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Episode 13: Banagher Links, Soldier

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

The Unicorn Gundam "Banshee" flies over Earth in a Base Jabber and descends toward Torrington. The Banshee transforms into Destroy mode as it descends and fires its Armed Armor BS at Riddhe's Delta Plus, forcing him to seek shelter underneath the remains of the Shamblo. The Banshee's fire causes the Shamblo to collapse around Riddhe, and it then slams into the Unicorn Gundam, knocking Banagher out. Later, Banagher wakes up in the Ra Cailum's mobile suit hangar and sees technicians trying to open his cockpit. He spots Alberto and looks over at the Banshee, where Marida exits from the cockpit. New information then appears from the La+ program. Riddhe asks Alberto what the deal is with the black Unicorn, but Alberto says it's more complicated than he has time to explain. Riddhe puts his arm on Alberto's soldier, and Marida immediately grabs Riddhe and flips him onto the floor. Alberto tells Riddhe that it's a family matter and the military has no right to meddle in it. He explains that Banagher is Cardeas' illegitimate son and asks Riddhe to not inquire further. Elsewhere, Martha travels aboard the Garuda and gets a report from Alberto that Banagher has put a lock on the La+ program. Martha asks Alberto if he knew about Banagher, and Alberto answers that he was already away at boarding school when Banagher was born. Martha comments that Banagher shares his father's stubborn streak, so she thinks they should use Mineva to convince him to help. Mineva is brought in to meet with Martha, who says she wants to seal Laplace's Box for good. Mineva is surprised to hear that Cardeas was Banagher's father, and Martha asks her to help them. Mineva demands the release of Marida, but Martha answers that Ple Twelve is working for them of her own will. Mineva accuses her of reconditioning Marida, and Martha says she didn't do anything that Neo Zeon hadn't already done to her. The Ra Cailum's crew complain to Bright about being in the dark, and he tells them that they're working under the orders of the General Staff Headquarters, which the Vist Foundation is part of for this mission. Bright tells his men that Londo Bell's mission hasn't changed, and they will hunt down the Garencieres. He states that the Unicorn Gundam will be sent to space via shuttle, and at that time the Vist people will also leave. Meran tells Bright in code that everything shipped to the Garuda was fit for royalty, which Bright says confirms what he heard from Luio & Co.

 

Bright visits Banagher in the room where he's confined and comments about how difficult he's being with the interrogators. Banagher says he can't let any more places become battlefields, and Bright tells him to keep the coordinates to himself. Bright asks about the Garencieres, and Banagher explains that Zinnerman didn't exactly approve of the operation in Torrington, which Bright believes. Banagher says he didn't think they were enemies like the Federation claims and explains that he's not used to lumping people into categories of friend or foe. Bright says he understands, and as he leaves he tells Banagher that he can see the strength in his eyes and that he shouldn't give up. Banagher writes everything off as luck, and Bright tells him that like every other Gundam pilot, he made the active decision to get in and pilot it. Bright asks Banagher what gave him the resolve to pilot it, and Banagher said he wants to help Mineva. Bright takes a call from Beltorchika Irma, who is calling with news that General Staff HQ has deployed the General Revil for an operation, and Bright says they must be after the Nahel Argama to eliminate everyone who knows about the Box. Beltorchika asks Bright what he's going to do, and he asks her to help him contact the Garencieres. Beltorchika can't believe it, and Bright comments that he's got the perfect negotiator in mind. Journalist Kai Shiden contacts Zinnerman and informs him of the Foundation's plans, including taking Mineva to space, where she'll be out of their reach. Zinnerman asks how he can trust Kai, and Kai answers they don't like the Foundation having the military at their disposal, plus Luio & Co. is the Foundation's business rival. He says that whatever the Box is, they don't want the ties between the Federation and the Foundation to deepen. Zinnerman asks Kai to get him a Base Jabber and says he's not sure they can pull it off, but Kai tells him it'll be a joint operation. On the Nahel Argama, Otto pours tea for himself and his senior staff when Mihiro interrupts with an emergency message. Otto reads the message as he drinks and spits out his tea. Bright looks at a picture of Amuro and says he's betting on Banagher's intuition. Alberto boards a Dish and leaves the ship as final preparations are made to transfer the Unicorn Gundam to the Foundation. Banagher runs away from some Foundation men and asks Riddhe where Mineva is, but Bright grabs him and takes him aside. He tells Banagher that Mineva is on the Garuda and that he should help the Garencieres during their rescue operation. Bright comments that like every Gundam pilot, he'd like to think the Gundam chose Banagher. Bright thinks to himself that if Banagher is a Gundam pilot and a Newtype, he can be brave enough to fight off despair. Mineva sticks a steak into a bread roll to make a sandwich and thinks about what Martha told her earlier. The Black Tri-Stars prepare to launch in their Jestas and wonder what Bright said to Banagher.

 

Commentary

 

This episode begins the process of covering the fifth OVA. As I had stated in that earlier review, it begins to correct for some of the missteps of the earlier installment. The Federation and the Foundation are becoming more intertwined in their mutual plan to bury the Box, so it's good to see Bright standing up to them. He gives an inspirational speech to get Banagher out of his funk, and he's certainly got the experience to back up his words. Although they were brief, it was nice to see cameos from Beltorchika and Kai, which shows that older characters are still active in the world.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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