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Episode 3: Allelujah Rescue Operation

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 23, 2008

 

Summary

 

At a Federation detention center Marina is questioned over her connection to Celestial Being. She answers that she already addressed that four years ago, but the interrogator says she's a central figure again now that the Gundams have returned. The Federation president speaks to Ribbons and comments that the creation of a military with 40 million soldiers was only possible through Veda's prediction. After the conversation ends, Ribbons says that humans can't execute Aeolia's plan, so the Innovators will. Regene asks him why he's turned his focus on Marina now, and Ribbons comments Celestial Being will come now because Allelujah is in the same prison. At the detention center, Andrei and Soma visit Allelujah, and she wonders why her quantum brainwaves have no effect. Allelujah addresses Soma as Marie, but she insists that isn't her name. The Ptolemaios 2 hides inside an asteroid at Lagrange point 1, and Tieria expresses displeasure at hearing that Lockon only has experience piloting a Workloader. Feldt watches Lockon on the monitor, and Lasse asks Mileina about the status of the Arios Gundam and Cherudim Gundam. He then asks about Sumeragi, and Ian explains that she said her returning to the ship doesn't mean she's returned to Celestial Being. Setsuna visits Saji and confirms that the Thrones weren't their allies, but Saji says it still makes them no different because they kill people with their Gundams. Saji says the Gundams destroyed his peace, and Setsuna asks if it's ok for him to be the only one at peace. Soma speaks to Sergei over the phone and asks if there's any info from the super soldier facility on Marie, but he tells her he only briefly saw the confiscated data. Andrei informs her that their support has arrived, and in the air Kati's Guyana airship approaches. Kati wonders how it is A-LAWS knew about Allelujah's confinement when his capture wasn't made public. Nearby, Nena observes the situation for Wang. Allelujah thinks to himself that Soma is definitely Marie and that she must have multiple personalities like him. Feldt gets a message from Wang stating that Allelujah is in a Federation prison. Lasse tells Feldt to gather everyone for a briefing, and Tieria is surprised to hear that Allelujah has been found. Louise asks Li why they stopped searching for the Gundams, and he tells her there's no point because a trap has been laid for Celestial Being on Earth. Sumeragi asks everyone how they're going to rescue Allelujah, and Setsuna says he wants her analysis. Tieria adds that with Allelujah they can resume the plan. Feldt tries to give her a uniform, but Sumeragi says she doesn't want them to depend on her because she'll just put everyone in danger. She turns to leave, but Setsuna tells her that she shouldn't have any regrets and that even if the mission fails, it won't be her fault. He says they'll do whatever is necessary to save Allelujah, so Sumeragi changes her mind and asks Feldt for their tactical data. Later, the Ptolemaios 2 launches from the asteroid, and Feldt spots Marina's name on the prisoner list. Sumeragi thinks of how they can stop the carrier's particle beam cannon, and she's surprised that Lockon's abilities rate so high. As the mobile suits are prepared, Ian tells Setsuna not to use Trans-Am because it isn't stable yet. Sumeragi sends in her tactical plan, and Lockon tells Haro he's counting on its support. Tieria tells Setsuna that Marina is in the same prison as Allelujah. The Ptolemaios 2 then activates its GN field and begins atmospheric re-entry.

 

Kati orders her forces to open fire and tells Soma to secure Allelujah. The Ptolemaios 2 opens fire and continues a rapid descent to dive into the ocean. The wave generated by the ship's dive floods over the prison compound and incapacitates its Jiachong tanks and Tieren High Mobility Types. Kati wonders if this tactic was designed to diffuse the particle cannon. Feldt informs the Meisters that they have 300 seconds before the particle beam cannon can fire again. Setsuna says they can finish the mission in just three minutes, but Tieria suggests using the remaining two minutes to rescue someone else. Tieria destroys the cannons mounted on the prison's roof, and Setsuna destroys several Tierens before smashing into the prison. The Guyana launches several GN-XIIIs, and Lasse tells Lockon that his sniping doesn't have to hit targets, but just provide a distraction. Tieria uses the Seravee Gundam's GN field to stand guard over the 00 Gundam while Setsuna runs through the prison on foot. Several GN-XIIIs try to attack Tieria, but they get sniped by Lockon's Cherudim Gundam. Lockon takes to the air to snipe them and wonders where the rescue team is. Inside the prison, Soma and Andrei come under attack from Katharon ground forces. Setsuna frees Allelujah and gives him a PDA with the location of where he can rendezvous with the Arios Gundam. With Allelujah free, Tieria calls the ship and tells them to launch the Arios Gundam on auto pilot. The ship then briefly surfaces to launch the Arios Gundam before diving again. As Allelujah runs through the prison, he wonders who's freeing the prisoners. He reaches the designated point, and the Arios Gundam smashes through the outer wall next to him. He tries to run to the cockpit, but Soma appears and pulls a gun on him. Setsuna blasts open the door to Marina's cell and tells her to come with him. Tieria continues to hold off the GN-XIIIs, but there's only 30 seconds left on their time limit. Soma again denies that her name is Marie, but Allelujah says her real name is Marie Parfacy. Soma then hears a voice in her head and is overcome by a strange vision. Allelujah tries to run over to her, but Andrei and several other soldiers arrive and open fire. Allelujah hides behind a corner, and Tieria calls to say there's no time left. Allelujah makes a run for it and reaches the cockpit. He declares that he'll come back for Soma, and he joins Setsuna and Tieria in fighting the GN-XIIIs midair. Kati's Guyana continues to fire, but the three Gundams escape. Lockon is relieved that the prisoners were freed and falls back. At a desert base, Klaus tells Shirin that Marina was one of the prisoners. They weren't able to rescue her, but someone from Celestial Being did. Later, Tieria gives Allelujah a hot drink and asks him why he was captured by the Federation, but he's interrupted when Allelujah expresses shock at seeing Lockon. In the hangar Setsuna apologizes for Marina getting in trouble due to him. She asks him why he's fighting again, and he answers that fighting is the only way he can live and grant his wish. She begins to cry, and when he asks her why she's crying, she answers that it's because he won't.

 

Commentary

 

The title of this episode pretty much explains what the main thrust of the story is. Aside from that, there's a few interesting pieces of information. It seems that Ribbons is secretly using Veda to guide the development of the Federation to fit whatever plan he has. From a strategic standpoint, this means that we'll now have Sumeragi's plans going up against Veda. Lyle seems to be adjusting to his role as Lockon, but he's secretly leaking information to Katharon and hiding his skills as a mobile suit pilot. Allelujah finally sees Soma again and reveals that her name is Marie Parfacy and that she must have multiple personalities. This is evident when she has a strange vision and hears another voice in her head. It was established in season 1 that Sumeragi uses alcohol as a crutch because she blames herself for strategies not working out, but Setsuna forces her into action. It's interesting to see how much characters like Setsuna and Tieria have changed during the time skip. Setsuna acts more like a leader now, and Tieria seems to be more considerate of people. Four years ago, he'd have never signed off on Setsuna running off to rescue Marina, and he'd have judged Allelujah a failure for being held prisoner. Although it was heavily damaged, we see that the UN forces did capture the GN Drive-less Gundam Kyrios, which makes me wonder if they've secretly been reverse engineering it for the last four years.

 

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