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Episode 12: Assault on the Point of No Return

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 27, 2000

 

Summary

 

The colony continues on its course for Earth. The Lili Marleen spots Kou's GP03, and Cima sends out mobile suits to attack him. Hasler contacts Delaz and tells him the Axis rleet will stay to the rear. Kou uses the weapons of the Orchis weapons container to eliminate Zakus and Rick Doms that get in his way. At Jaburo, Kowen tracks the movement of the colony. They have to regain control of it before it passes the Point of No Return. Once that point is passed, its course cannot be changed because Earth's gravity is pulling it in. The Zeon suits retreat, and Kou locates Gato's Neue Ziel and attacks. The two mobile armors are so powerful that they are pretty evenly matched in combat. Each pilot discovers that the other has an I-field that deflects beam weapon attacks. On the Albion, Synapse decides not send out mobile suits until Kou breaks a hole in the enemy line. Keith, Monsha, Bate and Adel all wait to launch. Kou and Gato continue to fight, and Kou switches to rocket-based weapons, which damage the Neue Ziel. Gato deploys his claw arms to attack Kou. The two of them fight until the Albion shows up, and Synapse orders Kou to return to the ship for re-supply. On Delaz's ship Gwaden, Cima shows up has her men kill all of Delaz's bridge crew. Back on the Albion, Kou is anxious to get back into battle with Gato. He takes a moment to rest, but the Zeon have located the Albion and attack. Kou disconnects the Stamen from the Orchis mobile armor and goes out to fight with the others.

 

Kowen sees General Gene Corini speaking to Cima on a screen. He argues that the Earth orbital defense fleet must be deployed, and Jamitov Hymem pulls out a gun on him. Kowen yells at Corini and is taken away. Gato tells his men that Cima cannot be trusted, and they will complete the mission on their own without her forces. The damaged Albion begins moving again, followed by Kou's Orchis. Shortly after they begin moving, Gato attacks them. Gato fires missiles at Kou, and in the frenzy of the attack he uses a claw arm to destroy Kou's I-field generator. Kou continues attacking Gato, and one of his weapons containers is destroyed. Monsha's GM Custom fights off a Dra-C that sideswipes him and rips off one of his arms. Back on the Gwaden, Cima holds Delaz hostage, and he regrets ever working with her when she announces a cease fire on behalf of the Zeon. He asks her if she is going to drop the colony or not. As the countdown reaches one minute, the colony continues to move and passes the Point of No Return. The Albion continues its pursuit of the colony and spots what the Federation Forces are really doing to stop the colony. From his ship, Delaz sees it too: the new Solar System II commanded of Bask Om. Just like the original Solar System from the One Year War, this one focuses sunlight into mirrors and creates a powerful beam. Gato shows up in front of the Gwaden and asks what's going on. Delaz tells him to continue and see the mission through. He shouts out "Sieg Zeon" and Cima kills him. Gato lashes out in fury and smashes the bridge of the Gwaden with one of his claw arms.

 

Commentary

 

Things are really heating up now. That space colony is on a one way course to Earth, and it seems the only people who care about stopping it are the crew of the Albion. Cima finally plays her hand and betrays Delaz, which was a long time coming. However, her reasons for working with the Federation are not explained. Aside from all of those developments, there's the Federation conspiracy. Why is General Corini not worried about the colony drop? Even though he has the Solar System II, it's almost as if he wants the colony to drop. Here we also get to see cameo appearances by Zeta Gundam characters Bask Om and Jamitov Hymem, who become the future leaders of the Titans. We'll see how things turn out in the last episode of the series.

 

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