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Phase 48: To a New World

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 3, 2005

 

Summary

 

Following Durandal's speech, a video explains the details of the Destiny Plan. The narrator says that many people don't know what sort of talents they may have hidden, so people need to learn more about themselves before doing anything. A cartoon superdeformed Djibril yells at Durandal, but thanks to the Destiny Plan Durandal becomes the boss and Djibril becomes a clown. The narrator promises that doing this will lead everyone to a bright future. Shinn is shocked by the details of the Destiny Plan, but Rey tells him he should've expected that Durandal would build a world like this. Shinn says that the world won't just accept the Destiny Plan, but Rey says that Durandal won't give up. He says that the Destiny Gundam is a tool for creating the new world and that Durandal chose Shinn as the pilot because he wished the most for a new world. Lunamaria knocks on the door and asks to speak to Shinn, but Rey barks at her to come back later because the two of them are having an important conversation. Rey tells Shinn that it's their duty to create and help protect Durandal's new world, a world in which there are no more people like Stella. He says that if mankind doesn't change it can't be saved. Rey then has a panic attack and takes some of Rau's pills, and when Shinn asks what's wrong, Rey yells at him that nothing is wrong. Arthur asks Talia what they should do, and she says there's no point in debating it because she doesn't have any idea what's going on. She says that war is a part of politics and that they can't always know what's happening on the political end of things. She leaves the bridge and tells Arthur to keep an eye on the crew for signs of trouble. At Orb, Cagalli is informed that the Kingdom of Scandinavia is the only other nation that has joined them in rejecting the Destiny Plan. Cagalli knows that the world is in a mess now because of the hunt for Logos, so no one knows how to respond to Durandal. She says that she won't allow Durandal to have his way with the world, and she vows to protect Orb's ideals.

 

From the Eternal, Andy tells Murrue that the world is having trouble reacting to the Destiny Plan. Neo says that no one entirely understands it, hence the confusion. Murrue says that the Destiny Plan sounds good because it promises a happy world free of war, and Kira adds that everyone trusts Durandal now. Athrun asks Miriallia what Orb is doing, and she reports that Orb is preparing its defenses. Murrue says they may have no choice but to fight, and Kira says that although he doesn't want to fight, he also wants to put an end to things. On the Minerva, Shinn looks at Rey's pills while Rey sleeps, and in her quarters Talia looks at a picture of her son. Lacus says that if people's dreams and future are taken away, humanity will lead a doomed existence. In that case, she says it's okay to fight to protect that future. In space, ZAFT forces begin to move one of Requiem's relay stations. An officer reports to Durandal that so far only Orb and Scandinavia have shown signs of rejecting the Destiny Plan. Durandal then watches a press conference where Cagalli announces Orb's opposition to the Destiny Plan. The officer also reports that an Alliance fleet is launching from the Arzachel base. Durandal says that it must be tough for Copland now that he doesn't have Logos to guide him. Durandal says that they will destroy Arzachel and deal with Orb later. He says that anyone who opposes the Destiny Plan is the enemy of mankind. Abbey tells Talia that the Minerva and lunar fleet have orders to respond to the Alliance fleet movement. Rey apologizes to Shinn for what happened earlier and tells him no matter what to trust and protect Durandal. Shinn asks Rey why he's talking like a dying old man in a drama, and Rey answers that he doesn't have much time to live because he's a clone. At the Daedalus base, Requiem begins to charge and fires. The blast is routed through the relay stations and destroys the Arzachel base, killing Copland and destroying the fleet. On the Archangel, Neo is shocked that ZAFT didn't destroy Requiem. Athrun says that Requiem's power is close to that of GENESIS and that they can target any point on Earth. Lacus tells Murrue to prepare to launch and rendezvous with the Eternal. Durandal sends orders for Shinn and Rey to come to Messiah with their Gundams. Shinn speaks briefly to Lunamaria, and Vino interrupts with the news that Arzachel was destroyed by Requiem. Rey says that is because the Alliance still wanted to fight. He says that the Archangel will come next, and that Shinn must destroy it to protect the future. The Eternal emerges from the asteroid field and is joined by several renegade ZAFT and Alliance ships. The Archangel launches from the Copernicus dock and is joined by the Kusanagi and two other Izumo class ships.

 

Commentary

 

There's not much of anything going on here, especially since the first 4 minutes are wasted on clips from early in the series. It looks like most of the world is dumbfounded by the Destiny Plan, but Orb and the Three Ships Alliance are preparing for a fight. There's a lot of talking on both sides here, and you'd think with this pacing that it's the middle of the series rather than the end. I'm really sick of everyone standing around on the Archangel's bridge spouting nonsense about protecting the world. It gets a little old after two series. Speaking of the Archangel, just how many times has that ship been shown launching from somewhere in this series? Is it really necessary to waste so much time showing the ship's boot up sequence EVERY time? How about spending some more time on this episode's shocking revelations? Rey casually tells Shinn that he's a clone like it's an average, everyday thing. And why are we finding out this late in the series that Talia has a son? It was established before that she left Durandal because she wanted a child, but not actually establishing that she has one seems like an important piece missing from the puzzle. Things finally get going when Durandal fires Requiem and destroys Arzachel. There's no one left to stand against him now, except the glorious and just Three Ships Alliance.

 

Overall Rating

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