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Episode 31: Launch the Motorad

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 24, 2003

 

Summary

 

Marbet supervises Odelo and Tomache as they train to become mobile suit pilots with Gun Blastors. The two of them join Oliver's V2 Gundam in transporting cargo to the White Ark. A worker brings news that the Motorad fleet is on the Moon. Connie and Juca decide to head out and join up with the Reineforce Junior. Shahkti leaves Karlmann with Suzy and gets into a hovercraft with Flanders and Haro. She figures that the mysterious tunnel Muller wanted to investigate is probably where the fleet is. She hopes that if Cronicle is there she can convince him to not launch the fleet. Nearby, Katejina gives Cronicle a report on the kids who rescued Muller, and Cronicle figures it's Uso. On the Moon's surface, Odelo has trouble getting used to gravity and crashes into Tomache. After docking at the White Ark, Connie arrives with her Victory Gundam Hexa and tells Oliver that the Motorad fleet is on the Moon. Marbet orders Odelo and Tomache to inform the Reineforce Junior because they can't risk using wireless radio. Karrel, Martina and Warren arrive in a truck, and Batsraff puts Warren in charge of the ship's weapons. Muller and Uso return to the hangar, and Suzy tells him that Shahkti left after she heard about the Motorad fleet. Uso and Muller get into a truck to go after them. On the road, Juca and Suzy pull up next to them in a truck with the V2 Gundam's spare Core Fighter. Shahkti arrives at the guarded entrance of the gate and wonders how she will get inside. She goes into a bar and asks a man to take her, but he refuses. The Zanscare secret police take her with them leave Haro and Flanders behind. Juca rams the gate and stops to let Haro and Flanders on. Uso and Muller launch in the Core Fighter and chase the truck through the narrow tunnel. Uso tries to land on the truck to get it to stop, but it keeps going. They exit the tunnel and stumble upon the Adrastea and other Motorad ships. Shahkti tells Uso that she wants to talk to Cronicle and convince him to stop the fleet. Uso says Cronicle won't listen and that the military isn't as simple as she thinks. Odelo and Tomache arrive at the Reineforce Junior and inform Romero and Otis about the Motorad fleet. Uso flies in close to the truck, and Muller tells him to get in closer so that she can jump onto it.

 

Cronicle is informed that Uso's Core Fighter has been spotted nearby, so he sends out Repet and Katejina to kill him. The Motorad fleet is ready to launch, so Cronicle orders that it takeoff and head for Earth. Repet and Katejina are attacked on the way by Oliver, Marbet and Connie. Uso gets his Core Fighter in close and Muller jumps onto the truck. She grabs Shahkti in the cabin and fires a flare to blind the men. Muller and Shahkti jump out of the truck before it crashes into Katejina's Einerad. She spots Muller and Shahkti floating away and chases after them. Uso tells her to get away and chases her. Katejina manages to grab hold of Muller and decides to take her as a hostage. Uso grabs Shahkti and put her behind his seat. Tomache and Odelo launch from the Reineforce Junior and are immediately attacked by one of the Motorad fleet's Lysithea class ships. Uso continues to chase Katejina and demands that she return Muller. Oliver doesn't want to let the Motorad fleet reach Earth, so he starts shooting at the Adrastea's tires. He pulls back and gives Uso the Top and Bottom Fighters since he is more familiar with them. Uso then shoots at the Adrastea's tires and causes no damage. He attacks Katejina and slices into her beam shield generator. With no beam shield, he knocks her Gedlav out of the Einerad and forces her to fight without it. Oliver approaches the Adrastea at high speed in his Core Fighter. He dodges the ship's fire and slams his Core Fighter into the front tire. Cronicle has the ship takeoff and eject the damaged tire. Marbet suddenly feels frightened and stops moving. Repet tries to shoot her, but Odelo and Tomache knock her out of the way. As the Motorad fleet leaves the Moon, Katejina retreats to the Adrastea. Marbet returns to the White Ark and begins handing out orders to keep her mind off Oliver. Tomache and Odelo know she is pretending to be okay, and they apologize for being rookies. She hugs them and begins to cry for Oliver. Uso sits in the V2 Gundam's cockpit and also cries.

 

Commentary

 

Tomino strikes again, and this time the unlucky victim is Oliver. The poor guy just got married to Marbet, but now he's dead. Though he valiantly sacrificed himself, his suicide attack proved useless. Perhaps he should have instead slammed into the Adrastea's bridge and destroyed that. Shahkti foolishly goes off on her own to try and stop the Motorad fleet. She seems to think that just because Cronicle is her uncle he will listen to her and stop the fleet. Her brief capture ends up leading to Uso's mother being captured by Katejina. Odelo and Tomache decide to become mobile suit pilots, but aside from rescuing Marbet they don't seem to be doing so well. Now that the Motorad fleet has launched, it looks like it's time to go back to Earth again.

 

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