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Phase 2: Its Name: Gundam

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 19, 2002

 

Summary

 

Murrue pushes Kira into the Strike Gundam's cockpit and gets into it. She manages to get it to stand, and nearby Athrun steals the Aegis Gundam. A GINN piloted by Miguel Aiman joins Athrun, and Athrun explains to him that the theft of the Strike Gundam failed. Miguel shoots at the Strike Gundam, and Murrue clumsily dodges the attack. Miguel pulls out his sword and tells Athrun that he will capture the Strike Gundam himself. Miguel moves in to attack, and Murrue activates the Strike Gundam's Phase Shift armor. Miguel hits the Strike Gundam with his sword, but the attack is ineffective. Athrun tells him that the Strike Gundam has Phase Shift armor and that his sword is useless. Missiles are fired at Athrun, and he destroys them with his vulcans. Miguel tells Athrun to get back to the ship with his suit, so Athrun takes off to leave the Strike Gundam to Miguel. Miguel continues to attack with his sword and knocks the Strike Gundam into a building. Murrue gets up, and Kira sees that Miriallia, Tolle, Sai and Kuzzey will be crushed if the Strike Gundam falls on them. He suddenly takes the controls of the Strike Gundam and pushes Miguel away. While Miguel is distracted, Kira quickly modifies the Strike Gundam's operating system. Miguel pulls out his machine gun and starts shooting at the Strike Gundam, but Kira takes over and jumps into the air. He is followed by Miguel and pulls out his two Armor Schneider assault knives, which he drives into the GINN. Miguel pulls the self-detonation switch and flies out of the GINN. Murrue warns Kira to get away from the GINN, and it suddenly explodes. Elsewhere, Natarle wakes up in the Archangel's hangar and finds most of the crew dead. In space, the Alliance ship loses control and crashes into Heliopolis. Mu continues to fight and destroys a GINN. On the Vesalius, Ades receives a message from Miguel about the Strike Gundam. Rau figures the situation must be serious if Miguel abandoned his GINN, so he decides to go into battle in his CGUE.

 

A signal is fired in space, and Mu wonders why the GINNs are returning to their ships. Natarle explores the dock and finds some other survivors. Rau flies towards Heliopolis in his CGUE and wonders if Mu can sense him in the same way he can sense Mu. In the colony, Miriallia tends to Murrue's wound and bandages it. Murrue wakes up and sees Sai, Tolle and Kuzzey near the Strike Gundam, so she shoots at them. Kira tells her to stop, and she says they have seen the Alliance's top secret. At gunpoint she forces everyone to stand in line and tell her their names. Murrue says that since they have seen the secret they must stay with her until she gets orders. They refuse, and Sai says that Heliopolis is neutral and that they are just citizens. They ask what the Alliance is doing on Heliopolis anyway, and Murrue shoots in the air. She tells them that there's a war going on even if they say they're neutral. As Mu searches the exterior of the colony, Rau attacks Mu and heads into Heliopolis. Mu follows and attacks Rau. On the Archangel, Natarle runs a diagnostic and sees that the ship wasn't damaged, but the port is destroyed. Kira tries to send them a message, but it is garbled in static. Natarle realizes that ZAFT is after the Gundams, so she decides to start up the Archangel and break out of the dock. A soldier named Arnold Neumann argues with her that they don't have enough personnel to launch the ship. Sai and the others find the Strike Gundam's trailer, which contains the Launcher Striker pack. Rau attacks Mu's Moebius Zero from behind and destroys several of its weapon pods. As Kira prepares to attach the Launcher components, Rau breaks through into the habitable area and spots the Strike Gundam. He flies by the Strike Gundam and is attacked by Mu again. He gets behind Mu and attempts to make a killing blow, but Mu maneuvers quickly and causes Rau to destroy only his linear gun. As Kira is about to go into battle, the Archangel fires its weapons and breaks into the habitable area of the colony.

 

Commentary

 

I thought this episode was like the first: not bad, but not that good either. I found the battle between Kira and Miguel to be incredibly boring. Most of it was Kira modifying the Strike's OS, while Miguel stood there like a moron just cursing and flying around. However, the battle between Mu and Rau was pretty interesting. They also called each other by their names, so it seems that they know each other. Perhaps they are brothers, and Rau has joined ZAFT to avenge the death of their parents. That would be fitting, giving how much this series is copying from the original so far. I really hope that after the story gets off the ground it doesn't become the clone of the original series that it seems to be.

 

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3 out of 5 stars
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