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Episode 5: The Demon Boy

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 8, 2011

 

Summary

 

Flit eats in the mess hall with Emily, Dique and Vargas. Dique comments that soon they'll reach Fardain, and he pulls up data about the colony on Haro which states that the colony has a long history and is one of the largest colony types. He notices that Flit and Emily seem down, and when Vargas asks what's wrong, Flit says it's nothing and leaves. He stands alone in the corridor, and Woolf comments that Flit has an expression that says he wants to fight more. He says it's not easy to give up the thrill of battle and go back to a normal life, but Flit says that's not it. Woolf sniffs Flit and says he has the scent of someone who wants to keep fighting, not have a peaceful life on Tordia. Emily overhears Flit saying that he doesn't want to fight, but with the UE attacks there's no choice. Woolf says he doesn't care either way, because if Flit leaves at Tordia, he'll take the Gundam. Flit declares that he won't give the Gundam to anyone, and Woolf offers his hand, saying he wouldn't have it any other way. Emily wonders what she can do to stop Flit. Grodek plays dumb after taking a video call from an officer at the EFF Inspection Bureau. The officer states that Grodek violated military law by seizing the Diva without orders, so he'll be arrested at Fardain and court-martialed. Grodek then puts a data card into the computer that wreaks havoc with the ship's computer system. He then leaves the communications room, unaware that Emily saw him there. On the bridge, Grodek again plays dumb when Millais reports that communications are down, and Grodek says the system ha probably been unstable for a while. A representative from Fardain calls the Diva and gives docking instructions. Dique is excited and leaves the bridge to start packing. Dique is impressed by Fardain and wants to go exploring, but neither Emily nor Flit feel like going with him. An EFF officer meets with Grodek on the Diva and presents an arrest warrant for Grodek. Grodek states he's not going anywhere an pulls up the officer's secret account at the Bank of Fardain, which is filled with bribe money he accepted to allow ships to dock without permits. Grodek threatens to expose this if he's arrested and court-martialed, and the officer asks what he wants. Soon after, he leaves and tells the two soldiers accompanying him that Grodek has been cleared of suspicion. Emily then walks into Grodek's office, and he says he knew she'd come. While riding a segway in the desert, Flit recalls the prior battle and thinks that he needs to become stronger. A young boy suddenly jumps into the road, causing Flit to lose control and crash offroad. He then runs over to check on the boy and sees that his knee is injured. Flit decides to take the boy, who introduces himself as Desil Galette, to the Diva for medical treatment. Flit takes Desil's hand to help him up and has a strange reaction. They ride the segway back to the city, unaware that two Gafran suits have entered the colony and are following them.

 

Grodek explains to Emily that he seized command of the Diva because Fonroid was planning to abandon Nora's civilians and let them die. Emily then says that it's not right to trick people and that Grodek seems like an entirely different person now. She also doesn't want Flit to fight under Grodek's command because she knows that someday he'll be killed by the UE. Grodek then shows Emily a map displaying the pattern of UE attacks, and he concludes that they're hiding in an abandoned space fortress. His goal is to gather strength at Fardain an launch a surprise attack on the UE. Emily thinks that's crazy and that the whole EFF should be fighting the UE, but Grodek counters that the Federation is rotten to the core. Emily says that Flit is just a kid even if he can use the Gundam, and when Grodek says he needs the Gundam, she calls him selfish and runs off. Crying, Emily runs to her quarters and wonders what she should do. Elsewhere, Flit bandages Desil's knee and says he doesn't want Desil's family to worry. Desil says he doesn't have a family and that he was found as a baby as the sole survivor of a passenger ship drifting in space. Desil then jumps around the room due to its low gravity and bounces off Flit's head. Flit chases after him, but Desil laughs that Flit is too slow. Flit finally grabs Desil and touches his hand again, which causes another strange reaction. Desil asks if the ship has mobile suits, and Flit takes him to the hangar where the AGE-1 Normal is. Vargas comments that Flit and Desil have a similar aura. The alarm then sounds from a UE attack as Fardain's local forces attack the infiltrating Gafrans. Desil suddenly swipes the AGE device from Flit's jacket and hops into the cockpit of the AGE-1 Normal. Flit hops into Largan's Genoace and launches into space, followed by Woolf's Genoace Custom. The two Gafrans attack Desil, and he returns fire with the DODS rifle. The Gafrans attack with beam sabers, but Desil kicks one Gafran away and destroys the other. Woolf comments that Desil fights like he knows where the next attack is coming from, and Flit recalls that he felt the same sensation when Yurin touched him. The other Gafran attacks the distracted Flit, so Woolf kicks it away. Desil calls Flit a disappointment and attacks the Gafran. He kicks Flit away and destroys the Gafran with the DODS rifle before taking off again. Back at the colony, Flit finds the abandoned AGE-1 Normal, and Desil tosses back the AGE device. He then says he hopes to see Flit again, assuming Flit survives that long. Flit chases after Desil, but Desil has already vanished. Later, several hooded men led by the masked Yark Dore approach Desil. Yark tells Desil that he's been accepted as a dweller of Eden, so he shouldn't associate with other people. Desil then says he's disappointed with Flit and the Gundam and asks what's for dinner. In the Diva's hangar, Flit wonders if he could become stronger if he had those strange feelings. Emily watches Flit from nearby and says to herself that he's slipping further away from her.

 

Commentary

 

This episode certainly takes a turn from the similar beginnings of the original Gundam or SEED. I'm glad the Diva didn't go to some allied asteroid base with a jerk commander, because that's getting old. Instead, Flit has an encounter with the mysterious (and creepy) Desil Galette. Desil has the same Newtype-like power as Yurin, and I don't doubt that their meeting was intentional. Surprisingly, Desil steals the Gundam and easily defeats two Gafrans. If I were Flit, I'd certainly be mad if some kid half my age stole my Gundam and showed off better skills. We have more mysteries with the introduction of the hooded Yark Dore and his mention of Eden. What is that, and is it connected to the UE? Also, how do a bunch of Sith-looking guys walk around a colony without attracting attention? The long-brewing confrontation between Emily and Grodek finally happens, and he lays out a plan to surprise attack the UE. I figured his seizure of the Diva would come back up, and he pretty slickly handled it by blackmailing a corrupt officer. You can expect there to be a certain amount of corruption in any military, but exactly how corrupt is the Federation? There are enough mysteries running now to keep my interest, and I'm glad to see that the series seems to be going in a different direction following a standard beginning.

 

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