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Episode 22: The Fight for Independence

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: January 30, 2001
New Review: May 27, 2010

 

Summary

 

Colony representatives marvel at the size of the Tallgeese, but OZ officers point out that the suit was used against OZ on Earth. Zechs exits the cockpit in formal attire and is greeted by the diplomatic Une. He says he’s come from the Sanc Kingdom to observe OZ’s new interaction with the colonies. Zechs asks for permission to act on his own in space, which Une grants. Nearby, Nichol scoffs at the notion of “Milliardo Peacecraft” because he views Zechs as a traitor to OZ. At Colony D120, the last Alliance space unit remains under the command of Gwinter Septem, son of General Septem. The Alliance officers are worried about OZ’s expansion into space, but Gwinter thinks they can negotiate from a position of space. Gwinter’s grandfather announces that Zechs has come to space and that he wants peace for Earth, so they should listen to what he has to say. On Earth Dermail congratulates Treize for his efforts to bring the space colonies into OZ’s fold. Dermail then announces that Tubarov will be heading to space to oversee mobile doll production, with Une’s approval. Treize later calls Une and asks how she intends to use the mobile dolls. She says she wants them to be Treize’s soldiers because he’s the one who should lead the world. She thinks Treize can bring peace to Earth, but he says that’s her ideals. Nichol secretly contacts Dermail and reports that Zechs is in space, so Dermail orders him to destroy the Alliance Space Force at Colony D120. Zechs arrives at Colony D120 and is greeted by old man Septem, who notes that while they were former enemies, wartime brings changes to relationships. Gwinter tells Zechs that OZ wants to use space to manufacture weapons, and Zechs says that will lead to more disputes on Earth. Zechs thinks that the teachings of Heero Yuy still exist and that the colonies should set a peaceful example for Earth. The colony’s sensors pick up an OZ mobile suit transport unit approaching, and Zechs asks to participate in the counterattack.

 

Nichol meets with Une as she reviews the Romefeller Foundation’s plan to send mobile dolls to Earth and resolve all disputes at once. Une tells Nichol that she doesn’t plan to send the mobile dolls to Earth because they’ll create more bloodshed. She laments that Treize doesn’t want to rule the world and says there’s no place for her in space. Nichol tells him she still has her duties as an OZ soldier to support Treize. Nichol then heads to Barge’s command center and is informed that Colony D120 will soon be in range of their beam cannon. Trowa points out that civilians live at that colony, but Nichol counters they knew the risk of living at a military fortress. Trowa asks if Une knows about this, so Nichol explains that he’s acting under Dermail’s orders. He then has Trowa restrained, and Trowa expresses doubt at Nichol not wanting to send the Vayeate and Mercurius to support Une. The Taurus mobile dolls open fire on the Alliance’s space mines, but they soon come under attack from the Tallgeese. The Alliance’s Leos engage the Tauruses, but they quickly lose 50 percent of their numbers. Gwinter reports that the civilians have been evacuated, and Septem believes that Barge will destroy the colony, marking the first time that a colony has been destroyed in war. Septem hopes their deaths will serve as a reminder for people about which path to avoid. Zechs destroys more Taurus mobile dolls and spots Une in a manned Taurus. She flies toward the colony without fighting, and Zechs suddenly gets a call from Treize. Treize says that OZ is changing and that he’s been left without power. He says he can’t alter the path Romefeller has chosen, and he asks Zechs to save Une. Une’s Taurus is nearly destroyed by two Leos, but Zechs rescues her at the last second. Nichol orders Barge’s beam cannon to fire, even though he knows Une is in the firing line. Trowa activates Barge’s thrusters at the last second, which causes the beam cannon to miss the colony. Une switches personalities and asks Zechs to take her to Barge. Une pulls a gun on Nichol and says she can’t overlook what he’s done. Tubarov’s shuttle approaches the Moon, where Romefeller plans to build mobile dolls. Wufei approaches the shuttle in his damaged Shenlong Gundam, which is unable to fight back against attacking Leos. Tubarov decides to capture the Shenlong Gundam and study it.

 

Commentary

 

Several forces come to a head in this episode. Picking up where the last one left off, Zechs makes his debut as an ambassador under the guise of Milliardo Peacecraft, though he’s obviously not fooling anyone. Nichol secretly communicates this to Dermail, which leads to an operation to wipe out the last vestige of the Alliance Space Force. We’re introduced here to two more members of the Septem family, and they’re both a total contrast from the late General Septem. With Romefeller and OZ embracing mobile dolls, we see Treize in a position of diminished power. Once the shining face of Romefeller, he’s now caught up in a wave of events where he can no longer alter the course. We also get the first explicit acknowledgment that Une has developed two personalities. Nichol tries to take advantage of this and have Une die in battle, but thanks to Zechs’ intervention, she returns to her aggressive self and has Nichol hauled off. Finally, Wufei gets captured by Tubarov with the hope that he can use the Moon’s mobile suit factory to repair his damaged Shenlong Gundam.

 

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