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Stage 2: The White Knight Awakens

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 29, 2007

 

Summary

 

Lelouch wonders what the girl wanted him to do with this new power when suddenly Viletta bursts into the building with her Sutherland. She asks Lelouch what he's doing there, and when he doesn't answer she fires into the wall around him. He orders her to exit her Knightmare, but when she doesn't, he realizes she has to see his eye firsthand. He gives her a false name and tells her he's the son of the duke. He offers to show her ID, and Viletta exits her cockpit to check the ID herself. When she's close enough, Lelouch orders her to hand over her Sutherland. Viletta gives Lelouch her gun and the Sutherland's key. After Lelouch leaves, Viletta comes to her senses and wonders what she did. Suzaku wakes up in an ambulance with Lloyd and Cecile. Cecile shows him a stopwatch and tells him that it stopped the bullet, thus saving his life. Lloyd asks Suzaku what experience he has piloting Knightmares, and Suzaku points out that an Eleven can't become a knight. Lloyd then asks Suzaku what he'd do if he had the chance to pilot a one-of-a-kind Knightmare, the Lancelot. Deep in the ghetto, Kallen attacks Britannian tanks with her damaged one-armed Glasgow. She gets a call from resistance leader Kaname Ohgi and tells him she'll be a decoy so he can escape. Back at the academy, Shirley changes into a swimsuit and gets a call from Lelouch. He asks her to check the news for anything on Shinjuku, and she tells him there's only some news about a traffic jam. Lelouch then examines the battlefield map and views it as a chess board. Jeremiah and another Sutherland pilot close in on Kallen and attack. Lelouch calls Kallen and tells her to do as he says if she wants to win. He tells her to head to the railroad track, so she follows his order and jumps on an approaching train. Jeremiah stops the train with his Sutherland, and the other Sutherland jumps to attack Kallen but is sniped from a nearby building by Lelouch's slash harkens. Lelouch then opens fire, destroying one of Jeremiah's legs. Kallen closes in to attack Jeremiah, but he ejects his cockpit module and escapes. Kallen looks around to thank Lelouch, but he's gone. Ohgi and the other resistance members arrive, and Lelouch calls Ohgi on the radio. He tells them to use what's inside the train to win and to follow his orders. Inside the train, Ohgi and his men find several Sutherlands. At the G-1 Base, Clovis tells Bartley that he wants to recover the girl alive. At the train, rebel fighter Shinichiro Tamaki asks if they can fight against the superior Britannian numbers. Following Lelouch's orders to use Kallen as a decoy, Ohgi and his men ambush the Britannian Sutherlands at various points. Lloyd offers to deploy the Lancelot, but Clovis refuses. He orders the troops to break formation and encircle the enemy. When the Sutherlands arrive they find no one there. The rebels attack from below, causing the ground to cave in and destroy the Britannian Sutherlands. Clovis wonders who he's fighting and calls Lloyd about the Lancelot.

 

As Suzaku suits up, Cecile cautions him against doing anything crazy because the Lancelot doesn't have an ejection system. Although it's the only seventh generation Knightmare, Lloyd is confident in its abilities. Suzaku launches in the Lancelot and heads deep into the ghetto. Tamaki's Sutherland is immediately disabled, and resistance fighters call Lelouch to report that they're being taken down. Lelouch gives them new orders, but the Sutherlands are unable to match the mobility and power of the Lancelot and are all disabled. Suzaku disables Ohgi's Sutherland, and Lelouch can't believe that there's only one Knightmare attacking everybody. Suzaku wants to find Lelouch and the girl, but he spots a Sutherland hiding in a building and attacks. Lelouch pushes back, but the floor crumbles and causes the Lancelot and Sutherland to fall to the ground level. Suzaku jump kicks Lelouch, and Kallen punches the Lancelot. She fires her slash harken, but Suzaku catches it. With no other options, she ejects her cockpit. Lelouch escapes, but Suzaku follows and dodges Lelouch's gunfire. A woman and baby fall out of a building, and Suzaku jumps into the air to save them while Lelouch escapes. Cecile calls to ask Suzaku if he's tired, but he says he wants to continue. Dressed as a soldier, Lelouch uses his power to infiltrate Clovis' G-1 Base. Elsewhere, Kallen meets up with Ohgi and Tamaki at a warehouse where civilians are hiding. Kallen wonders what happened to the guy giving them orders, and Ohgi says he may have died since he isn't answering the radio. Suddenly, a Britannian APC smashes into the warehouse and troops rush in. Just as they're about to fire, Clovis orders an immediate cease fire. He orders all soldiers to stop destructive activity and aid the wounded, be they Britannian or Eleven. Clovis asks Lelouch if he should sing a song next or play chess, and Lelouch comments on the nostalgia, noting that he always won in chess. He then emerges from the shadows and introduces himself as Lelouch Vi Britannia, 17th in line to the throne and Clovis' younger brother. Clovis is shocked because Lelouch is supposed to be dead, and Lelouch declares that he's come back to change everything.

 

Commentary

 

The second episode picks up right from the first and throws quite a few revelations at us. First of all, Lelouch is part of the Britannian royal line and is Clovis' younger brother. Next, Suzaku is miraculously alive thanks to a conveniently placed stopwatch. With his mysterious new power, Lelouch begins to manipulate the battlefield as though it were a chess board. Everything proceeds according to his plan until Suzaku launches in the powerful Lancelot and goes to town on all the Sutherlands. This series is often compared to Death Note, and there are some similarities. Like Light Yagami, Lelouch has acquired a special power and uses it to fulfill his own plans. Using his power, Lelouch gets right next to Clovis, and it looks as though he's out for revenge.

 

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