Episode 4: Daylight
Review by Arshad Adel Abdul-Aal
August 18, 2010
Tessa and Kalinin find that the tunnels are now flooded with enemies attacking the SRT. Mao blocks Yu Lan’s machete with her machine gun and jumps back. Yu Lan knocks Mao’s gun away then slices her machine gun to pieces. She kicks Mao through a door and pulls out another machete, telling her to stop retaliating or it will hurt more. Yu Fan destroys Weber’s shot cannon and deflects his grenade back at him. The explosion triggers the sprinklers and the steam distracts Weber long enough for Yu Fan to slice off his M9’s left arm. Weber gets pinned to the wall but manages to pull out his monomolecular cutter in time to block the next strike. Sousuke gets distracted by the sight of the Venom thinking the pilot is Gaulon while Gates signals the Savages to fire. Sousuke dodges the volley and fires a shot at Gates who dodges it. Gates detonates a bomb near Sousuke but the latter manages to avoid the explosion. Deducing the pilot is not Gaulon, Sousuke uses his grappling hook to feint Gates and uses the opening to get a direct shot. Unfortunately, Gates blocks the shot with the Lambda Driver. He orders his troops to continue attacking the Mithril soldiers and chases after Sousuke. Vincent continues to scramble Mithril’s communications and movement data. When Tessa contacts him to ask about the problem, he gives some excuses and promises to try to fix it. Tessa decides that they can’t rely on the data and must plan their strategy manually. Mao is barely able to defend herself against Yu Lan’s onslaught. Mithril soldiers charge to her rescue and Yu Lan escapes using a flash bang as a distraction. Mao orders the troops to grab the hostages and get out. Weber knocks Yu Fan back and escapes, picking up a Savage’s discarded machine gun along the way. He gets pinned down in a corridor by Savages and can’t retaliate because the Fire Control System is still decrypting the machine gun’s data. Kalinin instructs Weber on where to go while Tessa tries to plan out an escape route. Mao relays her route to Kalinin and they get ambushed by the enemy. Mao let’s the infantry go on ahead of her with the hostages and Tessa starts suspecting that the enemy is tapping into their communications. Vincent is relaying Mithril’s transmissions to Gates who’s hot on Sousuke’s trail.
Yu Lan asks Gates if she should kill the infantry and the hostages. Gates tells her to leave them and asks how they performed. She says that they’re well trained but too soft, and adds that she wants to go home. Sousuke activates his ECS and hides on the ceiling as a squad of Savages pass by. He tries to head to where Mao is but gets attacked by the Savages after he informs theTuatha de Danaan of his plans. All the SRT members are getting blocked off by the enemy, and Tessa is now convinced that there’s a leak. Kalinin contacts the SRT and tells them that they will act on the conversation they had in the mission briefing, which means that they will transmit false information to fool the enemy. Vincent doesn’t catch on to that and fails to suspect anything. Using this new strategy, Mithril continues with the operation. Weber runs into Yu Fan again and Kalinin realizes that the enemy is after the Arbalest. Gates tells Yu Fan to stop wasting time and go after the main target. The enemy is confused by the false information and Vincent starts getting suspicious. His attention gets diverted when a surveillance camera shows him two Mithril agents heading to his location. Yu Fan catches on to the ruse and doubles back. Gates runs excitedly through a tunnel and finds himself in an open cylindrical space along with some Savages. The SRT point their guns at them from the top and the infantry manage to escape with the hostages. The SRT open fire and destroy the Savages. Sousuke jumps down to engage Gates. Gates knocks Sousuke into a wall and prepares to attack again but notices that the Venom is overheating. Angered, he detonates a ceiling bomb and floods the tunnels to allow himself to escape. The two Mithril agents who went to check on Vincent find his room empty and report to the Tuatha de Danaan that he was probably the leak. The arm slaves get swept by the current but manage to drag themselves to the river shore. They swear revenge on Vincent and thank Tessa for her help. Sousuke broods once more about the Arbalest’s uselessness. The twins sitting on the rooftop of a building with the Shadow note that the operation failed. Yu Lan reiterates her hatred for Gates and Yu Fan tells her to bear with it and listen to what their master says.
The twins are certainly dangerous foes giving both Mao and Weber a run for their money. Lucky for the SRT that they managed to turn the tables thanks to Tessa’s clever little gambit. Sousuke’s increasing hatred towards the Arbalest is a recurring theme in The Second Raid, and it gets a bit annoying hearing him constantly blame a machine for his inability to activate the Lambda Driver at will. It looks like they still haven’t worked the kinks out of the Venom as it once again conveniently overheats before Gates can get serious. Now that everyone knows about Vincent’s betrayal, he probably won’t be running free for long.
4 out of 5 stars
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