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Episode 7: The Battle of Palau

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 27, 2017

 

Summary

 

On Palau, Tikva asks Gilboa why he has to leave, but Gilboa tells him it'll be ok. Zinnerman asks Marida about Banagher's escape and is surprised because he didn't expect the boy to do that. Banagher runs through the streets of Palau to reach the rendezvous point, and at the same time bombs explode in space, destroying Palau's connecting shafts. The Nahel Argama starts its engines and begins launching mobile suits, including Riddhe and Mineva in the Delta Plus. Banagher grabs a thruster pack and continues to follow his map. The Nahel Argama then charges and fires its hyper mega particle cannon at Palau, causing the asteroids to break apart. Neo Zeon mobile suits launch as some of their vessels explode, but they come under attack from ECOAS and the Nahel Argama's Jegan team. Banagher finally reaches the 14th space gate and is surprised to find the Unicorn Gundam there by itself. The Lotos and Jegans destroy several Dra-C suits, Gaza-Ds and Geara Dogas, but the Lotos are in turn destroyed by Full Frontal's Sinanju and Angelo's Geara Zulu. Alberto complains loudly that they've walked into a Neo Zeon trap, and Mihiro reports that they've picked up the Unicorn Gundam's signal. Banagher comes under attack from a Dreissen and tries to fire his beam Gatling gun, but the weapon driver isn't installed due to it being a foreign weapon. The Dreissen attacks with its tri-blades and forearm beam cannon, and Banagher is finally able to fire back once the driver is installed. Riddhe sees that they've walked into a trap, and Mineva tells him to carry out his duties, even if it means firing at her people. Riddhe slices the arms off a Geara Doga, along with the arms and fins of two Dra-Cs. Mineva calls out to Banagher when she spots the Unicorn Gundam, and the two suits make contact. Riddhe opens the cockpit and explains that he's taking Mineva to Earth. Mineva says that Riddhe's father, Ronan Marcenas, is an assemblyman in the Federation Central Assembly, so she wants to meet with him and try to resolve things peacefully. She tells Banagher to go back to the Nahel Argama so that the Federation will withdraw. They come under attack from a Geara Doga and destroy it. Banagher asks Mineva if this is what she really wants to do, and when she answers that it is, he asks Riddhe to take care of her. Banagher then leaves, and Riddhe decides to make use of Palau's mass driver because they already used up too much propellant.

 

A Geara Doga runs away from Banagher when the Kshatriya shows up and launches its funnels. Banagher dodges the funnels and attacks with both the beam Gatling and his beam saber. He calls Marida and says she has to listen to him, but she instead grabs the Unicorn Gundam and shoves her beam saber against the cockpit. Banagher asks why she's piloting that suit, and she says it doesn't matter because right now they're both just combat units called "pilots." Banagher counters that she's still Marida regardless, and he sensed her presence. He says that the Federation will leave if they get the Gundam back, but Marida says that's just his rationalization. He says that even Mineva has come to stop the fighting and that if it continues, people like Gilboa's family will be at risk. Marida tells Banagher that if he surrenders and gives them Mineva's location, then the Neo Zeon will withdraw. Marida tells Banagher that he's only looking at things from the Federation's viewpoint, but he says he's not on their side and that Marida is too single-minded. The Unicorn Gundam then breaks free and activates its NT-D mode. Full Frontal monitors the situation aboard the Rewloola, and Zinnerman asks why Marida has to fight alone. Full Frontal explains that the only way to activate the NT-D is to fight a Newtype, or even a Cyber Newtype like Marida. For that purpose, they've installed a psyco monitor inside the Unicorn Gundam to intercept Box data from the NT-D so they can break the seals on the La+ program. Zinnerman objects, but Full Frontal says they need Marida to draw out the Gundam's true nature. Banagher dodges the attacks from the funnels and unleashes a psyco wave that stops them cold. The Unicorn Gundam then takes control of the funnels and turns them on Marida. Zinnerman asks if Banagher is doing all that, and Full Frontal answers that he's just a processing mechanism for the NT-D, or Newtype Destroyer System. If the enemy is a Newtype, the suit's limiters are deactivated, allowing it to become a hunting machine that can take control of Newtype psycommu weaponry. The Unicorn Gundam slices off one of the Kshatriya's arms and wings, and Zinnerman asks if Marida was just bait. Full Frontal refers to her as Ple Twelve, saying she's an artificial Newtype created through cloning and genetic modification. The Unicorn Gundam rushes in with its beam saber, and Banagher has a Newtype reaction. He sees Marida's memories of being Ple Twelve, including fighting for Glemy Toto during the First Neo Zeon War. He then sees her life as a child prostitute after the war. Banagher then takes control of the Unicorn Gundam and stops the attack. Daguza hears about the Kshatriya's capture, and Conroy says that since it looks to have been made to fight alone, he hopes it isn't loaded with a bomb. Daguza doesn't think that's the case, but he thinks it is possible that Banagher was allowed to escape. Banagher returns to the Nahel Argama, and the Delta Plus heads to Earth with a booster.

 

Commentary

 

This episode picks up on the third OVA and covers it to about the halfway point. The Battle of Palau was an action-packed highlight of the OVA version, especially with all the cameo appearances by Gundam ZZ suits. That series also gets another nod when it's revealed that Marida is actually the last of the Elpeo Ple clones, and we get a brief flash of Glemy Toto and her later history as a child prostitute. The NT-D System does a good job of taking down the Kshatriya, but it's Banagher who holds the suit back when he makes a Newtype connection with Marida and sees her past. Zinnerman isn't happy about her being used as bait, and Conroy and Daguza pick up on that as well. They are right that Banagher was let go, but not for the reasons they think. Between the amount of action and story advancement, this is probably the first episode of the TV version that feels complete by itself and not just a chopped down version of the OVA made to stop 22 minutes in.

 

Overall Rating

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