OZ soldiers attach a drive mechanism to a natural resources satellite to begin transporting it to OZ territory. The commanding officer is informed that a small shuttle is approaching, so he dispatches several Leos. The “shuttle” ignores the Leos’ warning and is caught up in an explosion after they open fire. The “shuttle” then emerges from the explosion and transforms into the Wing Gundam Zero. The Leo pilots panic and open fire, but their shots have no effect. Wing Zero then fires its twin buster rifle, which completely destroys the Leos and the satellite. Quatre breathes heavily inside Wing Zero’s cockpit. At Barge, Tubarov tells Une that it’s too dangerous to rely on Gundam pilots as test pilots. Une responds that it’s ok because the Gundam pilots are isolated now that the colonies are arming themselves. He then tells her to transfer the Vayeate and Mercurius to the Lunar Base so that mass production can begin. Une receives an urgent message that the resource satellite at point 07U1 has been destroyed by an unknown Gundam. Tubarov asks how they know it was a Gundam, and the soldier says the Gundam pilot declared his intention to destroy a colony at point 06E and also sent along a secret blueprint for the Gundam Sandrock. Une orders the launch of the Vayeate and Mercurius, but Tubarov wants to send Taurus mobile dolls. She notes that the Tauruses have weaker firepower and will stay behind to guard the Lunar Base. The engineers notice all the commotion, and Trowa tells them that a new Gundam has appeared, which seems to be connected to the Gundam Sandrock and has the power to destroy a resource satellite. Instructor H thinks it might be the blueprint he left behind, and Doctor J comments that someone completed the original Gundam that they designed. Professor G comments that whoever is using that much power must be reckless or ignorant. Trowa visits the imprisoned Gundam pilots and tells Heero that they’ll be fighting a new Gundam. Duo tells Heero not to help them out, but Trowa punches him in the stomach. Wufei thinks Trowa might’ve betrayed them, but Duo reveals that Trowa slipped him a small projector displaying the specs for their upgraded Gundams. Trowa tells Heero that he’s sure the Gundam pilot is Quatre, and he thinks they should join with him and attack OZ. Heero isn’t so sure about that and says they’ll have to fight Quatre’s Gundam to see if it’s powerful enough to take on OZ. He also thinks it’s best for Trowa to maintain his cover until he can defeat Treize.
OZ soldiers evacuate the civilians from Colony 06E3 and station Leos inside and around it. Quatre broadcasts a message to the colony and tells the OZ pilots to leave the colony. The colony’s beam cannons open fire, but Quatre dodges the attack and destroys several Leos with the twin buster rifle and machine cannons. The colony’s beam cannons continue to fire, and Quatre blows a hole into the colony, destroying it. Quatre notices that he has tears in his eyes, but says he isn’t sad at all. Trowa tells Heero that their transport ship‘s destination has changed because they were too late to save the colony. He says Quatre is coming to their area, so their mission is to study the Gundam’s abilities and fight only if necessary. Trowa thinks it’s ok because it’s Quatre, but Heero points out that Quatre just destroyed a colony. A Leo pilot thinks Trowa is giving Heero too much freedom, but Trowa points out that he has the Mercurius’ self-detonation switch. Duo thinks it’s ok now that Quatre is back, but Wufei says he won’t count an unconfirmed Gundam as an ally and has a bad feeling. Inside the environmental control room, Tubarov turns off the air supply to the prison cells and has his soldiers raise arms against the soldier monitoring the room. Professor G notices that they’ve cut off the air, and Doctor J regrets not being able to complete the Gundams. Duo doesn’t like the idea of dying without air and wishes he could’ve gone out to fight. Wufei examines the specs and tells Duo to remain calm if he wants to live longer. Trowa doesn’t pick up Quatre on his sensors, but he’s sure that Quatre is inside the colony. Quatre begins smashing buildings inside the evacuated colony and spots the Leos. Quatre says that a colony needs war and destroys a Ferris wheel and the Leos with his machine cannons. Quatre then heads into space, and Trowa fires his beam cannon. Quatre uses the twin buster rifle to destroy the Leos. Trowa calls Quatre, but Quatre tells him not to come closer and opens fire. The Vayeate takes heavy damage from the twin buster rifle, leaving the cockpit exposed to space. Trowa wonders what’s going on, and Quatre declares he has to destroy all the colonies because space has gone mad. Trowa says this isn’t like Quatre, and Quatre asks Trowa to tell the others to stay away, or he’ll kill them. Heero then approaches in the Mercurius and pulls out his beam saber, declaring that he’ll kill Quatre.
Since we’re at the halfway point of the series, that means it’s time for the mid-series upgrade. This time it comes in the form of Wing Gundam Zero, a transforming suit that resembles the Wing Gundam but packs a far bigger punch. It’s also in the hands of Quatre, who we see has gone stark raving mad. He’s decided that space has gone mad as a result of what happened to his father, so he wants to destroy everything. We learn that Wing Zero is the original Gundam designed by all five engineers together, but I have to wonder how Instructor H could be so careless as to just leave the specs for a massively powerful Gundam at the Winner factory for anyone to find. Aside from Quatre’s mad rampage, other things are falling into place too. Tubarov is heading towards insurrection with his intent to kill the Gundam pilots and the engineers. Stuff like this furthers the split between Romefeller types like him and OZ types like Une. The episode ends on a cliffhanger with Heero vowing to kill Quatre, but as past experience with Relena shows, we know that’s not going to happen.
Original Review: January 31, 2001