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Episode 41: Rasara's Life

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 10, 2002

 

Summary

 

Stampa has a drink with Haman and promises that he will capture the crew of the Nahel Argama for her. On the Nahel Argama, the crew carefully moves the mines surrounding the ship out of the way. Sarasa is about to leave the ship when Rasara spots her. Sarasa explains that she wants to talk to Haman. They watch as everyone else bickers about Haman wanting to see Judau. Everyone decides that Judau should go to see Haman. Sarasa says that because of Haman Judau has lost faith in them, so she must see her. Sarasa wants to go alone, but Mondo and Rasara join her in a jeep and drive into the city. Judau knows that Stampa is interested in the sisters, so he and the others decide to go into the city after them. Mondo and the sisters walk through the busy streets until an old lady grabs him and asks to sell him something. Mondo refuses, and several of Stampa's men surround them. He knocks one of them over and runs away with the sisters. They run out to the river, and Stampa jumps out of the water in a Z'Gok. He says that the sisters will be his new wives and threatens to crush Mondo. As he chases them, Mondo falls and is about to be crushed. Rasara jumps on him to protect him, and Stampa loses control and smashes into a building, sending debris everywhere. Judau and the others show up, and he and Lunan run away to have Stampa chase them. Judau spots a construction crane nearby and has Lunan act as a distraction. Gravely wounded Rasara asks Sarasa to take care of their people and tries to tell something to Mondo before dying. Judau slams the crane into Stampa and knocks him back into the river. He vows he will not forgive Stampa, and Haman feels his anger. In space, Illia's ReGelgu opens a hatch and enters Tigerbaum.

 

Judau runs to Stampa's palace and finds Haman waiting for him. He says that people are suffering because of her, and she tells him she doesn't care about people who are weighed down by gravity. Stampa and his men show up with guns, and he says he wants Judau for taking away his women. Haman calls him a fool for thinking only of women. Lunan drives up in a jeep, and Elle fires a bazooka at Stampa's men. Haman slides down the side of a palace wall, and Judau chases her in the jeep. As they drive through the forest, they are surrounded by an Agg Guy, a Zogok and a Zaku Tank. Beecha shows up in the Zeta Gundam, and Illia knocks him down from behind. She searches the area for Haman but can't find her. Beecha then attacks Illia, but she knocks him down again and aims at him. He tells her she will destroy the colony if she fires her weapons, and she says the same goes for him. An angry Mondo launches in the Mk II, and Iino tells him not to force himself too much. Beecha and Illia fight with beam sabers, and Stampa shows up to attack Beecha. Mondo appears out of nowhere and slices off one of the Z'Gok's arms. Stampa escapes and is pursued by Mondo. Beecha disables the Zaku Tank and slices the Agg Guy's head off. Mondo furiously attacks Stampa by slicing off one of the Z'Gok's legs and sticking his beam saber through the cockpit. Illia finds Haman near the river and picks her up. The Nahel Argama leaves Tigerbaum, and Rasara's body is loaded onto a ship. Sarasa tells Judau that it will be difficult for him now, but he shouldn't be disheartened by what has happened.

 

Commentary

 

As I expected, another episode is wasted in Tigerbaum with that fool Stampa. Something very serious occurs here: the death of Rasara. Mondo was infatuated with her, and her death certainly provides some development for him. However, it occurs in the wrong place and at the hands of a fool like Stampa. The ridiculous nature of his character ruins his action and renders the death pointless. It would have been better if a Neo Zeon like Illia had killed her. We see the Agg Guy again here, along with the Zogok, another MS-X reject. The Tigerbaum episodes are over, and hopefully the show will get good again for the finale.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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