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Episode 16: Melee Aboard the Argama

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 6, 2002

 

Summary

 

After leaving Moon Moon, the Argama returns to La Vie en Rose to complete repairs. Bright wonders where the enemy will go, and Elle says they will go to Axis for resupply since the Endra was destroyed. She says that anyone could think that and that Bright must be tired if he couldn't think of that himself. He goes to his room to change, and Emary comes in to give him the bill. She tells him that the hyper mega particle cannon has been upgraded and can destroy a battleship with a single shot. She can't control herself any longer, so she grabs Bright and hugs him before leaving. Judau gets on the ship's intercom and says that to protect the peaceful life of Moon Moon they must be united and not allow more traitors like Beecha and Mondo. Shinta and Qum force Chara to do the laundry since she is a prisoner. Elle goes down to the mobile suit hangar and tells Judau he should be ashamed for calling his friends traitors. He says it is the truth, and she says that if they were traitors Mondo wouldn't have helped him. Elle starts to smack Judau, and Iino grabs her to restrain her. On the Mindra, Glemy watches Leina play piano and tells her she will have to learn the violin before arriving at Axis. Glemy is informed that a ship has been spotted, and he orders that it be stopped and inspected. The ship is an AEUG cargo shuttle piloted by Milly Childer and Madchar Mucha. Glemy tells Gottn to inspect the ship as a way to rebuild his reputation after the last battle. One of Gottn's men takes out a whip, and Madchar immediately confesses everything. Gottn decides to use the cargo shuttle, and his men say they want to launch as the Endra Team to keep the name alive. They launch in the shuttle and the Bawoo, and Glemy says Gottn thinks too simply. As the shuttle approaches the Argama, Milly disobeys Gottn and starts flying in another direction.

 

The shuttle hits the Argama, and the Bawoo Attacker module is stuck between the Argama and La Vie en Rose. Gottn knocks out Milly and tells his men to attack. Neo Zeon soldiers exit the shuttle and attack the mobile suit deck. A soldiers tries to steal the Mk II, but Elle attacks him. Another soldier attacks Judau in the Zeta Gundam's cockpit and wants to beat up Judau with his strength alone. Judau runs away and grabs a pipe. The soldier says that Judau doesn't have the spirit of a knight and grabs a pipe to fight back. As Bright arrives at the mobile suit hangar, Gottn holds him at gunpoint and tells Bright to take him to the bridge. Chara senses Gottn and chases Shinta and Qum with a broom. As Judau and the soldier keep fighting, Elle points the Mk II's beam rifle at him. They struggle, but he manages to get into the cockpit. The Zeta Gundam moves and crashes into the Mk II, causing both to hit the ground. The soldier escapes and tries to look for the ZZ Gundam. Emary tries to rescue Bright, but Gottn takes her hostage. As he leads her away, Chara shows up and join him. Iino, Shinta and Qum come out from behind and attack Gottn with a plunger. At the same time, the Bawoo pilot fires missiles to break free and blows a hole in the Argama's hull. Emary and Gottn are sucked out into space, and he takes with him to the Bawoo. He gets into the Bawoo Attacker and breaks it free so that he can combine with the Nutter and form the mobile suit mode. Judau transforms ZZ Gundam from G-Fortress to mobile suit and attacks Gottn with his hyper beam saber. Gottn uses the Argama to hide from Judau, and Judau slices off the Bawoo's arm. He hesitates when he sees retreating soldiers flying towards the Bawoo. Gottn throws Emary out, and Bright goes out to get her. Judau takes them back to the ship and thinks about rescuing Leina.

 

Commentary

 

This was better than the previous two episodes, but then again, almost anything is better than Moon Moon. There's not much going on here, aside from another one of Gottn's plans failing miserably. The invasion of the Argama reminds me of the original series episode where Ramba Ral invaded the White Base, but that was a real battle. Here there's just a lot of antics with these Endra weirdos trying to steal the Gundams. It's a shame that they didn't take this invasion concept and properly execute it like the original series did.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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