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Episode 24: Counterattack

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 15, 2001

 

Summary

 

Emma asks Bright why Char and Blex want to go down to Earth with the recent developments on Von Braun City. Char and Blex have gone down to the Federation capital in Dakar, Africa, to speak to the Federation Council. There, other high ranking officers like Jamitov are also present. The Council is debating whether or not to hand over full control of the Federation Forces to the Titans. Char and Blex think that because they are all Earthnoids, they don't care about problems in space. Katz finds Kamille ready to leave the Argama and asks where he's going, and Kamille answers Von Braun. Bright is sending him to Von Braun to gather intelligence about what the Titans are doing. Katz sneaks aboard Kamille's shuttle and goes with him. Jerid and Mouar report to the Alexandria because Scirocco abandoned them. Jamaican tells them to go to the city on vacation. Jerid spots Kamille being questioned and says they're cousins. Kamille runs away, and Jerid chases him and grabs him. He wants to kill Kamille and pistol whips him. Katz jumps out of the bushes with Amuro's gun and rescues Kamille. In Dakar, Char returns to his hotel and finds that Blex has been shot by the Titans. Before dying, Blex says that Char is in charge of the AEUG now. On the Moon, a squadron of Hizacks led by Yazan Gable's Gaplant attacks the Argama.

 

As the battle begins, Apolly launches in his Rick Dias, followed by Emma in the Mk II. Fa has Haro trip Reccoa so that she can launch in the Methuss. Kamille and Katz run through Von Braun, and Kamille senses that a battle has begun. When Jamaican is informed that Yazan has started a battle, he orders his mobile suits to launch. Apolly and Fa have a hard time fighting Yazan's Gaplant, due to its speed and firepower. A Hizack crashes through one of the city's domes, and the vacuum starts sucking things out into space. Kamille and Katz make it to a shelter, and they run into Jerid and Mouar. Katz blames the Titans for starting the battle, and Kamille says that no matter who is to blame, the real victims are the citizens of Von Braun. Fa runs away from Yazan and flies into Von Braun, followed by Apolly and other Hizacks. The fighting causes extensive damage to the city. Reccoa launches in the Zeta Gundam and flies into Von Braun to find Kamille. Katz is injured in an explosion, and Kamille takes the Zeta Gundam to fight Yazan in space. Jamaican orders a retreat, and the battle ends. Fa blames herself for causing many deaths in Von Braun. In Dakar, Jamitov gives a speech following the Council's decision to hand over full control of the Federation Forces to the Titans.

 

Commentary

 

This was an action packed episode that features some character development, and a significant plot development in the series. With the entire Federation Forces under the control of the Titans, the AEUG has gone from being severely outgunned to unbelievably outgunned. On top of that, their leader Blex has been assassinated. I wonder if Char can fulfill Blex's last wish and become the leader of the AEUG. The rivalry between Kamille and Jerid continues to become more intense, and Jerid almost kills Kamille this time. What bad luck for him that his plan is thwarted by another kid. Also, we're introduced to a new antagonist in the form of ruthless pilot Yazan Gable. Finally, what is the deal with Fa? She's a really bad pilot, and Bright shouldn't let her be one.

 

Overall Rating

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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