Gundam 00 Second Season Episode 3 (Setsuna & Tiera: Rescue Rangers)

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.

Rating: Eight Out Of Ten

11 Responses to “Gundam 00 Second Season Episode 3 (Setsuna & Tiera: Rescue Rangers)”

  1. 1 sadakups October 23, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Yeah, it’s not Power Rangers. You were referring to Chip & Dale, right? ^_^

  2. 2 Chris October 23, 2008 at 8:01 am


    Yeah, I believe he was referring to Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers. Though in his defense there was a Power Ranger series involving rescue type-dealies. 😛

    Anyways, I look forward to seeing Soma and Alleluia’s relationship explored more in this season. It was something that piqued my interest in the first season.

  3. 3 FlareKnight October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Yeah seemed clear it was about Chip and Dale. Though I guess the next question is which of Setsuna and Tieria are which :)?

    At least the rescue was a success. Can’t wait for them to start explaining exactly the past with Marie and Allelujah. Though impressed at the amount of votes for “Former S&M Partner.”

  4. 4 ZeusIrae October 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Wonder what it tells us about the readership?

  5. 5 Avisch October 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Yeah. The amount of Soma in this episode was satisfactory.
    I wish most of the episodes were like this. It had a great balance of action and development.

    It’s everything listed but “Sister”. Cause they already are rivals/S&M partners from all the time fighting in their Gundams, and with that relationship they can be considered “friends”

  6. 6 Keiichi October 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    The one scene with Feldt asking Sumeragi to join Celestial Being again reminded me of Power Rangers with all of their colors…moving on, I think the polls tell us that half of the readers have a sense of humor, and the other half just answers honestly.

  7. 7 Catharsis October 24, 2008 at 3:02 am

    As much as I want to say S&M partner, if one was walking the other to and from school, the answer is pretty clear.

  8. 8 Kaioshin Sama October 24, 2008 at 4:01 am

    The poll in fact tells us that when questioned on the internet, the average person will invariably either pick the most obvious answer, or the joke answer seemingly without fail.

    And yes it was the Chip & Dale theme song. Or possibly the MacGuyver one. I get the two mixed up.

  9. 9 MechaMarshmellow October 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I still want to know why Seravee has two faces…

    You gotta love how the Four gundams just steamrolled the feddies and their puny trap heh heh.

    As for AL, hes really proving how BASS he can be without those newtype hax from Soma messing with his head.

  10. 10 Solly Rushadale October 25, 2008 at 2:19 am

    What’s an S&M partner? Anyways, sorry for being so late! Neena was a big letdown this episode. I was expecting Awesome Neena Action! But instead, *Sighs* just surveilance work for Wang. I wonder, why is Wang keeping her? Just for a Veda Outlet? What? I don’t know…

    Also, Wang MUST be keeping Neena a secret for the ship’s crew. Otherwise I don’t think they’d be so happy about her help and “Amazing!”-ness in general (I’m looking at you, Miliena)

    I’m finding Summeragi very annoying. As a person who rarely (if ever) feels any guilt or remorse for my actions, to see someone go completely over and beyond a healthy amount, it’s kind of irking. (If not downright obnoxious) Watching people pity themselves has always been one of my pet hates as well. If you suffer or have suffered, you still must get on with your life. Which it also seems that Summeragi has not done.

    One of my favorite parts of the episode was the awesome tidal-wave! Sunrise musta thought it was awesome as well, considering it was replayed several times. But it was fun to watch! And the mobile suits drowning and the people getting washed away. And I thought Miliena’s little “It’s bold!” thing was pretty cute – cute enough for me to repeatedly replay the scene and mimic it.

    I seriously don’t who Lyle is trying to fool with his, “Oh n0ez! I’ve nvr piloted a mbile suit b4 and will be cmpltly youslezz!!”

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