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Episode 11: Battle at Torrington

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

Banagher recalls Flaste telling him that after the war, EFF troops destroyed a Zeon town in Africa as a way to blow off steam, and in the process they killed Flaste and Zinnerman's families. Flaste said he didn't care about the Box, but for Neo Zeon, their only choices were cursing the world in vain or endless war. At camp, Banagher cries and comments that the Earth is beautiful, but Zinnerman counters that the world is even more polluted than it used to be. He says that ancient people were at one with nature, but as societies developed, things became too complicated. Then those who went out into space created a new system, which was incompatible with the system of people who live on Earth. Banagher wonders if people could surpass that, but Zinnerman says hate isn't easily forgotten and that people spend their lives running from sadness. Banagher continues to cry and asks if Zinnerman is going to tell him to stop, but Zinnerman says crying because you care is different, and that he wouldn't trust a man who never cries. After contacting help, they return to the Garencieres, where a Zaku Tank "Green Macaque" and Zaku Desert Type help pull the ship out of the sand. Zinnerman thanks Banagher and says that if not for Banagher, he might've given up along the way too. Banagher asks Zinnerman what the next set of coordinates are from the La+ program. Zinnerman calls Full Frontal and reports that the next set of coordinates are in Torrington, and Full Frontal wonders if Cardeas is playing them for fools. He then congratulates Kirks on a job well done in Dakar, and Kirks thanks Full Frontal for supplying them with Zee Zulus. Full Frontal then addresses Loni and says he's familiar with her father, who perfected Haman's legacy. Loni asks Full Frontal to assign them to the Torrington mission, and he answers that as the commander of Neo Zeon in space, he has no place issuing orders to the Earth-based Zeon. After she leaves, Zinnerman asks if this is a good idea, but Full Frontal says these people have been waiting a long time as the world changed around them. Loni passes Banagher and tells him she expects good things from him.

 

Across the world, Zeon remnants receive coded messages from Kirks on old Principality frequencies about an upcoming attack on the Federation. The remnants launch from across Earth, including small villages and the wreckage of the crashed Gray Phantom. Elsewhere, the EFF submarine Bonefish comes under attack from several Zee Zulus and is destroyed by the Shamblo before it can deploy all of its Aqua GMs. As the Garencieres heads for Australia, mechanic Tomura tells Banagher that the plan is to deploy the Unicorn Gundam after capturing the base to see what new information pops up. Banagher comments that it's strange for a Federation mobile suit to use Zeon weapons, and Tomura explains that it's a universal standard. Riddhe's Delta Plus lands inside the Ra Cailum, and he reports to Bright for briefing. Bright says that their top priority is to capture the Box, and Riddhe asks Bright to stop giving him special treatment. Bright tells him that's nonsense and that he's the only one giving himself special treatment. He tells Riddhe that if he goes out and can return safely, then he'll treat him like a regular pilot. As Riddhe leaves, he stops to look at a picture of Amuro Ray, and Bright gets a call. Flaste wonders why the coordinates are in Torrington, and Zinnerman says it's near where the colony fell, so he wonders if Cardeas is making them retrace the path of humanity's downfall. The Zeon forces begin their attack on Torrington from the water, and some GM IIs and an Aqua GM are destroyed by a Capule, Zee Zulu and Zogok. A battleship is attacked from below by the Shamblo, and its claw arm destroys the Aqua GMs trying to grapple onto it. A Guncannon Detector opens fire on units approaching from the air and destroys a Dodai II that an Efreet Schneid is riding on, forcing it to switch to ground combat. More mobile suits attack from the ground, including a Zaku Cannon, Galluss-K and Zaku II Kai. Circling above in a Fat Uncle Custom with his Zaku I Sniper Type, Kirks tells Loni to avoid the city. She reminds him what the Federation did to them, and he tells her to keep her cool. The Shamblo's psycommu system then creates a strange reaction, and the reflector bits launch and spread beam cannon fire across the city. Kirks calls it a psycommu runaway and wonders if it's thirsty for blood. Bright asks for an update and wonders if one of the ships approaching Torrington is the Garencieres. Bright orders the ship's mobile suits to launch, and Jesta pilot Daryl McGuinness jokes that he'll shoot Riddhe in the back if he slows them down. Riddhe answers that he wishes he can join their team, and Nigel Garrett says he can do that by shooting one of them in the back.

 

Commentary

 

The middle chunk of OVA continues Banagher's journey across the desert and gives him a new understanding of Zinnerman's background and why he's still with Zeon. The next coordinates on the trail to Laplace's Box lead to Torrington, the Australian base famously seen in Gundam 0083. The Zeon remnants that have been hiding for 16 years finally get to come out and play, and we see lots of suits from old shows, plus side materials like MSV and MS-X. It's good to still see Bright commanding the Ra Cailum and putting young pilots like Riddhe in their place. He certainly hasn't lost his touch there. Loni loses control and starts attacking the city, and I'm still not a fan of what will happen next.

 

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