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Episode 13: Shuttle Launch

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 18, 2000

 

Summary

 

Titans leader Jamitov Hymem meets with Bask on Gryps to discuss the attack on Jaburo and the fortification of Gryps. Elsewhere, Amuro lands a plane outside of his home and is greeted by a pregnant Fraw Kobayashi, along with Kikka, Letz and Katz, whom she and Hayato adopted after the One Year War. Fraw asks Amuro if he still loves Sayla, but he ignores the question. Letz asks him why he doesn't go to Jaburo, and Amuro explains that his maids are spies for the Federation. After dinner, Katz walks with Amuro and tells him he should join Karaba. Amuro says he has no interest in doing that because he fought in the One Year War, and that was enough. Katz accuses him of being cowardly, and Amuro says he can't help it because the Federation has had him locked up since the end of the One Year War. Katz leaves, and Fraw tells Amuro she is going to take the kids to Japan. Elsewhere, Hayato leads the Audhumla to the Karaba base at the Kennedy Spaceport in Florida. The stop is only a temporary one because they know the Titans have discovered their location. Kai runs off and has a letter delivered to Hayato. The letter explains that Quattro Bajeena is really Char Aznable. Char is given a message from the Argama stating that they will make the rendezvous after they finish engaging an enemy ship. As the evacuation of Kennedy Spaceport begins, Char asks Apolly to pilot an ancient shuttle to evacuate everyone to the Argama in space. Apolly wonders if it will even fly.

 

A squadron of Hizacks heads for the Kennedy Spaceport, led by Buran Blutarch's transforming Asshimar. Kamille says goodbye to Reccoa as she boards Apolly's shuttle. Hayato shows Kai's letter to Char and asks him about his identity. Char says he's just Quattro, but Hayato doesn't believe it. In the letter, Kai says he thinks Char has the potential to be a great world leader, but he is acting cowardly by being just a mobile suit pilot. Char again denies his true identity, and Kamille demands to know the truth. He punches Char and knocks him over. Buran's forces suddenly attack and destroy one of the shuttles. Apolly begins the countdown on his shuttle for takeoff. Hayato begins preparing the Audhumla for takeoff, and the Mk II and Hyaku-Shiki head out to fight. Buran tries to lock on to Apolly's shuttle, but Kamille attacks him. He is then forced to fight off several Hizacks, leaving Char to fight Buran. As they fight in the air, Buran surprises Char by transforming the Asshimar into a mobile suit. Buran then attacks Kamille, and Roberto attacks him. Buran flies around from behind and destroys Roberto's Rick Dias. Apolly's shuttle takes off, and Buran transforms the Asshimar to mobile armor mode to chase it. Kamille jumps onto the Hyaku-Shiki's shoulders, and he and Char jump up for maximum height. Kamille then jumps up and shoots at Buran, preventing him from destroying the shuttle. Buran returns to the ground, and Kamille damages the Asshimar. The Audhumla takes off to head for Hickory, and Kamille and Char escape as well. Buran's forces capture the Sudori airship the AEUG left behind and prepare to pursue. Kamille regrets the loss of Roberto. In space, Apolly's shuttle safely reaches the Argama.

 

Commentary

 

This episode was full of surprises. First, it was interesting to see Bask again after so long, even though he has no dialogue in the episode (maybe his voice actor was sick or something). Second, it was surprising to see so many characters from the original series all together in one episode. Amuro, Char, Hayato, Kai, Fraw, Noah, and the children comprise most of the surviving characters. It's almost like watching an episode of the original series. Speaking off cameos, look closely when Hayato enters the Kennedy Space Museum. Tucked behind a bunch of old planes is Hayato's Guncannon from the One Year War (which he used only in the movies). At the end, the death of Char's sidekick Roberto was totally unexpected. That's too many times now that people have died in this series without anyone suspecting.

 

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