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Episode 8: A Deadly United Front

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 7, 2011

 

Summary

 

Largan falls back as the Baqto opens fire on him. He fires back and hits the ground underneath the Baqto. He then charges in with his heat stick, but the Baqto easily knocks him back. On the Diva, the AGE Builder finishes production on a new set of Gundam upgrade parts, including heavy arms and legs. Flit returns with the damaged AGE-1 Normal and takes it to the refitting area. Robotic arms remove the AGE-1 Normal's arms and legs and replace them with new arms and legs to form the AGE-1 Titus, which Vargas calls Gundam Titus. Largan's damaged Genoace is knocked down to the ground again, but he rushes in for another attack, which the Baqto repels. The Baqto grabs the Genoace and charges its chest cannon, but Flit appears with the Gundam Titus and knocks it away. The Baqto tries to punch Flit, but he grabs its hand and kicks it away. Flit then charges in and blocks an attack from the Baqto's chest cannon with his forearms. He then charges the beam lariat weapon and uses it to slice the Baqto to pieces. Largan is shocked, and Flit wonders what happened to Boyage and the others. Elsewhere, a Gafran easily dispatches several attacking Zalam Zilas. Ract charges in with his Elmeda and attacks with his heat sword, which has no effect and breaks in half. Boyage mocks Ract, but Ract then insults Zalam and charges in with his broken sword. The Gafran jumps into the air and knocks Boyage's Gala down. It opens fire from its hand vulcans, but Boyage barely manages to dodge and hides behind a rock. He sees that this is what real war is like and that the fighting between Zalam and Euba was like a children's brawl. The Gafran destroys the rock and forces Boyage out into the open, but his two lackeys grab onto the Gafran. It easily knocks them all aside, but Flit appears and knocks it away. He asks Boyage and Ract if they understand now that there's no time for infighting. He tells them that if they don't fight their real enemies, then their families and everyone else on Fardain will die. He tells them to fight together against the UE and kicks the Gafran when it tries to take off.

 

The Gafran lands on the ground and opens fire, but Flit tackles it. Boyage proposes a temporary truce with Ract, saying that the destruction of Fardain would render Zalam and Euba meaningless. Ract agrees, and the two rush in to help Flit when another Gafran attacks from above. They come under fire from the second Gafran, and Flit punches the first one as it charges its chest cannon, destroying it. He then uses his beam knee kick to destroy the second Gafran. Ract tells Flit not to confuse what's happened, saying they only formed a temporary alliance, and Boyage adds that they're not working together because Flit told them too. Flit picks up more UE suits, and several Baqtos begin attacking civilian shelters in the city. Flit, Ract and Boyage rush into the city, and the latter two are knocked down by the Baqto. They realize their suits don't stand a chance against the UE, but Flit tells them not to give up. Flit grapples with the Baqto and asks Ract and Boyage to evacuate the civilians. Civilians head for new shelters and are surprised to see Zalam and Euba working together. Another Baqto appears and opens fire from above, but Flit is still engaged with the first one. A white mobile suit then appears from above and slices apart the Baqto with a beam saber. The suit is Woolf's new custom unit, the G-Exes. Woolf tells Flit he'll deal with the last Baqto and jumps onto a building to head for its location. Grodek asks about the G-Exes, and Millais tells him it's not in the EFF database, but it's transmitting Woolf's IFF signal. The Baqto opens fire on buildings from the air, and Woolf jumps from building to building to catch up to it. He uses his shield to block a punch from the Baqto and pushes back by powering up his thrusters. He then pulls out both beam sabers and slices the Baqto to pieces. The last Baqto charges toward Flit, but he attacks with his beam shoulder tackle and destroys it. Afterward, when the mobile suits gather in an open park, Flit looks at the G-Exes and comments that it looks like the Gundam. Iwark is reunited with Riria and tells her he was very worried. She apologizes and says she wanted to help Flit because the Gundam was fighting for them. Boyage and Ract meet face-to-face and only partially insult each other. Ract removes his glove to offer his hand to shake, but says it's too early for that. Boyage agrees and says they can do that after helping defeat the UE. Later, Boyage meets with Grodek and tells him that he got his mobile suits from the mysterious Yark Dole, nicknamed the "Dark Merchant." Boyage says that Yark had all sorts of blueprints, and Grodek asks if it's for technology that should've been buried. At the Madorna Workshop, Madorna puts Woolf's Genoace Custom into storage next to the Zedas. Lalaparly calls Madorna and tells him he has a message from a customer: Yark Dole.

 

Commentary

 

This episode begins before the ending of the last episode and shows us more of Largan's futile battle against the Baqto, as well as the refitting of the AGE-1 Normal into the Gundam Titus. It's been a long time since we've seen mobile suit brawling in Gundam, and the Gundam Titus bears somewhat of a resemblance to G Gundam's Gundam Maxter. Since the base Gundam's weaponry was ineffective against the Baqto, the AGE System created the heavy duty Titus parts. Unlike the packs used by the Strike and Impulse Gundams, this upgrade includes part swapping on the main body, somewhat like the various modes of the G-Saviour. We also see the introduction of Woolf's new mobile suit G-Exes, and he manages to steal the spotlight on the Titus by landing two kills of his own. Boyage and Ract have agreed to work together, putting an end (at least temporarily) to their stupid conflict. We see that their conflict is tied to the mysterious Yark Dole from episode 5, who we now learn is an arms merchant. He's also got an order with Madorna, who is servicing the Zedas. That's bound to cause trouble in the future.

 

Overall Rating

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