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Turn 8: One Million Miracles

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 19, 2008

 

Summary

 

Rolo lands the Vincent on the deck of a Britannian ship to let Lelouch off. Suzaku states that accepting Nunnally's proposal doesn't wash away his sins, but Gino convinces him to stop. The Black Knights discuss Lelouch's acceptance of the proposal, and Tohdoh raises the possibility to Ohgi of taking action if it doesn't benefit the Japanese. Lelouch arrives and is happily greeted by Kaguya. Ohgi asks what's going on, and Tamaki suggest baiting the Britannians. Lelouch asks them what they hope to accomplish by all the fighting, or what makes them Japanese. Across Area 11, Elevens express distrust in the new announcement of the SAZ. Nunnally's advisor Rohmeyer asks her to stick to the script next time for official announcements. Working in the Ashford garden, Suzaku tells everyone he'll have to take some time off because of all that's going on. Shirley asks him if he can help Kallen, and Lelouch suggests calling Nunnally again. Suzaku wonders if Lelouch has regained his memories and why he killed Euphemia. Later, a soldier tries to kill Suzaku with a knife, but Suzaku's "live" Geass kicks in, and he disarms the attacker. Lelouch speaks to Diethard over the phone and compliments him on his abilities. Rolo asks Lelouch if he's forgotten his promise, and Lelouch reiterates that he'll protect the school where they live. Rolo reminds Lelouch that he would be executed as a traitor if their cover is blown. Viletta walks in and Lelouch asks her if she wants to meet Ohgi. In Dallas, Texas, Schneizel and Kanon arrive at Nina's test facility. At school, Anya is startled when Arthur runs up to her. Suzaku walks up and says that Arthur must like her. A soldier tells Suzaku that he needs to sign the execution warrant for the Eleven who attacked him. In a carriage, Nina tells Schneizel that she won't fail him, and she recalls how her bomb didn't work during the Black Rebellion. She apologizes for all her previous failures, and Schneizel points out that she was acting on Euphemia's behalf. Suzaku hesitates in signing the execution papers, so Anya signs it herself. She asks him if he's a masochist and points out that he's in Area 11, where he's hated and is the enemy of Zero. Suzaku mentions that he's always been a sinner, and Gino tells them they've got a call from Zero. Suzaku and the others meet with Lloyd, Cecile and Rohmeyer. When the video call begins, Lelouch points out that Nunnally isn't there. Lloyd asks if he's the same Zero from the Black Rebellion, and Lelouch answers that Zero should be measured by actions, not identity. Gino asks Lelouch if the Black Knights have a consensus, and Lelouch answers that he's going to move a million people. But that's on the condition that Zero gets exiled from Japan, and Gino assumes that he's throwing away the Black Knights. Rohmeyer points out that exile is legally possible, and Gino thinks it's a good idea because the Black Knights will disintegrate without Zero.

 

At the Fuji Mausoleum, Suzaku informs Nunnally that they've decided to exile Zero from Japan. Nunnally hands him a memorial candle that she carved Euphemia's name into, and Suzaku vows to make her dream true. When he bows down to place the candle in the water, he's surprised to see another candle with Euphemia's name written on it. The next day, more than a million Japanese gather outside the Shizuoka ghetto, the designated spot for the new SAZ. Gino reminds his men to not make the first strike against the Elevens. In the crowd, Ohgi spots Viletta and hides his face. Flying overhead, Li and his assistant Zhou Xianglin discuss their current situation. He thinks this is a good chance for them because he'll be returning to China soon. He then coughs up blood and tells Zhou not to worry. Nunnally addresses the crowd, and Guilford prepares to launch with the Glaston Knights. Rohmeyer announces that anyone joining the SAZ will have their crimes reduced, and she adds that Zero will be exiled. Lelouch cuts in on the video feed, and Suzaku demands that he show his face. Lelouch asks Suzaku if the Japanese are a race, or a land of blood bond, but Suzaku answers that it's their hearts. Lelouch says that if that's true, people are Japanese no matter where they live. Just then, the Black Knights members in the crowd set off smoke dispensers. The Britannian soldiers prepare for action, but Suzaku tells them not to take action yet. When the smoke clears, everyone is shocked to see a crowd of a million Zeroes. Lelouch says that they'll remain Japanese no matter where they go, so they're heading for a new haven. Lloyd is amused by the strategy, and Rohmeyer is informed that Chinese glacier ships are now arriving. Tamaki and the others are worried, but Rakshata says they'll be ok on the ships. Viletta orders everyone to take their masks off, and masked Ohgi stops an incident from breaking out. Rohmeyer pulls out a gun and tells Suzaku they can't lose a million workers. Suzaku pleads with Lelouch to have everyone unmask themselves, but Tohdoh believes that's useless if they don't know Zero's identity to begin with. Guilford tells Suzaku to give the order to attack, and Suzaku wonders if he's supposed to forgive a million Zeroes. Suzaku struggles with the decision, and when Rohmeyer targets a Zero, he stops her. He says that if they break their promise the citizens will lose trust in them, and Rohmeyer accuses him of favoritism because he's an Eleven. Suzaku asks Lelouch to promise that he'll save those people, and Lelouch asks him to protect those who remain behind. As the glacier ship pulls in, the Zeroes march over to it. Guilford is furious, and Zhou informs Li that everything went successfully. Suzaku realizes that the whole strategy was devised upon Lelouch knowing that Suzaku wouldn't order them to fire. Lelouch believes that Suzaku made that choice because he knows Nunnally well and silently thanks him.

 

Commentary

 

I had been wondering how the Black Knights would react to Lelouch accepting the SAZ, and they obviously met it with skepticism. However, Lelouch had something else in mind and basically had a million people do the "I'm Spartacus!" routine to get away. Things almost turn into another massacre, but luckily this time Suzaku was able to stop it. In fact, that was the whole idea - Lelouch manipulated the entire situation to play out that way because he know Suzaku wouldn't willingly massacre the Elevens. Overall, it was a pretty good episode and sets the stage for moving the action away from Area 11 and over to the Chinese Federation.

 

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