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Episode 36: Ple Two Under Gravity

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 4, 2002

 

Summary

 

As the explosion of energy destroys Dublin, Judau and the others are knocked around. Rakan tries to attack Judau, and the Argama is forced to land from all the debris falling in the sky. Judau finds himself near the ruins of the colony, which was not vaporized in the blast. He has a Newtype reaction and hears the sorrow of all the civilians killed. He begins to hear Kamille speaking to him, but Rakan's Zaku III appears and attacks him. Judau pulls out his hyper beam saber and attacks Rakan. On the Sandra, Glemy thinks that Mashymre must be very satisfied with the colony drop while he himself has achieved nothing. He goes to his secret room and decides to wake up Ple Two. On the Argama, Ple has a reaction to Ple Two's awakening. Kamille runs through the streets and also feels Ple Two, as does Judau. Rakan keeps shooting at Judau, and Judau tells him that he deserves to die. Judau fires his double beam rifle and blows off the Zaku III's legs, forcing Rakan to escape. Ple Two says that a problem must be unresolved if Glemy has woken her up. Glemy says things are in their favor, but waking her up was a tactical choice. Bright orders the Argama to take off and search the ruins of Dublin for survivors. Ple crawls out of the infirmary and asks Shinta and Qum to take her to the mobile suit deck. On the Sandra, Ple Two launches in the Psycho Gundam Mk II and promises to destroy the Argama for Haman. The Gundam Team tries to reorganize, and Roux takes off when she spots the Audhumla. On the bridge, Ple tells Bright that something dangerous is coming from behind the colony. Bright has Torres fire the hyper mega particle gun through the colony, narrowly missing Ple Two. Torres identifies the Psycho Gundam Mk II, and Ple Two begins shooting at the Argama. Bright wants to fire the hyper mega particle gun again, but it will take time to recharge. He notices Ple is gone, and he gets a call from Astonaige that she is taking off in the Qubeley Mk II. Ple Two watches the Qubeley Mk II take off and senses something strange about it.

 

The Zeta Gundam and Dodai Kai fly up to the Audhumla and land on top of it. Iino thinks something must have happened on the bridge to cause the plane to descend. Ple dodges Ple Two's attacks and deploys funnels to fire at the Psycho Gundam Mk II. Ple Two launches reflector bits that absorb the fire from the funnels and redirects them back at Ple. Ple attacks with her beam saber, but Ple Two blocks with the Psycho Gundam Mk II's massive arm. Judau shoots at Ple Two and tells Ple to back off before she gets herself killed. Iino, Mondo and Beecha enter the Audhumla and find that the bridge crew was killed in the blast. Roux lands the Zeta Gundam in the hangar and is told by refugees that all the Karaba personnel went out to fight. They call the Argama and tell Bright they will be landing in the sea. Ple Two transforms the Psycho Gundam Mk II into mobile suit mode, and Judau escapes towards the colony. He flies up along the colony and goes inside of it to hide from Ple Two. She breaks into the colony and grabs hold of the ZZ Gundam. Judau fires missiles at Ple Two, allowing him to escape. Judau emerges outside of the colony and is attacked by Ple Two again. Ple shows up and blocks the attack. Ple Two wonders why Ple causes her to feel unpleasant, and Ple says it is because they are the same. She causes Ple Two's reflector bits to fire on the Psycho Gundam Mk II and is caught up in a huge explosion. Judau goes berserk, and the ZZ Gundam's bio-sensor causes his hyper beam saber to become very powerful and slice apart the Psycho Gundam Mk II. He chases Ple Two's escaping cockpit head and slices it open. When he sees Ple Two, ZZ Gundam loses power and crashes. Afterwards, Bright and the crew stand on the deck to remember the dead as black rain falls. He says the cost of war is too high, but they can take some consolation for having saved many civilians from Dublin. Kamille collapses on the ground and is soaked by the black rain.

 

Commentary

 

This was a very interesting episode, especially after the tension created last time with the colony drop. The episode opens with Judau and Rakan fighting still, but Rakan disappears from the scene very quickly. Glemy decides to waken Ple Two, and he hands her the Psycho Gundam Mk II to do her worst. She handles it quite well, as she doesn't have the emotional conflict Rosamia Badam did when she was the pilot. Kamille shows up again, but he really doesn't do anything at all here. Ple ends up sacrificing her life to save Judau, and it causes Judau to go berserk with the help of the bio-sensor. The same thing happened to Kamille several times, allowing him to perform powerful attacks. Now we'll have to see where the war goes next.

 

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