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Episode 10: Strategic Motion

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 3, 2008

 

Summary

 

On Melkia, Secretary of Defense Noidod flies to the capital for a meeting at the Supreme State Strategic Conference Building. Wockam addresses a crowd of high-ranking officers at the meeting and states that the Hundred Year War is about to come to a close due to secret negotiations between the Gilgamesh and Balarant. He tells them they're the only ones who know this, and that if they just sit back and wait, the war will end. Wockam then shows video displays for strategic course Z0-5, which he says will result in the least amount of casualties and pave the way for peace. He then suggests an alternate plan that will give them a geopolitical victory because he claims Z0-5 doesn't include post-war planning. Wockam's plan is to attack Monad, a heavily fortified Balarant planet. Noidod is conferenced into the meeting from his helicopter and speaks to Niharko, who wants to stop Wockam. Noidod says that won't be easy, so they have to expose Wockam on something, but he's cut off when his helicopter suddenly explodes in a ball of fire. Wockam explains that the Balarant have spent 50 years fortifying Monad, and an officer asks why Wockam objects now when his own department was involved in the planning for Z0-5. Wockam answers that circumstances have changed, and the officer rejects the plan, which would require 120 million soldiers. Another officer points out that the most Gilgamesh has ever sent into battle is 20 million soldiers and asks Wockam what kind of casualties he's predicting. Wockam explains that the Department of Intelligence's ISS force will take control of Monad's core, and recess is called when news come in of Noidod's helicopter crashing. In a private room, Niharko, Larkinson and several other officers discuss the possibility that Wockam arranged Noidod's assassination because it's too coincidental. Niharko comments that they'll have to compromise with Wockam because the committee members are in fear now. He thinks they should actively support the mission so that Wockam doesn't get all the credit for it. Wockam tells Ruske that he's going to Kuzsuk and will wait for the results. When the meeting starts again, Wockam states that attacking Monad is risky and may prolong the war, but he thinks it's more embarrassing to end the war and not control the planet. As they fly to Kuzsuk, Ruske informs Wockam that the Berkoff squad is also on its way. Later, Wockam meets with Pailsen and says it's unfortunate Pailsen won't reap the benefits of the seeds he's sown. Pailsen comments that the war is going to end soon, three months earlier than what his personal analysis had predicted. Wockam says everything will end at Monad and returns the Pailsen Files disk. Pailsen tells him to stop the operation because his work was a mistake. Wockam doesn't believe that since Pailsen found several abnormal survivors and found a way to make an artificial one through Zaki. Pailsen comments that while the others are miraculous, Chirico is the only true abnormal survivor. Wockam apologizes for using so many chemicals to interrogate Pailsen and comments that people who are injected with lethal doses don't live more than two weeks.

 

The Berkoff squad flies in a VIP helicopter and is taken to the remote hospital on Kuzsuk. The squad is taken to a room where they're watched behind a glass wall by Wockam and Ruske. The glass wall is lifted, and Wockam introduces himself. Ruske tells them they've been transferred to ISS, which offers vastly higher pay and retirement benefits over the regular army. Ruske asks if there's any questions, and Berkoff asks if Wockam had collected them together from the start. Wockam answers that he was watching them and decided to bring them together because the military hadn't noticed their abilities. Berkoff asks if there's something special about them, and Ruske explains that the question will be answered after the next operation. After three days of rest, the Berkoff squad will be part of an advance force for a special operation involving the entire Gilgamesh force. As Wockam and Ruske leave, Kochak runs over before the glass wall closes. Kochak says he's done everything they ask and wants to retire, but Ruske tells him that'll happen after the next operation. Later, the squad gets to relax inside the luxurious facilities and swim in pools and spas. Wockam comments to Ruske that Chirico seems no different from the others and that they're all abnormal survivors. Ruske gets a phone call from Melkia and informs Wockam that the military is unanimously supporting the plan to attack Monad. With the three days of leave over, Chirico thinks about how Wockam is watching him. As they move out, Zaki complains about having to leave. Pailsen looks out his window and sees Chirico and the others boarding a helicopter. Niharko gives a speech to the assembled soldiers and declares that Monad will be the battle that decides the fate of the Astragius Galaxy. In space, a massive Gilgamesh fleet approaches Monad. As the fleet opens fire on Monad's exterior defenses, thousands of Scopedogs and AT dropship launch from battleships. On Melkia, an Larkinson comments that every second of the operation costs 4.5 billion credits, and in four days the figure will surpass all of Melkia's budget. Niharko says that once the war is over, the military will have to dramatically cut its budget, meaning they'll have to retire. Gilgamesh battleships move closer to Monad and come under heavy fire from the planet's gun turrets. The Berkoff squad launches from an AT dropship and speeds through a trench on Monad's surface and down into a large shaft.

 

Commentary

 

Much of this episode is focused Wockam's political maneuvering that sets everything in motion for the finale. He reveals that the Gilgamesh and Balarant are already secretly negotiating to end the war, but he wants to go out on a bang and capture a very big prize before that happens. Monad is basically a planetary fortress, and it kind of reminds me of Iserlohn from Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Wockam is certainly willing to go to many lengths to push through the agenda, and it's obvious he assassinated Noidod. We also see Wockam trying to rub his success in Pailsen's face, and that clearly bothers Pailsen. The members of the Berkoff squad finally get to meet the man who's been pulling their strings, but they obviously don't get much in the way of answers. However, we do learn that Zaki is an artificial abnormal survivor created by Pailsen, so I wonder if he's some kind of precursor to the Perfect Soldiers seen in the TV series. It's rather amusing to see everyone enjoying the luxuries they don't get as common soldiers, but the respite is too short and by the end of the episode, they're locked in for the final battle.

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