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Stage 19: Island of the Gods

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 31, 2007

 

Summary

 

Suzaku wakes up on a beach and wonders where the Lancelot is, but he doesn't remember anything. Elsewhere, Lelouch wonders where he is. Suzaku surveys the area and realizes it's a different island. Lelouch observes the vegetation and concludes that it must be close to Shikinejima Island. Suzaku heads toward a waterfall to secure a water source and spots Kallen showering at the waterfall's base. He calls out to her, and she tries to attack him with her pouch knife. He addresses her by her full name and says he's arresting her, and she tells him that she's Kallen Kouzuki, a Japanese. Elsewhere, Lelouch stumbles upon Euphemia. Suzaku ties Kallen up, and she says the situation will be reversed when the Black Knights arrive. He asks what Zero's identity is and realizes she doesn't know either. He asks why she follows Zero, and she tells him to figure it out himself. Euphemia recognizes Lelouch's real identity, so he takes off his mask. On Shikinejima Island, soldiers search the area for Euphemia. On the Avalon, Lloyd is surprised to be on an airship, and Schneizel explains it's because people are interested in Lloyd's ideas. Schneizel introduces himself to Cecile, and Bartley tells her she's being rude for looking down on a prince from the Lancelot's cockpit. Cecile falls to the floor, and Schneizel helps her up. Lloyd comments that Bartley is quite loyal, and Bartley explains that Schneizel saved him from imprisonment. Schneizel, Lloyd and Bartley leave to search for Euphemia. Schneizel feels responsible for the situation, but he was hoping Suzaku would protect Euphemia. On Kaminejima Island, Lelouch asks Euphemia how she knew he was Zero, and she says she suspected it after the hoteljack. He asks why she didn't tell Cornelia, and she says Cornelia doesn't listen to her. He asks Euphemia if she knows about Marianne's assassination, be she says she doesn't. She says that Cornelia conducted an investigation because she admired Marianne. Euphemia's stomach growls, so Lelouch attempts to trap an animal. Elsewhere, Suzaku catches a fish and offers to untie Kallen if she promises to help him find food. In the Black Knights submarine, Diethard and Tohdoh argue about staying to search for Zero and Kallen. C.C. interrupts and says she knows Zero is alive, and Tamaki yells at her for not practicing in a Knightmare. He says she's arrogant because she's Zero's lover, so she counters that she isn't and that Tamaki is just full of sexual thoughts. Ohgi steps in and decides they will wait for the Britannians to leave before conducting their search.

 

As night falls, Lelouch eats fruits and is annoyed that his trap didn't work. Elsewhere, Kallen and Suzaku fill themselves with cooked fish. Suzaku asks Kallen if this is the way she really is and says she's more charming and energetic now than when she's in school. Suzaku asks Kallen to leave the Black Knights and says terrorists meet tragic ends. Kallen says she's fought Suzaku before and will take down Lancelot, even if they both die. Suzaku thinks there's no future for her with those methods, and she asks him what future he has being a Britannian dog. She says that she'll change the world, or else her brother Naoto won't rest in peace. Suzaku then reveals to Kallen that he murdered his father Genbu. Euphemia watches the stars and wishes they could return to the happy time when they watched stars as children. Suzaku tells Kallen that he knows it's meaningless to achieve things with the wrong methods, because it only leaves feelings of loss and regret. He thinks to himself that he's searching for a reason to live and is despicable. Kallen goes to sleep, and Suzaku sees a light in the sky. The Avalon lands on Kaminejima Island near a cave that was being excavated. The next day, work begins on a large stone door with Geass symbols. Lloyd asks what the symbols about a thought elevator mean, and Schneizel says Charles is obsessed with it. Bartley explains that several other sites have been found across the world and are now forbidden areas. He theorizes that the attacks on other countries may have been just to secure those sites. Lloyd wonders if they'll be able to analyze the occult data using the Gawain's Druid system since it's a prototype machine that hasn't been calibrated. Lelouch asks Euphemia why she chose an Honorary Britannian as a knight, but he then hides in the bushes when he hears a noise. He sees Kallen and Suzaku, and Euphemia reveals herself. He then pulls a gun on her and asks her to play along as he demands a hostage exchange. Kallen flips her arms out from behind her back and attacks Suzaku, but he breaks free. Suddenly, a Geass symbol activates on the ground below them, and a platform lowers them into the cave where Schneizel is. Lelouch spots the Gawain and jumps into it while Kallen holds off the soldiers. Lelouch fires the hadron cannons at the Sutherlands blocking the cave's exit, but it doesn't work properly. He then activates the Float system and takes to the air. Schneizel is glad that Euphemia is safe, and Suzaku is arrested for insubordination. Lelouch thinks to himself that Suzaku was the one person that he didn't want to use Geass on. Earlier, just before the Gawain fired, Lelouch ordered Suzaku to live and deactivated the Gefjun Disturber. Suzaku then disengaged and violated orders. Suzaku listens to a sound recording of himself ignoring orders and doesn't remember anything. Cornelia is informed of Suzaku's insubordination, and Guilford rushes in with news that the Kyushu bridge has been destroyed, and the area is under attack by a fleet with Japan's flag.

 

Commentary

 

There's not so much going on in this episode, but it still has some revelations. It has a rather surprising start, since it begins on Kaminejima Island and doesn't explain how everyone got there until the end. Euphemia figured out that Zero was Lelouch, and Kallen's identity as a Black Knight is exposed to Suzaku. And given the way he encounters her at the waterfall, that's not all that's exposed. It's rather strange that he reveals his secret to her, but perhaps he's feeling guilty about killing his father after Mao brought it back to the surface. Bartley reappears after a long absence, and now he's Schneizel's loyal dog. He has a surprising theory about Britannia attacking other countries to secure Geass sites. Charles mentioned a thought elevator, and since he's shown talking to Clovis (after he died) and the thin air, perhaps he has a Geass power. That seems to all be connected to a boy shown in glimpses in the last episode and this one. Finally, the old Sunrise cliche of stealing a mecha upgrade rears its head with Lelouch's completely accidental theft of the Gawain. Too bad for Britannia that they let him get away with a super powerful Knightmare that can fly.

 

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