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Episode 29: Runaway Roux

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 6, 2002

 

Summary

 

The Argama flies over Africa to hide from Haman's forces. Astonaige brings the ZZ Gundam parts inside the ship, and Judau refuses to get out of the Neo Core Fighter. Mondo and Beecha begin repairs to the Hyaku-Shiki and Mk II because they are filled with sand. Elle and Roux argue about Judau because Roux thinks he needs to stop mourning Leina and keep fighting. Roux doesn't think Judau can be a full Newtype yet if he's so consumed in his emotions. She wants to talk to him, but Beecha tells her that everyone needs to be left alone sometimes. Roux tries to force Judau to come out, and Ple tells her to let him come out by himself. She says if she doesn't get him out he will stay in there forever. Roux pushes Ple aside and opens the hatch. Judau mumbles Leina's name, and Roux tells him he has to bear Leina's death and keep fighting to correct the injustice. He tells her to leave him alone, and she says that she rated him too highly. Judau tries to run away, and Astonaige tackles him so that he doesn't do something wrong. Elsewhere, the Sadalahn, Mindra and Sandra fly over Africa. Haman tells Glemy that they have to prevent the Argama from teaming up with Karaba. She says that she has the Titans under control and will leave the AEUG to him. Astonaige brings Judau to the bridge, and he says no one understands him. Ple tells him she can't replace Leina but would like to be his sister anyway. On the Sandra, Glemy and August decide to attack El Golea to find out about a Karaba base. August hopes that Glemy is a fool so that he can gain Haman's favor. August's Dreissen squad takes off, followed by Glemy's Bawoo modules. Beecha asks Roux how she treat Judau the way she does, and he tells her she can never understand since she's not from Shangri-La. A call comes in about Glemy's attack, and Roux steals the Neo Core Fighter and takes off.

 

Beecha takes off in the Hyaku-Shiki, followed by Mondo in the Mk II and Elle in the Zeta Gundam. Judau decides to fight and tells Astonaige it's better than just sitting in his room. He takes off in the Core Top, followed by Iino in the Core Base. Roux approaches El Golea and finds it under attack by August's Dreissens. She dodges their fire and is joined by the rest of the Gundam Team. Beecha decides that since Glemy loves Roux he will use her as a shield. He and Mondo both try to grab the Neo Core Fighter, but Roux evades them. She spins out of control, and Beecha manages to grab her. He tells Glemy that she is inside the Neo Core Fighter and that he'd better not fire. Glemy docks his Bawoo modules and lands on the ground. Beecha knocks him down and presses the Neo Core Fighter up against the Bawoo. Roux doesn't want to be a shield, so she gets out of the Neo Core Fighter and runs away. While Glemy is distracted, Beecha sticks his beam saber in the Bawoo's torso. Glemy gets out and tries to speak to Roux, but she gets back into the Neo Core Fighter and escapes. The Bawoo explodes, and Beecha and Mondo laugh at Glemy's failure. Bright calls the Gundam Team and tells them to proceed to El Golea immediately. Judau and Iino fly over the city, and Judau looks at the civilian casualties. He becomes angry, so he and Iino attack the Dreissens. When the Gundam Team approaches the city, August and his remaining forces retreat. The Gundam Team stays behind to extinguish the fires burning across the city. On the Argama, Bright says he is more concerned about the Neo Core Fighter than he is about Roux running off. As Roux flies over the desert, she hopes Judau doesn't become a victim of his own sorrow.

 

Commentary

 

In the aftermath of Leina's death, we see that things are a bit different now. Judau is filled with grief, and Roux is very cold to him. While I agree with her point that he must move on, she is too insensitive considering what just happened. Everyone else seems to see this also. Given the situation, I don't see what reason Roux has to leave the ship on her own when there is a battle. It's quite a childish thing to do, especially since Roux is older than the rest of the Shangri-La bunch. Glemy's attraction to Roux causes him more trouble, and this time it leaves him stranded in the desert. It will be interesting to see how he gets out of this situation.

 

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