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Episode 28: The Burden

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 1, 2002

 

Summary

 

Loran uses the Turn A's sensors to scan the enormous crater created by the nuclear explosion. As Sochie stares at the crater, Loran explains to her and Miashei that they can't leave the Kapool. Sochie asks how long the area will be polluted, and Loran says it will kill all life for a very long time. Out of nowhere, Loran suggests to Sochie that she should go to the Soleil. At the Soleil, Pou and Phil discuss how the nuclear bombs could change the balance of power in the war. Phil wants the bombs and orders Pou to find them. She takes off in a flight booster equipped SUMO and heads for the crater. Aims and John survey the damage near the crater, and Aims cries over Gavane's death. Ralfa wakes up and finds that only he and another Wad pilot named Leia survived the blast. He sees that his Wad is holding two nuclear bombs and remembers that he grabbed it to prevent the Militia from getting it. Leia spots Borjarnons nearby, and Ralfa decides to retreat. As they run away, Pou flies by overhead and spots them. Leia accidentally mentions the nuclear bombs, and Pou demands that Ralfa hand them over. Ralfa refuses and runs away. Pou shoots at Ralfa, and Leia is knocked away while trying to stop Pou. After Ralfa escapes, Leia yells at Pou and Pou realizes it was careless to shoot at Ralfa while he had the bombs. As Ralfa runs he spots the Turn A and Kapool. Sochie wants to attack, and Miashei tells him to go away when she sees the bombs. Ralfa asks for their help and runs away when Pou's SUMO approaches. The Turn A and Kapool run towards the SUMO, and Pou panics and escapes. Loran tells Ralfa he is willing to die if he can get to Dianna and stop the war. Ralfa volunteers to do that and says he has lost the will to be a soldier after seeing terrible weapons like nuclear bombs. He gives Loran the bombs and tells him to bury them in a mountain or toss them in the ocean. Loran places the bombs in the Turn A's multipurpose chest silo and packs them together with dirt to prevent them from moving around.

 

On the Soleil, Phil explains that if they have the nuclear bombs they can easily beat the Militia. Dianna says those weapons could recreate the dark history, and he says he is tired of her weakness and hesitance. She asks him what he would do if he were in her place, and he says he would fight all of the Earth to create a nation for the Moonrace. In the next room, Kihel listens in to the conversation. Phil says that if they don't stop hesitating that they'll never find out what Agrippa wants and will lose to him. Dianna tells Miran to have Phil killed. Ralfa, Sochie and Miashei approach the Soleil and are ordered to stop by a squad of Wodoms and Wads. They ask Ralfa why he brought the enemy with him, and he explains that he's bringing them as Earth representatives to speak to Dianna and stop the war. When Sochie moves the Kapool forward, the Wads attack. Ralfa gets in the way and starts fighting off the Wads. Kihel sees Sochie from a window, and Harry comes into the room and grabs her. Dianna runs to see the battle, and Phil pulls a gun on her. Harry and Kihel run out behind Phil, and Dianna makes it seem like she is Kihel. Kihel is placed in a transport shuttle while Harry gets into his SUMO. As Kihel flies by the battle, she tells Sochie to escape quickly. Kihel tells Harry they have to go to Sackträger so they can go to the Moon and confront Agrippa. Ralfa escapes the grip of a Wodom and keeps fighting off the Wads. He pushes the Kapool to gets it to move. Sochie and Miashei run off, and Ralfa's Wad breaks down and collapses. He says that using nuclear bombs will recreate the Dark History and dies. Joseph shows up with his FLAT and helps Sochie and Miashei escape. Elsewhere, Loran remembers Guin telling him that whoever finds the super weapon of the dark history will win the war. Loran now has that weapon, but he knows he can't give it to either side. Fran and several soldiers arrive to meet with Joseph. The soldiers tell Joseph that they intercepted Moonrace communications and that the Willghem will travel across the ocean to a place called Manupichi.

 

Commentary

 

Quite a lot of things happen this time. After the fallout from the nuclear explosion, everyone seems to want to get their hands on nuclear weapons. Neither side seems to really understand how horrible nuclear weapons are, despite seeing evidence firsthand. Phil seems to be more and more of a power-crazed madman who will destroy anything to accomplish what he wants. He says treasonous things to Dianna and follows up on his remarks by rebelling against her. Phil seems to have the support of Dianna Counter, so Dianna is technically a prisoner among her own people. The Willghem seems to be setting out for a voyage to Manupichi, and I'll bet that's somehow connected with Sackträger.

 

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