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Episode 22: Trans-Am

 

Review by Chris Guanche

March 15, 2008

 

Summary

 

In space Lasse docks the GN Arms with the assault container. He asks Ian how Lockon is doing and Ian answers that Lockon is in intensive care because the attack damaged his good eye. Sumeragi asks Dr. Moreno about Lockon's condition, and he tells her that once Lockon goes into the capsule, it'll take him three weeks to recover. Sumeragi wants to return to dock and work on repairing the Gundams, but Lockon says he won't be getting any treatment yet because they don't know when the enemy could attack next. Allelujah points out that Lockon won't be able to shoot precisely, and Lockon notes that he and Haro make a good team. He adds that him being out of action negatively affects Tieria, who is fragile despite the appearance he puts up. In an observation room, Tieria blames himself for Lockon's injuries because he was so obsessed with Veda. At a press conference, a Union officer announces that they will develop new mobile suits and commence Operation Fallen Angels to destroy the Gundams. Graham asks Billy about the status of his Over Flag, which is being fitted with a GN Drive from a GN-X, and Billy asks him to be patient. Elsewhere, Sergei's GN-X squad launches to continue searching for the Trinitys. On the Ptolemaios, Ian tells Allelujah that they'll be able to repair the Gundam Virtue, but the Gundam Dynames is heavily damaged and will need a new cockpit. Feldt travels through the ship and eavesdrops on Lockon's conversation with Tieria. Tieria feels that he's useless as a Meister without his ability to link to Veda, but Lockon tells him he can be like them. Tieria says they can't finish the operation without Veda, but Lockon believes they can. Tieria apologizes to Lockon, but Lockon tells him everyone is human and makes mistakes. On Earth, Michael and Nena complain about having to eat canned food. Johann calls Wang and asks for help in getting back to space, but she says it's too late because a UN force is already heading their way. The GN-X squad moves in to attack, and Johann cautions Michael and Nena not to be wasteful because their particle generation rates are low. The GN-X squad opens fire, and Michael responds by unleashing his fangs. Sergei has the squad go into tight formation, and they're able to dodge and destroy some of the fangs. Marina and Shirin watch the battle on TV in Azadistan, and in Tokyo Saji watches the battle and wishes for the Gundams to die. Nena rushes in to attack, but Soma damages the Throne Drei with her beam saber. Michael steps in to help, and Johann fires smoke rounds so they can escape. On the Moon, Ribbons clears Level 6 of Veda. Alejandro comments that the Trinitys are having trouble, so it's time to get the last bit of entertainment.

 

Sumeragi and the others watch the battle, and Tieria comments that their annihilation must have been part of Aeolia's plan. Setsuna asks why Gundams exist then, and he says that the Gundams were meant to eradicate war, but the Trinitys and the UN increased it. Lockon comments that the UN attack on the Trinitys is warfare and requires an armed intervention. Allelujah complains about their current situation, but Lockon says that Celestial Being isn't allowed to remain silent. Setsuna says he'll go alone if necessary, and Lasse volunteers to go in the GN Arms. Sumeragi gives Setsuna a mission plan and asks him to return safely. The Gundam Exia is loaded into the GN Arms' assault container, which takes off and heads to Earth. Lockon tells Tieria he can go too if he's worried about Setsuna, and Tieria calls Lockon a fool. At an AEU space station, Kati is informed that a unit emitting GN particles is entering the atmosphere. In an island on the Atlantic Ocean, Nena complains about the damage to her Throne Drei, and Johann tells Michael that he's asking Wang for help to get to space. Suddenly, Ali approaches with his Enact and uses optical signals to flash the message that he doesn't intend to attack. He introduces himself as a mercenary and says his sponsor asked him to do something about them. Johann asks if that sponsor is Lagna, but Ali answers that Lagna is dead and quickly pulls out and fires his gun, killing Michael. Johann opens fire, but Ali dodges the shots and knocks down Johann. Johann tells Nena to escape, and Ali tells Johann to get into his suit because this isn't much of a fight. Johann and Nena take to the skies, and they're shocked when Ali suddenly attacks in the Throne Zwei. Johann is surprised because the Throne Zwei is only supposed to respond to Michael's biometrics, and he wonders if Ali rewrote that with Veda. Johann attacks Ali and asks why he's doing that, and Ali answers that they're sacrifices. Ali attacks with his sword and gets in several shots from behind Johann. Johann says that they lived to be Gundam Meisters, and the Throne Eins explodes. Ali then attacks Nena and knocks her down to the ground. Before he can attack again, Setsuna arrives and opens fire. Ali tells Setsuna not to interfere, and Setsuna asks him what he's doing inside a Gundam. On the Moon, Ribbons clears Level 7 of Veda, giving them complete control. The floor then opens, revealing a cryogenic container containing Aeolia. Alejandro says that Aeolia won't witness the world he wanted to see, and he shoots the container several times with a golden gun. Suddenly, a video appears of Aeolia, and he says that if someone is there with evil intent, the world he wished for hasn't come. But Aeolia still trusts in humanity and wants to give them strength. Lasse attempts to help Setsuna, but Ali keeps him away. The Gundam Exia suddenly turns red and begins moving at lightning speed, preventing Ali from hitting it. Aeolia says he doesn't know if the people with the GN Drives have inherited his will, but he wants to give them the full power of the drives. Using the Trans-Am system, Setsuna rushes in and damages the Throne Zwei, forcing Ali to retreat.

 

Commentary

 

The ante has certainly been upped with this episode. The UN forces are definitely making a concerted effort to destroy both the original Gundam Meisters and the Trinitys. The Trinitys are stuck on Earth and on the run, and they basically don't stand a match for Sergei's GN-X squad in their weakened condition. Of course, things get worse when Ali enters the picture and single handedly kills both Michael and Johann. Some have complained about the lack of development for the Trinitys, but I would argue that they weren't meant for that. Like Lagna, they were expendable pawns in Alejandro's plan, and when they finished serving their purpose, they were disposed of. I really enjoyed the way Ali got a drop on both of them, and he's certainly putting the Throne Zwei to much better use than Michael ever did. Nena is luckily saved by Setsuna, who gets a power boost from the activation of the Trans-Am, which also furthers that Gundam meme of red things moving three times faster. Alejandro is falling into that mold of traditional villainy as time passes, and he adds to that here with his James Bond-ish golden gun, which he uses to dispatch Aeolia. If Aeolia anticipated that someone might betray him, it might've been a good idea to invest in bulletproof glass or store that cryogenic chamber somewhere else. But that's just me.

 

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