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Episode 2: The Gundam Deathscythe

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: November 23, 2000
New Review: November 6, 2009

 

Summary

 

At school, Heero fences with a boy who asks him why he ripped up Relena's invitation. The boy tells Heero he should be ashamed, but Heero says nothing. As they fight, Heero breaks the boy's saber and pierces his mask. As he walks away, Heero tells the boy to tell him sooner next time, so that he'll pass the invitation to him. Out at sea, the Alliance Marina forces begin launching their underwater mobile suits to search for the Wing Gundam. Zechs contacts the disagreeable Marina commander and explains that he needs some help repairing the engine of his submarine. In exchange, he'll offer the use of his Cancer and Pisces mobile suits to help with the search. The Marina commander agrees, unaware that there's nothing at all wrong with Zechs' sub. At school, Heero skips horsemanship class and uses a computer to look up information on missiles. He decides to use deep water torpedoes from a nearby Marina base, and he also hacks into the school's system to pay for his tuition and boarding. As Relena leaves school for the day, her friends tell her not to be so gloomy because it's her birthday. Heero hitches a ride underneath a truck and sneaks into the Marina base. On the ride home, Relena thinks to herself that Heero is very secretive and realizes he wants to kill her because she knows his secret. Heero gathers together several torpedoes and says to himself that he'll destroy the Wing Gundam before OZ gets to it. Elsewhere, Zechs' sub picks up a metallic signature, so he orders the Cancer and Pisces suits to launch. Soon after, they pick up the presence of Alliance mobile suits and several explosions. The Gundam Deathscythe destroys the Alliance suits, so the Marina ships begin firing torpedoes in response, even though Zechs is in the same area. Zechs tells one of his pilots to be cautious because the Gundam pilot might have survived. Several Marina ships suddenly explode, and Duo jumps onto the flagship to destroy its bridge. At her house, Relena thanks everyone for coming to her birthday party. She overhears her father telling her mother that he has to leave, and Relena tells him it's ok. As she leans over to kiss him, photos of the shooting stars fall out of the file he's holding. At the same time, a radio news announcement declares that the shooting stars were just meteorites that burned up in the atmosphere, not manmade weapons. Relena knows that's not true because Heero was in one of them. Heero transports the torpedoes in his stolen ambulance and is spotted on the road by Relena's classmate.


Trowa applies for a job at a circus, but the ringmaster isn't impressed with his resume. However, he's amazed when Trowa walks up to a cage and pets a roaring lion. Trowa comments that beasts only bare their fangs at enemies. A performer named Catherine Bloom says to herself that Trowa is a mysterious kid. In the Middle East, Quatre has a drink and tells his butler that the Earth is very beautiful. He wonders to himself if its residents are aware of that. Wufei meets with weapons dealers and buys a truck filled with explosives. Relena spaces out for a moment as her friends encourage her to blow out the candles on the cake. Her classmate arrives and comments that Heero must not be coming. He mentions that he saw someone who looked like Heero on the coastal road heading for the military port, but he was driving an ambulance. Relena knows that's Heero and suddenly leaves the party. Her friends want to go with her, but she insists on going alone and runs off. After she leaves, her mother wonders what is going on with her. The OZ pilots locate both Zechs' Leo and the Wing Gundam. The Pisces mobile suits launch their towing cables and set off an alarm. Duo then fires off a blinding flashbang and attacks. He destroys both of the Pisces, but the Cancer grabs him and fires several rounds into his face at point blank range. The Gundam Deathscythe then sinks deeper into the water and fires its buster shield at the Cancer, destroying it. Duo is surprised to discover that the Wing Gundam has the exact same self-detonation system as his own Gundam, so he switches his scythe's beam to a lower output and disables the detonation device. He then takes off with the captured Wing Gundam, which he intends to use as spare parts. Relena arrives at the military port just as it comes under attack. Heero kills several soldiers inside a submarine and hoists the torpedoes into the air to fire them. Relena tells her to stop and asks him to tell her who he really is. Heero responds by pulling a gun on her, but just as he's about to fire, Duo shoots him in the arm. Duo comments that Heero is obviously a bad guy, so he's surprised when Relena runs over to Heero. Heero dives for his gun, but Duo shoots again and nicks him just above the knee. Relena stands in front of Duo to stop him, and she rips off parts of her dress to bandage Heero's wounds. Duo wonders how he ended up as the bad guy and realizes that both Gundams are surfacing sooner than he'd calculated. He pulls out a blinding light when Relena tries to look and tells her to leave. Heero then jumps onto the torpedoes and fires them. The torpedoes take off at high speed, knocking Heero into the water. The torpedoes hit both Gundams, causing them to sink back into the ocean. Duo sees that Heero knows the impact tolerance of Gundanium, so he must be the pilot of the Wing Gundam. Heero floats face down in the water, and Relena wonders who he and Duo are. Zechs is informed that they've lost contact with their suits, and he wonders if the jinx is true about not living after seeing a Gundam.

 

Commentary

 

This second episode picks up on some threads of the first. Relena's interest puts her in the middle of danger, and he almost manages to kill her, if not for Duo saving her. Duo gets most of the action this episode, but unfortunately all of his work goes to waste when Heero torpedoes both Gundams. Zechs spends some time sneaking around under the water, and his men were close to capturing the Wing Gundam. Elsewhere, we see Trowa establishing his civilian cover by applying to join a circus, and Wufei is up to something by purchasing lots of explosives. Through Relena's perspective, we see how the Alliance is trying to cover up the existence of Operation Meteor by claiming that the shooting stars were just simple meteorites and not weapons.

 

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