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Episode 12: The Rebels Set Sail

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 4, 2012

 

Summary

 

Grodek returns to the Diva's bridge and orders the crew to prepare for departure in 10 minutes. Adams asks what happened, and Millais tells him that the EFF entered Minsry and tried to arrest Grodek for treason. Flit comes down from the AGE-1 Normal's cockpit, and Vargas asks if it's true that the EFF came after Grodek. Flit says that it is and they need to escape as soon as possible. Largan sighs and laments that they've made an enemy of the EFF, so Woolf tells him he should get off the ship. He tells Largan not to lose sight of what's important and says that in a race you have to sometimes take an unfavorable course for the sake of winning in the end. The Diva activates its engines and sets off, but its path is immediately blocked by three Darwin class battleships. On the Blitz, Guavaran munches on chocolate and vows that he won't let the rebels escape. Grodek orders the ship to proceed slowly, and Guavaran comments that he prefers to do things this way. He tells a lackey that Grodek is a talented computer engineer and mission planner, and when the lackey mentions how Grodek got the upper hand in the colony, Guavaran responds that acting like a MP isn't his style. He finds this situation more exciting and munches down another bar, and when the lackey tells him not to eat too much, Guavaran counters that he needs fuel for his brain. Grodek orders the mobile suit squadron to launch, and Largan wonders if they really have no choice but to fight the EFF. The Genoace and G-Exes are loaded onto their catapults, and the Darwin ships fire flash missiles. The light blinds the Diva's crew, and when it clears up they find that three Genoaces have appeared in front of the bridge and launch catapults. Guavaran then calls Grodek and introduces himself as the commander of the EFF's 8th Space Fleet. He orders Grodek to stand down or be attacked as an enemy, but Adams intervenes and says they don't want to fight the EFF. He explains that the UE are hiding inside Ambat, so they want to make a decisive strike against the UE. He asks Guavaran to join forces with them, and Guavaran counters that such a decision is to be made by higher ups, not soldiers on their own. He asks Grodek for an answer, but Grodek stays silent. Before the the Genoace can fire at the bridge, its beam spray gun is destroyed by Flit, who was hiding in the colony's shadow. Woolf and Largan then take advantage of the confusion to launch and ram into the blocking Genoaces. The 8th Space Fleet's ships and Genoace squads then target the Diva, and Guavaran wonders what Grodek will do next.

 

Guavaran's lackey asks if Grodek will surrender, and he answers that even if the Diva attacks one of their ships, the other two will take it down. Grodek says they're even now, and the Zalam-Euba ships appear and open fire on the 8th Space Fleet. After they cease fire, Ract demands to know what the reason is and asks if Grodek is taking pity on them because they're EFF too. Grodek explains that since they're heading immediately to Operation Ambat Capture, he doesn't want to waste resources beforehand. Guavaran figures out Grodek's intention and comments that he may seriously be planning to attack the UE. The 8th Space Fleet is then attacked from behind, but the source is two UE battleships and multiple Gafrans and Baqtos. The Genoaces don't stand a chance against the UE, and their line begins to collapse. Guavaran realizes his predicament: his rear is currently exposed to the UE, but if he turns around, he'll be exposing himself to the Diva. Ract calls Grodek and says this is a blessing because they can use the confusion to escape and head for Ambat. Adams asks Ract if he wants them to abandon their comrades, and Ract counters that they're enemies, not comrades. But Grodek gives orders to attack the UE in front of them. The Diva's mobile suits rush in and pass the 8th Space Fleet to open fire on the UE. Using his new rifle, Largan is able to destroy a Gafran. As Flit fights several Gafrans, he has a strange sensation and fires his DODS rifle where he predicts the Gafran will move to. He then destroys another with his beam saber and then tosses the saber at a third before destroying it with his rifle. Flit wonders how he could do that, but Woolf reminds him that the battle isn't over yet. The Diva approaches with its main guns armed, and Guavaran orders his ships to move out of the way. The Diva opens fire on the UE, and the 8th Space Fleet turns and also opens fire on the UE. With the combined fire from four ships, the UE pull back and retreat. Guavaran tells Grodek that it would've been easier if he had abandoned them and escaped, but Grodek answers that all he did was fight the UE. Guavaran says he'd like to have a drink with Grodek when they next meet, and he officially declares that the rebel Grodek escaped during the confusion of the UE attack. Later, Flit explains to Grodek what happened during the battle and says it was like when he met Yurin. Grodek tells him it could be the power of an X-Rounder, which the EFF has been researching. He explains that there's a part of the brain called the X-Region that governs special abilities, and most people can't access it. The people who have extrasensory powers are called X-Rounders, but Grodek isn't sure if Flit is one of them. On Minsry, Yurin is frightened when Desil, Yark and people from Eden come to take her away. Desil threatens her, and she calls out for Flit.

 

Commentary

 

This episode picks up immediately where the previous one left off and focuses mainly on the showdown between Grodek and Guavaran. In this cat-and-mouse game Guavaran manages to make a few good moves, like firing the flash rounds to blind the Diva's crew and then sending in the Genoaces to force a surrender at gunpoint. He's not bad at all, but Grodek is better. The tense showdown is interrupted by a sudden UE attack, which causes everyone to work together. In the end, Guavaran proved to be a good guy and not the jerk that he seemed to be from the last episode. I was surprised to see that the Diva's main guns have no effect on the UE ships, so I wonder what's in those new modifications that Madorna made. Speaking of modifications, since the AGE System upgraded the Diva, it presumably was also used to give Largan a new rifle, because up to now his stock Genoace has been totally useless against the UE. During the battle, Flit experiences that feeling of precognition on his own and pulls off some advanced moves similar to what Desil does. We learn that these advanced abilities belong to people called X-Rounders. It's likely that Flit is one, but it's definite that Desil and Yurin are. Yurin's in a bad situation, with Birmings seemingly selling her out to the Eden people. Given the happy times she had with Flit, I expect that things won't go well for Yurin and that she'll become a Lalah type tragic figure to Flit. With the big battle at Ambat finally coming, we'll have to see how that develops.

 

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