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Episode 43: Target: Earth

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: February 10, 2001
New Review: September 16, 2010

 

Summary

 

The Peacemillion picks up the approach of a shuttle on radar, and Noin hails them and asks for identification. Sally responds and states that she's brought a couple of strong allies. After the shuttle docks, Quatre is pleased to see Heero and Wufei. Noin tells Sally that she feels powerless, and Sally answers that if Noin sticks with the Gundam pilots she won't be led astray. Duo tells Heero that Wing Zero is a troublesome suit, and someone would have to be crazy to try and pilot it. Heero tells Duo he never asked him to pilot it, and he says he can handle it because he also used the Gundam Epyon. Howard gives his crew repair orders and tells Trowa that they'll modify the Gundam Heavyarms for space combat. Wufei tells Trowa that he'll just be a sitting duck for the enemy, so he's better off not fighting. At Colony C421, the circus ringmaster begins to discuss the next performance with Catherine and notices that all the animals are upset by something. Several OZ Tauruses suddenly appear within the colony and take it hostage. The OZ Space Force broadcasts a message to White Fang and demands the return of Libra in exchange for the colony. Watching the announcement on TV, Quatre comments that this is the result of White Fang pushing OZ to the edge and leaving them no place to run. Sally wonders how White Fang will react, and Heero says they're a bunch of weaklings, but adds that Zechs would never give in to OZ's demands. Aboard Libra, Quinze curses OZ, but Dorothy comments that this brings them one step closer to victory. Quinze doesn't understand, and she explains that colony citizens will now direct their anger towards OZ. Zechs gives orders to change Libra's direction to Colony C421 and fire the main cannon, which Quinze points out will destroy the colony. Dorothy responds that to win a war, they have to be prepared to make sacrifices. The Peacemillion tracks Libra's movement, and Heero concludes that Zechs is going to destroy the colony, but Noin can't bring herself to believe it. Trowa watches the footage of the hostages and is surprised to see Catherine among them. Trowa suits up and finds that the Gundam Heavyarms is partially disassembled, so he takes off in Wing Zero instead. Quatre and Duo take off in the shuttle to chase after Trowa, and Heero tells Noin that Wing Zero can wipe out the last of OZ. Relena sits in her shuttle and thinks of Zechs.

 

An OZ soldier calls Treize and reports that soon they'll have control of Libra again, but Treize cuts him off and gives orders discharging all those soldiers from OZ. The OZ commander doesn't understand and gets a report of a Gundam in the area. Trowa arrives in Wing Zero and destroys two Tauruses with his twin buster rifle. Catherine overhears two soldiers talking about a Gundam and says she wants to live in peace. The soldiers tell her to shut up, and she responds that their threats don't scare her. The ringmaster stands in front of her, and one of the soldiers smacks him with his machine gun. Catherine thinks it's wrong to control people with force, but the ringmaster says no one will do anything because they don't want to take that risk. However, he believes that Trowa is taking that risk as a Gundam pilot. One of the Taurus pilots decides to open fire on the colony, but Trowa destroys him before he can. The Zero System then activates, and Trowa has a vision of Catherine and of him accidentally killing her. Trowa locks onto a Taurus escaping to the colony and begins to panic, but Quatre steps in and destroys the Taurus first. He tells Trowa to open his eyes and reminds him that the people he wants to protect are in the colony. Quatre says that Trowa corrected the mistake he made, so now he can't let Trowa make the same mistake. Trowa feels pain in his head from the Zero System and suddenly regains his lost memories. Trowa regains his senses and tells Quatre they have to find Catherine. The OZ commander wants to escape with the hostages, but Duo arrives in the Deathscythe Hell and slices apart the Tauruses. As Libra prepares to fire its cannon, Relena's shuttle appears in its path, and she tells Zechs he's making a mistake. Zechs warns her that she'll be killed when the cannon fires, and she asks him if he isn't embarrassed as a Peacecraft to be using such military power. Zechs gives the order to fire the cannon. Duo calls the Peacemillion and reports that they've liberated the colony, but Wufei tells him it was all in vain. Heero then steps in and says that the colony was never Libra's target. Relena tells Zechs that God will never forgive him for this, but he ignores her and fires. The blast barely misses Relena's shuttle and bypasses the colony before hitting Earth. Dorothy thinks that the test firing went well, and Zechs tells her it wasn't a test, but rather a challenge to Treize.

 

Commentary

 

With this episode, all five Gundam pilots are finally together again, which is something we haven't seen since way back with Siberia in episode 10. Trowa becomes the last of the Gundam pilots in the round robin of piloting Wing Zero, and the wackiness of the Zero System conveniently allows him to regain his memories. He nearly goes nuts and blasts the colony, but luckily Quatre snaps him back to his senses. OZ's remaining space force was clearly desperate in making such a move, so it's no surprise that Treize disowned them. He's stepped in during past situations where Une threatened the colonies in his name, so it's natural he'd do the same here. Relena finally has something to do, but she doesn't succeed in convincing Zechs of anything. And considering she left Earth before Dorothy, it sure seems as though she spent a lot of time just flying in a shuttle. Finally, Zechs ups the ante by firing Libra's main cannon at Earth. This is clearly something that Treize won't ignore.

 

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