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Episode 3: Inside the Capsule

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 11, 2000

 

Summary

 

The Federation Forces ship Bosnia leaves from Luna II to chase the AEUG forces that attacked Green Noa 1. Pilot Lila Milla Rira believes she can take on the AEUG pilots. At Green Noa 2 (now known as Gryps), Bask receives a bandaged Bright and asks him to personally deliver a letter to Titans commander General Jamitov Hymem. Bright grudgingly complies and is slapped on the back by Jamaican on his way out. Jamaican informs Bask that he has Kamille's parents. On the Argama, Char introduces Kamille to AEUG commander Blex Forer and ship's Captain Henken Bekkener They leave Kamille in the care of Reccoa Londe and discuss Kamille in the elevator. Blex thinks Kamille might be a Newtype, and Char agrees. Char asks Kamille if he knows anything about a warship being built at the Titans base. Kamille tells him he heard about it, but doesn't know any details. Meanwhile, Bask has gathered both of Kamille's parents to help negotiate the return of the Mk II units, and they launch in the battleship Alexandria. Hilda yells at Franklin about his mistress, and he slaps her. The Bosnia approaches the Argama and Mont Blanc, and Lila launches with a Galbaldy Beta squad. She demands that the Argama follow her orders, and Henken counters that the AEUG doesn't follow orders. Char immediately launches and attacks Lila She sees the skill of the red Rick Dias and wonders if it's the Red Comet.

 

The battle continues, and Char destroys one of the Galbaldy Betas. Lila realizes she needs more support and retreats. On the Alexandria, Jamaican orders Emma to deliver a letter from Bask to Blex and negotiate the return of the Mk IIs. Jerid is ordered to guard a capsule which contains a bomb. Emma flies to the Argama in the Mk II, followed by a Hizack squad. She carries a truce flag and is allowed to land on the deck. She delivers the message to Blex, Henken, and Char, and they are disgusted by it. The letter demands that the AEUG return both Mk II's and Kamille or his parents would die. Emma is shocked that Bask would act that way, and they explain to her that the Titans don't act like a regular army. Engineer Astoniage Medoz discusses with others about Kamille's parents being used as hostages, and Kamille overhears. Soon after, a capsule is located in space, and a camera indicates a person is inside of it. Kamille recognizes his mother and takes one of Mk II units to rescue her. Nearby, Jerid waits in a Hizack and opens his orders, which are to destroy the capsule if the AEUG attempts to retrieve it. He sees Kamille's Mk II and assumes Emma is the pilot. When it approaches the capsule, he starts shooting at it. Kamille approaches the capsule and sees his mother is inside without a normal suit. As he reaches out for the capsule, Jerid's shots hit it and shatter the glass. Kamille's mother is pulled out into the vacuum of space and is killed. Jerid sees there was no bomb inside and is overcome with an unpleasant feeling. Kamille is shocked and breaks down in tears.

 

Commentary

 

When I said this series was dark, I meant it. We're only on episode three, and Kamille already has a tragic loss. That Bask proves he's quite the bastard who will do anything to meet his own ends. If he met Gihren Zabi, I wonder which one of the two would be worse. It's a shame they put Hilda in the capsule, because she's the only one who seemed to care about Kamille. Emma also seems to be disgusted by Bask's actions, and I have a feeling she'll defect soon. She seems a bit too gentle to be a Titan, and she seems genuinely unaware of their brutal methods. The rivalry between Kamille and Jerid is sealed, now that Jerid has killed Kamille's mother.

 

Overall Rating

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4 out of 5 stars
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