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Episode 4: Attack and Retreat on the Burning Sand

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 23, 2000

 

Summary

 

The Albion flies over the savannah of Eastern Africa as the search continues for Gato and the GP02A. All of the crew is on edge, and things only get worse when a battle alert is sounded. It turns out to not be an enemy attack, but instead is a fight in the hangar between Monsha and Mora. Mora doesn't like that Monsha is hitting on all her girls and grabbing their butts. Adel says he will make sure Monsha grabs her but too next time, and Mora hits him. A rude officer from Jaburo tells Synapse that if he can't capture the GP02A to just destroy it, whatever Nina's objections might be. Kou returns to the ship in his Core Fighter II after patrolling the area around Mount Kilimanjaro and finding nothing. Monsha, Bate and Adel play cards in the hangar. Monsha wants to bet that Kou can't land the Core Fighter II properly, and he places a card in the control systems to sabotage it. Kou manages to land, and Monsha gets yelled at Mora and Nina. Nina tells Monsha that Kou has been chosen to pilot the GP01, and Monsha demands a rematch. Nina tells Monsha she hates people like him with no self control. At the Kinbareid diamond mines, Zeon guerillas in hiding since the One Year War cheer as Gato arrives with the GP02A. On the Albion, Keith bumps into Burning on his way to take a leak, and he also bumps into Orville and knocks over his pile of papers. Orville leaves, and Burning notices a paper he left behind. At the Kinbareid mines, Gato drinks champagne with base commander Neuen Bitter to celebrate the beginning of Operation Stardust. Bitter says Gato can use his forces to help establish a new Zeon. An H.L.V. is being prepared to send Gato and the GP02A into space.

 

Back on the Albion, a battle alert is sounded when it is discovered Orville is a Zeon spy. Orville steals a Core Fighter II and heads for the Zeon base. Gato and Bitter worry that Orville will lead the Albion to them before they can launch the H.L.V. with the GP02A into space. Burning sends out Monsha in his GM Custom, followed by Kou in the GP01 and Keith in a GM Cannon II. Orville can't locate the base and he sees two Zakus on the ground. He thinks they have come to greet him, but they shoot at him and destroy the Core Fighter II. Orville manages to eject and crashes on the ground. As Kou, Keith and Monsha run across the sand, they spot the Zakus shooting at Orville. Monsha orders them to chase the Zakus into the desert, thinking they will lead them to the Zeon base. Bitter orders his men to surrender after the H.L.V. launches. He leaves the base with a squad of Zakus and Dom Tropens to attack the Albion. Synapse realizes that Kou and the others were led away by decoys and tells them to return. He orders the Albion to turn and follow Orville's original flight path. Two Dom Tropens ambush Kou and the others, and Kou destroys them both. They quickly return to the Albion to help out. As the Zeon assault the Albion, Synapse sends out Bate and Adel in a GM Custom and GM Cannon II. The H.L.V. launches, so the Albion fires its main gun at the shuttle and misses. Bitter uses the boosters on his Zaku to jump up high and fire at the Albion's bridge, but Kou shoots him down. As Gato heads into space, the Albion approaches the Zeon base, where the surviving soldiers surrender.

 

Commentary

 

Finally, back to the plot. It's interesting to see how everyone on the Albion is on edge after searching for Gato so long. However, Monsha and his wild antics are too much. I'm getting to not like him at all. Either he gets serious soon or dies; I don't care which one it is. It's interesting to note that Kou flies by Mount Kilimanjaro in this episode. In just a few years, Kilimanjaro will become the base for the cruel Titans force. I wonder what was there in UC 0083. Now that Gato is in space, it seems that Kou will have to go after him. We all know that in Gundam, the really big battles occur in space. This will probably be no different.

 

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