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Episode 43: Haman's Victory

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 15, 2002

 

Summary

 

As Gryps 2 locks on to Granada, Melanie sends a delegate to the Argama. Kamille watches as Katz plays pool with Apolly and is interrupted by a jumping Haro. Katz tells Kamille that he's supposed to go to the bridge. They go to the bridge, and Bright shows Kamille a letter from Melanie. The letter states that AEUG must open negotiations with Haman Karn's Axis Zeon to form an alliance against the Titans. Also, they must prevent Axis from allying itself with the Titans. Katz objects because the Zeon are enemies, but no one listens to him. Later, Kamille and Bright run into Haro, who tells them Emma is angry. They see Emma arguing with Katz about the mission. Katz objects to negotiating with Axis and refuses to go to the Gwadan. Fa also objects, and Bright orders them to be locked up. Kamille asks Emma to let him go to the Gwadan. She asks him if he objects to the war, and he says orders are orders. She wonders if he has become more enlightened. Kamille launches in the Zeta Gundam and carries a white flag as he flies to the Gwadan. Haman allows him to land on the ship, and armed soldiers escort Kamille to her. He shows her Melanie's letter, and she decides to go to the Argama in person to negotiate. An aide wonders if that is the right decision, and she says she wants to have a look at the ship. She wonders what Char's reaction will be when he sees her. Kamille launches and is followed by an escort squad of Gaza-C suits and Haman's personal suit, the Qubeley. Haman menacingly flies by the Argama's bridge and lands on deck. Char is amazed that the Qubeley is finished and that Axis is producing things so quickly. Haman is taken to a meeting room where Bright, Char, Kamille and others are waiting. Char asks Haman to destroy Gryps 2, and she says it's not like him to beg. He takes off his glasses and begs her to destroy Gryps 2. She agrees to do so in exchange for being given control of Side 3. Bright orders mobile suits to be launched to deceive the enemy. On the Dogosse Giar, Bask wonders why the Argama and Radish are moving together. Kamille goes to the brig and gives normal suits to Fa, Katz, Shinta and Qum. He says he is leaving the door unlocked in case there is an emergency and they have to escape. Emma tells him to hurry and get to his suit.

 

Katz thinks about things and says he can't leave the brig until Bright forgives him. Apolly launches in the Rick Dias, followed by Emma in the Mk II and Kamille in the Zeta Gundam. Bright and Torres monitor the Gwadan and see that it is moving towards Gryps 2. Bright tells Char that he worries what will happen if Haman sells them out during the battle. Char wants to join the battle in the Hyaku-Shiki, but Bright tells Char he wants him to stay on the ship today. Emma tells Kamille and the Rick Dias squad to spread around as the Hizack squads attack. As the Gwadan approaches Gryps 2, Haman sends a message to Bask saying that she will support him from the rear. He is glad to hear that but wonders what her real purpose is. He orders the Alexandria to approach the Gwadan and inspect it. Haman works at a computer console and tells her men to target Gryps 2's nuclear pulse engines only. Nearby, Emma and Kamille fight off the attacking Hizacks and Marasais. A Barzam attacks, and Kamille pulls out his beam saber to defend himself. Fa senses Kamille in the battle and leaves the bridge. Bright wants to send out more mobile suits, but there aren't enough pilots. Torres and Char want to go out, but Fa and Katz come to the bridge. Fa begs Bright to let her fight, and he rescinds the punishment and allows her and Katz to go out. Kamille wrestles with a Hizack and is attacked by another Barzam. Fa shoots the Hizack, and everyone moves out to attack more enemies. The Gwadan opens its gunports, and Bright wonders why Haman isn't doing anything. The Gwadan fires at Gryps 2 and destroys several of its engines. An enraged Bask orders the Alexandria to pursue. An officer tells him to calm down, and Bask punches him. The battle ends, and everyone returns to the Argama. Char goes to the Gwadan and bows in front of Mineva. She says she is glad that he is helping her revive the Zabis. Haman assures her that AEUG is working for them. As the Gwadan departs, Bright has Torres collect as much data as he can on the ship. He thinks that some day they may end up fighting Haman and Axis.

 

Commentary

 

As we move closer to the conclusion of the series, things are starting to shake up. The AEUG is desperate now that the Titans have Gryps 2, and they try their hand again with Haman and Axis. Of course, they don't know that long ago Scirocco pledged his service to Axis. We get to see the first appearance here of Haman's Qubeley, which will later cause the Argama much trouble in Gundam ZZ. Axis is basically what's left of the fascist Zabis, so it's odd that AEUG would ally themselves with Haman. However, desperate times create strange bedfellows. I I actually thought that Haman was going to betray the AEUG for a moment until she actually fired at Gryps 2. She didn't damage it too badly, and it seems that she wants to capture it and use it herself. The question now is if she intends to use Gryps 2 against AEUG, the Titans...or both.

 

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