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Episode 34: And its Name is Epyon

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: February 2, 2001
New Review: June 10, 2010

 

Summary

 

Virgos open fire on the Wing Gundam and force it to the ground. Heero wonders if this is the end, but the Virgos are destroyed by several kamikaze pilots from the Treize Faction. Heero abandons the Wing Gundam and runs over to a dying pilot, who asks him to protect Treize. Heero spots a castle in the distance and runs toward it. An underling reports that the Treize Faction hasn't been destroyed because the Wing Gundam joined the battle. The underling adds that they've lost half their mobile dolls, so Dermail issues orders to pull ground troops from other locations. He wants to make sure that Treize and the Gundam pilots don't join forces. Heero enters the deserted castle and encounters a biometric scanner that recognizes him. Heero then boards an elevator that takes him to a darkened basement floor. Treize greets Heero and thanks him for coming. Heero points a gun at Treize, who asks Heero to shoot him and end the battle. When Heero hesitates, Treize tells him that the war will continue so long as he lives. Heero asks why Treize let him in, and Treize answers that he wanted to have a long talk. Heero says he isn't interested and that fighting is his only concern. Treize asks Heero who his real enemy is: Treize, OZ, Romefeller or the colonies that betrayed him. Heero answers that anyone who tries to kill him is an enemy, and Treize says Heero will keep fighting because destiny is his enemy. Heero says he's ready to die at any time, and Treize is surprised that even Heero is exhausted from fighting. Treize says that no one can alter the course of time, and Heero responds that Treize once had that power and can do so again. Treize says he has no such intention and pulls a gun on Heero. Treize says their their deaths must coincide, and Heero calls him a poor loser. Treize tells Heero that he doesn't know who he's fighting against, which makes them the same. Heero tells Treize that his battle definitely hasn't ended, and if anything should end it's his own miserable existence. Treize asks Heero not to disappoint him any further and says he has a guide for how Heero should live. A side wall opens and reveals the Gundam Epyon. In space several OZ Leos plant explosives on Wing Zero to finally destroy it. Zechs appears in the Tallgeese and destroys two Leos. A Taurus pilot calls Barge for help, and Zechs wonders if mobile dolls have made soldiers forget how to fight. Howard warns Zechs that mobile dolls are on their way, and several Taurus mobile doll squads approach.

 

Zechs attacks the Taurus mobile dolls, but they all manage to dodge his attacks. More mobile dolls arrive, and Zechs manages to score hits on a few of them. Zechs says to himself that he's made it this far because of the Tallgeese, but now it's time to part. One of the Tallgeese's verniers is damaged, so Zechs ejects from the cockpit. The Tallgeese then self-detonates and destroys several mobile dolls. The Taurus pilot sees Zechs floating over to Wing Zero, so he detonates the explosives planted all over the Gundam. The Taurus pilot prematurely reports victory, and Zechs tells him he underestimated Wing Zero. Zechs fires the twin buster rifle and destroys all the Tauruses. Howard thinks that a warrior like Zechs will be able to avoid the worst effects of the Zero System. Treize tells Heero that the Gundam Epyon can show a pilot his true enemy and his own future. He adds that it gave him no future to choose from, so his battle is over. Heero asks Treize why he built it, and Treize answers that humans sense their existence through continued battle. He wanted to bless winners and losers, and Heero asks him if he thinks he's built a god. Treize thinks he might have and says that as long as a warrior has the will to fight, the Gundam Epyon will remove all distractions. Heero gets into the cockpit, and Treize warns him not to be a winner when he pilots it. Treize doesn't want Heero to die before killing him, so he's disabled the self-detonation device. Nearby, more Virgos drop to the ground and begin to overwhelm the Treize Faction Leos. Heero flies over in mobile armor mode and begins attacking the Virgos with his heat rod. Heero destroys multiple Virgos and stops himself from destroying the Leos. He wonders if they're his enemies and realizes that the Gundam Epyon is the same as Wing Zero. He declares that anyone who fights is his enemy, so he destroys all the Leos with his beam sword. Heero thinks of Relena, Wing Zero and his self-detonation in Siberia. He recalls what Treize told him and thinks about his own future and death. He returns to the castle in a state of panic, and Treize gives him a gun so they can get started. Heero says he has no right to do it and collapses to the ground.

 

Commentary

 

Picking up from the last episode, Heero is cornered by Virgos in Luxembourg, but he gets saved by some kamikaze pilots from the Treize Faction. He ends up abandoning the Wing Gundam, but Treize has a fix for that by offering up the creepy Gundam Epyon, which bears some resemblance to the Master Gundam from G Gundam. At the same time, Zechs is forced to part ways with the Tallgeese now that it can't keep up with the mobile dolls. He gets a huge upgrade in the form of Wing Zero, although it's not clear why the suit was in the situation it was this episode. The last time we saw Wing Zero, it was in Trant's hands and he went nuts during his fight with Duo. We don't know what happened to it or him afterward, but obviously it was recovered by OZ at some point. Heero goes a bit nuts again, but this time it's due to the Epyon System. When it comes to the battle in this episode, unfortunately we get a good chunk of stock footage when Zechs fights the Tauruses. The destruction caused by the heat rod also looks a bit cheap, as the Gundam Epyon just flies by and you see the red mark afterward, but not the actual strike. Interestingly, in this episode there's the strange occurrence where the masked man ends up with the Gundam in standard protagonist's colors, while the protagonist ends up with the evil-looking red Gundam.

 

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