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Episode 4: Hot-Blooded Mashymre

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 18, 2000

 

Summary

 

Chimatter assists from outside as Bright has the Argama buried inside a mountain of junk. Elsewhere, Mashymre books a hotel room and it met by Gottn. Mashymre is continuing his mission to bring Haman's Neo Zeon philosophy to the people of the colony. Gottn drives Mashymre around in a car, and Mashymre recalls when Haman gave him his mission. On the road, Mashymre and Gottn are cut off by Beecha, Elle, Iino and Mondo. They drive to Judau's house and tells him that they've located the Argama. Leina tells Judau not to go, and he promises to bring her a mobile suit as a souvenir. Leina decides to ask Fa for advice and runs off. Gottn drives Mashymre to a hospital and tells him that they've promised to donate money and meet the patients. When Mashymre wonders why, Gottn explains that there are AEUG soldiers there. By taking control of the hospital, they can use the AEUG soldiers as hostages to get the Argama. Mashymre doesn't approve of this, and he tries to take control of the car. The two struggle for control of the car and almost run over Fa, Kamille, Shinta and Qum. Mashymre apologizes and asks why Kamille is in a wheelchair. Shinta and Qum tell him that Kamille is sick of war. Mashymre seems quite taken with Fa until he learns that Kamille is her boyfriend. Mashymre leaves just as Leina arrives. Gottn takes Mashymre to the junkyard and explains that they've planted explosives in a certain area as a trap for the AEUG. Gottn has also smuggled in the Galluss-J, which Mashymre launches in. Judau manages to tie a rope to the back of the Galluss-J, and Elle runs off to get help. As Fa and Leina's car gets stuck in junk, Elle and the others drive off to help Judau.

 

Mashymre tries to close the Galluss-J's hatch, but it doesn't seem to work. He hears a noise and spots Judau on his rear cameras. He tells Judau to stop playing and get off the Galluss-J. Judau says he isn't playing because he's trying to get the suit for parts. After nearly falling out of the cockpit, Mashymre gets back inside and tries to shake Judau off. As Beecha drives the truck towards them, Elle fills empty bottles with sand. Mondo then slings the bottles into the cockpit, and the sand from the bottles blinds Mashymre. Judau swings around and manages to get into the cockpit, where he tells Mashymre to get out. Judau and Mashymre begin hitting each other inside the cockpit. They both fall out and grab hold of the hatch, but Mashymre kicks Judau off. Iino grabs Judau, and they escape. Mashymre vows to punish them, but he remembers Haman telling him that bad kids come from a bad society and they are not to blame. Judau, Elle, Beecha, Mondo and Iino enter the mountain of junk and find the Argama. Bright is informed that they have infiltrated the ship, and he wants them to be led to the mobile suit hangar. When Judau and the others arrive, they are tackled by Torres and the rest of the crew. Judau manages to escape and uses a rope to climb up to where the Zeta Gundam is. As he gets onto the Argama's deck, Mashymre shows up and fires missiles at him. Judau flies out of the junk and escapes from Mashymre because he doesn't want the Zeta Gundam to be damaged. Mashymre calls Gottn and tells him that he will lead Judau into the trap. Gottn detonates the explosives, and a hole is blasted in Shangri-La's hull. Judau is sucked out in the vacuum, but he grabs onto the Galluss-J and takes Mashymre with him into space. Mashymre fires more missiles at Judau, but Judau dodges them and kicks Mashymre away. Mashymre calls Gottn for a pickup, and as they drive through the colony he sees Fa again.

 

Commentary

 

These early episodes seem quite formulaic. Judau and his friends try to steal the Zeta Gundam. An enemy appears, and Judau fights off the enemy and has to give the Zeta Gundam back at the end of the episode. This is now the third episode to use this plot scheme At least this time, Bright was ready for Judau's thieving. I don't think this will last much longer, and Judau will probably join the AEUG. Also, it's good to see Kamille again, but it's a shame that he's still comatose from his battle with Scirocco. Judau manages to narrowly defeat Mashymre, but he really needs to improve. His bad piloting is an embarrassment to the Zeta Gundam. As much as I would like to see it, I know Kamille will never take center stage again, now that Judau is the star. I can still hope, can't I?

 

Overall Rating

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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