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Episode 8: Indiscriminate Retaliation

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 15, 2007

 

Summary

 

The mysterious terrorists strike again, this time setting off a bomb in an Italian subway. Allelujah reads a statement from the terrorists in which they claim to be the voice of the people, rising up to fight those who seek to oppress the world through military force. Thinking of the terrorist attacks, Lockon is reminded of the terrorist attack in Ireland that killed his parents when he was a young boy. He vows to take down all the terrorists himself. On the Ptolemaios, navigator Lichtendahl Tsery discusses the terrorist attacks with Lasse, and Lasse concludes there's nothing they can do from space, so they should leave the job to the Gundam Meisters. Back on Earth, Wang and Hong Long arrive by VTOL plane at her mansion. On a yacht near the deserted island, the four Gundam Meisters meet with Ian, Sumeragi, Christina and Feldt . Christina wishes they could contact Wang's agents directly, and Tieria says that as the attack force they don't need to know everything about the terrorists. Hong Long examines the intelligence gathered by the superpowers, and a terrorist attack in Shanghai marks a hit for all three superpowers. Hong Long concludes that it's an international terrorist network, and Wang comments that it could be sponsored by various nations. Sumeragi orders the Meisters to get into position with their Gundams so that they can attack the terrorist bases when they're discovered. In space, Sergei hears a report on the death toll in Shanghai. Soma comments that Sergei shouldn't involve himself with the terrorist attacks, but he says that since the attacks are the result of Celestial Being's actions, it's possible they'll get involved, and that does concern him. Graham flies on patrol with Howard and Daryl because he's restless and can't stand aside during the terror attacks. In Scotland, Marina tells Shirin that her meeting with England's foreign office has been delayed as a result of the attacks. Shirin reports that a conservative parliamentarian was attacked by the reformists, and it's only a matter of time before riots break out. In Tokyo, Saji speaks to Louise over the phone, and she tells him that her mother is insisting she return to Spain. He hangs up when Kinue gets home, and she's exhausted from the busy news cycle. Saji says that he didn't think events in the rest of the world concerned him in Tokyo, but his opinion has changed following the bus bombing. He thinks it's impossible to eliminate war from the world, and Kinue wonders if Celestial Being thinks the same way. She believes that must have some ulterior motive under their stated goal of eradicating war. Tieria arrives in Australia, while Allelujah stands by in an HRL desert. Lockon waits in a South American forest, and Setsuna arrives in the mountains of Scotland. He thinks about the war and recalls a young boy who believed he was fighting on God's behalf and was killed. Setsuna picks up a terrorist bombing and heads into the city with a rental taxi to find the suspect. Setsuna chases the getaway car on a highway, and Marina sees him as her limo passes by. Setsuna shoots at the terrorists, but they manage to escape in their bulletproof car when Setsuna stops to line up a shot. A police officer pulls up and asks what Setsuna's doing. Marina's limo pulls up, and a bodyguard tells the officer that Setsuna is with them.

 

In a park Marina asks Setsuna if she did something unnecessary. She explains that she was surprised to see someone from her part of the world in Scotland. She asks Setsuna if he's from Azadistan, but he catches her by surprise when he answers that he's from Krugis. She then introduces herself, and he gives her the name Kamal Mazirif. She asks him if he's sightseeing, and he begins to walk off. One of the terrorists is captured, and Hong Long picks up some intelligence that the terrorists are part of a radical bioconservative group named La Edenra that operates out of Europe. Marina tells Setsuna that she's on a diplomatic trip to gain access to the solar energy system. If she doesn't, the chaos will grow and eventually Celestial Being will appear. Although she thinks war is bad, she believes that Celestial Being are a bunch of fanatics who are causing innocent people to die as a result of their interventions. She thinks their actions are too arbitrary because they don't bother to negotiate, and Setsuna says that people are still dying while she negotiates. He then notes that it was Azadistan that destroyed the Krugis Republic. Marina says that both countries attempted to negotiate, and Setsuna says that people still died even then. Marina asks Setsuna if he fought during the war, and he answers that he's still fighting every day. She wonders if he's a conservative sent to assassinate her, and he says that killing her wouldn't change the world. Setsuna then reveals that he's a Gundam Meister and says that Celestial Being will appear in Azadistan if the conflict continues. Hong Long then picks up leaks from intelligence agencies regarding information on the terrorists. The AEU intelligence director leaked the information because they can't use military force in other countries, but Celestial Being can. The Gundam Meisters launch, and Sumeragi decides to leave everything to them while she heads to the beach with Christina and Feldt . Tieria's Gundam Virtue attacks a terrorist base in the Marshall Islands and annihilates it. Lockon's Gundam Dynames attacks a mountain base and declares that he won't show any mercy today. Setsuna's Gundam Exia attacks a transport ship and is pulled underwater by the mobile armor Shuichai. After breaking free, he stabs the Shuichai with his beam daggers and slices it apart with his beam sabers. As Marina flies home, she thinks about Setsuna's revelation and concludes that he must have been joking. Just then, the Gundam Exia appears in the sky and flies by the jet.

 

Commentary

 

The terrorist attacks continue in this episode, and Celestial Being goes on the offensive. Wang reaches the conclusion that the terrorists might be sponsored by a nation, which I assumed after the last episode. They seem far too global and well armed to just be a typical terrorist group. There's also the fact that Ali knew about the attacks before they occurred, so I think he's definitely involved. This episode also gives us the fated meeting between Setsuna and Marina, which reveals some new information. Six years ago, the Krugis Republic was destroyed in a war with Azadistan. Given that, Azadistan must be located somewhere in the areas that surround modern Kurdistan, which includes Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Marina's comments elicit an emotional response from Setsuna, and it's obvious he didn't learn his lesson after Lockon's "correction" in the last episode. She didn't believe him, but I'm sure the Gundam Exia's fly by next to her plane proved her wrong. Now that the terrorists have been wiped out, I guess it's back to the usual business of armed interventions for Celestial Being.

 

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