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Episode 10: From the Scorching Earth

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 27, 2017

 

Summary

 

From his bed, Syam thinks about Operation British and watches a news report about Zeon remnants attacking the Federation's capital at Dakar. Two Nemos destroy a Capule from above, they're both destroyed while attacking a Juaggu. A GM III then attacks the Juaggu with a beam javelin and falls back as several GM IIs fire their bazookas, destroying the Juaggu. A massive beam blast from the amphibious mobile armor Shamblo then destroys the street. Nearby, the Londo Bell flagship Ra Cailum prepares to launch its mobile suits, and Captain Bright Noa can't believe that the Zeon are attacking Dakar. The Ra Cailum launches the Jestas from its Black Tri-Stars team, and the Shamblo fires its beam cannon at the Federation assembly building, a moment that pilot Loni Garvey says she's been waiting for a long time. Yonem Kirks calls Loni and tells her that their diversion worked, but they have to fall back because EFF reinforcements are coming. Syam tells Gael that they have to resolve situation quickly, but Gael notes that the Unicorn Gundam disappeared in the battle that destroyed the remains of the Laplace Colony. Gael thinks that there must be a reason why Cardeas chose Banagher, and Syam comments that God is toying with them. Later, Bright rides a car out to Ronan's house and wonders why he's being called out at a time like this. Ronan argues with Martha over the phone, and Martha asks Ronan to hand over the "VIP" he has, but he plays dumb about it. He asks what she stands to gain from that, and she says she'll leave that to his imagination. Ronan asks Riddhe if he's fallen for Mineva, adding that must be why he deserted the military and ran home with her. Ronan comments that he never expected Riddhe would get mixed up with the Box, but he needs to learn the truth about the family. Afterward, Riddhe goes to Mineva's room and apologizes for bringing her to his home because his family is determined to prevent the opening of the Box. He hugs Mineva and tells her he brought her to the worst possible place, but he vows to protect her. Later, he rides a horse out into the countryside and thinks about the marriage proposal he made to Mineva so she could get away from the Zeon and the Federation. A handcuffed Marida is brought in to meet with Martha, who addresses her as Ple Twelve. Martha says that Ple has to obey her master, but Marida counters that Martha will have to torture or recondition her if she wants obedience. Martha comments that reconditioning Marida will be difficult and activates spotlights that shine a light on a damaged Mass-Production Type Qubeley from the First Neo Zeon War. Martha says that Marida's soul is still held prisoner inside that suit, and that she's going to free Marida from it. Marida sees a faceless version of her younger self and has a panic attack.

 

Bright meets with Ronan, who briefs him about the situation with the Garencieres, which landed on Earth 10 days ago. Ronan wants Bright to find the ship, and Bright accuses him of wanting to use the ship for personal reasons. Ronan says that the Garencieres was involved in the incidents at Industrial 7 and Palau, and he adds that Bright should be concerned about the Nahel Argama, which is being detained in orbit on the orders of the Vist Foundation. Ronan says that the Foundation is also after the Garencieres, so it's to their benefit if they find it first. The ship is carrying something related to the Box, and Ronan wants him to get it or destroy it. He also wants Bright to take Riddhe with him, and a servant informs Ronan that Mineva has vanished. In the African desert, Flaste tells Zinnerman that the only way to get the mobile suits out of the crashed Garencieres is to crack the hull. Zinnerman doesn't want to do that because it would ruin the ship, but Flaste comments that they have to join up soon with friendly forces before the EFF finds them. Zinnerman can't believe that remnants hit Dakar as a diversion, but Flaste says he understands how the Earth-based Zeon feel, having missed out on the two Neo Zeon wars in space. Flaste says there's an oasis 60 km to the east where they can get help, and Zinnerman decides to bring Banagher with him. Flaste grumbles about the decision and throws Banagher to the floor. Banagher apologizes for killing Gilboa, and Flaste says that if Gilboa were alive, they could've landed properly. Elsewhere, Mineva eats in a diner and talks to the old man who owns it. He says there's not much to see in the area, but Mineva counters that as a Spacenoid, it's nice to walk on real ground. The old man wonders if his back would hurt less in space, but says he's too old to leave Earth now. He remembers hearing stories from his grandparents about troubled times, which led to the space colonization program. He says it's a misconception that only the poor were forced into space, because many left of their own accord to let Earth heal. But he adds that the One Year War undid all the progress that had been accomplished. Mineva wonders if people are hopeless, and the old man says that all their problems started out with good intentions because the Federation wanted to help humanity. The old man comments that some people claim to work for the greater good at their own expense, but he thinks that's shady. He notes that Char claimed to be fighting for everyone's good while dropping asteroids on Earth, and he wonders if Char never learned to love humanity. Mineva wonders what they can do, but the old man says he doesn't have the answer. Several helicopters and cars surround the diner, and government agents ask Mineva to come with them. She leaves a large tip for the old man and declares that she's not running or hiding. In space, Martha tells Alberto that she intends to use Mineva as bait to draw out the Unicorn Gundam. She then hands Alberto a computer pad with the specs for the new Unicorn Gundam "Banshee." Banagher and Zinnerman march through the desert at night, and Banagher collapses from dehydration. Banagher wants Zinnerman to leave him alone, but Zinnerman tells him to stop sulking and acting like a victim. Banagher shouts out that he tried the best he could, and for that he killed people and is now stranded in the desert.

 

Commentary

 

Following the pattern of OVA episodes being broken into thirds, this episode covers the first third of the fourth OVA. The highlights of this episode are the scenes involving Bright and Mineva's conversation with the diner owner. It's interesting how Bright's path keeps crossing with Gundams, and people within the story notice that. Once again, he's forced to clean up messes on behalf of politicians. The scene with Mineva and the diner owner is good for giving a viewpoint from an average Earth citizen who isn't an elite and whose life probably isn't much better than a typical Spacenoid's. The whining from Riddhe and Banagher are definitely the low points of the episode, and thankfully it cuts Banagher's tantrum off and pushes it to the next episode.

 

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