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Episode 6: Garma Strikes

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 30, 2001

 

Summary

 

Char's Komusai shuttle lands inside the Gaw, and Char heads to the bridge to speak to his old friend Garma. Garma wonders why Char has had such trouble with the Gundam, and Char mentions that defeating the White Base and Gundam would be worth a Zeon Cross. That suits Garma fine because he wants to impress his sister and commander, Kycilia Zabi. On the White Base, Hayato uses the battle simulator and is made fun of by Kai. Sayla tells Kai that he's been ordered to report to the Guntank and stand by for combat. The Gaw comes closer, and Reed wants Bright to send the Gundam and Core Fighter to attack. Bright disagrees because he doesn't want to rely so much on the Gundam, and Reed goes on again about insubordination. Several Dopp fighters attack, so Amuro and Hayato suggest going out in the Guntank. Reed grudgingly approves, and the Core Fighter is transferred into the Guntank with Amuro as pilot and Hayato as gunner. The Guntank is launched, and Amuro and Hayato argue about strategy. Hayato wants to break the offensive line so the ship can escape, and Amuro wants to stick close to the ship and defend it. Magella Attack tanks appear and begin attacking the ship. Reed orders the White Base to land behind the mountains, and Bright orders the main guns to fire at the Magella Attacks. Reed accuses Bright of insubordination, bust Bright counters that he's simply following orders to break the offensive line. Sayla and Kai switch off with some of the gunners and destroy several Magella Attacks. The attack of the Dopps and Magella Attacks proves to be too much, so Bright orders the Guntank returns to White Base so that Amuro can get the Gundam. Amuro agrees on the condition that Kai or Sayla pilot the Guntank in his place.

 

Garma is informed that the Guntank is a mobile suit, and he's surprised that the weird tank qualifies as a mobile suit. Char hopes that when Garma loses the battle, Dozle will realize that Char's previous losses weren't his fault. Amuro realizes there is no battle plan for him, so he decides to follow Hayato's earlier suggestion and move away from the White Base. He launches in the Gundam and has some trouble at first moving around in gravity. Kai takes over on the Guntank, and they both destroy many Dopps and Magella Attacks. Garma sees that the Gundam is out on the field and sends three Zakus down to fight it. The Zakus and Magella Attacks bear down on the Gundam, causing Amuro to freeze for a moment. He says he's not going to let them kill him and goes into a frenzy. He attacks the Zakus and Magella Attacks to save Hayato, Kai and Ryu. After running out of ammo, he pulls out his beam saber and destroys all of the Zakus and Magella Attacks. Garma sees now why Char had trouble and orders a retreat. Reed seems to be satisfied with the outcome of the battle, and Mirai wonders if there are pockets of Federation resistance anywhere in the United States. When Amuro returns to the ship, he ignores everyone who congratulates him and lies down on his bed. Elsewhere, Garma waits while Char takes a shower. Garma wants Char's help to defeat the White Base and impress Kycilia. He says that Char is worth 100 men, and Char agrees to help his old friend. Back on the White Base, Amuro lies alone in a seemingly catatonic state.

 

Commentary

 

Even in the original series there's a pretty boy to be found, and I'm talking about Garma. It's odd that he's a pretty boy, especially when you consider how ugly his father and brothers are. Having never seen his mother, I imagine she had to be pretty good looking herself. Speaking of pretty boys, there's some brief fan service so to speak when Char takes a shower. I also don't see why Garma is in charge of the Earth occupation force since he's inexperienced and barely an adult. It's definitely nepotism at work, as he wouldn't be in that position if his last name wasn't Zabi. He doesn't seem to care about duty, only impressing Kycilia. That will prove to be his downfall. We also see Amuro go a bit berserk in this episode and destroy a lot of enemy suits. Perhaps his Newtype abilities are starting to manifest themselves. We'll see soon enough.

 

Overall Rating

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