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Episode 20: Laplace's Box

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 2, 2017

 

Summary

 

Bright enters the Cheyenne command center. On the Rewloola, Full Frontal prepares to launch in the Neo Zeong, a massive mobile armor with the Sinanju at its core. Banagher and Mineva float through a chamber with visual displays of the evolution of life on Earth. Syam mentions that Newtypes are an expansion of cognitive ability that triggers the reformation of an individual's consciousness. They see videos of the final night of the AD calendar and the beginning of the Universal Century on the Laplace colony. They also see the Universal Century Charter, and Mineva immediately notices it has an extra article that reads: "In the future, should the emergence of a new space-adapted human race be confirmed, the Earth Federation shall give priority to involving them in the administration of the government." Banagher and Mineva see the original charter monument from the colony, which is Laplace's Box, according to Syam. He explains that this is the curse that has lasted a century, but it's also a prayer. Otto and Mihiro call Riddhe and ask him to come back to the ship. Riddhe states that there were countless other paths he could've taken, and he asks Otto if he's wondered why the Federation is so scared of Zeon and tries to prove them wrong. He says that Operation British was the result of the problem, not the cause, which is Newtypes. He then recites the extra charter article, which his father revealed to him. He says that prayer became a curse once Zeon Deikun proposed his Newtype theory. He adds that his ancestor, Ricardo Marcenas, became a martyr for the old political order, and so the Charter was rewritten. However, the original Charter fell into the hands of Syam, who used it to blackmail the Federation and build the Vist Foundation. Gael tells Banagher that Syam is his great grandfather and creator of the Vist Foundation. Mineva asks Syam why he wants to give up the Box now, and Syam notes that the Republic of Zeon will lose its autonomy in UC 0100. The words "Zeon" and "Newtype" will fade away, and Syam wants to face the God of possibility again. Mineva fears the outbreak of war and notes that the original Charter would be the perfect weapon for an anti-Federation group. Syam states that he's entrusting the matter to Newtypes like them. Gael explains that the La+ program seeks out true Newtypes, who unlike Cyber Newtypes have psycho-waves beyond measurement. That makes the Unicorn Gundam the key to the Box, as planned by Cardeas. Otto can't believe that the truth of the Box is so trivial, and Riddhe notes that even while blackmailing the Federation, Syam did thinks like fostering the development of Anaheim Electronics. Otto says that the contents of the Box are irrelevant because it represents the current world order. Riddhe states that the secret of the Box was kept to prevent war, but despite that, the One Year War happened. Because of the war, the secret was maintained for fear of another war. Riddhe heard Marida's voice and says people can understand each other, but he lost his way. Magallanica is hit from outside, and Zinnerman warns Riddhe that it might be Full Frontal.

 

Syam states that he thinks Newtypes could reclaim the future that was meant to be with the help of technology like the psychoframe. Syam asks Banagher what he wishes for, and Banagher says that if Newtypes are real, he doesn't think current humans could identify them. He's not sure if he and Mineva have the qualities Syam is looking for, but he wants to believe in what lies ahead with the possibility humanity possesses. Syam tells them he's set it up so that they can broadcast to the entire Earth Sphere, but their time is limited. They're interrupted by Full Frontal, who believes the Box should be used as leverage to keep blackmailing the Federation and lead Spacenoids to prosperity. Nearby, Riddhe spots the Neo Zeong, which uses its weapons to seize control of Jegans and make them fire on each other. Mineva tells Full Frontal that he's just a man made in the image of Char Aznable, and she questions if the Side Co-Prosperity Sphere is part of his programming. Full Frontal counters that he wasn't the one who came to see the Box's contents. He wants to know whose thoughts lie within the artificial vessel that he is. He asks Syam to give him the Box and states that he's not negotiating. Although it might be better to retain the current order, Syam thinks the Box doesn't belong to men like him and Full Frontal who only see it as a bargaining chip. He thinks their time is over, and that it's time to leave things to their children. Full Frontal pulls out a gun and decides to take the Charter by force, but Syam activates lasers that force him to escape. Gael reports on the Neo Zeong, so Syam orders him to defend the communication module. Banagher floats up and promises to return to Mineva.

 

Commentary

 

The series races toward its conclusion and finally reveals the nature of Laplace's Box, which is that it was the original Earth Federation charter for the Universal Century. My thoughts on the Box's contents are no different now than when OVA 7 was first released - it's ridiculous to think that there'd be only a single copy of the true charter and that one man could use it blackmail the Federation for nearly a century. This entire series is built around the chase to control the Box and determine what it really is, and its contents prove to be a pretty poor MacGuffin.

 

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