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Episode 7: Gaza Storm

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 10, 2001

 

Summary

 

On the Endra, Gottn explains to the Mashymre and the crew that the Argama is hiding in the junkyard near an industrial hatch that is no longer in use. Mashymre wants to fire the Endra's guns inside the colony, and Gottn pleads with him not to. A soldier named Panpa Lida asks for a chance to destroy the Zeta Gundam. Mashymre agrees to let him and several other men to take the opportunity. Gemon watches the junkyard and spots Judau. Judau and the others have to convince the junk collectors to open their gate and let the Argama out. Judau says that is pointless because they're all idiots like Gemon. Gemon shows up with a pipe and starts chasing everyone. On the Endra, Panpa, Wyme and Beanne launch in Gaza-D suits. They use gas to paint a rose in the air and fly off. Nearby, the Argama receives live animals for food. Bright chases an escaped chicken around until the battle alert is sounded. Bright returns to the bridge and orders Fa to use the Zeta Gundam and Torres to use the Methuss. Gemon grabs Judau and threatens to kill him. Panpa lands in the city and tells the people that the crew of the Argama don't care about the colony and are trying to destroy it. Meanwhile, Wyme and Beanne attack Fa and Torres. Beanne sneaks up behind Torres, and Wyme tells him that is cowardly. Torres says so too, so Beanne flips the Methuss around and starts pounding it. Fa tries to shake Wyme, but she can't. Bright is angered by Panpa's announcements, so he orders the Argama to take off. Astonaige shows Beecha and Mondo how to fire the cannons, and Beecha fires it at Panpa's Gaza-D. Panpa becomes angry and tells civilians that the Argama is cowardly and that if the colony is damaged they should blame the Argama. He takes off in his Gaza-D to join the battle.

 

As everyone tries to free Judau from Gemon, a girl sneaks up from behind and bonks Gemon on the head with a pipe. She introduces herself as Roux Louka, a pilot from La Vie en Rose. As Judau and the others run off, Roux jumps into her Neo Core Fighter and joins the battle. Fa tries to fight Wyme, but he knocks her around. Roux shoots at him to cause a distraction. Nearby, Beanne attacks the Methuss and rips off its legs. Roux attacks Beanne to give Torres a chance to escape. Wyme and Panpa wonder where the Neo Core Fighter came from and figure it is the Argama's backup. Judau slams a truck into Wyme and causes him and Panpa to fall off a hill. Judau then gets into the Zeta Gundam and falls into a hole. They begin to attack and create a hole in the colony, which Judau quickly seals. Panpa tells his soldiers to enter Gaza Storm formation. They cover the area in gas to blind Judau, but due to the Minovsky particle density they really can't see him either. They then fire at him, and he is unable to see them. Roux fires a hole in the colony to let the smoke escape. With his field of vision clear, Judau slices up Beanne and lets his Gaza be sucked into space. He fires missiles at Wyme and Beanne and lets them get sucked out too. On the Endra, Mashymre is shocked that the Gaza Storm formation failed. He cancels the order to leave and decides they need more information on the Zeta Gundam. On the Argama, Bright thanks Roux for helping in the battle. She leaves with Judau and the others to get the industrial hatch open. Judau believes that if the fighting continues, Shangri-La will be destroyed. A pig sniffs unconscious Gemon, and Yazan grabs the pig and carries it off.

 

Commentary

 

While the Argama finally gets ready to leave the colony, it still is in essence what we've seen before. We're introduced to a new character here, the vivacious Roux Louka. She flies a Neo Core Fighter, which means that we'll be seeing the ZZ Gundam Gundam soon. Gemon showed up again, and I just can't stand that big, fat idiot. And Yazan has been reduced to nothing more than a clown, but in Zeta Gundam he was a ruthless killer. It's also annoying to see a character like Bright have to suffer the comic antics of having a chicken jump on him. By the way, curious viewers will note in that scene that one of the cargo containers behind Beecha and Mondo says 'Bandai' on it. I wonder if plastic models are included in the resupply.

 

Overall Rating

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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