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Episode 34: Fly! Into the Stratosphere

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 22, 2002

 

Summary

 

Harry approaches the Manupichi are and spots the Gendarme nearby. On the Gendarme, Midgard is informed that contact has been lost with Manupichi. He orders his men to quickly finish adjusting the booster so they can get to space before the Willghem does. Midgard tells Dianna that the Willghem is at Manupichi, but she doesn't want to speak to him. At Manupichi, the mountainous area around the city is blasted away to reveal the ancient track of the mass driver. Loran watches the excavation with Taruka, and Taruka wonders if he could ever be as good a leader as Quoatl was. Loran thinks he can, and Taruka asks him to stay for Quoatl's funeral. Nearby, Horace, Sid and Ladderum explore an old temple and find a computer monitor. Horace hopes it has the information on the cycle time of Sackträger. Guin announces to the crew that the Almaiya has pulled back but could return at any time. Miashei repairs her Kapool while Joseph and Fran watch. Fran explains that she hitched a ride over on one of the planes when he she heard the Willghem was at Manupichi. Loran and Sochie bring back a cart of exotic food donated to them as a gift by Taruka. Joseph asks Sochie to help with repairs, but she says she is tired and leaves. Harry approaches the Gendarme and is shot at with the ship's cannons. The ship takes off, and Harry's beam gun falls short of hitting out. Harry cries out that if Midgard hurts Dianna he will avenge her no matter what it takes. Guin sees the Gendarme in the distance, and Horace explains they can't follow yet. He says that Sackträger's rotation cycle is three hours, and if they approach it from the wrong trajectory they will be destroyed. On the Soleil, Miran argues with Phil and tells him he should attack the Willghem before it can use nuclear weapons or go into space. On the Almaiya repairs are completed, and Pou has the ship take off and set course for Manupichi.

 

Loran and Sochie sleep in a corridor, and he wakes up to see Adeska villagers bringing more food. Fran and Ladderum fly overhead in a Hip Heavy to survey the area. The Willghem is moved to the bottom of the mass driver track and prepares for takeoff. Michael objects to leaving Horace behind to supervise the launch because he wants him to supervise mobile suit production. Guin assures him that they have experts like Bruno and Jacop running the ship for them. Lily wonders how good they are, and Bruno says he has a license to fly spaceships. The ship is suddenly attacked by Pou's SUMO and the two Muttowoooos. It's too early to take off for Sackträger, so Guin tells the mobile suit pilots to defend the ship until then. The Willghem can't fire its mega beam cannon because all the ship's power is needed for the launch. Ladderum flies over one of the Muttowoooos and drops a bomb on it. John and Joseph stick to the rear of the ship to fight the Muttowoooos on the ground while Loran takes off to fight Pou in the sky. He attacks her and a Muttowoooo with two Gundam hammers and grapples them. He drags the SUMO and Muttowoooo high in the sky, and everyone wonders what he is doing. Pou breaks free and shoots the Turn A, knocking it out of the sky. As Loran falls, Harry grabs him and stops his descent. He says that the ship that took off has Dianna. Loran then returns to the ship as it begins to ride around the mass driver track. The Hip Heavy is damaged and crashes into the Willghem's mobile suit hangar. Harry grabs Pou and tells her that she would be a better woman if she chose better men. Harry lets her go and uses his flight booster to catch up to the ship. Loran grabs him so he can get aboard. As the Willghem leaves Earth, its mass is too high to reach Sackträger. The ship begins to become unbalanced, so Harry and Loran fly underneath the ship to help boost it up. The enormous swinging Sackträger looms overhead as the Willghem approaches it.

 

Commentary

 

The events from the last two episodes with the Adeska are nicely wrapped up with Loran's conversation with Taruka. It seems he has accepted his role as king, though he doubts his own abilities. The battle surrounding the Willghem's takeoff is well done and creates some suspense. It looks like not everyone is going to the Moon, since Horace and Joseph were left behind. Pou fails yet again in battle against Loran, and now that he's gone into space she can't follow him or have any hope of beating him. Harry's comment about Dianna reveals to Loran that the woman he thought was Dianna was just Kihel in disguise again. It really is hard to keep track sometimes with the two of them switching constantly. Now that the cast has moved to space, perhaps we'll soon see the enigmatic Agrippa on the Moon.

 

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