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Phase 33: Gathering Darkness

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 7, 2003

 

Summary

 

On the Archangel, Flay asks Miriallia why she stopped her when she too tried to kill Dearka. She says that the Coordinators should all die. Flay says they are both the same, but Miriallia says they aren't. Pal and another officer walk in and ask what's going on. Dearka is then taken away at gunpoint to the brig. Murrue and Natarle walk down a corridor, and Natarle stops because she wants to talk about the incident with Dearka and other things. She says that if they want to survive, they have to strictly follow military regulations. Murrue says that a captain's uniform doesn't suit her well and that sometimes she can't follow regulations. She tells Natarle that someday she'll be a good captain and leaves. Natarle says to herself that is why Murrue is too soft. Dearka sits in the brig and thinks about what happened, never realizing he'd guess right about Miriallia's boyfriend getting killed. Later, Murrue, Natarle and Mu report to the inquisition to meet with Sutherland. He congratulates Murrue on an impressive battle record and begins the proceedings. He asks Murrue to report on everything that has happened as far back as Heliopolis and the ZAFT attack. In the PLANT, Kira looks out at the water and thinks of when he used to be on Heliopolis. He thinks about his times with Tolle and his death at Athrun's hands. Lacus walks up to him and tells him he always seems so sad. He says he is and thinks about all the people he's killed so far in the war and how many others he's seen die. Lacus tries to reassure him and tells him that he's probably saved many people because of the fact that he fought. To get his mind off it, she takes him away so they can eat lunch.

 

In an Alaskan town, an incognito Rau receives a disk from someone in a street market. At the Alaska Base, Sutherland asks Murrue about Kira, and she states that she suspected he was a Coordinator when he was able to modify the Strike Gundam's OS in just a few minutes. She says that a normal student couldn't have possibly done what Kira did. Sutherland asks what she thought of him, and she says she was amazed. Sutherland continues looking over the report and says that holding Kira and his friends was probably the right decision. He gets to the part about Mu and Rau fighting, and he questions Kira using the Strike Gundam's Agni cannon, which damaged Rau's CGUE and blew a hole in the side of Heliopolis. He says that attack led to ZAFT's sense of urgency in a counterattack, and Mu objects and says that's not what happened. Murrue asks if they think it was wrong for her to counterattack, and Sutherland says it was just unfortunate they got involved with a Coordinator. He says that the Strike Gundam would have eventually performed as well without a Coordinator piloting it. He says that even a child is still a Coordinator and that they're all responsible for the current crisis. Sutherland questions all their actions, from the destruction of Artemis to the destruction of the 8th Fleet. Murrue says they were following Halberton's orders, and Sutherland says the will of one man is not the will of the Alliance. Kuzzey and Sai walk through the halls to deliver food to Flay and Miriallia. Kuzzey can't believe what Miriallia did, and Sai says it's Dearka's fault because he said something. They arrive at Miriallia's quarters and find that she's gone. Miriallia goes to the brig where Dearka is and tries to run away before he asks her to wait. He asks what happened to her boyfriend, and she explains that he was piloting the Sky Grasper during their last attack. Dearka tells her that he wasn't the one who killed Tolle. Elsewhere, Sutherland concludes the inquisition and announces that Mu, Natarle and Flay will be transferred. Natarle asks why Flay is being transferred, and he says that as an Allster her words will move the public. At the Carpentaria Base, Athrun leaves his room and finds Yzak waiting for him. On the PLANT, Kira and Lacus watch the sunset and she says she wishes it could stay the same forever.

 

Commentary

 

The last episode ended with a bit of a cliffhanger following Miriallia and Flay's failed attempts to kill Dearka. Flay seems to be unstable as ever and is quite eager to try to kill Dearka, even though he wasn't responsible for either Tolle or her father's deaths. Natarle confronts Murrue about the way she's running the ship, but Murrue admits she doesn't seem suited to be a captain. Maybe so, but she certainly does a better job than Natarle would. The inquisition shows that the Alliance wants to use Kira as a scapegoat for what happened at Heliopolis. Also, Sutherland seems to slip and lets his Blue Cosmos ideals sneak into his arguments. Mu, Natarle and Flay get transferred, but where are they going? Also, what's on that disk that Rau got in that town? Is it intelligence for the upcoming attack on the Alaska Base? We'll see soon enough.

 

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