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Episode 43: The Shocking Dark History

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 6, 2002

 

Summary

 

Merrybell flies by Loran and joins Gym with her Bandit and another remote controlled unit. Gym tells her not to tease him, and Loran reads the report as the Turn A scans the Turn X. Gym tells Loran that he knows nothing about the Turn A's past and should abandon it. Loran says that Gym should be protecting Dianna and ask him why he betrayed her. Gym says that the Turn A destroyed Earth's civilization and that by destroying it he is protecting Dianna. Merrybell tells Loran that in a battle long ago the Turn X almost beat the Turn A. Gym and Merrybell attack, and Loran backs off while firing his beam rifle. He evades their attacks and temporarily switches to a beam saber. Gym is called by the Aspite and told that the Militia soldiers have taken Dianna's palace, but he doesn't care. He wonders what Agrippa is up to. In the palace, Aims, John and Yanny search the area and find the elevator that Harry used to get in. The staff tells them that there is another way they can reach the military airport. Sochie and Miashei continue to carry everyone down the tunnel, but Miashei bumps into Sochie because she isn't used to a Borjarnon. Dianna reads a data pad that says in her absence Agrippa issued new laws in her name. She tells Sochie that the Dark History is just a history and that Agrippa is being fooled by Gym. Agrippa and Midgard travel around in a Wad, and Agrippa wants the Gendarme to go to Dianna's port. In space, Loran continues to hide from Merrybell and Gym. Dianna and the others arrive at a cavernous area filled with globe-shaped structures where most of the Moonrace are in cryogenic stasis. Dianna sees that Agrippa has done his job maintaining the place. Kihel says she heard Dianna cried at Diran's grave, and she thanks her. Sochie is shocked to hear that was Dianna. Guin is surprised that Kihel was the one who made the announcement in the Sunbelt Zone, and Lily is surprised that she made Dianna work in the hospital. Merrybell sees that Loran is afraid of destroying the river and thinks he must be a Moonrace as well.

 

Sweatson gets into a Mahiroo to go to the floating palace, but Harry attacks him with his heat fan. More Mahiroos attack, and Harry shoots them in the head to disable them. Sweatson tells them to do a group formation, but Harry slices off their arms and legs. Fran stands on a Wad's hand to take pictures of Harry in action. In space, Loran spins around his beam sabers in front of Merrybell and vanishes. Agrippa and Midgard arrive at the floating palace, but the area is immediately seized by Yanny and the rest of the Militia. Dianna and the others arrive to confront Agrippa. Agrippa says he doesn't want to associate with barbarians, and Dianna tells him he should think of what the Dark History means. Dianna takes them into the Dark History room, and Agrippa says the Earth people won't be able to accept what they will see. The darkened room lights up with moving screens that show the past. The Gundam is seen destroying a Zaku II, and Guin watches the Operation British colony drop with shock. He asks Dianna if it is just a movie, but she says it's the ancient history of the Universal Century. Other images show the Gundam ZZ Gundam, Axis and the One Year War. Loran and Gym pause when holograms begin to appear in space. They see the Space Revolutionary Army's massive colony drop, and Gym sees Leos on his screen. Merrybell panics when she sees the Gundam X and starts shooting at holographic Zakus. As Gym and Loran try to attack each other, they are blinded by holograms of Jenices and the Gundam Sandrock in battle. The Dark History is broadcast all across Gaingnham, and the citizens watch in surprise. Gym sees that Dianna's attempt to show everyone the past will only further activate the fighting instinct. Dianna says that after the long wars the space colonies left to explore space. Finally, a video is shown of the Turn A using the Moonlight Butterfly to unleash nanomachines across Earth and destroy civilization. Loran is shocked to see that the Turn A is that kind of suit, and Gym laughs wildly, saying that the Turn X was the overseer of the Turn A.

 

Commentary

 

So the mysterious Dark History we've heard about since the beginning of the series has finally been revealed. Basically, it's the culmination of everything we've seen so far, including all the excavated mobile suits. It's interesting to see clips from all the past shows represented as historical fact. While Tomino never has said that all the universes are connected, this Dark History has spawned what is known among fans as the "Turn A Bang theory," which tries to unite all the alternate universes with the Universal Century. It would have been interesting if this show was the ultimate future of the Universal Century, but it really isn't since there are references to G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Gundam X. It's interesting to also see that the space colonies left the Earth sphere and become something like generation ships. This explains why there are no space colonies in the CC universe. On an odd note, what was with Loran's disappearing act in front of the freakish Merrybell?

 

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