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Episode 14: Time, be Still

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 9, 2001

 

Summary

 

Bored Zeon soldiers are entertained by an old magician who produces birds out of flowers. A soldier named Giyal works his Zaku, and he's told by other soldiers that they have a plan to get off of Earth. If they can destroy the Gundam, they can get back into space and return to the Principality. Giyal wonders what they will do since he has the only mobile suit in the entire unit. Nearby, the White Base has landed for repairs and supplies from Matilda. Bright asks about other support from the Federation, and Matlida tells him that all forces are busy with an operation in Europe and can't spare any officers to command the White Base. She also explains that the ship is a guinea pig for the Federation to learn more about Zeon mobile suits. Bright doesn't like that, and he's surprised to hear that General Revil has promoted him to Ensign. Matilda notes that Revil also prevented Bright from being court-martialed for taking the White Base and Gundam. Amuro overhears and is told to follow his schedule and go to sleep. Fraw waits by his room, but when he lies about where he was, she leaves. The next day, Matilda's Medea leaves and Amuro stares at her, to Fraw's dismay. The Medea spots an enemy aircraft, which turns out to be a Luggun. The Luggun fires a flare, and the Zeon base goes on battle alert. Giyal's Zaku and a group of soldiers on Wappa hovercraft deploy to attack the Gundam. The Medea is also attacked by a Zaku, and Bright changes course to help her. Amuro says he should launch in the Gundam since the ship's supplies haven't been prepared yet. He launches into the air and destroys the Luggun with his bazooka. The Medea escapes, and Amuro lands on the ground to fight the Zaku. However, it runs away and disappears into a forest. Amuro then sees the soldiers approaching him on the Wappas, and he finds that he's unable to shoot at them. The Wappas escape, and Amuro follows them.

 

After hesitating briefly, Amuro starts shooting at the Wappas. They fly away, and he chases them. Several other ones that were hidden approach him from behind, and the soldiers fly around him in circles. They stick bombs onto the weakest spots of the Gundam's armor. Amuro doesn't think their machine guns can threaten him, but they shoot at one of the bombs and blow his shield in half. He uses the shield to ward them off, and they fly away. Amuro gets out of the cockpit and sees that bombs are all over the place. He contacts Bright and moves the Gundam out onto an open field to disarm the bombs. Giyal and the Zeon soldiers watch from nearby and wait for the 30 minutes to pass before the bombs explode. Bright wants to disarm the bombs, but Amuro insists on doing it himself. The Zeon soldiers watch from nearby and think that Amuro is crazy for trying to disarm all the bombs. Amuro slowly disarms the bombs, and Fraw wants to help him. Bright doesn't want to sacrifice anyone else, and Fraw calls him and everyone else a coward for staying on the ship. Mirai explains to Fraw that she can't handle the bombs as well as Amuro, and Fraw calls Mirai a horrible person. Amuro gets nearly all the bombs, but he finds one stuck underneath the Gundam's arm. Bright, Mirai, Kai, Hayato, Ryu, Sayla and Fraw all drive out to where the Gundam is to help. Hayato lifts the Gundam's arm, and Amuro gets the last bomb and places them in a jeep. Kai and Amuro drive off with the bombs, followed by the other jeep. The Zeon soldiers watch in anticipation since one minute is left. Amuro and Kai abandon the jeep and escape just as the bombs explode. The Zeon soldiers then realize their plan has failed and they won't be going home. As everyone rests, Fraw and Kai spot a civilian truck approaching. Giyal and the other Zeon soldiers look at the Gundam and tell Amuro to fight bravely before driving off. Bright is sure that they are the ones who planted the bombs, and Mirai agrees.

 

Commentary

 

I really don't see what the point was at all for this episode, which also is cut from the movies, aside from some Matilda scenes. Was it perhaps to show that Zeon soldiers can be good, bad and moronic too? These guys were stupid to attack Amuro with Wappas, but they were smart with their idea about the bombs. However, Amuro escapes, and they just sit and watch him disarm the bombs for half an hour! They could have used the time to quickly attack and set off the bombs. Then they could have destroyed the Gundam and killed Amuro at the same time. Amuro's close call at the end was a bit suspenseful, but that was a short moment. Also, what is with this repeated mention of court martialing the White Base crew? Is the hierarchy of the Federation so ungrateful that they can't realize it's more important to fight the Zeon than it is to protect military secrets from their own soldiers? If Bright, Amuro, and the others hadn't done what they did, Char would have probably stolen the Gundam. Would that have been better? On another note, Fraw displays quite a bit of jealousy in regards to Amuro's crush on Matilda. He's probably totally clueless about how she feels.

 

Overall Rating

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