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Episode 3: Vote to Attack

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 25, 2001

 

Summary

 

As the White Base heads for Luna II, Paolo tells Bright to use his authority and contact base commander Wakkein. Fraw and the kids help pass out food to the civilians. Bright asks Sayla where she's from, and she asks if she's required to answer. She then says Earth, and when he mentions it's his first time in space, she asks if he's one of the elite. On the bridge, Bright is informed that Char's Musai has broken pursuit. Mirai wonders if Char's ship is being resupplied, and Bright says there's no way to be sure. Fraw brings Amuro some food and tells him to take a break from fixing the Gundam. She says he shouldn't let what Bright said get to him, and Amuro replies he's only working on the Gundam to protect himself. Char speaks with Dozle and isn't pleased that an old Papua supply ship is sending only two Zakus, when he requested three. Dozle's reply is that they don't have enough resources. Mirai suggests attacking Char's ship, and Bright asks the crew for their opinions. He calls everyone to the bridge to hold a vote on whether or not to attack. Everyone raises their hands, but Amuro holds out until the end. It's decided to send Amuro in the Gundam and Ryu in the Core Fighter. The Papua supply ship captained by an old man named Gadem docks with the Musai and starts sending over supplies. Char tells Gadem to hurry, and Gadem says he knows what he's doing despite his age. Amuro and Hayato fly over one side of Luna II, and Amuro suggests changing angles so that they can attack with the sun behind them. Ryu agrees, and they position themselves in front of the sun. Amuro fires his hyper bazooka and destroys the docking clamps between the ships. He fires again and damages the Musai. Char orders a counterattack and prepares to launch his Zaku. The Musai fires missiles toward the sun, but they explode without hitting anything.

 

Ryu and Amuro continue attacking, and Dren fires missiles toward the sun. Char orders him to get the Zakus from Gadem and attack with them. He launches and attacks Amuro head on. Amuro fires the bazooka, but Char is too fast and avoids it. Char thinks Amuro is an amateur and says he will show him the limits of his mobile suit. Ryu attacks the Papua and causes considerable damage. He flies inside the docking bay and kills some of Gadem's men. The White Base approaches to fire its cannons. Kai and Hayato try to shoot at the enemy, but Ryu keeps flying in their way. Bright tries to contact him, but Ryu is running silent. Amuro continues firing the bazooka and wastes all of the ammunition. In desperation, he throws the bazooka at Char. Kai and Hayato ask Bright for permission to use the Guntank, and they are dropped on the surface of Luna II. Dren fires the mega particle cannon at the White Base and barely misses. He calls Char and says they need his help to fight the White Base. As the Papua burns, Gadem uses his old Zaku I to transport the Zakus into space. The attack from the White Base and Guntank destroys Gadem's supply ship. Amuro approaches, and Gadem attacks him despite Char's warning. Gadem says he's fought more battles than Char and knows how to destroy the Gundam. He slams his Zaku I into the Gundam and knocks it around. Since Gadem has no weapons, Amuro slashes into the Zaku I with the beam saber and destroys it. With the battle over, everyone returns to the ship. Char realizes that the Federation's new technology is quite formidable, but he doesn't understand the White Base's unorthodox tactics. Bright tells Amuro not to flank so much, but Ryu defends Amuro's actions. Amuro later tells Ryu that he'd really like to punch Bright. The ship continues on to Luna II.

 

Commentary

 

For those who have seen this series via the compilation movie trilogy, this episode is totally new because it was completely cut from the first movie. There are a couple of things going on here, such as Amuro starting to become accustomed to being a pilot. We also see some continuing development of the conflict between Amuro and Bright. Bright expects Amuro to be a soldier, but it's clear Amuro doesn't want to be a soldier. Also, cowardly Kai and the diminutive Hayato have been recruited for combat duty as well. Gadem lets his pride be his downfall by using an old Zaku I and attacking the Gundam head on with no weapons. Even if you ignore the difference in the performance levels of the two suits, it's stupid to attack with no weapons. He certainly learned his lesson and became another one of the Gundam's many victims. It's good to see that although Char is an ace, he can acknowledge that he's outgunned by the Gundam. At least for the moment, that is.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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