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Episode 26: Char Returns

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 26, 2001

 

Summary

 

Amuro practices docking the Core Fighter with the Gundam modules, but he's still unable to beat his fastest time. Bright is informed this is the Core Fighter can be docked, but he thinks nothing is impossible for Amuro. The White Base arrives at the Federation Forces dock at Belfast, Ireland, for repairs of damage from the Battle of Odessa. It flies over the house of a young Zeon spy named Miharu Ratokie, and she takes a picture of it and sends it to the submarine Mad Angler. The picture is very fuzzy, and Char decides to take out a Sealance boat and confirm for himself if it's the White Base. After landing, the entire crew is gathered to meet with Revil. The kids make faces at him, and Fraw chases them around. Revil congratulates them on their work in Odessa and all they've done since leaving Side 7. He says that after repairs are complete, their next objective is to head for the Federation headquarters in Jaburo, South America. Fraw asks about people who don't want to join the military, and Revil answers that they would have to be imprisoned for at least a year because the entire crew has had access to Federation secrets. Amuro objects to this and calls it martial law. Revil continues the briefing and tells everyone that the Zeon are quickly developing new mobile suits and mobile armors to match the Gundam's power. The crew is given shore leave, and Amuro asks Fraw why she doesn't want to join the military. She tells him she doesn't mind doing that, but she wonders what would happen to the kids if they had to leave the ship. Miharu tries to sell trinkets to Kai and Amuro, but they refuse. Nearby, Jukon submarine captain Boone deploys two new amphibious Gogg mobile suits to attack the White Base. The Goggs set off the underwater mines, and Boone's Jukon fires torpedoes as cover fire. The Goggs reach the surface and begin attacking. Bright is informed that only the Gundam is ready for battle, so he sends Amuro out and warns him that the beam rifle doesn't work.

 

The attack continues, and mobile artillery is sent out against the Goggs, although they prove to be ineffective. Since Amuro can't use his beam rifle, he attacks with an upgraded hammer, but it has no effect on the Gogg's heavy armor. Revil is asked to retreat to a shelter, but he refuses. He doesn't like how everything depends on mobile suits. Sayla wants to take out the G-Fighter and G-Bull tank, but the G-Fighter is under repair and not ready yet. In the street, Kai encounters Miharu and tells her to hide somewhere. Hayato is sent out in the Guntank while Amuro continues to fight the Gogg. Since he doesn't have a beam rifle, his vulcans are useless against the Gogg. He asks if the G-Fighter is ready and returns to the ship. Amuro combines his Core Fighter with the G-Bull and returns to battle. He uses the beam cannons of the G-Bull to destroy one of the Goggs. Sayla takes off in the G-Fighter and docks with the G-Bull. The G-Bull and G-Fighter then separate to allow Amuro to use the Gundam again. The remaining Gogg jumps into the water, and Amuro dives in after it. The Gogg seems to have an advantage underwater and fires its missiles at Amuro. The Gogg grabs Amuro, and he uses one beam saber to destroy its monoeye while he slices it in half with the other. Radio contact is gone, and Fraw worries that Amuro didn't survive. Sayla flies overhead with the G-Fighter and spots the Gundam. Char's Sealance arrives at Boone's Jukon and docks. Char examines pictures sent by the Goggs and is convinced the White Base is in the city. Boone says he's embarrassed over losing, and Char tells him the Gundam isn't like a cheap mass produced suit. Though he admits it might be a childish desire, he vows to defeat the Gundam and restore his pride.

 

Commentary

 

It's interesting to note that only a small portion of this episode appears in movie 2, and it's almost all in the beginning. The parts about the attack and the Goggs are totally cut, and for good reason. All the combining that Amuro has to do to fight the Goggs is complicated and quite ridiculous. I really don't like the idea of the G-Fighter, G-Armor or G-Bull. Aside from being ugly, it's a waste of time to keep showing the transformation sequence over and over again. Militarily, it seems inefficient to use these stupid modules when the most power lies in the Gundam. Speaking of ugly, those new Goggs are quite disgusting, and I can see why they were cut out of the movie. Finally, it's good to see Char return after such a long absence, even though his appearance in this episode is brief.

 

Overall Rating

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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