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Episode 6: First Contact

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: May 12, 2000

New Review: May 11, 2006

 

Summary

 

Mylene gets out of the shower to answer a phone call from Milia. Milia says she'll allow Mylene and even get some work for them - but with a condition. She faxes Mylene a copy Gamlin's personnel file and says she wants Mylene to meet him and possibly arrange marriage. In his quarters, Gamlin looks up data on Valkyries and wonders how Basara could have the latest model VF-19. He finds that the data on Basara's Excalibur is protected, and his access is cut off. Gamlin is determined to find out who Basara is. Mylene tells Milia that she's too young to get married, and Milia points out that Mylene is always saying she wants to be treated like an adult. She tells Mylene that she's sending a dress for her to wear tomorrow with Gamlin. Mylene runs out of the apartment when she realizes she's late and practically runs over the delivery boy with the dress. In space, Basara flies in his Excalibur on the Milky Road and thinks about shooting missiles as he sings "My Soul For You." Ray calls him and tells him to make sure he's not late to their show. At Battle 7, the Diamond Force launches in their Nightmares to test newly tuned increased acceleration. On the Mark Twain resort ship, Fire Bomber wraps up its performance with "Charging Love Heart." Gamlin spots a modified civilian shuttle flying along the Milky Road, and Physica writes it off as an ordinary thing. Gamlin tells Physica that a good pilot can't overlook anything, and when she scans the shuttle, its model number keeps changing. Kinryu grants Gamlin permission to investigate while he and Physica return to Battle 7 to examine the flight data. As Gamlin pulls in behind the shuttle, it accelerates and flies out of the Milky Road. He reports that he's lost sight of the shuttle outside the airspace of the Mark Twain. Kinryu orders Gamlin to return to Battle 7 and says that an investigative team will follow-up on the shuttle. Gamlin asks for permission to continue investigating since he goes on vacation in an hour. Basara and the other watch a band named Witches Princess play, and Ray comments that it's unlike Basara to miss a cue. Mylene asks him what's wrong and says they're worried about him. Gamlin searches the hangar and can't find the shuttle, but his interest is piqued when he spots Basara's Excalibur. He then enters the club and sits down behind Basara, unaware of whom he is. As the Witches Princess show ends, the lights dim and a Varauta soldier examines the club.

 

Gamlin asks Basara if the show is over, and Basara explains that they're just switching bands. Basara comments that Gamlin must not listen much to rock music, and Gamlin says he's been forced to several times. He asks Basara if Fire Bomber has played yet, and Basara tells him that they already played and sucked. The lights come up a bit when the next group, Ultra Rave, takes the stage. In the rear of the stage, a Varauta soldier sucks Spiritia out of the saxophone player. Basara chases after the Varauta soldier, and Mylene recognizes Gamlin when he steps into the light. Gamlin runs into the corridor to chase the Varauta soldier and is shocked to see that Basara is the guy he was talking to. Basara says he's going to keep chasing the enemy, and Gamlin asks him what connection he has to the military. Suddenly, a battle alarm sounds as Gigile's Elgersoln squad attacks the Mark Twain. Gigile declares that he won't wait for Geperuniti's plans and will collect the Spiritia himself. A soldier informs him that there's a signal from their own men inside the ship, but Gigile orders everyone to attack anyway. Gamlin chases Basara to the hangar and asks why he sings and has a VF-19. Basara answers that he wants to see how far he can push his singing. Basara launches in his Excalibur, followed by Gamlin in his Nightmare. The civilians in the ship begin to evacuate in escape pods and become easy Spiritia-sapping targets for the Elgersolns. Gamlin attacks the Elgersolns and gets a call from Kinryu that he'll have to hold them off for a few minutes until reinforcements arrive. As he fights alone, Basara sings "My Soul for You" and protects the escape pods from the Elgersolns. On his flagship, Geperuniti is informed that they've captured musician type Spiritia. Outnumbered, Gamlin tells Basara to attack since he should have weapons. An Elgersoln attacks the pod that Mylene and the rest of the band are in, but Gamlin transforms his Nightmare into Battroid mode and attacks. Gigile's forces focus all their fire on Gamlin, damaging his Nightmare. Basara jumps in front and acts as a shield for Gamlin by using his pinpoint barrier. Gamlin fires while using Basara as cover, and Gigile fires out a missile that explodes near the pod. Basara thinks about using missiles, but he keeps singing. As Gigile continues to attack, Basara targets the leg of Gigile's Elgersoln and blows it off with a missile. He then dashes forward and slams into Gigile for making him shoot. Gigile's forces retreat, and Gamlin realizes he owes Basara. Later, Gamlin gets a call in the hospital from Milia, who says they'll have to arrange another meeting later on. Mylene enters the room wearing the dress from Milia and thanks Gamlin for saving her. He asks her what she'd be doing on the Mark Twain, and she lies and tells him it was school research. In the Acshio, Basara plays an acoustic guitar by himself.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is a bit different from what we've seen up to now. For a change, we get to see things from Gamlin's perspective. He's a straight-laced by-the-book kind of guy, which is probably exactly why Milia wants to hook him up with Mylene. We see how Gamlin is obsessed with finding out who Basara is, and he even thinks Basara is some kind of military agent. It's certainly a reasonable question, since Basara has a brand new VF-19 Excalibur. Once again, the Varauta coincidentally attack another ship that Basara just happens to be on. This time they're after the Spiritia of musicians, so they're probably investigating what makes Basara's Spiritia so special. Gamlin holds off many enemy units by himself, and this is the first time we get to see the Battroid mode of his Nightmare. Gigile's also back, although he's acting rather strangely and doing a lot of maniacal laughing. Gamlin also meets Mylene, who's putting on an act and pretending to be what her mother wants her to be. Expect antics in the future when Gamlin finds out that she's in Fire Bomber.

 

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