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Episode 37: Gateway to the Moon

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 29, 2002

 

Summary

 

Cancer conducts repairs to the exterior of the Gendarme and is accidentally knocked around. She ends up on another part of the hull and is able to overhear Midgard talking to Gym Ghingnham about killing Dianna. Gym tells Midgard that after delivering Dianna he wants him to distract the Willghem while his ships come to destroy it. Cancer flies back into the ship and tells Muron that Midgard sold out Dianna. Muron knocks out Dianna's guards and tells her that it is dangerous for her to stay on the ship. On the Willghem, the crew is still having trouble adjusting to space. Lily asks Guin if he believes Harry's story, and Guin says that the more honest a dog is the more it bites its master. Lily asks him if she she can be his spy and find out. Back on the Gendarme, Muron takes his FLAT out into space while Cancer attacks some guards with a smoke bomb. She gets into the ship's shuttle and flies off to join with Muron. Midgard decides not to chase them because he has to get Dianna ready to meet with Gym. Loran, Sochie, Fran and Miashei look at a map of space to decide where to leave the bomb. Loran wants to dump it somewhere far from where people live so that no one is affected by it. Sochie says he can do it because he is of the Moonrace, and he asks when she figured out the truth about him. She says it was long ago when she watched him meet with Keith and Fran. Fran says that she wants to publish a book of her pictures chronicling the Willghem's journey from the Earth to the Moon, and Sochie wonders where they will end up before their journey ends. Harry calls Loran and tells him to come to the bridge because of news involving Dianna. Cancer, Muron and Dianna get into the shuttle's cockpit. Dianna asks them to set course for the asteroid colony of Mistletoe, which she explains is used for agriculture experiments. She also asks them to broadcast a piece of classical music to the Willghem. Loran and the others look at a map of the area between the Earth and the Moon to pinpoint the location of the music. Harry figures it must be Mistletoe since no one lives there and no one will notice if Dianna goes there. Loran looks at a picture of Mistletoe and decides that is the place where he will dump the nuclear bomb. As the shuttle approaches Mistletoe, Cancer and Muron dance and sing because they are going to the Moon with Dianna.

 

As the shuttle approaches Mistletoe, Cancer tries to open the door with her FLAT, but it doesn't work. Dianna taps into Mistletoe's computer and opens the door. Inside, they find an overgrown forest. Dianna tells them that with the shuttle they can go back to Earth because the Moon is dangerous. They ask what the point would be of going to Earth if they are serving her. Gym's fleet leaves the orbit of the Moon, and he laughs over Midgard's failure. Midgard wonders if Dianna has gone to the Moon, and Gym plays the classical music. He says that it is the signal of the Soriel family and that she must be on Mistletoe. A squad of Mahiroo mobile suits launches from the Aspite, commanded by the obese Sweatson Stero. The showy Mahiroo pilots shoot near the Gendarme to intimidate Midgard before flying off. Loran and Sochie take off to Mistletoe, and he wonders why Harry isn't coming. Yanny tells Michael they should have sent Harry, but Michael says Guin's position is that if they send him they won't get a good deal. On the bridge, Harry tells Kihel he will need her help since the Moon is being controlled by Agrippa. They leave, and Guin and Lily follow them. Sochie tells Loran to just dump the bomb in space, but he says he can't because they are in the ship's route. Loran spots Mistletoe and says it is Dianna's star, but Sochie thinks it's ugly. Muron locates the central control center, which Dianna wants to use to reactivate everything. Kihel tells Harry that she will be happy to go back to her real identity. Harry pulls a gun on her and knocks her out. Guin calls him a traitor, and Harry knocks him aside as he carries unconscious Kihel. He goes to the mobile suit hangar and gets into his SUMO to escape the ship. Elsewhere, Sochie and Loran approach Mistletoe and are attacked by Sweatson's Mahiroos. As the Mahiroos attack, Loran and Sochie enter Mistletoe.

 

Commentary

 

The story picks up again here, and we're introduced to several new characters. The first is the wild looking Gym Ghingnham, who is part of the ruling triumvirate with Dianna and Agrippa. It looks pretty clear that he and Agrippa are in league to take Dianna's power for their own. We're also introduced to the ridiculously obese Sweatson Stero, who ironically pilots the strangely small Mahiroo. In seeing Mistletoe, one wonders why it's fallen into disrepair. You'd think that living on the Moon you'd want to conduct agricultural experiments to make the Moon more like Earth. With Sweatson's Mahiroos attacking Loran and Sochie, it looks like we're going to see a pretty interesting battle in space. On another note, I wonder why Harry felt the need to knock out Kihel. She already agreed to go with him, so there really wasn't any need to do that.

 

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