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Episode 39: Trowa's Return to the Battlefield

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: February 6, 2001
New Review: August 22, 2010

 

Summary

 

OZ soldiers depart from a restaurant where Zechs is drinking coffee. A bartender says Zechs looks like a soldier and asks if he's leaving too, but Zechs answers that his war is over because his country was destroyed, leaving him nothing to protect. Quinze and several lackeys enter the restaurant, and he introduces himself to Zechs as the leader of White Fang. Zechs asks Quinze if he wants to start a revolution on Earth too and declares that he has nothing to say to him. Quinze isn't surprised by Zechs' lack of trust and says that White Fang has simply adopted the beliefs of Heero Yuy. Quinze then mentions that Zechs seemed to be sympathetic to colonial independence when he visited space as ambassador Milliardo from the Sanc Kingdom. Zechs asks Quinze what he wants, and Quinze answers that he wants Zechs to return to space with the Gundam Epyon. Quinze explains that a Gundam is a symbol of rebellion, so he needs both Zechs and the Gundam. Dermail addresses the foundation's members and states that Relena's establishment of the World Nation will eliminate pointless wars, but their work isn't over yet. He cites the recent rebellion by the space colonies, which he says must be put down to bring peace to Earth. Marquis Weridge interrupts Dermail and asks him what authority he has within Romefeller to do anything. Dermail doesn't get it, and Weridge points out that Romefeller's new leader is Queen Relena, so he finds it disrespectful for Dermail to lecture them about their plans. Weridge and several other members believe that Dermail should voluntarily step down from his leadership position like Treize did with OZ. Weridge proposes taking a vote on the issue, but Dermail insists that he has no intention of stepping down now, although he says he would in the future if the need arose. After the meeting, Weridge notes to other members that Dermail brought in Relena to secure his position, although in reality it's made it more unstable. Weridge and his comrades intend to make Relena the leader of the World Nation both in fact and name, at Dorothy's suggestion. On the shuttle, Noin tells Quatre that Wufei declined her invitation, but she's glad that Trowa has decided to come with them. Trowa doesn't think he'll be of much help without his memories, but he says he feels comfortable being around them. Noin sets course for the Winner family satellite so they can make the final space modifications to the Gundam Sandrock. Hilde returns home with groceries and finds Duo arguing with several White Fang members. One of them tells Duo that they wanted the Gundam to be their symbol, but now it will be their enemy. After they're gone, Duo tells Hilde that he has to leave the colony. She says he could still join White Fang, and she could go back to the military. Duo says he doesn't trust White Fang because they act like OZ used to until recently. Duo then takes off in the Deathscythe Hell and leaves the junkyard.

 

Sedici speaks with a lackey and dismisses the idea of the World Nation, saying that Relena can't have that much power. He believes they have to quickly complete the battleship and use it to show their independence to Earth. He asks for a status report on the Lunar Base, and the lackey reports that they're constructing the upgraded Virgos that Tubarov designed before his death. Noin flies the shuttle through the wreckage of a colony that was destroyed as a result of fighting between OZ and White Fang. Noin picks up an energy reaction and maneuvers the shuttle just in time to avoid being destroyed by a beam cannon blast. She's surprised that someone is attacking them without even bothering to check their IFF signal. OZ Taurus pilots attack the shuttle under the presumption that it's from White Fang, and Trowa launches in a white Taurus. Quatre tells him it's crazy to launch by himself, but Trowa thinks he remembers what to do in a mobile suit. With a beam cannon and machine gun, he's easily able to destroy several Tauruses. Quatre and Noin launch in their mobile suits, and she sets the shuttle to self-destruct. Quatre struggles to destroy a Taurus because the Gundam Sandrock hasn't been modified for space combat. Two more Tauruses attack him, but Noin destroys them. Trowa continues to destroy Tauruses, but he's surrounded by enemies. Noin asks Quatre what he's doing when he positions himself next to the shuttle, and he says he won't make it to Trowa in time with just his verniers. The shuttle then explodes, and the force of the explosion propels Quatre toward Trowa's position. Trowa runs out of ammo and throws both his rifles at an attacking Taurus. Quatre then slams into the Taurus, and they both bump into Duo's cloaked Deathscythe Hell. Duo then destroys the Taurus and receives help from Quatre in eliminating the remaining enemy forces. Quatre asks Duo if he's going to join them, and Duo says that if they fight, the citizens don't have to. Noin thanks Duo, but he tells her not to get her hopes up too high. Back on Earth, Heero takes off in Wing Zero and decides to kill Relena so he can eliminate the World Nation and its false peace.

 

Commentary

 

The title of this episode pretty much sums everything up. Trowa does indeed return to the battlefield, and while he doesn't yet remember who he is, he certainly hasn't forgotten how to fight. Duo leaves from the colony he was hanging out at, which leads him to join up with Noin's group and bring the Gundam team up to three pilots. Weridge returns after his single appearance way back in episode 11, and he's helping Relena again. Although he doesn't succeed in calling a vote about Dermail's status, he does succeed in planting the seed of doubt in the minds of other Romefeller members. Zechs appears pretty resigned to the fate of the Sanc Kingdom once again, but Quinze shows up and makes him an offer he can't refuse. Heero makes another brief appearance at the end and vows to kill Relena so he can get rid of the World Nation. Of course, this is Heero, so it's a threat he's not going to follow through with.

 

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