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Episode 6: Scars

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 16, 2008

 

Summary

 

Katharon members treat the wounded and put the dead in body bags. Shirin is pleased that Klaus survived, and he comments that the base they spent three years building is in ruins. Several Katharon members accuse the Gundam pilots of betraying them, and one of them pulls a gun on Tieria, but Lockon says it isn't their fault. Tieria wonders who informed A-LAWS and notices that Saji is behaving strangely, so he takes him aside and questions him. Tieria calls him out and asks if he's an A-LAWS spy, but Saji says he isn't. Viewing the destruction on a monitor, Sumeragi is reminded of the incident where she was an AEU officer and her lover Emilio was killed as a result of the friendly fire incident she was involved in. Overcome by the emotion, Sumeragi passes out and falls to the floor. Tieria slaps Saji and calls him a fool, and Saji says he didn't expect things to turn out this way. Tieria tells him his delusional thinking that he's not involved leads to these consequences, and Saji drops to the floor in tears. Setsuna walks by and asks what's happening, and Tieria tells him it was Saji's fault. Marina cries in Shirin's arms and tells her about what happened in Azadistan. On the Bering, Rindt tries to kiss up to Kati regarding the operation, but she tells him to shut up. He says he likes search-and-destroy missions, and she asks him if he likes to murder people. He mentions that she pretty much did the same thing herself with the friendly fire incident she was involved in with the AEU. Angered, she grabs him by the collar, and he asks if she's going to attack an ally again. Setsuna tells Tieria and Allelujah in the shuttle about what happened. They get a call about Sumeragi collapsing and decide to return, and Tieria tells Saji he has to come with them. Shirin is amazed that Marina came back, and Marina explains that Setsuna forced her to. Marina cries and says she wouldn't have minded dying for Azadistan, so Shirin hugs her. Lockon tells Klaus that they'll provide protection until Katharon members transfer to the other base. At the mansion, Hong Long asks Wang to be put in charge of a mission, but she responds that she's asking Nena. She says Nena's quantum brainwaves will be essential to deceiving the Innovators, so Hong Long - her brother, isn't suited for the job. Feldt tells Ian and Lasse that Sumeragi is in mental shock and will probably wake up soon. Lasse wonders what happened, and Ian says the massacre is connected somehow. Kati recalls the incident and wonders if Sumeragi is the one providing tactics for Celestial Being. Soma receives an encrypted mission from Sergei, and he apologizes for being part of the chain that led to the battle with Katharon. She sees that Sergei is concerned with her and recalls when he proposed to adopt her. When she was reluctant, he said Soma Smirnov probably sounded strange, but she didn't want to forget that she was Soma Peries. As she cries, Soma decides that she's just a tool for killing people. Rindt berates Sergei for letting Saji escape and slaps him. Rindt tells him to keep on his current assignment until he's disposed of. Nena flies in her Liang through the Middle East as part of her assignment.

 

On the Bering, Zinin's team reports for duty to Kati. She asks him why he's in A-LAWS, and he answers that he wants to build the foundation for a unified world. On the Ptolemaios 2, Allelujah asks about Sumeragi's condition, but Lasse reports there's no change. Katharon is still transferring supplies, and Lockon says A-LAWS will definitely return. Allelujah reports that Sumeragi is out of action, but Lasse says they still have to fight anyway. The ship then takes off, and Saji wonders what he should do. Feldt removes the optical camouflage on the ship so that A-LAWS will spot them and divert attention from Katharon. In the Bering's hangar, Soma tells herself that she has to execute her missions. She's interrupted when Louise walks up and introduces herself. Soma tells Louise that with her quantum brainwaves she can tell Louise is pushing herself too hard and thinking about someone. Their conversation is interrupted when Andrei walks up and says there's a meeting. He's surprised when he sees Louise. As Kai outlines the battle plan, Graham rudely interrupts and declares that he'll take on the 00 Gundam himself. Zinin steps in and says he wants to see what the independent Mr. Bushido can do. In the air, Tieria launches in the Seravee Gundam, followed by Allelujah in the Arios Gundam. As Lockon prepares to launch in the Cherudim Gundam, he tells Haro they have to be serious today. Ian tells Setsuna not to use Trans-Am, and Setsuna thinks about Ali as he launches. Saji asks Lasse if he can help, but Lasse tells him the sentiment is enough. As the A-LAWS squad approaches, Zinin says he'll leave the 00 Gundam to Graham. Soma, Andrei and Louise break off into a smaller team to attack Allelujah. A GN-XIII attacks Tieria, but Lockon snipes it while flying above the water. Soma's Ahead Smultron attacks Allelujah directly, and Louise is almost hit by the Ptolemaios 2's cannons. Kati decides to switch tactics and realizes that she's not facing Sumeragi. Graham's Ahead Sakigake speeds in toward Setsuna, and he notes that Setsuna's aim has improved. Zinin attacks Lockon, and Andrei tells him that Louise is attacking the ship. Saji runs into Ian in the corridor and says he wants to help. Zinin's Ahead attacks Tieria, who comments that A-LAWS pilots are very experienced. Ian and Saji take up positions with the beam cannons, and Louise's GN-XIII approaches at high speed. Ian tells Saji to shoot, but Saji hesitates and thinks to himself that if he kills, he'll be the same as them. Ian yells at him to shoot, and as Louise rushes in, Saji begins to press the trigger. Graham attacks Setsuna with a beam saber and wonders if Setsuna is holding back. Soma slashes into the Arios Gundam's arm, and Setsuna activates the Trans-Am system.

 

Commentary

 

Picking up again where the previous episode left off, there's still a lot of fallout from the attack on the Katharon base. Tieria picks up on what Saji did and gives him a good slapping for it, Bright Noa style. Perhaps the most important part of this episode is that we finally get to see the incident that Sumeragi is always running away from and became an alcoholic over. Years ago, she was an AEU officer, and as a result of misinformation, she and Kati faced off against each other in a friendly fire incident, which resulted in the death of some guy named Emilio that she cared about. It certainly all makes sense now, although I have to wonder why Kati didn't notice before she was fighting against Sumeragi, given their numerous engagements in season 1. There's also some good material with Soma, especially after the revelation last episode that Sergei wanted to adopt her. She's fighting an internal struggle between trying to be the normal person she wants to be and the super soldier that she is. Allelujah and all that Marie stuff just throws further confusion into the mix, but this all shows her growth as a character from what she was like when she first appeared. In other developments, the news that Hong Long is Wang's brother is quite a surprise, mainly because he acts like a servant rather than family. Saji finally decides to step up and take action, but in classic Gundam tradition it means he has to face off against Louise. Finally, since Ian told Setsuna not to use Trans-Am, but Setsuna went and did it anyway, I wonder what kind of hijinks will ensue as a result.

 

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