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Episode 6: Prototype

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2005

 

Summary

 

Chirico abandons his Scopedog and escapes with Vanilla, Gotho and Coconna. Iskui and Borough watch from above, and Borough comments that they underestimated Chirico. The group escapes into the sewers and are followed by the police. After climbing up a narrow tunnel, Vanilla unleashes sewage on the police and keeps them from pursuing. Everyone returns to Vanilla's apartment to hide. Vanilla and Gotho wonder why the police would get involved in an AT battle and ask Chirico why the police are after him. Chirico says he wants to get some rest and leaves the room. Gotho asks Vanilla again why he risked his life to save Chirico, and Vanilla again says that it's because he wants Chirico to be his friend. Iskui and Borough discuss the situation with Chirico, and Borough suggests calling headquarters for help. Coconna walks into Chirico's room and finds that he is gone. Chirico attacks a cop on the street and steals his outfit and motorcycle. Vanilla is disappointed and lets slip that he wanted Chirico's help in robbing the jijirium storage site. Because the site doubles as the police armory, Vanilla needs the help of a strong fighter. Gotho tells Vanilla that there's an abandoned subway that runs directly to the jijirium site. Gotho asks Vanilla if they can be partners, and Coconna says that she wants in too. Chirico drives to the police tower and infiltrates it using the same tunnel that Vanilla and the others used to rescue him. Elsewhere, Gotho and the others activate the old subway car and drive down the tunnel to investigate it. Chirico knocks out a guard in the lower levels and takes an elevator up to Iskui's office. He pulls his gun on Iskui and demands to know what really happened with the Lido mission. He smacks Iskui with the gun and knocks him to the floor. Chirico says he suspects that Iskui is part of the conspiracy, and Iskui promises to take him to a place outside the city where he can learn the truth. Iskui and Chirico go up to the police heliport and take off in a helicopter.

 

Iskui flies the helicopter to the armory and tells Chirico that the Prototype is there. Unbeknownst to Chirico, Iskui presses a button that sets off an alarm inside the armory. Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna sneak into the armory and realize that all the commotion with the guards isn't over them. Iskui lands the helicopter, and someone throws a wrench to momentarily distract Chirico. The cops begin to shoot at Chirico, but he escapes and hides. Gotho and the others disguise themselves as cops to blend in. They sneak into the control room and knock out the guards. Vanilla looks at the video monitors and spots Chirico fighting off the cops. He uses the loudspeaker to tell Chirico where he can safely escape to. Chirico listens to his instructions and runs away as Iskui and his men chase him. Vanilla grabs Chirico, and the four run through the base together. They run into a room that is lavishly decorated with plants and water fountains. After exploring the area for a while, Vanilla comes upon a room where the Phantom Lady is taking a shower. Coconna asks him why he's staring, and Vanilla notes that the Phantom Lady is taking a shower with jijirium. When the Phantom Lady goes into the next room to comb her hair, Chirico confronts her and asks if she remembers him. She instead runs away to an elevator, and Chirico chases her down some stairs. He exits near the armory's heli pad and finds that she has vanished. The police locate Chirico and the others and attack. Chirico tells them he will provide cover while they escape into a helicopter. They take off in a helicopter, with Vanilla piloting and Coconna manning the guns. Vanilla fires missiles and shoots at the cops who are shooting at Chirico. He then flies by and drops a ladder for Chirico to grab hold of. Iskui orders the large ceiling hatch to be closed, but Vanilla flies out just in time. As they fly away, Chirico wonders who the Phantom Lady is.

 

Commentary

 

Surprisingly, although this episode is action-packed, there's no mecha combat at all. Chirico decides to go it alone to get his answers from Iskui, but in the end he winds up with Gotho and the others again. He's managed to make contact with the Phantom Lady, but it's still a mystery who she is and why she was on Lido. Vanilla notices that she showers with jijirium, which is indeed strange. Vanilla's planned raid for the jijirium doesn't go well, but I don't think he's likely to let it go so easily, even with all the heat from Iskui and the cops.

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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