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Episode 23: Stop the World

 

Review by Chris Guanche

March 25, 2008

 

Summary

 

Using the Trans-Am system, the Gundam Exia damages the Throne Zwei and forces Ali to escape. At the same time, Nena cries over the deaths of her brothers and flies off in the Throne Drei. On the Moon, Alejandro wonders what the Trans-Am system is, but Ribbons has no data on it and speculates that it was built into the GN Drive's black box. Also, the data on all the Meisters has been deleted from Veda. Alejandro can't believe that Aeolia foresaw such a betrayal, and he's personally sick of dancing to Aeolia's ideals. At Lagrange point 1, the Ptolemaios hides in a field of resource asteroids while the assault container is attached to the ship. A new tail booster is attached to the Gundam Kyrios, and Ian supervises the repairs on the Gundam Dynames. Examining the data on the Trans-Am, Sumeragi comments that it releases GN particles to temporarily allow the Gundams to operate at three times their performance level. An encrypted message arrives from Setsuna, and he reports that the GN-Xs on Earth are heading to space. Also, the Throne Zwei was captured by Ali, which catches Lockon's attention and angers him. Elsewhere, several Union Virginia class mobile suit transports carrying the GN-Xs and the Throne Zwei head to Lagrange 1. Ali is pleased that they have spare parts to fix the Throne Zwei, and he's surprised to meet Sergei. Sergei asks Ali how he captured the Throne Zwei, but Ali says that's a secret. Daryl prepares for launch and vows to get revenge for Howard. As they head back to the ship, Lasse asks Setsuna if he found is answer, and Setsuna says they were entrusted with what they're doing by Aeolia. Setsuna says he'll eradicate war, and Lasse replies that he doesn't think they can do that, but the actions they have taken will be remembered by people. Setsuna gets a message from the ship that the UN fleet has been picked up. Lockon prepares for launch, but he finds that the door out of the ready room has been locked. Allelujah wonders if locking him in is too much, but Tieria vows that this time he'll protect Lockon. After they launch, the GN-Xs and the Throne Zwei enter formation and begin approaching the ship. Allelujah preemptively attacks by firing the beam cannons on the tail booster and destroys several GN-Xs. Sergei shouts out formation orders, and Tieria uses his cannons to get a GN-X. Ali moves in to attack Tieria and deploys his GN fangs. Tieria destroys two, but the other two manage to penetrate Tieria's GN field. Allelujah attempts to help Tieria, but his tail booster is damaged by an attack from Soma. Allelujah ejects the tail booster and transforms just in time to deflect her beam saber attack. Sumeragi gives orders to retreat, but Lockon stops her by launching in the Gundam Dynames and GN Arms Type-D.

 

Sergei attacks Allelujah from behind, and Soma moves in for the killing blow with her beam saber. The Gundam Kyrios dodges by going into Trans-Am mode, and Allelujah discovers that Hallelujah has blocked the quantum brainwaves from Soma. Tieria is surrounded by enemies and also goes into Trans-Am mode to fire a large burst from his bazooka. Patrick wonders if it's a new weapon, but his GN-X is damaged by an asteroid fragment and knocked away. Daryl attacks Tieria, but he's forced onto the defensive by Lockon. Lockon fires a barrage of GN missiles and hits several GN-Xs. Tieria tells Lockon he's in no condition to fight, but Lockon says he has to. Allelujah moves too quickly for Soma and damages her unit and Sergei's before the Trans-Am mode runs out. The GN-Xs then retreat, and Lockon heads for the Virginia ships to destroy them. Lockon destroys two of the ships, but his GN Arms comes under fire from Ali. Lockon ejects from the GN Arms before it explodes and chases after Ali. Lockon wildly fires multiple shots, but he's unable to get a hit in without his good eye. Ali attacks with his buster sword, and Lockon blocks with a beam saber. Lockon asks Ali why he ordered the suicide bombing in Ireland, and Ali says that he's a mercenary and that people from the Middle East would naturally be against the construction of the AEU's elevator. Ali says that Lockon is a terrorist just like him, but Lockon says he'll take the blame for what he's done after shooting down Ali. Setsuna ejects from the assault container and uses Trans-Am mode to reach the battlefield faster. Lockon continues to attack Ali and says he's the personification of war. He pulls out his second beam saber and uses it to cut off the Throne Zwei's right arm. Just then, Daryl rushes in to attack. Lockon fires several GN missiles and damages the GN-X, but Daryl continues forward for a suicide attack. Lockon tries to shoot him, but Daryl smashes into the Gundam Dynames and destroys its right arm. Ali notices that Lockon can't see his right side properly and deploys his GN fangs. Lockon shoots down several with his pistol, but the rest manage to hit and destroy the head and legs. The damaged Gundam Dynames drifts away into the asteroid field, and Ali searches for Lockon. Lockon removes the sniper rifle controller and asks Haro to take the Gundam Dynames back to the ship. Lockon says goodbye to Haro and floats over to one of the cannons from the GN Arms. Lockon attaches his rifle controller to the cannon and targets the Throne Zwei. He says to himself that he can't move on unless he avenges his family. Ali picks up Lockon's life sign and moves in to attack. Lockon fires and hits the Throne Zwei's lower half, but Ali manages to land a shot on the GN Arms cannon. As an injured Lockon floats through space, he thinks of his parents and his sister Amy. He knows that his actions may not change anything, and he wonders about the future Lyle will live in. Lockon sees the Gundam Exia in the distance and wonders if Setsuna found his answer. Looking at the Earth, Lockon wonders if people are satisfied with the current world, because he hates it. Setsuna rushes in, but the GN Arms cannon explodes. The Gundam Dynames returns to the ship, and the bridge crew assume that Lockon is safe. But when Haro calls them and repeats Lockon's name over and over, they realize what happened. Setsuna searches the debris field and screams in grief.

 

Commentary

 

Things are just going from worse to even more worse for the Meisters. With the Trinitys basically out of the way, the GN-X team turns its attention to the original Meisters. Allelujah does pretty well with his new tail booster before it gets trashed, and he gets some surprising backup from Hallelujah while fighting Soma. Both Allelujah and Tieria try out their Trans-Am gimmicks, but by doing so they're basically powered down after the time limit. For quite a while, we've seen that even though Lockon wants to change the world, he still understandably feels the desire to avenge his family. That desire is stoked when he hears that Ali is in the Throne Zwei. The usually calm Lockon is gone here, as he's filled with rage during his duel with Ali. Despite his handicap, he was actually doing well until Daryl committed a kamikaze attack to avenge Howard. You have to give Lockon credit for using the GN Arms cannon, but it was clear that doing so would be his doom. As far as a character death goes, Lockon has a pretty good end by going out fighting. It's usually expected that the older senpai type characters in mecha die at some point (ala Roy Focker or Sleggar Law), but it's kind of surprising that they'd kill Lockon at this point in the series. With Lockon gone and the Gundam Dynames out of commission, the situation isn't looking well for the Meisters.

 

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