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Episode 34: Vidar Rising

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 15, 2016

 

Summary

 

Hush drops Mikazuki off at the Sakura Farm and leaves to return to his training. Rustal asks Vidar if he's finished the adjustments to the Gundam Vidar because he wants him to join the mission to suppress the colonies. The colonies have been moving towards independence since the Dort incident, but Vidar doesn't care about the politics and only about keeping order. Derma asks Nadi to let him pilot one of the Landman Rodis that came back from Earth, but Nadi doesn't understand why he'd want to use a suit from his time with the Brewers. Derma wants to pilot one because Aston did, and Dante tells him that Akihiro took care of it already because he anticipated this. Zack complains about all the mechanical work they have to do, but Dane likes it. Zack quickly changes his tune when Eugene walks up to ask about the maintenance on the Shidens. He mentions that they have no time to waste because more are coming tomorrow from Teiwaz. Eugene and Shino wonder what will happen when Orga talks to Teiwaz at Saisei. Lafter and Azee watch as Hush and Chad fight a mock battle with a Shiden and Landman Rodi. Azee thinks they're both more focused after painful experiences on Earth, and Lafter notes that their jobs will soon be done once Shiden training is complete. Merribit gives Nadi a detailed list of all the equipment they brought back from Earth. Nadi asks if she heard from Yamagi, who went to Saisei with the excavated Gundam Frame. Merribit has a bad feeling about all the mobile suits with the names of demons converging at Tekkadan. Yamagi and Eco meet with Saisei's chief mechanic, who is working on the Gundam Flauros and the Mobile Worker-like object they found with it, but there's no information on it in Teiwaz's database. Naze makes his presentation to the Teiwaz leadership about Orga's secret deal with McGillis. Some raise objections to working with Gjallarhorn, but Jasley objects to upstarts like Tekkadan being allowed to do what they want. McMurdo doesn't like that he wasn't consulted, but he likes the reward. Naze states that if things go wrong, he'll pay with his life. After the meeting, Amida comments that Jasley has an evil look on his face. Jasley dismisses Naze as a playboy who uses women, but Amida answers that Naze doesn't use them. She says all the women in the Turbines were once used by men like Jasley, so he wouldn't understand. Naze meets privately with Orga, who immediately starts apologizing. Naze warns Orga that people in Teiwaz will challenge him, and he says this is the last time he'll forgive Orga with a smile. Julieta is eager to see Vidar in combat and asks what he fights for, to which he answers "revenge."

 

Dexter meets with Cucubita to discuss the contract for the transfer of the Sakura Farm. Mikazuki eats with Kudelia and Atra, and Hush annoys him by offering to get him more food and tea. Kudelia knows that the farm is Mikazuki's dream and promises to take good care of it. Chad walks up and asks them why Nadi doesn't smell bad anymore, and Kudelia thinks it might have to do with dating Merribit, which shocks Chad. Akihiro finds Ride training and tells him not to do so without eating. Ride wants to get stronger because he has to set the example for the younger boys now that Takaki is gone. Chad asks them about Nadi and Merribit dating and wonders why no one told him. The Isaribi docks at Ares station, where Isurugi tells Orga that McGillis has set aside an entire pier for Tekkadan. Isurugi outlines Orga's weeklong schedule, which includes meeting with Proto, representatives of the economic blocs and the head of the Outer Sphere Development Corporation. Orga isn't pleased with all the meetings, but Isurugi notes that they have to use what time they have to prepare to fight Rustal. Kudelia calls Nobliss and asks for additional financial backing, which he agrees to. Nobliss mentions that the colonies under the SAU and Oceanian Federation are fighting for independence, and if they hear of Kudelia's activities it will encourage them, which benefits Nobliss' business. Cucubita thinks that people who profit off war are vulgar, but Kudelia believes she's the vulgar one for asking for money from such a person. At the Oceanian Federation colony cluster, Iok's Reginlaze engages several Gildas until Julieta knocks one away and tells Iok he's in her way. The Gundam Vidar speeds by and quickly dispatches multiple suits by itself, leaving Julieta impressed. Julieta tells Vidar that his fighting didn't look like it was fueled by revenge, and he answers that he forgot about that because he had so much fun in battle. Julieta still doesn't trust Vidar, but now she doesn't worry about fighting alongside him. McGillis reads The Life of Agnika Kaieru, and Almiria wakes up from sleeping on his lap. He explains that the ideas in this book saved his life because people looked down on him, so he had considered suicide. The book saved him because it spoke of a world where people could compete fairly for what they wanted. He puts her on his lap and tells her that's a world where someone can love who they want without objections. Almiria wants to go to such a world, and McGillis promises to take her there.

 

Commentary

 

After teasing it this entire season, we finally get to see Vidar and his associated Gundam in combat, and he doesn't disappoint. It's enough to impress Julieta, who is regularly forced to contend with an idiot like Iok who has no skills but insists on fighting anyway. Since this series doesn't do subtlety, if Vidar is indeed Gaelio, as seems most obvious, he's changed quite a lot. Gaelio was disgusted by the dirty tactics that Gjallarhorn used during the Dort uprising, but now he only cares about keeping order. I guess you can become that twisted after the betrayal he suffered at McGillis' hands. We learn a bit more about McGillis' background and why he admires Agnika Kaieru in a creepy scene that involves him being far too friendly with Almiria. Meanwhile, Orga is shaking things up with his secret deal for Mars, which is painting a huge target on his back with people like Jasley. Naze also makes it clear that this is the last time Orga can cause him trouble like this, because he has his oaths with McMurdo. As the situation inevitably becomes more complicated, how will Orga's deal affect his relationship with Naze and Teiwaz?

 

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