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Episode 34: A Fateful Encounter

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 5, 2001

 

Summary

 

Bright isn't happy about the red tape in Side 6, and it seems obvious to him that the government wants them to leave. He decides they'll leave as soon as repairs to the White Base are complete and Amuro returns. Amuro drives through the colony and is caught in the rain. He stops at a house by a lake to seek shelter. He has a strange reaction and goes around the corner. He sees a dark skinned girl named Lalah Sune watching a swan land on a lake. She tells him he has beautiful eyes and runs out by the lake. The Zanzibar enters Side 6 and Mulligan asks Char why they broke off from the Conscon Fleet. Char tells him that Conscon and Dozle don't see the big picture like Kycilia does and that they'll use Lalah in battle soon. Bright and the others are surprised that the Zanzibar is docking right next to them. Hayato wants to go out and get revenge for Ryu, but Bright forbids anyone from leaving the ship or starting a fight. Char gets off the ship and is warned by Cameron not to start any trouble with the Federation Forces soldiers. Amuro visits his father, and Tem asks about the upgrade module for the Gundam. Amuro lies and says it's great, and Tem says he will make better modules. Nearly at the point of tears, Amuro drives away and thinks about the last time he saw his father at Side 7. He takes a shortcut through a back road and gets stuck in the mud. Another car drives by and splashes mud on him. Coincidentally, the people inside the car are Lalah and Char. Though Amuro has never met Char, he is sure of his identity. Char apologizes about the mud and ties a rope to Amuro's car to tow it out of the mud. They ask each other their names, which gives Amuro confirmation. He hastily thanks Char for the help and quickly drives away. Char wonders why Amuro was so nervous, and Lalah says it's because Amuro probably recognized Char as the Red Comet.

 

On the White Base, Cameron offers to use his personal shuttle to escort the White Base out of the Side 6 territory and prevent a Zeon attack. Mirai says he just wants to prove his usefulness and is a nuisance. They get into an argument, and Sleggar ends it by slapping Mirai. He tells her she should show some appreciation since Cameron is putting himself on the line, and he tells Cameron not to let her push him around. The two ships head out of the colony, and Conscon orders his Rick Doms to move in. They fly menacingly around Cameron's shuttle, causing the pilot to panic. Bright asks Cameron to leave, but he refuses. Mirai says he has proved himself, and he agrees to leave. Amuro immediately attacks the Rick Doms and expertly destroys them. Tem watches the battle and is amazed by the Gundam's performance. Kai and Sleggar man the main cannon and destroy a Musai, and Amuro avoids the tactics of the remaining Rick Doms and destroys them. As the battle continues, a TV news ship documents it. Bright asks Cameron again to leave, and Mirai tells him he has proved himself to her. Cameron agrees and flies by the bridge as he heads back to Side 6. Bright is surprised to see Amuro doing so well in battle. Conscon is shocked by the loss and orders his Chibe to ram the White Base. Char and Lalah watch the battle as well, and Lalah says she's sure the Gundam will win. Char notes that the Gundam isn't even on screen, and Lalah says that's why he selected her as a pilot. Amuro figures out the Chibe's weak spots and rams his beam sabers into them, destroying the ship. Tem cheers at the Gundam's victory, and Amuro says goodbye to Side 6 with tears in his eyes.

 

Commentary

 

Most of this episode occurs in movie 3, with some minor parts cut out about Hayato's anger and the conversation between Bright and Mirai at the beginning. I find Hayato's anger strange, considering the fact that Ryu sacrificed himself and that those responsible for his death are long dead. Here Amuro has his fateful meeting with Lalah Sune, and his first encounter face-to-face with Char. He has strange reactions to things in this episode, especially during the battle. Though the TV series has not said anything, it's clear that Amuro's Newtype abilities are starting to manifest, as are Char's and Lalah's. This will cause quite a problem in the near future. Finally, the story arc involving Cameron and Mirai is resolved, and in non-Tomino fashion, Cameron escapes the battle with his life. There's still plenty of killing to go around before the series ends.

 

Overall Rating

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