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Episode 26: Search II

 

Review by Brian Shea

June 21, 2005

 

Summary

 

The Slender Skala flies through a sandstorm on Trydetol to an old city, where the ship lands. Gavlet is surprised that a new heavy metal is being built in this place. Gavlet and Elaine get off the ship and go see the Amon Duule "Stack". Gavlet is surprised at its odd design. Meanwhile on the Turner, Daba passes out from exhaustion while working on the L.Gaim. Kyao realizes that Daba has a fever. Leccee is confused by his illness and doesn't want to give him any medicine. She says they should bring him to a doctor, even though they would have to land to do it. The Turner lands and Kyao and Lilith bring Daba to a doctor. The doctor gives Kyao two pills to give Daba and heads into the other room. Kyao is suspicious, but sees flashy degrees on the wall. The doctor sneaks out of the house, locking them in, and heads to see Gavlet, wanting to collect the large bounty on their heads. Kyao realizes they are locked in and surrounded. Gavlet gets into the Stack and flies off, but has a hard time controlling it. He heads to the doctor's house with Hashamoja. Gavlet calls out to Kyao that he'll get Daba to a doctor if he hands him over. Kyao jumps onto a Graia next to the house and distracts Gavlet's forces long enough for Daba to escape. Kyao throws the pilot out of the Graia he's attacked and fights Hashamoja in his Bal-Bud. Kyao damages the heavy metal's leg, but Gavlet joins in on the fight with the Stack and Kyao surrenders.

 

Leccee heads out on the D.Sserd and meets up with the flosser carrying Daba. Gavlet returns to the base with Kyao and complains about the Stack. The mechanic who created it, Mesh Maker, wants to install a spiral flow system into the Stack, but Gavlet doesn't want him using Yaman Clan designs. Elaine and Hashamoja try to get Kyao to admit where the Turner is. The doctor shows up soon afterwards with Amu taken captive, but Amu manages to pull a gun on Gavlet, demanding Kyao's release. Kyao gets in the Stack and asks Mesh if he would like to come with him to the Turner and change the Stack into the L.Gaim II. Gavlet escapes from Amu and gets into his Bat-Shu. Leccee arrives soon afterwards in the D.Sserd. Gavlet feels Daba won't come in the L.Gaim due to his illness, but Daba foolishly makes his way there anyway, fighting a Graia on the way. Leccee fights Hashamoja's Bal-Bud, but Gavlet is able to grab onto Amu with the Bat-Shu's hands. Gavlet demands Leccee get out of the D.Sserd or he'll crush Amu. Daba arrives in the L.Gaim but collapses due to his illness. Amu and Leccee get upset about Daba's condition. Gavlet is pleased with what's going on, but thinks this may be a plot and tells Elaine to check the L.Gaim. The cockpit of the L.Gaim opens and the Flicker comes out. Elaine approaches Daba and he pulls a gun on her. Elaine yells out that she is scared to touch him because of his illness. Gavlet drops Amu and starts walking towards the L.Gaim. With Amu released, Daba gets back in the cockpit of the L.Gaim and starts attacking Gavlet. Leccee grabs Amu with the D.Sserd and attacks the Bat-Shu as well. Gavlet forces the L.Gaim to its knees, but using the lance Daba is able to force him off and slice off the Bat-Shu's hands. Daba, who is now feeling better, and the others make their escape.

 

Commentary

 

With us reaching the halfway point its natural that an upgrade to the L.Gaim would appear and with our heroes capturing the Stack from Gavlet it looks like the Mark-II is not that far off. Gavlet proves his incompetence yet again by not being able to pilot it very well. To mark the upcoming appearance of the Mark-II, we get a new opening theme for the show, "Wind of No Reply." The main storyline of this episode is an interesting one with Daba getting ill. You would figure pilots in these type of shows have got to get exhausted eventually after all the fighting they do. Oddly enough though, it doesn't happen too often, although I can recall another instance in the original Gundam where Amuro Ray got sick from piloting so much. Despite his illness, Daba is able to outwit the enemy once more, although this was one of the more dangerous situations our heroes have gotten into. While Mizun had plenty of rebels to ally with, on Trydetol it seems everyone is against them; even the doctor handed them over to Gavlet.

 

Overall Rating

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3 out of 5 stars
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