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Episode 13: Assault on Memento Mori

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 15, 2009

 

Summary

 

Following the shot from Memento Mori, a second blast is fired at the Katharon space fleet, but this time it's from Hiling's Gadessa. Hiling fires his GN mega launcher again, destroying more Katharon ships. The Katharon commanders orders the remaining ships to fire their missiles, but A-LAWS intercepts and destroys 93 percent of them. Ahead and GN-XIII teams launch their attacks and easily destroy Katharon's Flags, Enact Space Types, Realdo Space Types and Tieren Space Types. An Ahead attempts to fire on the Katharon flagship, but it's destroyed by a shot from the 00 Raiser. Setsuna tells the Katharon commander that he's going to destroy the satellite arms and asks for information on it. Setsuna destroys an Ahead and tells the Katharon fleet to move to the underside of the orbital ring. Rindt is informed that Celestial Being has appeared and decides to leave the Gundams to Hiling. Setsuna slices apart a GN-XIII and dodges an attack from Hiling's GN mega launcher. He returns fire, and Hiling is surprised that Setsuna has the same firing range as her. Elsewhere, Hong Long sees the mark on Wang's face, and when he asks what happens, she answers that a man's jealousy is unsightly. She asks for a status report on the battle, which Nena eavesdrops on in her Liang shuttle. She says she won't let have Wang have her way and flies off in space. On the Ptolemaios 2, Sumeragi and the Meisters examine the data on Memento Mori. Anew explains that it's a laser powered by a particle accelerator on the orbital ring. Feldt adds that the barrel has a limited firing angle, and Mileina reports that there's a message from an agent. Tieria assumes it's Wang and wonders what took her so long, and Feldt displays the message, which shows detailed specs for Memento Mori. She examines the data and explains that it has a weakness in its light resonance chamber. Sumeragi decides to attack by breaking through the A-LAWS fleet. Elsewhere, Nena's Haro reports to her that it transmitted the data to Celestial Being. Saji is surprised to hear from Marie that she knew Louise, and she confirms that Louise is a mobile suit pilot. Sumeragi then calls them to ask for a favor. Setsuna destroys another suit and gets a message from Sumeragi that they're starting the operation. As Setsuna stabs an Ahead, Hiling uses the opportunity to take aim with her GN mega launcher.

 

Hiling fires but Setsuna manages to disengage the Ahead and dodge the blast. He then attacks with his sword and calls Hiling out as an Innovator. The Ptolemaios 2 then speeds by with its GN field activated. Rindt sees that Celestial Being is after Memento Mori's blind spot, so he orders the Baikal fleet to open fire and force the ship into the laser's firing range. The Ptolemaios 2 drifts away from the orbital ring into Memento Mori's firing range. Marie examines the specs on Memento Mori, and Sumeragi orders them to stay course. Marie gives the signal, and the ship dodges with Arios Gundam's Trans-Am the second Memento Mori fires. Hiling laughs and assumes it's all over, but the Ptolemaios 2 suddenly reappears and charges in at high speed. Rindt orders his fleet to open fire and begin recharging Memento Mori. The ship opens its front hatch, and Lockon activates Trans-Am. Haro deploys the Cherudim Gundam's new shield bits, which block the fire coming in from the Baikals and mobile suits. Tieria fires at the incoming Aheads, and Lockon complains that the bits can't hold out long. Hiling tries to fire at the ship from the rear, but Setsuna slices the GN mega launcher in half. As the Ptolemaios 2 continues to rush in, several shield bits are destroyed by A-LAWS ships. Mileina reports that the Arios Gundam has reached the limits of Trans-Am, and Feldt reports that the shield bits are being destroyed. Tieria activates the Seravee Gundam's Trans-Am and fires a hyper burst from his bazooka that hits the satellite arms, and Lasse fires a volley of GN missiles. The attacks blow a hole in the satellite arms, but leave Memento Mori intact. Lockon takes aim with his sniper rifle on the tiny electromagnetic chamber. He says he'll live up to his name and fires his rifle, which hits the resonance chamber. The satellite arms explodes, and large wreckage fragments destroy Rindt's ship. Setsuna gets the order to retreat, but Hiling tries to give chase and continue his attack. Covering fire comes in from an unknown direction, and Setsuna uses the chance to slice off the Gadessa's arm and escape. He notices that the cover fire was red beams and spots Nena's Liang. In the Middle East, Klaus and Shirin watch the shower from space of Memento Mori's fragments, and he declares that the area has been saved. Sergei watches the shower from the Middle East and gets a surprise visit from an old friend, Pang Hercury.

 

Commentary

 

The fight against Memento Mori continues with a pretty thrilling battle. I have to wonder why Katharon expected to actually accomplish anything with their attack. In any other situation, their force could probably do some real damage, but their suits and ships are completely useless against state-of-the-art mobile suits with GN Tau drives. This is completely evident when A-LAWS suits easily destroy countless Katharon suits and ships with no help from Memento Mori. However, things change when Setsuna and Celestial Being show up. Setsuna spends most of his time occupied with Hiling, while the Luke Skywalker-ish narrow shot honor goes to Lockon. I can see why Tieria was needed to fire a giant beam blast, but it's a bit of a shame that Allelujah had to basically act as a Trans-Am battery. Between this and ferrying away Celestial Being shuttles, he hasn't had much to do in recent episodes, so hopefully this will change. On another front, it's interesting to see how Nena is taking matters into her own hands and acting directly against Wang. It's clear that she was the one who sent Celestial Being the data on Memento Mori, even though they assumed it was Wang. She also provided Setsuna cover fire when Hiling tried to attack him. When all's said and done, I wonder if Nena will position herself to kill Wang because she's working alongside Ali. Finally, it's good to see that a sniveling, self-serving idiot like Rindt got what he deserved in being killed by his precious Memento Mori.

 

Overall Rating

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