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Episode 23: Matilda's Rescue

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 25, 2001

 

Summary

 

Mirai supervises repairs to the White Base and sees a paper airplane coming out of the engine. Kai is the one throwing them, and Hayato says he'll be called a coward again for not helping. Mirai comes up to see the engines, and Amuro says he doesn't think they can be fixed with the parts they have. She tells him that General Revil should be sending supplies soon. She then visits Bright, and he gives her notes on being the ship's commander. He says he's ashamed that his fear is causing him to be sick. She doesn't think she can do it, but Bright has faith in her and says he will recover soon. Aboard the Federation land battleship Big Tray, General Revil meets with General Elran, Matilda and Judock to discuss Operation Odessa. They plan to attack the front lines and have White Base attack M'quve's rear lines. Revil also wants Matilda to deliver upgrade modules for the Gundam so they can be tested in battle. Elran asks why support is going to an irregular unit instead of regular soldiers, and Revil explains that regular forces can't be used for experiments. Judock leaks the information about the delivery to M'quve, and he relays the message to Elran to slow down his forces during Operation Odessa. M'quve sends a squadron of Goufs, Dodai YS bombers, and Dopp fighters to destroy Matilda's Medeas. Mirai receives a message from Revil about the upgrade modules that Matilda will be delivering. The Goufs and Dodai YS units attack Matilda's Medeas, so she sends out a distress call to the White Base. Against Mirai's orders, Sayla sends out Amuro in the Core Fighter, followed by Kai in the Guncannon and Hayato and Job in the Gunperry. Mirai says the ship is now defenseless, and Sayla says she knows what she's doing. One of the Medeas is shot down, and Amuro arrives at the battle and attacks the Goufs. He's able to destroy one of the Goufs with his missiles, but quickly realizes he's running out of ammo and hopes that the Gunperry will arrive soon with the Gundam modules.

 

Bright thinks about Ryu's sacrifice and how he was right about people's worth depending on what they do. He hopes he can be as strong as Ryu and recover. Meanwhile, the Gunperry approaches the Core Fighter so that Hayato can send Amuro the Gundam modules. A Gouf and Dodai YS try to destroy the Gunperry to prevent docking, but they are both destroyed by Kai's Guncannon. With no more obstructions, Hayato sends the two modules, and Amuro forms the Gundam. He lands on the ground and is attacked by a Gouf. Matilda's Medeas land in the forest because of the severe damage they've received. Amuro is wrapped up in a Gouf heat rod and is unable to move. He forces his way over to the Gouf and destroys it with his beam saber. However, the heat rod has caused so much damage that he can barely move. Bright calls the bridge and asks Mirai what's happening, and she tells him the Medeas will be arriving soon. Kai fights off another Gouf and Dodai YS, and he tells Amuro to hurry. Amuro is attacked by a Gouf and Dodai YS, but he's barely able to move from the damage he's suffered. As the Gouf moves in to attack, Amuro is suddenly helped by Hayato and the new G-Fighter. Amuro jumps onto the G-Fighter and they fly in the air to destroy the Dodai YS and the Gouf. Mirai receives a message from Revil commending her on her command ability. She doesn't think she did so well, and she's reassured by Sayla that she did a good job in commanding the troops and calming Bright down. Outside the ship, Matilda thanks Amuro, Hayato and Kai for saving her again. Kai tries to show off, and everyone else leaves to look at the new Gundam modules.

 

Commentary

 

There's quite a few developments in this episode, which was also cut from movie 2. The traitorous General Elran that was mentioned in the last episode is given a face here. What isn't revealed yet is why he and Judock are working with M'quve. Matilda risks herself to deliver the Gundam's upgrade modules, and they sure are ugly. It's clear from the super robot stylings that they were thrown in to sell toys, so I'm glad Tomino replaced them in the movie with the Core Booster. There's some development for Mirai here, as she becomes comfortable with commanding the ship. It's certainly better than the last episode, when she thought everyone was going to die. But with Tomino, more death is certainly a possibility.

 

Overall Rating

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