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Episode 5: Gundam Force, Team Up!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 12, 2003

 

Summary

 

At the SDG base, Shute examines everything he sees, including Captain's re-equip ring. He finds it amazing that such a huge base floats in the sky, and Captain explains that the base actually hangs on cables coming down from satellites. An elevator door opens, and Chief Haro steps out and introduces himself to Shute. In the Dark Axis dimension, the commander yells at Grappler and Zapper Zako for letting the Gundams escape. Because of their failure, Commander calls out Destroyer Dom and his Gallop. Grappler and Zapper don't like the idea of working with Destroyer because they think he's crazy. The three board the Komusai and travel through the Zakrello Gate to Neotopia. At the SDG base, Chief Haro makes Shute an honorary member of the Gundam Force. Shute accepts the position, and Chief Haro gives him a member badge. Alarms go off when the Komusai appears at the SDG Trans-Dimensional Gate testing ground. Chief Haro orders Captain and Shute to protect the gate. At the testing facility, the Komusai sits stuck halfway in the Zakrello Gate. Zapper wants to start destroying things to attract the Gundams, but Captain happens to appear. A kid named Dr. Bell Wood comes out of a crawl space and asks Captain to get rid of the Dark Axis forces because he's busy working on the gate. Bell asks who Shute is and sees that he's the new Gundam kid. Shute explains that he's part of the force and isn't a kid. Zapper says he will destroy the device, and he orders Destroyer to start blasting things.

 

Destroyer starts wildly firing his bazooka and ends up hitting his own forces as well. Captain engages Zapper in combat, and Shute pushes Bell out of the way of a falling pillar. Shute is unable to escape, and Zero suddenly appears and throws a barrier over his head to protect him. Shute asks Zero why he came, and Zero says he can't stand by while his friends are outnumbered in combat. Captain blasts several Zakos and joins up with Zero. Zero then fights with Grappler while Captain and Zapper fight with nearly every weapon they have. Destroyer becomes frustrated at not being able to lock-on to a target, so he has his Gallop start shooting at everything that moves. The Gallop's missiles start hitting the gate, and Bell doesn't want to look because what he's been working on for five years is about to be destroyed. Destroyer stops firing, and a dimensional rift opens above the gate. The musha Gundam Bakunetsumaru and his horse Entengo emerge from the rift. Zero crosses swords with Bakunetsumaru and sees that he comes from Ark, which exists on the same world as Lacroa. Destroyer has the Zakos fire, but Bakunetsumaru deflects the bullets with his swords. Destroyer then fires his bazooka from behind, and Captain jumps in front of Bakunetsumaru and has his left arm blown off. Bakunetsumaru is amazed that Captain saved his life. He then performs a high speed attack with his swords that knocks aside the Dark Axis forces and damages the device. The Dark Axis forces are then sucked back through the Zakrello Gate, and Bakunetsumaru thanks Captain for saving his life. Shute asks Bakunetsumaru to join the Gundam Force, and the device suddenly falls to pieces from Bakunetsumaru's attack.

 

Commentary

 

With this episode we're introduced to three new characters: Destroyer Dom, Bakunetsumaru and Bell Wood. It seems to be a pattern that every time a new villain mecha is introduced, a new Gundam character also appears. This time, Destroyer Dom is a gun-toting maniac who is disliked by both Grappler and Zapper. Bakunetsumaru is a samurai who looks to be inspired by the old Musha Gundam, and his horse Entengo seems to be based on G Gundam's Fuunsaiki. Then there's Bell Wood. Just when I thought the series might be improving, they go and introduce Token Black Kid. However, Bell isn't just a Token Black Kid. He's a Token Black Kid who talks jive and has a haircut and clothes that look like they came out of the early 1990s. He's a very stereotypical and cliched representation of a black kid, and I'm disappointed that the series is using characters like this.

 

Overall Rating

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