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Episode 2: New Lopia on Fire

 

Review by Brian Shea

January 1, 2007

 

Summary

 

Scared of the Ideon, Mayaya runs away. Inside the Ideon's head, Cosmo wonders what's going on. Deck opens the door and is shocked to find the Ideon standing, leaving him hanging hundreds of feet above the ground. Suddenly the gauge in the Ideon turns off, and everyone wonders what is happening. All three parts of the Ideon disconnect and go back to their original forms. Bes tells his soldiers to call in engineers since Sheryl is just a linguist. Bes tells an arriving soldier of the aliens, which he has a hard time believing. Bes walks through the forest and runs into Karala. He thinks she is one of the recently arrived colonists and gives her directions to New Lopia. Meanwhile, on the Gram Zan Gije and Damido talk, and Damido thinks Gije is too soft on Karala. They get a report that Solo appears to be a colony planet and they don't have much strength. Gije says he's going to head out to check on Karala. Back on Solo, Cosmo works on trying to activate the Sol-Conver. Bes and Sheryl arrive and go inside. Cosmo thinks the name of the giant robot it formed is 'Ideon,' a word Sheryl found in her investigation of the ruins. An engineer named Joliver Ira arrives and Bes tells him to install weapons on the three artifacts. A group of Copolas and Dekka Baus depart the Gram Zan and head to Solo. On a Solo farm, a group of colonists including Sheryl's sister Lin, a teenage girl, Banda Lotta, a little girl, Ashura Novak and a baby, Piper Lou, get ready to eat their lunch. Alarms start going off at New Lopia and troops start heading out. Officers there think it is just an exercise and not much to be concerned about. Gije, however, is quickly leading his fleet of shuttles toward New Lopia. A group of Cabian Collosus planes arrive to intercept them but have no luck. Gije's forces soon reach New Lopia and attack.

 

Gije's Dekka Baus continue their assault on New Lopia. Piper Lou's mother goes to New Lopia to see what's going on and tells Lotta to drive everyone into the forest, where they'll be safe. Soldiers continue to install weapons into the artifacts and have found a large number of spaces to install missiles and Glenn Cannons. A soldier arrives and tells Sheryl what's going on at New Lopia. She thinks they should head to the second excavation site and goes off with him. Cosmo and Joliver work on fixing the wiring in the Sol-Conver. Lotta arrives and is greeted by Deck. Everyone gets aboard the Sol-Conver. As soon as the kids get on the Ideon gauge turns on. Lou cries excessively and won't stop after Cosmo tells Lotta to shut him up. The Buff Clan continue to attack New Lopia and Lou's mother is killed. The Copolas release a group of Gadakkas into the forest near a group of civilians being led away by Sheryl. A Buff Clan soldier spots them and is surprised to see they look exactly like the Buff Clan. He is worried they won't be able to spot Karala like this. Bes launches the Sol-Vainer and Kasha, accompanied by Bento Malus on the Sol-Amber launches as well. Lou continues to cry loudly. Karala, running through the woods, gets a ride from two men in a truck. Gije orders his troops to attack the three Ideon machines, but their attack has no effect and the three vehicles transform into three fighter crafts, the Ideo-Delta, Ideo-Nova and Ideo-Buster. They soon transform again into the Ideon. Gije and his troops are shocked at the transformation that has taken place. The Ideon is undamaged by the enemy's attack and destroys one of the Dekka Baus by punching it. Gije wonders if this robot is the Legendary Giant God of Ide and has his troops retreat. While the Ideon has succeeded in this battle, Bes has realized that they installed their weapons in many of the wrong places. Lou stops crying and the Ideon suddenly loses power and descends toward the ground. The Ideon lands near the second excavation site and starts separating again. Sheryl wonders if the artifact they found at this site is connected to the Ideon. She runs down to the dig site, revealing a giant ship buried in the ground.

 

Commentary

 

This episode continues where the last one left off, introducing a ton of new characters and more dimensions to the mysterious Ideon. It looks like each of the three individual parts of the Ideon can become their own independent powerful vehicles, particularly now that weapons have been installed on them. The Ideon's power seems to fluctuate wildly, having combined when everyone was in danger and separating shortly after the battle was over not once, but twice. Also, Piper Lou's excessive crying seemed to affect the Ideon's strength as well, for as soon as he stopped crying the Ideon seemed to lose power. I wonder if there's a connection...

 

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2 out of 5 stars
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