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Phase 44: Lacus Times Two

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 4, 2005

 

Summary

 

Lacus continues her speech and says that she is not the same as the Lacus who is with Meer. She says she doesn't support Durandal's actions or his assertion that Logos is solely to blame for the war. Djibril watches the broadcast from the Daedalus lunar base and is pleased to hear about this development. He wants to contact Lacus and speak to her, but just then she says that she doesn't support his actions either. Across the world, people debate which Lacus is real, and Durandal has Meer's broadcast terminated because he doesn't want to play into Lacus' hands. In Gulnahan, Conille tells a crowd that ZAFT isn't bad, but rather the Alliance and Logos. A man asks them if they've already forgotten who oppressed them and who freed them. In Gibraltar, Meer apologizes to Durandal, but he tells her it's okay because he didn't expect that to happen either. Meer thinks about what Athrun told her before he escaped, and Durandal assures her that he won't harm her. He tells her she should probably keep a low profile, and a woman named Sarah escorts her to a shuttle. Durandal then gets into his own shuttle to fly to his space command base Messiah. On the Minerva, Arthur asks Talia what's going on, but she says she doesn't know herself. She addresses the bridge crew and tells them that the only important thing is that Lacus isn't their commander. Communications officer Abbey Windsor tells Talia that they've received new orders to return to Carpentaria and launch into space to rendezvous with the lunar fleet. Shinn and Lunamaria follow Rey through a corridor and ask him what his opinion is about the Lacus fiasco. Rey thinks that it's ridiculous and believes it's just an enemy tactic devised to confuse them. He says they have more important things to worry about, including the Strike Freedom and Athrun. Lunamaria asks Shinn what's going on, and Rey shows her a picture of the Infinite Justice and says that Athrun is alive. She asks if Meyrin is alive too, and Rey says that if she is, she's probably on the Archangel. At the Daedalus base, an officer says he's happy Djibril is going to fire Requiem. He says that a lack of action from the politicians makes the soldiers wonder what they're there for. Djibril says that he isn't a coward like Copland or a dreamer like Durandal. Nearby, several ZAFT mobile suit squads launch, including Yzak in his GOUF Ignited and Dearka in his Blaze ZAKU Phantom. The Alliance fleet protecting the Gounod relay station then deploys its Windams and Euclids and opens fire. Durandal is informed that they're investigating an O'Neill type space colony that is moving towards the PLANTs.

 

As the battle continues, the Gounod colony cylinder decelerates. Dearka wonders what's going on, and Yzak tells him that whatever is going on, they have to destroy the cylinder. Durandal arrives at Messiah and receives an update on the situation. Djibril orders his men to set PLANT's capital cluster Aprilius as Requiem's target. With the safety locks released, Requiem charges energy and Djibril pulls the trigger. The massive cannon fires, and the beam is deflected through several colony clusters until it hits four PLANTs directly. Several PLANTs break apart and two others collide into each other. An Alliance officer reports that Requiem fired a direct hit on Januarius One-Four, and that December Seven-Eight collapsed from the impact. The officer says that Gounod's trajectory was altered due to the battle, and Djibril is furious that it didn't hit Aprilius. Yzak orders everyone to destroy Gounod before it can be fired again. The ZAFT fleet opens fire on Gounod, and a squad of Gunner ZAKU Warriors blast it to pieces. On Earth, the Archangel and Minerva crews respond to the news about Djibril's attack on the PLANTs. Shinn wonders how such a thing could have happened, and Rey says it's their own fault for not killing Djibril in Orb. Rey says that the attack happened because they were focusing their attention on the Arzachel base instead of Daedalus. Lunamaria asks how a beam could be fired from the side of the Moon opposite the PLANTs, and Rey tells her that the colony cylinders were fitted with "Geschmeidig Panzer" energy deflectors to bend the beam. Talia addresses the crew and tells them if they don't work hard, they won't have a home to return to. The Minerva then launches from Carpentaria and heads into space with a booster system. On the Archangel, Athrun says the situation is the same as what happened with GENESIS. Lacus says that they don't have a way of ending the continuing cycle of violence. She says that Durandal probably wants to show the world a new answer with his Destiny Plan. In the Destiny Plan, there is no fear of war because everyone lives out their lives according to what their genes dictate. Neo wonders if Durandal would set himself up as a king in this world. Kira tells Athrun that they should go into space and stop Durandal's plans.

 

Commentary

 

Coming off this episode, what really sticks in my head is that the crew members of the Archangel are idiots. They valiantly proclaim that they will stop Durandal's plans because people's lives shouldn't be pre-determined by their genes. Hey, how about stopping Djibril, the madman with doomsday weapons who has repeatedly killed countless numbers of innocent civilians? I guess he's not as much of a threat as Durandal's genetic caste system. Throughout this whole series, it seems that the Archangel's actions have been solely determined by the assassination attempt on Lacus. Sure, Durandal has done mysterious things and is manipulating events for his own benefit. However, by comparison to Djibril, he's clearly the lesser of two evils. Although Djibril kills a large number of Coordinators, he's clearly not happy about not being able to destroy Aprilius. Giant lasers are nothing new to Gundam, but using the Forbidden Gundam's energy deflectors to bend a beam across space is a pretty interesting idea. Yzak and Dearka succeed in destroying the Gounod relay station, and it's a shame these two don't get more screen time. They didn't get much development in SEED, and so far in DESTINY they've been relegated to just being background decoration.

 

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