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Episode 6: Menace of the Zssa

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 10, 2001

 

Summary

 

Mashymre and Gottn meet with Damar because they want to attack the
Argama
. Damar says that if the interior of the colony is damaged, it will be difficult to control the media. Mashymre leaves the negotiating to Gottn while he supervises the finishing touches on the new mobile suit Zssa. On the Argama, Judau and friends pig out on food. Bright asks them to work on the Argama until it leaves the colony to dock with La Vie en Rose. While Leina and the others agree to stay, Judau says he wants to work on a job-by-job basis and doesn't want Bright to tell him what to do. He says that Bright is a cheapskate for making them work for food, so he slaps Leina's food away. Fa slaps him, and Bright stops Judau from punching Fa. Judau backs off and leaves the ship. Elsewhere, Damar returns to his mansion with more gold from Mashymre. He plans to use all the gold to travel with his wife down to Earth to drink wine. On the Endra, Mashymre launches in the Zssa to find the Zeta Gundam and destroy it. As Mashymre tries to take a different route, he lands in front of Damar's house. The ground beneath him is unstable, and the Zssa crashes into the winery. The ground then breaks away, and Damar's mansion slides down the hill. Mashymre takes off and continues on his search. The Argama detects the Zssa, and Elle mentions that hospitals and schools might be destroyed. Fa thinks of Kamille in the hospital and takes off in the damaged Methuss to intercept Mashymre. Judau sees the Methuss taking off and wonders what is going on. Mashymre spots the Methuss and begins chasing Fa. Beecha offers to find Judau so that he can pilot the Zeta Gundam. Astonaige asks why Bright relies on Judau, and Bright explains he thinks Judau might be a Newtype. Astonaige decides to show his skills and gets in the Zeta Gundam.

 

Judau watches as Mashymre attacks Fa. He knocks her away, and Fa nearly smashes Judau before landing. Mashymre pulls out his beam saber to destroy her, but Astonaige shows up in the Zeta Gundam and attacks him. Astonaige feels confident of his skills, but Mashymre knocks him away. He moves in to attack, but he sees the Zeta Gundam crouched in front of a small house and thinks it is shielding it. He thinks the Zeta Gundam's pilot must be chivalrous, and Fa uses the opportunity to slam into him. Mashymre grabs the Methuss and rips off one of his arms. He thinks he is outnumbered, so he escapes and calls Gottn to send out the Gaza-C suits. People in the city panic as the Zssa flies overhead, and Yazan steals a motorcycle to chase Mashymre. Fa asks Judau to pilot the Zeta Gundam, but Astonaige says that Judau is no good because he just wants to sell it for money. Judau refuses, and Leina tells him he'd be better off working for the Argama instead of collecting junk. Fa tells Judau about Kamille and explains that though Kamille wasn't a soldier, he fought to save the Earth. Fa becomes angry and runs off to get in the Zeta Gundam. Judau changes his mind and says he will pilot the Zeta Gundam just to pay back the meal he ate. As soon as he takes off, he is attacked by Mashymre and the two Gaza-Cs. Mashymre begins firing missiles and buries Judau in junk. Judau escapes and destroys one of the Gaza-Cs. Mashymre dumps his missile pod to chase Judau through the junk. Judau disables the other Gaza-C, and Mashymre slams into Judau. He tries to attack with his beam saber, but he ends up cutting into a mountain of junk and destroying it. Judau slices off one of the Zssa's legs, and Mashymre escapes. Torres reports to Bright that Chimatter told him La Vie en Rose is approaching. Elsewhere, Damar's house collapses into a pile of rubble.

 

Commentary

 

Is it really so much to ask to have the plot move forward in this series? I mean, really, this is episode 6, but it's the same old story we've been seeing since episode 2. Maybe Sunrise thought little kids wouldn't mind seeing the same enemy-of-the-week storyline, but I certainly do mind. I don't quite understand why Judau keeps refusing to work for the Argama when it is clearly better than the life he lives in Shangri-La. Though his skills as a pilot are improving, he needs to get his act together. And Mashymre needs to stop thinking of Haman. Maybe it was funny once or twice, but having constant Haman flashbacks is quite annoying. Hopefully the Argama will leave the junkyard soon and the real story will begin.

 

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