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Episode 6: White Flag of Betrayal

 

Review by Brian Shea

February 21, 2007

 

Summary

 

Kasha and Tekuno practice flying the Ideo-Buster over the forest. Kasha tries to push the acceleration to its limits. The Ideo-Buster returns to the Solo Ship and lands. Everyone gathers in the forest dome inside the Solo Ship's bridge. Bes says he wants to use their hostages in order to get a cease fire with the Buff Clan. People are mixed on whether they agree with the plan. A tired Gije makes his way through the nearby forest on a Gadakka and watches the Solo Ship. Kasha argues with Bes, wanting to fight the Buff Clan instead of negotiate. Cosmo tries to explain to her that her plan doesn't make sense since they can't even control the Ideon yet. Cosmo tells Bes that it seems that he has feelings for Karala and that he's upset with him for it. The hostages are brought to the bridge and they attempt to contact the Buff Clan with no luck. Karala volunteers to return to her ship but Sheryl doesn't want to go along with it. Sheryl bumps into the children playing with clothes on the bridge and yells at them and Lin. Watching from the cockpit of the Ideo-Buster, Cosmo realizes that they can use a flag to signify to the Buff Clan that they want a cease fire. Cosmo gets some white sheets from Lotta and Lin, getting help from Deck. The two of them raise them as white flags from the top of the ship. Gije is shocked as he sees the signal. In space on the Gram Zan Damido is notified of the white flag and upset over the gesture, sends out a large amount of troops down to Solo. Damido tells his assistant Birasu that he wouldn't mind if something bad happened to Gije since he would be promoted in his place. Meanwhile on the bridge of the Solo Ship, Mayaya and Karala reveal to Bes that white flags signify to the Buff Clan that they want to initiate a fight to the death. The true symbol of cease fire to the Buff Clan is red, the color of the Ideon. Karala doesn't think that Gije has returned to space just yet.

 

Damido's squadron of Gil Baus head towards the Solo Ship with the goal of luring out the Giant God. Tekuno and Moera carry up a red group of sheets and replace the white ones with them. Birasu notifies Damido that they have raised a red flag, signifying that they want to cease fire. Damido doesn't care and is going to attack anyway. Kasha heads out on her own with the Ideo-Buster and has some initial success, but then struggles. Damido wants to take it down before it transforms into the Giant God. Gije watches the battle from the ground and wonders why the Earthlings changed their mind. Bes and Bento head out on the Ideo-Nova and Cosmo and Tekuno head out on the Ideo-Delta. Kasha's Ideo-Buster is hit and starts crashing towards the ground but it is stopped from crashing when the Ideo-Delta flies under it. The three Ideo-units combine into the Ideon. Damido leads his ships in close and they launch hooked wires around the Ideon's arms, legs and head. The wires then start emitting electro-magnetic waves, disabling the Ideon's controls. Damido wants to head in and attack the Ideon's eye. The Ideon tries to launch its missiles to no effect. Cosmo tells everyone to cut the engine and the Ideon starts falling towards the ground. It hits, causing all of the Gil Baus to either blow up or fly away. Gije is concerned about Damido attacking instead of trying to rescue Karala. The Ideon reactivates its engine and heads back out, destroying multiple Gil Baus. Gije jumps aboard Damido's Gil Bau and tells him about the cease fire flag. Damido lies, saying he wasn't aware of it. The Buff Clan troops return to space. Kasha wants to head back out but Bes says no, one of the reasons they had such a hard time was because she headed out so soon. Everyone aboard the Solo Ship gets angry with Karala and Mayaya since the Buff Clan attacked even after they raised a red flag. Most of the people on the ship want to execute them, but Bes wants to keep them alive in order to find out more about the enemy. Karala says she's willing to tell them whatever they need in order to stop the fighting.

 

Commentary

 

Although overall a filler episode where not much happens, this episode does have an interesting twist with the white flags. Despite being having identical physical appearances, there clearly are cultural differences between the Earthlings and Buff Clans and in a shocking twist the white flags raised to end the fighting have the opposite effect! I thought that was an interesting twist that helped pull up what was otherwise yet another dull, slow moving episode. Like Gundam the year before, Ideon starts off quite slowly paced and doesn't start rising in quality until episode 10 or so. This episode also features Kasha being a tad too aggressive and willing to head off into battle on her own, something that will escalate into further conflict as the series goes on.

 

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