Treize heads to space and joins the massive force of thousands of mobile suits gathering at MO-II. He increases the morale of his troops by declaring that he will lead from the frontline in his new mobile suit, the Tallgeese II. An officer objects and says it’s too dangerous, but Treize counters that Zechs is fighting from the frontline, so this is a token of civility toward him. At an OZ Earth base, Heero’s abandoned Wing Gundam is repaired and outfitted with boosters. On the Peacemillion, Duo wonders where Heero has disappeared to, and Trowa explains that he left with the Virgo II mobile suit carrier they recovered. Duo wonders if Heero plans to have a fistfight with Zechs, and Quatre suggests that Heero went to Libra because of Relena. Wufei thinks he was giving Heero too much credit, but Trowa points out that it shows how powerful Relena is if she can influence someone like Heero. Elsewhere, Heero crashes the damaged carrier into one of Libra‘s ports and slips away during the confusion of putting out the fire. Quinze yells at his men for letting another craft enter the ship, but Zechs tells Quinze he predicted this would happen. Zechs says he’ll confront the intruder, and when Dorothy says they don’t know who it is, he answers that it’s Heero. Heero finds Relena and tells her the others are uncomfortable about her being there, and she’s surprised that he’s come for her. She wants to speak to Zechs, which is fine by Heero because he wants to do the same. The World Nation force takes off from MO-II, led by Treize’s Tallgeese II. Heero uses a computer room to find Zechs’ location, and Relena tells him he’s amazing. He doesn’t think so, but she tells him that he gave her the hope and strength to live. Heero says he’s nothing compared to her and reports that he’s found Zechs. They enter a darkened room and find Zechs waiting for them. He tells Relena that he has no intention of changing his mind, and the screen behind him activates and displays the World Nation’s enormous mobile suit force. Relena tells Zechs the fight will be meaningless, but Zechs says it’ll have meaning for future generations. Heero pulls a gun and tells Zechs to stop involving other people, and Zechs answers that the battle has to involve lots of people because it’s a problem concerning all of humanity. Heero wonders how an Earthling became the leader of the colonies, and Zechs suggests that Heero should either lead White Fang or join him.
As the World Nation force approaches, Quinze tells Dorothy that the mobile dolls are ready, but she wants to wait for Zechs’ orders. Heero asks Zechs what he meant about involving lots of people in the battle, and Zechs explains that unless people fight, they won’t learn how foolish fighting is. He says that the real Heero Yuy and King Peacecraft tried to promote total pacifism, and he’s doing the same. Relena asks Zechs if he thinks this war will lead to total pacifism, and he says it will. Heero says he understands and tells Relena her role in this is over. Zechs says he hopes Relena survives and then vanishes, revealing that they were talking to a hologram the whole time. Zechs heads to the bridge and orders that warning shots be fired in Treize’s direction. Treize is informed of Zechs’ warning and orders his forces to stop. He tells them to wait on standby and takes off by himself. On Earth, Une suddenly wakes up from her coma. Treize calls Libra and challenges Zechs to a duel, which Quinze thinks is an outdated notion. Une gets out of her bed at the hospital and steals the Wing Gundam from the nearby hangar. Treize asks for an answer, and Zechs refuses, saying he’s not part of OZ and thus doesn’t care about chivalry. He says the fate of the colonies can’t be determined by a simple duel, and Treize comments that Zechs has made the right choice. Treize says he won’t retreat because he loves Earth, and Zechs orders that the main cannon be fired at Treize and MO-II. Dorothy passionately pleads with Zechs not to shoot at Milliardo, and he orders Quinze to restrain her as a traitor. Treize takes off and approaches Libra, saying that if Zechs shoots him, he’ll have earned his victory and peace for both Earth and space. Dorothy tries to stop Zechs from personally firing the cannon, but he manages to press the button. The main cannon fires, and at the last second Treize is pushed out of the way by the Wing Gundam. The blast destroys some of Treize’s fleet and damages MO-II without destroying it. Treize flies over to the Wing Gundam’s remaining torso and is shocked to see Une emerge from the cockpit. Quinze is informed that they’ll need 140 minutes to recharge the cannon, and he dispatches mobile dolls to deal with carriers approaching from their rear. Treize asks Une why she did that, and she tells him one has to fight the battle to understand its beauty. Treize then orders his forces to destroy Libra.
The Gundam pilots take a backseat for most of this episode, which turns its focus to Treize and Zechs. These one-time friends are now enemies, and their goals are the same: fight a war big enough to bring about peace. While it’s a nice idea, it’s actually pretty naive and hopelessly misguided. World War I was referred to as the “war to end all wars,” but obviously that proved to not be true. Heero comes to Libra to get Relena and actually engages her for once, compared to most of their past encounters. The Tallgeese II makes its debut here, although it pretty much looks the same as the original, with a dash of blue and a Gundam-type face. I always hesitate to use the term deus ex machina, but that’s the only way I can think to describe Une’s last minute rescue for Treize. How much more improbable can it be that she just magically wakes up from her coma, immediately steals the Wing Gundam, and seems to take a minute to get to space and be in exactly the right position to rescue Treize. It’s good to see her back after being in a coma for 20 episodes, but not in such a contrived way. Despite that, this episode is pretty good as the first move of the final battle.
Original Review: February 10, 2001