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Episode 42: The Girl from Core 3, Part 1

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 11, 2002

 

Summary

 

Judau and the others float through space with fake asteroids to disguise them. Their goal is the asteroid mining colony Cicero, which is located near Haman's base at Core 3. They hide when a Geymalk and Gaz-L and Gaz-R fly by. Inside Core 3, an underling reports to Haman that Chara is supervising the mining operations in Cicero and that Glemy's fleet is preparing to attack the Nahel Argama. On the Sandra, Glemy thinks that soon it will be his time to rule the Neo Zeon. Ple Two launches in a Qubeley Mk II and can feel Judau's presence nearby. She flies off and heads for Cicero as Judau and the others infiltrate the asteroid portion. Inside the mining area they find a young girl named Rutina Revin distributing food to the miners. The miners complain to Judau about how horrible Chara is and how much they hate her. One man even says things were better under the Zabis. Chara shows up and starts whipping the workers to eat faster. Judau asks her what she is doing, and her attitude suddenly changes. She hugs him tightly and smashes his face between her breasts. Lance and Nee Gylen see that Chara's original personality is returning, and they tell her that Ple Two's Qubeley is in the area. Chara leaves, and all the workers think that Judau is a servant of Chara. They sit down with Rutina, and she explains that her father vanished when Haman took over, so she is doing his job. Ple Two docks her Qubeley and confronts Chara. She calls Chara a fool and deploys her funnels to keep them distracted while she drives off. As Judau and the others explore the area, they are captured by several men and put in a truck. Rutina sees this and notices that the truck driver is her father Roy. Ple Two drives by the truck and senses something strange, so she agrees to let Rutina hitch a ride with her after the truck.

 

Judau and the others try to convince the rebels that they are from AEUG, but no one listens to them. Roy and the others think that they can use Judau to eventually capture Chara and use her as a hostage. Ple Two drops Rutina off near where the rebels are hiding. Rutina barges into the rebel's area and asks her father what he is doing. He tells her it is dangerous to stay, and she says she is very lonely without him. She asks him why Judau and the others are tied up, and she says they aren't bad people. Roy believes his daughter's intuition and has everyone untied. He still wants to capture Chara as a hostage, but Judau wants to negotiate with her. Ple Two watches from nearby and tries to remotely move the Qubeley, but it doesn't work. Chara tries to have someone get to the Qubeley with a Petite mobile suit, but Ple Two senses its movements and has the Qubeley automatically take off. Chara chases the Qubeley, and Judau grabs her. He tells her she should be washing clothes, and she strangles him. Elle, Roux and Rutina find a wounded soldier and encounter the Qubeley. Ple Two sticks a funnel in Rutina's face and demands to know where Judau is. As Judau gasps for air, he tells Chara to remember Moon Moon and says that Rasara is dead. Chara stops, and the Gylen brothers show up and shoot at Judau. Beecha punches a hole into the wall with the Zeta Gundam, and Judau goes into space and gets into his Neo Core Fighter. He docks with Iino and Mondo to form the ZZ Gundam and is attacked by Chara's Geymalk. Chara goes crazy and starts firing all the mega particle guns mounted on the Geymalk's body. The Gylens tell her to calm down and they leave. Judau finds out that Elle, Roux and Rutina were captured by Ple Two. In space, Core 3 docks with Cicero.

 

Commentary

 

I wasn't too thrilled about seeing Moon Moon people again a few episodes back, and I'm even less thrilled about seeing Chara. She is quite possibly the stupidest character ever in Gundam. Aside from being a moron, her only other purpose seems to be to provides heaps of fan service with her big breasts. We know Mashymre is more evil because he's now a Cyber Newtype, and the same seems to be the case with Chara. It seems that she's had her memories blocked like Rosamia Badam and Four Murasame. Judau's presence seems to bring out the old Chara, which is bad enough. This is now the third episode wasted on trying to infiltrate Core 3. Things such as Glemy's ambitions should be developed instead of this.

 

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