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Episode 3: The Twisted Colony

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 26, 2011

 

Summary

 

The Diva's sensors pick up more approaching UE mobile suits, a Gafran and a Zedas. The ship fires its anti-aircraft guns, but the Zedas dodges their attacks and briefly targets the bridge before flying away. Elsewhere, Flit is attacked by a purple Gafran and is unable to get far enough away from it to fire his DODS rifle. Inside Nora, residents continue to evacuate into the central core while in space the Diva's crew stretches out cables to connect to the core. Bruzar calls the Diva and is surprised to see Grodek as the captain. Grodek reports that Flit has destroyed two Gafrans so far, and Bruzar tells Grodek that they have less than 30 minutes to evacuate the civilians. Largan comes to the bridge and asks if the ship has a Genoace he can use, but Millais tells him none of them are ready for combat. Flit becomes frustrated as his repeated DODS rifle shots fail to hit the Gafran, so Yurin tells him to calm down. She touches his hand, and he feels a strange sensation. He's able to see the pattern of the Gafran's movement and shoots at its wing. He then slams into the Gafran and knocks it away before destroying it with another shot from the DODS rifle. Grodek wants Flit to attack the Zedas, but he then gets a report that it's gone inside Nora. Millais relays orders to Flit to pursue the Zedas inside Nora since they're still evacuating civilians. Dique asks Vargas why he doesn't use the AGE Builder to make a more powerful weapon, but Vargas explains they need data before they can build the right weapon. Vargas believes that Flit and the Gundam can take care of the enemy. Inside Nora, the Zedas begins firing at Arinston, and Bruzar is injured while trying to escape. Adams wonders if the UE know that the central core can only be separated from within the colony, and Millais reports to Grodek that she can't find Bruzar. The Zedas flies back into space and dodges multiple shots from Flit's DODS rifle. With 20 minutes left until collapse, Millais tells Grodek that she still doesn't know what's going on inside Nora. A heavily wounded Bruzar calls Grodek over the radio and tells him that he's going to continue with the colony separation.

 

Flit barely avoids an explosion from the colony's hull and comments that the Zedas moves too quickly. Flit is forced on the defensive as the Zedas performs fly by attacks with its palm cannons. Millais examines the colony's schematic and finds that Bruzar is heading for the old construction management center, which was supposed to have been sealed when the colony was completed. Grodek asks Bruzar if he can separate the colony from there, and Bruzar explains that he kept the center functional in case of an emergency. But if that center is destroyed, there won't be any other options to release the core. As he stumbles through the corridor, Bruzar remembers his first meeting with Flit when he took him in as a ward. He told Flit that he wasn't taking him in out of pity, but rather interest in the Asuno family's mobile suit engineering. As the Gundam AGE-1 was under construction, young Flit told Bruzar that the suit would become a savior to save humanity. Yurin tells Flit where the Zedas will be attacking from, and he manages to graze it with a few shots. Bruzar reaches the management center and inputs the commands to separate the central core. He then pulls the lever, which initiates the disconnection procedure. All the shafts are disconnected, and the central core's plasma engines activate. The Diva then takes off and begins towing the central core out of the colony. The Zedas heads toward the Diva, so Flit gives chase and fires several more shots. With only one shot left, he predicts where the Zedas will be and grazes it again. The Zedas then turns and finds the AGE-1 Normal blocking its path with arms outstretched. Flit declares that he won't let the UE hurt Nora's citizens anymore, and the Zedas retreats. A series of explosions go off in Nora with three minutes left until collapse. A falling shaft falls onto the central core and blocks the Diva from pulling it out. With only two minutes left, Bruzar flies toward the blockage in a pod carrying four missiles. He calls Flit and tells him that he's done well. Flit wants to rescue Bruzar, but Bruzar tells him to go to the Diva. Flit doesn't want to abandon Bruzar, but Bruzar tells him he has to think about saving many lives now as part of the responsibility he's taken on with the Gundam. Bruzar slams the pod into the blockage, setting off an explosion that clears it away and allows the Diva to fully remove the core. Nora completely explodes seconds later, and Flit cries over the destruction of his home and Bruzar's death. Later, Millais reports to Grodek that they were able to contact the EFF Command Center, and a fleet will arrive in 10 hours to rescue the people on the colony core. In the Diva's hangar, Flit tells Yurin he was glad he was able to save her, and she gives him the ribbon tied to her hair. She asks if they'll see each other again and smiles, which makes Flit nervous. As Emily and Dique approach Flit, Yurin floats away. In another part of the ship, a stasis pod opens and pilot Woolf Enneacle says he smells the scent of battle.

 

Commentary

 

This episode sees the complete destruction of Nora and the Diva's narrow rescue of its citizens. We also get our traditional early series death, in this case Bruzar. The old guy certainly had a lot of fire in him to be able to do what he did despite the severity of his wounds. He also manages to pull a combined Spock and Uncle Ben on Flit, talking about power, responsibility and the needs of the many. Although the AGE Builder made an impressive debut in the last episode with the creation of the DODS rifle, we see that the effectiveness of its weapons depend on the skills of the pilot. Flit got lucky in the first two episodes, but his inexperience really shows in this episode, and I'm glad to see he's not the instant perfect ace. He missed far more shots than he landed, and the shots that did hit usually only grazed the enemy. And with no data on the high speed Zedas, Flit doesn't know what to do, until Yurin steps in with a weird Newtype touch thing. I'm not sure what to think about that, but we still don't know what her abilities are. The actions of the UE suits raises more questions about their motives. As Adams suggested, it's as though the UE knew exactly what they were going to do and exactly how to obstruct them. Finally, while we've seen many colonies destroyed during Gundam's 32-year history, the animation of Nora's demise was a particularly well done sequence.

 

Overall Rating

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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