anyway, since I’m going to be working a very healthy and positive feeling inducing 7 days in a row come tomorrow I might as well share my take of this episode from Animesuki now while I still have a chance. Also, now that I’ve figured out how to centre the poll (for most browsers) I’m going to be including one at the end of every article I write with a very “important” question. Something to look forward to…..maybe? Well then…..
I’m starting to suspect (well not just starting) that Sumeragi’s unforgivable past with the Union has something to do with her losing her team and now that she thinks it’s happened again with Celestial Being she’s suffered another breakdown and doesn’t want to go back. Luckily she keeps getting the chance to participate in pulling the team back together, which is sort of the perfect way to begin the healing process (in a way giving her the chance to correct the mistakes she feels she’s made) and make her want to rejoin the group at the same time. Speaking of the group, I’m slowly starting to warm up to Milena a little. Now that’s she’s been shown doing her job she seems less out of place and more just like she has a less serious way of reacting to things. I suppose the group could use one of those among the tough as nails Meisters and oft-depressed bridge crew and I could even see her cheerfulness being critical at some point.
Anyway, the plan of course is to rescue Allelujah and for Setsuna to rescue Marina on the side as he is encouraged to by Tiera of all people. I find it strange that Tieria is even suggesting breeching the tennants of the core plan, but I guess that really goes to show how much he’s changed, and now he’s even willing to play defence for the team, putting himself in arguably the most danger with having to fend off the brunt of the A-Laws counterattack. Lockon also proves surprisingly useful and I’m guessing he’s had more experience with his time in Kataron then was immediately apparent.
So the plan of course is to be in and out in 300 seconds via blitz tactics involving creating a distraction, defending key points and setting setting Allelujah free. It’s not often that you get to see a ship in Gundam that’s capable of deliberate high speed re-entry into the atmosphere, and it’s certainly never been quite that literal. The CG waves might have been questionable, but it got the job done, though I have to laugh at the fact that the regular HRL army is still using the Tieren which stands no chance against the Gundams. Lucky for them the A-Laws, led by Katie this time (I have to laugh that every episode since the first has had a shot of Louise demanding to join a battle even when she’s nowhere in the vicinity), joined the fight or it would have been even more one sided.
So Allelujah has been a prisoner of the federation this whole time, and we get to see first hand where his relationship with Soma/Marie stands in both their minds. Again they seem to be going for that dominance angle again with Soma dehumanizing Allelujah by referring to him as a specimen while he’s tied up in what might as well be bondage gear. On the other hand, Allelujah seems to be trying to tell her something about her past all while she’s shooting at him and being a total bitch. Quite the contrast, but I suppose if she’s technically never lost a battle against him she has a right to feel cocky and superior. This time she remembers something though and it gives Allelujah his chance to escape in the Arios, which does a bit of fighting but not much. Meanwhile, Setsuna rescues Marina and just like that they are out of there.
What they’ve inadvertently done though is helped Kataron release some of their own prisoners at the same time (though not the one Shirin wanted of course who she now knows is in Celestial Being’s hands), yet they don’t know this of course because they were never told…..except for Lockon who now appears to be a spy. The Feds however are going to be linking the two together now and that’s only going to bring them more funding and permission to step up the crackdown even further. I think it’s time that Celestial Being had a sit down with their supposed partners and discussed their “relationship” in detail, because right now it looks like Klaus is starting to show his true colours.
Anyway, after the credits we of course get out little epilogue with Allelujah having the same reaction to “Lockon” as everyone else, and Setsuna and Marina having their first lovers quarrel. I can’t help but feel that Marina is definitely in the wrong here, and that she’s going to end up getting Setsuna killed if she refuses to support his quest. It’s not about what she wants (him to lay down his arms), but what he wants (a world where everyone has the option to do so) and I think the latter is the more realistic approach. Sometimes you have to fight to preserve the peace for later. Especially when you’ve got a corrupt world government and a supremacist as it’s shadow leader.
Yes, I’m starting to notice parrallels between Ribbons and everybody’s least favourite 20th century dictator. Both use propaganda and information as a pro-active tool of psychological warfard, both have created authorative states with Secret Police to intimidate the public and break up resistance cells, both believe in an ideology of the superiority of certain gene sets and both came to power at a time of desperation amongs the people for a leader that would unite the country under a popular banner and seek revenge against those who passed judgement on them in a previous war. Of course one speaks to the public in person, while the other hides behind a friendlier face, but these are the kinds of people who are too dangerous to be in a position of power, and the kind that need to be fought against and not allowed to run roughshod over peoples individual rights.
Anyway, on a much lighter note, I think I noticed the return of the 360 degree panoramic cockpit from U.C Gundam in the latest Gundam’s designs. The one I never thought I’d see again. Maybe the third generation ones had them, I can’t remember, but it sure was a site for sore eyes.
Anyway, I’m giving this one an 8 because while I felt it continued the string of interesting developments well enough I think we could have easily gone beyond this point by now. I would have expected them to be setting up the next episode with the post credits scene. Something like Ribbons ordering a new unit deployed in order to counter Celestial Being. Instead we have some more angsty elements added to an already pretty angsty episode, which again I think is something we need to move beyond now. It’s time for doing, not for selfish worrying, though I’m still confident Setsuna’s got that, which is going to make him a good leader.