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Episode 34: I Can See the Moon!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: September 2, 2000
New Review: June 12, 2004

 

Summary

 

During the 7th Space War, the SRA abandoned construction of the colony laser. Fifteen years later, it's nearly finished. Garrod and Pala hide at the abandoned Lodge Bay rescue station. Pala tells Garrod that it'll be difficult to rescue Tiffa on their own. Garrod wants to use the satellite cannon somehow, but Pala reminds him that they are on the wrong side of the Earth's orbit. Garrod examines the location of the colony laser and has an idea. He thinks that the SRA comes up with some horrible weapons, and Pala tells him that the UNE is no different with their satellite cannon. At Cloud 9, Lancerow meets Tiffa in the garden. He tells her that he is to be decorated for destroying Satelicon, and he isn't happy about being part of Seidel's propaganda. He tells Tiffa that he met Garrod, and she's glad that he's safe. He says that if he had met her and Garrod earlier he could have been like Jamil, but he can't do anything. Tiffa tells him that Garrod taught her that the future is something each person makes with their own hands. Nichola joins them and tells Lancerow that Seidel is waiting for him. Lancerow asks Tiffa and Nichola to come with him because he doesn't feel comfortable being alone with Seidel. After the ceremony, Seidel has tea with Tiffa, Lancerow and Nichola. Seidel asks Lancerow what happened to the Double X, and Lancerow lies and tells him it was destroyed at Satelicon. Seidel tells Tiffa that no one will rescue her and that her future is in his hands, but she tells him that no one can own the future. Seidel asks her if she feels her power comes from being a Newtype, and Tiffa tells him she doesn't consider herself a Newtype. Seidel labels her as a mutant, but Nichola objects and says she really does have the ability. Seidel refuses to acknowledge her and says that he defines what a Newtype is, and if he says she isn't one, then she isn't. Tiffa feels a strange power and sees D.O.M.E. on the Moon before passing out. Later, Seidel decides to show Tiffa the power of the colony laser to make her feel pessimistic. Nichola and Lancerow believe that Seidel will eventually kill Tiffa, and Lancerow reveals that Garrod is alive. Propaganda is broadcast on Cloud 9 stating that the New UNE is polluting Earth and wants to conquer space. Seidel's flagship Garbera heads for the colony laser, and Garrod flies around the Earth until he spots the Moon in the distance.

 

Garrod positions himself in front of the Moon while Pala heads for the location of the colony laser. Garrod deploys the twin satellite cannon and receives a laser lock from the Moon, followed by the microwave energy. Once the Double X is fully charged, he turns to face the colony laser and fires with the help of Pala's targeting data. The blast from the twin satellite cannon passes over the colony laser and destroys many of the mirrors positioned over it. Technicians report to Seidel that the colony laser received minimal damage, but it will take 17 minutes to recharge it. Garrod sends a message to Seidel stating that he will destroy the colony laser unless Tiffa is released. Seidel refuses because he knows the satellite cannon can't be fired again so quickly, but Garrod fires again and grazes the colony laser. He then sends another message stating that the next shot will hit the colony laser. Seidel can't risk the destruction of the colony laser, and he decides that Tiffa is worthless to him anyway. An SRA shuttle rendezvous with the G-Falcon and transfers Tiffa over to Pala. Tiffa asks Pala who she is, and Pala says she is a friend of Garrod's. After the G-Falcon takes off, Seidel orders a squad to be assembled to destroy the Double X. Once the G-Falcon reaches Garrod's position, he fires the twin satellite cannon again and destroys the colony laser. He then gets out of the Double X's cockpit and hugs Tiffa in space. He tells her that he'll always be with her no matter what. On Cloud 9, Lancerow and Nichola hope that Garrod and Tiffa were able to escape safely. Lancerow comments that their preparations for war are down to nothing again thanks to Garrod. He thinks that must be due to training from Jamil, and he also thinks that Garrod's recklessness is the kind of thing that will change the world. Nichola wonders if they will ever see Garrod and Tiffa again, and Lancerow thinks they will. The Double X combines with the G-Falcon and prepares to enter Earth's atmosphere. As they are about to descend they are attacked from the direction of the sun. A New UNE fleet emerges from the other side of Earth's orbit, led by the Frost brothers in their upgraded Gundam Virsago Chest Break and Gundam Ashtaron Hermit Crab.

 

Commentary

 

Well, this was certainly a very good episode. To those who say that this series is all action, look at this episode. It's strong in every way, and it has probably 20 seconds of action total. Garrod has changed quite a bit since coming into space. Now he's using strategy instead of reckless fighting, and he's threatening military dictators. Lancerow and Nichola talk unfavorably about Seidel, so I can see them rebelling against him very soon. Tiffa has a vision of the Moon and names D.O.M.E., which hasn't been mentioned since episode 21. Still, there is no explanation as to exactly what D.O.M.E. is. The arrival of the New UNE in space can mean only one thing: the war from fifteen years ago is about to be continued again. That certainly puts an end to Garrod's happy return to Earth with Tiffa.

 

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