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Episode 15: Waiting in Space

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

The Nahel Argama deploys a ballute as it enters Earth's upper atmosphere. Liam asks Otto if he's sure about helping the Neo Zeon ship they've been fighting since Industrial 7, and he tells her that whether he likes it or not, it's an order from Bright. The Garencieres begins to lose engine output as it deploys its towing hook for the Nahel Argama to catch. Zinnerman sees how it's a problem because they don't have enough fuel to circle around the planet again. The ships suddenly begins to ascend when Banagher and Geara Zulu pilots Kwani and Ivan start pushing it. Zinnerman asks Flaste if they can make it, but Flaste says they don't have enough power to reach their old trajectory. The Nahel Argama deploys its towing cable, and Banagher transforms to Destroy mode to haul the Garencieres up. He catches the towing cable with one arm and buckles under the strain. Banagher sees the images of dead people, and the Unicorn Gundam's red psycoframe changes to green. The light envelops both ships, and Bright is pleased by what he sees. Riddhe breathes in some air from a can of oxygen and walks over to the abandoned Banshee. The Garencieres reaches space, but it and the Nahel Argama immediately come under fire from the General Revil. The ship then deploys its custom ReZELs and ReZEL Defenser B-Units. Banagher tries to take off, but the Unicorn Gundam is completely out of fuel. The ReZELs then come under fire from Angelo's new Rozen Zulu and Full Frontal's Sinanju.

 

The ReZELs change their targets, but Angelo easily disables them with his incom claws. He also disables multiple Jegan Type-A2s before bowing and moving out of Full Frontal's way. Full Frontal engages his thrusters and dodges attacks from the General Revil's cannons. He connects a bazooka attachment to his beam rifle and fires. As the Unicorn Gundam transforms back to normal from Destroy Mode, the General Revil launches mobile suits and opens fire on the Nahel Argama. The General Revil's ReZEL Type-Cs open fire on Full Frontal's Sinanju and Angelo's Rozen Zulu, but they're all easily disabled. Angelo vows that this is the only time they'll pull punches as he disables multiple Jegan Type-A2s. He then bows and moves out of the way so that Full Frontal can fire at the General Revil directly. The ship fires missiles in retaliation, but Full Frontal moves in at high speed and disables multiple Jegans. He then adds a bazooka attachment to his rifle and fires off several rounds on the ship, forcing it to recall its suits and retreat. After the Unicorn Gundam is loaded onto the Nahel Argama, Mineva asks Banagher if he thinks the Federation and Neo Zeon can really work together. She says that she saw many things on Earth which made her realize how little she knew about the world. Banagher adds that he saw lots of things too and realized that even if people understand each other, it's not easy to work together. He says that people can't escape the obligations they're born into, but despite that Cardeas wanted to open Laplace's Box. Mineva says she wants to believe in people's good intentions, so Banagher tells her the final coordinates. The Black Tri-Stars approach the Garencieres in their Jesta Cannons, but when they get no response Watts impulsively rushes in. He opens fire on the ship, which is on autopilot and set to self-destruct. Nigel thinks it's too quiet and tells Watts to pull back, which he starts to do just as the ship explodes. Martha calls Bright on the Ra Cailum and blames him for losing track of the Unicorn Gundam. Bright responds that his decision backfired because he didn't expect Full Frontal to act so quickly and seize the Nahel Argama. Martha asks how Bright lost track of a force that could disable the General Revil, to which Bright answers that no patrol fleets were nearby due to the ship's secret mission. Bright asks Martha what Laplace's Box is, and she mentions the Vist tapestry which shows the Box being guarded by a white unicorn and a black lion. If they can't guard the Box, the Foundation will just destroy it. On Earth, Riddhe's modified Banshee Norn is loaded onto a shuttle that launches into space.

 

Commentary

 

This episode features the last bit of OVA 5 and then goes into OVA 6, which leads to an unfortunate rough edit at the break. As before, a minute of previous footage is recycled into the transition into the next OVA, rather than it being a clean break. Combine that with a long recap and OP sequence totaling five minutes, and you can definitely see that time is being killed here. That hurts the episode a bit, since it ends pretty soon after the story moves back to space.

 

Overall Rating

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