Gundam 00 Season 2 Ep. 16: Prologue to Tragedy


After seizing control of the Africa Tower’s low orbital station, Hercury addresses the citizens he is holding hostage. He says his only objective is to inform the public about the atrocities committed by A-LAWS. He states that A-LAWS has massacred millions, including during the reorganization of the Middle East. However, the public was never aware of this because of the Federation’s information control. Hercury says he and his soldiers want to correct an army that is going down the wrong path under a corrupt government. On Earth the Federation spokeswoman claims that Hercury is demanding the dissolution of the government and the release of 45,000 anti-government activists. She states that the Federation will not give in to terrorists and has dispatched A-LAWS to deal with the situation. Sergei turns off the news and wonders what Hercury hopes to accomplish. He recalls a conversation he had years ago with his wife Holly and Hercury, where Hercury stated that solving the energy crisis would lead to wider peace. Sergei and Holly disagreed, but Hercury idealistically believed in his vision. Sergei then gets a call from Kim, who gives him a top secret mission. At A-LAWS headquarters, Goodman reports to Homer on force deployments. Homer is worried that antigovernmental activity will increase if the truth gets out that a coup has occurred. Nena asks Wang why the Innovators are allowing the coup to proceed, and Wang answers that the Innovators have their own motives. Hong wonders if the coup will change the world, and Wang says it might be the beginning of the end. Hercury is informed that Katharon is sending suits to assist, and he says the rest will depend on what Celestial Being does. On the Ptolemaios 2, the crew ask Sumeragi what to do. She’s surprised that the Innovators could miss the coup since they control Veda, so she concludes they chose to overlook it. Tieria reminds everyone that A-LAWS is just a puppet for the Innovators. Sumeragi thinks they have no choice but to head to the Africa Tower, especially if Setsuna hears about the coup. In space, A-LAWS launches an Ahead squad equipped with automaton containers. The automaton containers land on the low orbital station, and the automatons blast their way inside. The station’s automatic defenses destroy some of them, but one hacks into the station’s video feed. Hercury is informed that a mobile suit has entered the pillar from Earth, and Hercury recognizes it as Sergei’s Tieren All-Region Type. On Earth, Kim reports to Homer that he’s sent Sergei on the secret mission. He asks if he can have the rank of General when he transfers to A-LAWS, and Homer agrees. Out at sea, Kati doesn’t understand why she’s been ordered to remain on standby. Hiling comments to Revive and Divine that they won’t get to fight, and Revive wonders what Ribbons is up to. Andrei tells Louise that he knows Hercury because of his longtime friendship with Sergei. He recalls thanking Hercury for putting in a good word with him at the military academy. But he still blamed Sergei and Hercury for Holly’s death.

Sergei meets with Hercury and delivers the message that the Federation won’t give in, so he suggests surrendering. He adds that with the Federation’s information control, Hercury’s opinions will never reach the world. Sergei asks him why he’s taken 60,000 innocent people hostage, but Hercury says they aren’t innocent. The ones who build up wealth and accept the Federation’s policies without question are the cause of government corruption and the rise of A-LAWS. Sergei counters that a soldier’s job is to protect the people, and Hercury says that’s what he’s doing. He tells Sergei to go back with the message that they won’t surrender, but Sergei refuses to leave. Hercury then gets the news that more automatons have invaded the station and are approaching the gravity block. Hercury gives orders for his soldiers to intercept the automatons while the civilians are evacuated to the linear trains. The automatons break through and shoot down both soldiers and civilians alike. Hercury tells Sergei this is an example of how a corrupt government and army acts. On an airplane, Shirin reports to Klaus that their forces have joined with the coup soldiers. They’re both told by another member that the Federation is about to make an announcement. Sergei realizes that Hercury was going to release the citizens from the start, and Hercury explains that he wants to give them a wake up call. He hopes showing them the truth will build up a wave of resentment against A-LAWS. He says he’s willing to sacrifice himself to wake up the citizens. The Federation then makes its announcement, showing a falsified video that depicts the coup soldiers killing the civilians, rather than the automatons. Shirin comments that this is the information control the Federation excels at. Hercury wants to get the citizens to Earth to expose the truth, but Sergei thinks the Federation will catch on. On Earth, Setsuna approaches the Africa Tower and is attacked by Graham’s Masurao. Setsuna says he doesn’t have time to deal with this, so Graham gets his attention by activating the Masurao’s Trans-Am. Graham rushes in and attacks, knocking around the 00 Raiser and agitating Setsuna’s wound. Setsuna then activates Trans-Am and fights Graham with his swords. Graham says that surpassing a Gundam is his reason for living, but Setsuna says he can live another day. The Cherudim GundamArios Gundam and Seravee Gundam arrive and open fire on Graham, and he retreats due to low GN particle levels. Setsuna loses control of the 00 Raiser and remembers Neil telling him in his dream to change himself. Hercury notices that the Federation army isn’t surrounding their forces on Earth. Kati and Billy also wonder what’s happening. Sumeragi knows something is going on and asks Feldt to calculate the wind speed data for 1,000 km around the Africa Tower. Kati separately crunches the same numbers and realizes that the forces are deployed as if preparing for the elevator to collapse. In space, Goodman declares that Celestial Being, Katharon and the coup forces will be struck down by the second Memento Mori.


Rather than pick up where the previous episode left off on Setsuna and Graham, this episode starts before that and shows what was happening with Hercury’s coup. We see that his goal is to expose the truth about the Federation and A-LAWS to the citizens, but that seems like an almost useless goal given that the Federation has real-time information control via Veda. Indeed, we see how that’s put to use when the Federation almost instantly has doctored video that shows Hercury’ men massacring the hostages in place of the automatons. Sergei thinks he’s on a top secret mission, but given that Kim made a deal to get into A-LAWS, I think he sold Sergei out. A long time ago, Rindt told Sergei he’d be taken care of for letting Saji escape, so maybe he’s being set up to conveniently die by Kim. We also learn a bit more about Andrei and see that he also blames Hercury for the death of his mother Holly, who we see here in flashback form. Although it’s short, it’s interesting to see a Trans-Am versus battle, although I have to wonder how much more of this kind of stuff Graham’s body can take. Overall, a solid episode with some politics and character information.

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Gundam 00 Info

Seiji Mizushima

Yousuke Kuroda

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kanetake Ebikawa
Takayuki Yanase
Hitoshi Fukuchi
Kenji Teraoka
Naohiro Washio
Kunio Okawara
Seiichi Nakatani

Character Designer(s):
Yun Kouga
Michinori Chiba

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

50 episodes; 3 compilation movies

Japan 10.06.2007 – 03.29.2008 (S1);
10.05.2008 – 03.29.2009 (S2)
U.S. 11.24.2008 – 02.09.2009 (S1);
06.29.2009 – 09.21.2009 (S2)

Video Release (SE):
Japan 10.27.2009 – 02.23.2010
U.S. 09.04.2018


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