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Stage 21: Rest in the Cradle

 

Review by Peter Laliberte

April 3, 2011

 

Summary

 

Three years ago at the Elpis space colony, Elzam let Archibald and a transport full of hostages leave the colony. Archibald says that Elzam’s wife, Cattelya, is still in the dock with dispensers of poison gas. He lets Elzam talk to her, and Cattelya tells him to shoot the dock. She says she’s done for anyway and Elzam takes the shot. At her funeral, Rai tells Elzam he’ll never forgive him for killing her. The Kurogane advances on the Earth Cradle and Rai tells Ratsel that they’ll finish things, saying he understands how his brother felt when he pulled the trigger. Leona says she’ll help as well. The Earth Cradle’s forces attack and the Kurogane’s forces fight back. Viletta gives the order to form the SRX and it destroys some Lions. Kai destroys Landlions and some Barrelions corner Mai. Rio saves her and Mai hops onto the AM Gunner. They fire and destroy the Barrelions. A Rhinoceros approaches the Exbein Boxer, but the Exbein and SRX destroy it with a double blade kick. Wodan attacks the SRX, but Irm blocks it, noting that the Thrudgelmir is more powerful than before. Ratsel knocks Wodan away and Sanger challenges him to battle. The Kurogane fires on the Earth Cradle, but it does no damage. Azuki reports that the SRX wants to use the Buster Cannon, but Tetsuya says they need to save it for an emergency. Sanger and Wodan cross swords and the Kurogane activates its titanic drill and penetrates the Earth Cradle. The PT forces head inside while Sanger stays to hold off Wodan. Latooni vows to save Ouka.

 

Agilla finishes adjusting the upgraded Rapiecage Fantome, telling Cuervo that with the enhanced GEIM system and machine cells, it will be invincible. Cuervo objects because Ouka will lose her identity and become a living part, but Agilla tells him not to start pretending to be a good guy now. She gives him Ouka’s forehead ornament and tells him to back up the data, saying they’ll use code ATA if they need to. The SRX team, Yuuki, Carla, Leona and Ratsel break through a wall and are met by Archibald in the Gravilion. Yuuki tells him to disarm and withdraw, but Archibald refuses, saying the Branstein family has horrible things waiting for him. Before he attacks, Archibald says it wasn’t his fault and that it was Elzam who killed Cattelya. He adds that an Earth Federation official was the one who hired him, but that person was killed by the Aerogators so their revenge has already been had. Rai says all Archibald has done can’t be forgiven and the SRX attacks, but the Rapiecage knocks it back. Archibald tells Ouka to go deal with the other enemies, noting how she’s like a doll now. Ratsel shoots the Gravilion and says Archibald will receive punishment for treating people like dolls. Archibald reminds Ratsel that he used to command many soldiers and Ratsel says that he and his father received their punishment. He admits he doesn’t have the right to avenge his wife, so he will kill Archibald as Ratsel, not Elzam. Seolla, Arado, Latooni and Shine head toward Agilla’s lab, but are met by Ouka. Shine’s Fairlion is heavily damaged, and the Wildfalken’s arm is sliced off. The Rapiecage fires missiles and Seolla shoots some of them down but Arado gets hit. Cuervo backs up Ouka’s memories into her forehead ornament. Ryusei and Archibald kick each other, and the Gravilion’s leg is damaged but doesn’t regenerate. It grabs the SRX and fires a blast from its chest, but Aya purges the R-3 to avoid it. Ryusei hits Archibald with a Gaun Genocider before separating the SRX completely. He tells Rai to finish things himself, but Archibald grabs the R-2 and uses him as a shield. Rai tells Ratsel to shoot so they can be rid of their past. Ratsel fires and the R-2 transforms so the beam goes through it and destroys the Gravilion’s head. Archibald escapes in a Guarlion, but Rai captures him with his beam chakram before punching the cockpit. Archibald madly proclaims that he’ll escape again before the Guarlion explodes. Ratsel says Archibald doesn’t need to apologize to Cattelya in the afterlife because that’s his job. The Wildwurger, Wildfalken, and Fairlions lie defeated when Cuervo comes out, saying he’ll end Ouka’s pain.

 

Commentary

 

This episode starts off by showing us what happened in the Elpis Incident and how Archibald cruelly gave Elzam no choice but to kill his wife. This is the source of the animosity between Rai and Elzam back in the DC War, as it’s quite clear that Rai had a major crush on his sister-in-law. Things between the brothers are better now, and they work together to put an end to Archibald for good. Often with revenge storylines there’s some moral to the effect that revenge gets you nothing and you shouldn’t persue it, and so on. Here, everyone was encouraging it and let Rai deal the final blow in an awesome fashion. Can’t say I blame them, as a world without a depraved individual like Archibald is certainly a much better place. Also in this episode was some unique team attacks and Tetsuya’s really rocking that hat look! Sanger and Wodan begin their duel, and Agilla messes up Ouka even more than usual. She gets her personality taken away and strung up in an outfit that’ll get any fetishist’s blood pumping. Cuervo’s got something up his sleeve, though, and he’s determined to save Ouka. Here’s hoping he’ll succeed.

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