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Episode 18: Gastogal Demo

 

Review by Brian Shea

June 12, 2005

 

Summary

 

Elaine tells Gavlet they can't get any farther through the asteroid belt, but Gavlet insists they resist regulations and head through manually. She explains they are entering an independent nation and should be careful. She leaves rather than continue arguing with him. Theart Star detects the Slender Skala approaching and deploys Beazs against them. They refuse to admit to Gavlet that rebels are on Theart Star, so he sends out heavy metals in response. The Space Graias sent out have little success and are soon defeated. One of the operators tells Gavlet there's only women on Theart Star and asks if she can head out herself. Gavlet allows it and she soon heads to Theart Star with a few other women. On Theart Star, Kyao parties while Daba sneaks around and heads to Full's room. He ends up making noise and Full comes out of the shower. Daba apologizes and tries to run off, but Full questions why he's come. Daba wonders why she's helping him, and Full finds Daba too cynical. Daba finds Theart Star odd, since it is like a paradise. Lilith finds Leccee in her room, depressed. Lilith thinks they should go to sleep, but Leccee doesn't. She can't stop thinking about what she did to Amu and thinks Daba hates her now, so she runs off. Daba meets back with Kyao, who is still partying. They are suddenly attacked by the women from the Slender Skala, but Daba and Kyao are soon able to take them out. Daba accidentally tears off one of the assassin's tops and chases her through the halls. They reach the spaceport and find that Leccee has started the boosters on their ship, the Gulgul, which seriously injures the assassin. Leccee is told she cannot leave without permission from Full. Leccee wants to head back to Mizun and blasts through the gate. Full warns her, but Leccee doesn't care. Initially mad at Leccee, Daba tells Full they don't want to cause her any trouble. Full tells Leccee she should make herself more attractive, but Leccee is sick of her advice. Kyao is upset at them leaving Theart Star so soon. The assassin makes her way to the bridge, but is caught. She is thrown in a escape pod and launched back to the Slender Skala.

 

Gavlet launches an attack on the Gulgul with the Slender Skala. After getting struck, they fly out of control but make it through the asteroid field towards Gastogal. A group of Bal-Buds start attacking them. Daba heads to the L.Gaim. Gavlet is mad at his forces doing so bad and wants to head out on the Bat-Shu, but Elaine tells him they can't head out without registering with Gastogal. They are told to get permission from the guardian post A.Nanda, but Gavlet wants to avoid them and blast his way through. The Gulgul receives the same warning from A.Nanda, which launches a large group of missiles at them. They try to escape from Gastogal air space. Leccee thinks they should give up, but Daba wants to sneak into the atmosphere by hiding behind an asteroid. A.Nanda senses the asteroid but not the ship underneath it. They enter the atmosphere and depart from the asteroid. They fly over the ocean towards Sveto, capital of Poseidal's empire. Operators at Sveto detect the incoming ship and get ready to defend the city. Daba wants to attack Sveto, but Leccee explains they'll be attacked automatically. A large number of ships depart the city and attack with all their might. Daba wants to force his way into the city where they shouldn't be in as much danger. He heads out on the L.Gaim and blasts a number of the ships and Bal-Buds attacking them. Because of that, Kyao is able to force their ship close to the giant statue of Poseidal in the middle of the city. Lasers start shooting out of its eyes, but Daba avoids it and blows the statue's face off. They've reached the city, but dozens of Graias start heading out and Daba finally realizes they have to retreat. They do that, only to encounter the first group of ships attacking them. Kyao and Leccee worry about their shield being able to hold up any longer. They try to head back into space, but have trouble with all the attacks. Daba and Leccee seem resigned to dying but are suddenly contacted by Amu and using the FLS attack destroy the ships pursuing them. The Gulgul makes it back out to space and they meet up with Amu, who's come on the ship Turner. She announces her intentions to come over and see them, making Leccee scared.

 

Commentary

 

We've got a bunch of different things going on in this episode. After the show moved so slow for a while on Mizun, I'm surprised so much is happening in these last few episodes. Hopefully that's a good sign of things to come. Our heroes arrive on the paradise-like Theart Star, but thanks to Leccee's stubbornness aren't able to stay that long. We don't get to see that much of Full before our heroes leave, so don't have much to say about her at this point. It is surprising to see an independent faction in Pentagona, however; you'd think Poseidal would have taken Theart Star over like she did with all the planets. In an extremely aggressive act, Daba decides to take on Poseidal's capital, Sveto, with their one ship. Naturally, they have a lot of trouble and are only able to make it out because Amu shows up. Speaking of Amu, I'm glad to see her back again so quickly. I wonder how she was able to make it out to space. Looks like Hashamoja is with her, and I can't say I'm too happy about that.

 

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