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Episode 2: First Blood

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 10, 2016

 

Summary

 

On the subway, Banagher tells Audrey that it’s rumored the Vist Foundation has a mansion at the end of the Colony Builder. She asks if he’s been, but he tells her he hasn’t and says someone high in the Foundation is the chairman of his school. The train stops for a security check, so Banagher and Audrey get off. Marida and two men drive up to the crash site, and she tells Zinnerman by radio that Audrey was probably in the suit. Marida recalls apologizing to Zinnerman, but he said it was his responsibility as captain. He tells Marida to stay under the radar and find her first. Banagher and Audrey walk through the street and eat hot dogs. He tells her they can blend in with a factory tour. They ride an elevator and are met at the top by Marida, who asks Audrey to come back. Audrey says that whatever Laplace’s Box is, Full Frontal will simply use it to start a meaningless war. Marida and the men get onto the elevator, and Banagher uses Haro to distract them with a high-pitched noise. As the elevator goes down, Banagher and Audrey jump up. The two men give chase, but Banagher kicks them back into the elevator. Marida chases them to a rising platform, but Banagher uses a drop kick to grab her coat and toss her away. Banagher and Audrey introduce themselves, and he tells her about how Haro was popular when he was a kid. She tells him she didn’t know about it because she was only on the move. Micott tells Takuya that she hopes Banagher wasn’t the one who crashed the mobile suit. She looks out of the observation deck with binoculars and spots Banagher and Audrey on the other side of the Colony Builder. Audrey tells Banagher she ran away from the people she was with, and he asks if she’s a political activist, like the anti-Federation people who want Spacenoid freedom. She answers that they are, but scarier. Gael shows Cardeas surveillance video of Audrey and Banagher. Gael thinks that Cardeas shouldn’t be meeting in person with the Sleeves. Banagher and Audrey arrive at the Vist Foundation mansion and walk in. Banagher walks into a room and looks at a detailed unicorn tapestry. He reads what’s written on the tapestry and remembers being there before. Cardeas then walks in and says that the tapestry is called “The Lady and the Unicorn” and is an original from Medieval France. Audrey begins to introduce herself, but Cardeas cuts her off and says it’s best she doesn’t mention her name. She begins to mention Laplace’s Box, but Cardeas stops and tells Banagher to leave. Audrey says that Laplace’s Box is rumored to be the secret of the Vist Foundation’s power and asks why it’s being given to them now, but Cardeas again asks Banagher to leave. Banagher says he can’t leave Audrey alone, and Cardeas threatens expulsion from school. Audrey asks Banagher to leave, and he says he feels like everything in his life is falling into place for the first time. He asks her to say that she needs him, but she answers that she doesn’t.

 

Banagher is escorted out of the mansion, and Cardeas tells Audrey he’s changed the meeting location. She asks him to reconsider, and he tells her he knows that Full Frontal is considered the second coming of Char Aznable and can’t be taken lightly. Cardeas explains that even with the key, only a qualified person can open Laplace’s Box. Zinnerman tells Marida to return to the ship and go on standby while he heads to the Colony Builder. Outside the colony, Loto mobile suits from the Federation’s ECOAS task force secretly approach. Zinnerman is surprised that the head of the Foundation is in charge of the meeting, but Cardeas answers that he can’t entrust something this import to anyone else. A Geara Zulu pilot picks up several ReZELs and Jegans from Londo Bell nearby. Zinnerman is confused that Cardeas is only giving him the key to Laplace’s Box, which he knows can overthrow the Federation. Cardeas asks Zinnerman if he believes in Newtypes, and Zinnerman answers that there’s a strange power on the battlefield that can’t be explained. Cardeas mentions Zeon Deikun’s Newtype theory for the reformation of humanity. The Geara Zulu pilot panics and opens fire on a ReZEL, destroying it. Cardeas explains that since the One Year War, the Federation has been afraid of this power that threatens the Earth elite. Two ReZELs destroy the Geara Zulu. Gilboa Sant tells Marida that Londo Bell has surrounded the colony, so she says they have to get Zinnerman and escape. Cardeas says the Federation established research labs that were used by mad scientists who only focused on the military applications of Newtypes. Following the Gryps Conflict and the two Neo Zeon Wars, time allowed the Federation to win out because Newtypes were undefined and became synonymous with ace pilots, far removed from Deikun’s concept. Cardeas says Laplace’s Box can restore the future that was meant to be, but if misused could destroy the world. He says he’s giving them the key, but if their only focus is the revival of Zeon, the Box won’t open for them. Marida flies through the colony in the Kshatriya and destroys a Jegan, raining down debris on the colony. Gael receives a call and tells Cardeas that Londo Bell is already fighting inside the colony. Zinnerman thinks he’s been setup and pulls a gun, but Cardeas thinks he was followed. Zinnerman wants Cardeas to hand "her" over, and despite Cardeas' assertion that she's safe, Zinnerman doesn't trust him.

 

Commentary

 

The second episode of the TV re-edit is essentially the middle portion of the first OVA. Banagher has rescued "Audrey" and spends some time with her before being forced to part ways by Cardeas. There's really nothing that's different here compared to the original version, but it ends at a pretty good point with the start of the mobile suit battle at the colony. Given where this leaves off, I wonder how much material will be left out of the first OVA for the next episode.

 

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