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Episode 37: Colony of Hatred

 

Review by Brian Shea

 

June 3, 2007

 

The Solo Ship is attacked by the Buff Clan's Gadal Rou crafts. The three Ideon units fight them off. The Buff Clan sends out Ganga Lubus to join in the battle as well. The Gadal Rous grab ahold of the Ideon units and start electrocuting them. Bes calls Cosmo and the others and orders them to retreat. After landing on the Solo Ship, it enters DS Drive, escaping from the Buff Clan. Aboard the Buff Clan ship Gadamoa Zan commander Guldabra Dron decides to head to the Earth colony planet Ajian. The Solo Ship also approaches Ajian, where Gije regrets his earlier attacks against the planet. Bes thinks that like on Kyaral they may be able to pick up some supplies. The Solo Ship is immediately attacked as it tries descending into Ajian. Hatari sends a transmission to Ajian, requesting aid. They receive a response from a man named Commodore who tells them they won't let them land on Ajian due to what happened before. Suddenly someone cuts out the video from the transmission and tells the Solo Ship to land at Tonkin base. Commodore argues with Dron. Dron signs a contract in blood with Commodore and promises him an audience with Supreme Commander Doba for their assistance in seizing the Solo Ship and Ideon. The Solo Ship lands and Bes, Gije, Sheryl, Karala and Cosmo meet with Commodore. Bes requests that Ajian help them with supplies and let the civilians stay on Ajian. Bes and Gije tells Karala and Sheryl that they are to stay on Ajian, even though they want to stay aboard the Solo Ship. Bes talks to Joliver while repairs are conducted on the Solo Ship. The civilians of the Solo Ship are brought into a large domed stadium. The doors behind them are suddenly locked and Commodore comes out with a number of armed soldiers, saying that they're all going to be held hostage.

 

Cosmo and Hatari work aboard the deck of the Solo Ship. Joliver tells Bes that the workers have disappeared. Bes orders him to start the Solo Ship's engine. He suspects something has happened. Dron realizes that the Solo Ship has launched and sends out his forces to take a hold of it. He wonders if Commodore has betrayed him. Bes orders Cosmo and the others to launch and dock the Ideon. Dron contacts Commodore. Commodore contacts Bes and the others and tells them to hand over the Solo Ship and Ideon and the Buff Clan will stop the attack. He says he'll kill all the civilians of the Solo Ship if they don't obey. The Ajian soldiers fire at the crowd, killing Lin. Sheryl starts crying as she holds her sister's corpse in her arms. The three Ideon units dock during their battle with the Buff Clan. Bes tells Cosmo to stop their attack and return to the Solo Ship. Bes, Joliver, Gije and others head out on Shooter Katam hovercrafts and start sneaking into the stadium. Bes sneaks into the area where the civilians are. Hatari pleads with Commodore to stop but he refuses. The Buff Clan continue to attack the Solo Ship, which raises its barrier. Commodore orders them to lower the barrier or ten civilians will be killed this time. Bes reveals himself and argues with Commodore. Commodore orders his soldiers to kill everyone, but they are all taken out by Gije and the others before they can do so. Sheryl grabs Bes's gun and shoots Commodore. Gije contacts Hatari and tells him the hostages have been freed. Gije finishes off the mortally wounded Commodore. Hatari tells Cosmo about Lin's death. The Ideon launches and smashes its way through the Buff Clan's forces. Dron decides to retreat now that Commodore is dead. Hatari launches the Ideon Gun and the Ideon grabs ahold of it. The Ideon heads out to space, following the Buff Clan ships. It fires the Ideon Gun, vaporizing all the Buff Clan ships. Bes carries Lin's corpse out of the stadium as everyone leaves. Sheryl continues to cry over her sister's death. A soldier reports Dron's death to Doba aboard the Bairal Jin. Doba doesn't have faith in his own officers anymore. He talks with Gindoru Jinmu of the Ome Foundation as the Bairal Jin launches.

 

The deaths continue as Lin Formosa becomes the next to die. In stark contrast to Moera's death, where the sudden focus on him made it quite obvious, this one comes as a surprise. Surprisingly enough Lin's death is never shown in the movie version, so she suddenly disappears between A Contact and Be Invoked. In their return trip to the colony planet Ajian (first seen in episode 18) the Solo Ship faces arguably the biggest opposition by its fellow Earthlings yet. Commodore's attempts to kill the women and children of the Solo Ship is arguably more heinous that any action taken by the Buff Clan throughout the series. Although one wonders why the Solo Ship would even bother heading to Ajian in the first place, considering they faced so much opposition there the first time.

 

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