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Episode 8: Laplace, Where it all Began

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 27, 2017

 

Summary

 

Aaron examines the Kshatriya and guesses that it's a repurposed prototype that Anaheim supplied to Char during his rebellion. Aaron explains to Otto that Anaheim stopped psycoframe research because there were too many unknowns, such as the Unicorn Gundam's glowing during NT-D mode. Liam brings Dr. Hasan's report on Marida to Otto, and he's surprised to see she has so many scars and burn marks. Liam explains that Marida is the last of a cloned Newtype corps that fought at the end of the First Neo Zeon War. Mihiro argues with Hasan about restraining Marida, and he says she's too injured to be in a straightjacket. Banagher objects and says that Marida is an officer who deserves better treatment, but Mihiro counters that the Sleeves are terrorists. She reminds him that Marida piloted the Kshatriya and killed lots of people. Banagher and Hasan discuss the nature of Newtypes and Cyber Newtypes. Banagher goes over to Marida's bed, and she notes that their positions have reversed. Banagher asks what happened, and Marida tells him he was swallowed up in a psycommu backflow and thought he was controlling the machine, but it was controlling him. Marida says she sensed a powerful negative intent from the Gundam to destroy Newtypes. She says that she saw inside Banagher and that they might be two of a kind. She then says that Banagher's will was able to take control of the Unicorn Gundam and stop it. She tells Banagher that he shouldn't lose sight of who he is, because it's his foundation. Marida then has a panic attack, so Hasan runs in to treat her. Banagher waits outside and runs into Takuya, Micott and Haro. Banagher thinks that Mineva will be ok with Riddhe, and Micott notes that he usually isn't so cool-headed about her. The Delta Plus begins atmospheric re-entry, and Ronan receives a message about it.

 

A Zeon spy within the Federation relays the information back to the Sleeves and Full Frontal. Based on the Nahel Argama's position, the ship is heading for geosynchronous orbit, so they might have a chance to find out about La+. The Garencieres tracks the Klimt, a civilian shuttle used by the Vist Foundation to ostensibly transport artwork. Their flight path puts them on a rendezvous course with the Nahel Argama, and Gilboa hands over the helm to Flaste so that he can prepare his mobile suit. Alberto calls Martha Vist-Carbine and briefs her on the situation. Martha tells Alberto to take Marida on a shuttle down to Earth so she can be examined at the Augusta labs in North America. Alberto asks what she's up to, and she says that if Syam had just told her where the Box was, she wouldn't have to use underhanded methods. She says the Box is the Foundation's fortune and lifeline, so she needs Alberto's help in securing it. Otto prepares a cup of tea, and Banagher refuses Daguza's request to pilot the Unicorn Gundam to the coordinates given by the La+ program. Banagher says he's not a soldier and doesn't want to follow Daguza's orders. Daguza counters that Banagher has to be responsible for his actions and says that although lives may have been saved by Banagher, they've also been lost because of him. He says that Banagher should see things through to the end, and Banagher asks if that means fighting until he dies or going on a crazy treasure hunt. Daguza tells him to figure it out himself because he's just running away from his problems. Daguza and Conroy leave, and Otto serves Banagher some tea. Conroy asks Daguza if something is wrong, and Daguza answers that if he had his own son, he probably would've experienced these feeling much sooner. Later, the Nahel Argama approaches the ruins of the Laplace colony. Alberto prepares to leave and thanks Otto, and Otto counters that it wasn't easy for them to have him around. Liam wonders why Alberto isn't obsessed with the Box, and she's skeptical about a civilian transport for a prisoner. Banagher and Daguza launch in the Unicorn Gundam, and Banagher recalls Otto telling him that Daguza coined the Palau attack a rescue operation because he felt he owed Banagher. Banagher asks Daguza if he ever feels uncertain, and Daguza answers that he's just a cog in the machine of the Federation, so all he has to do is carry out his orders. Banagher says he can't tell friend from foe and says he must not be qualified to pick up a weapon. Daguza tells Banagher he should take responsibility for the people around him, because the fates of Takuya and Micott depend on his actions. The Garencieres tracks the Nahel Argama and expects to make contact in 10 minutes, so Zinnerman wants to attack when the enemy suits are investigating Laplace.

 

Commentary

 

The middle chunk of OVA 3 makes up the majority of this episode, although there's a bit less going on here due to the time-filling extended recap at the start. There are many good individual scenes in this episode, including Banagher and Hasan discussing Cyber Newtypes, or Banagher's talk with Marida about her background. Events have forced Banagher to see this journey through, and at the same time he's learning that Daguza is not the meathead he appears to be. The battle inside the ruins of Laplace is coming up, so we'll see how well the rest of the third OVA holds up in being split apart.

 

Overall Rating

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