Gundam 00 Second Season – 03
At a Federation detention facility, Marina is interrogated about how she came in contact with a member of Celestial Being four years ago. Elsewhere, a high-ranking Federation official is on the phone with Ribbons going over the details of the autonomous peace-keeping force’s size of forty million people. He attributes the establishment of this to Veda’s control of information, and Ribbons is honored to be of help. After the conversation, Ribbons says to himself that he’s faithfully executing Aeolia Schenberg’s plan and that this can only be done by him and his group, the Innovators. Regene then asks him about the change of heart concerning Marina who they had left alone up until now. Ribbons thinks that Celestial Being will come because there’s also a Gundam Meister there. Back at the detention facility, Soma and Andrei pay a visit to the restrained Allelujah. Although Allelujah responds to the sight of her, Soma notices that he’s not reacting to the interference of her quantum brain waves, and she remembers a report about the head injury that he had received. When he’s allowed to talk, Allelujah refers to Soma as Marie and is glad to finally see her again. He tries to remind her that he’s the person who spoke with her a lot when they were at the home, but Soma denies that she’s Marie.
Up in space, at Celestial Being’s asteroid base, Tieria asks about Lockon’s battle experience with mobile suits and realizes that the new Lockon might be a novice. Lockon uses the chance to call Tieria his cute instructor, but Tieria coldly tells Lockon not to make fun of him. During this time, Sumeragi has shut herself in her room because she insists that she didn’t come back to rejoin Celestial Being. Setsuna meanwhile tells Saji about how they and the Thrones approached military intervention differently and how they weren’t allies. Saji, however, points out that Setsuna and the other Meisters still killed people with Gundams in the same way and put other people in the same circumstances as him. He is still bitter about how the Meisters destroyed the peace he had, and this prompts Setsuna to question if peace for Saji alone is okay. Saji denies this and claims that he just doesn’t want anyone to be unhappy. Down on Earth, Sergei checks in with Soma, and she uses the chance to ask if the name Marie was in any of the data from the super-soldier organization. Sergei doesn’t know, and their conversation is cut short when Soma has to attend to the arrival of the ship captained by Kathy. From a distance, Nena scouts what’s going on at the detention facility and reports back to Wang Liu Mei. Wang Liu Mei in turn passes the news of Allelujah’s captivity along to the Celestial Being crew.
Over at an orbital station, Louise finds her commanding officer and questions why they stopped searching for the Gundams. The commander explains that it’s unnecessary now that headquarters has set some bait for Celestial Being. By now, Lasse and the others have gathered for a meeting to discuss saving Allelujah, and they request that Sumeragi come up with a tactical forecast. She’s reluctant to get involved again though and thinks that her forecasts will only endanger everyone. In response to this, Setsuna declares that he doesn’t regret it and won’t blame her if they fail, and he voices their desire to rescue Allelujah by whatever means necessary. This convinces Sumeragi to at least ask for the data on their current situation. The Ptolemaios ends up launching towards Earth, and while going through the list of the people being held at the detention facility, Feldt notices the name Marina Ismail. Setsuna finds out about this from Tieria right before launching in the 00 Gundam. Sumeragi meanwhile comes up with a bold mission plan that involves blitz tactics to be pulled off in 300 seconds. They start by plunging the Ptolemaios through the atmosphere and diving straight into the water beside the detention facility, knocking up such huge waves that several of the mobile suits guarding the facility are washed away.
The Seravee and the 00 Gundams arrive on the scene after the Ptolemaios, and Setsuna heads off into the facility while Tieria takes care of the defenses. Lockon has already taken up a position with the Cherudim Gundam in the surrounding mountains, and after adopting the same catchphrase that his brother said during battles, he starts sniping. At the same time that the Gundams attack, a Katharon force enters the facility in order to free their comrades, and from the Federation ship, Kathy realizes that Katharon was conspiring with Celestial Being. Separate from the Katharon forces, Setsuna frees Allelujah and gives him a rendezvous point where Allelujah’s new Gundam, the Arios, will appear. The Ptolemaios launches the Arios as soon as they get word that Allelujah is free, and it crashes into the facility at the exact point that Setsuna indicated, though Setsuna himself has already gone in another direction to free Marina. Before Allelujah can board the Arios though, he gets stopped by Soma with a gun. He calls her Marie again, and despite her denying having such a name, he insists that this is her real name: Marie Parfacy. Hearing the name in full triggers flashbacks in Soma, and she drops her gun as she struggles with the visions. Allelujah wants to help her, but Andrei and some reinforcements soon arrive and force him to back off.
Since time is up, Allelujah knows that he has to leave, but he’s reluctant to do so with Marie so close. He is forced to make the decision to go, and once in the Arios, he vows to eventually come get her. With Allelujah free, the other Gundam pilots make their escape as well, and Kathy chooses to secure the detention facility over pursuit. Lockon watches as boats carry away the freed Katharon prisoners, and at a Katharon base somewhere in the desert, reports of the successful mission arrives. Along with this news, Klaus informs Shirin of how Marina had been at the facility and how a member of Celestial Being had taken her away. Shirin remembers the Gundam pilot who had come to Azadistan four years ago, and just as she suspects, Marina is now with Setsuna. Sometime later, back onboard the Ptolemaios, Allelujah meets the new Lockon and is shocked just like everyone else was. Tieria thinks that Allelujah hasn’t changed, but he also feels that there’s no need to forcibly change, and he welcomes Allelujah home. Setsuna meanwhile apologizes to Marina for her having gotten into trouble because she was involved with him. Marina is more concerned with why Setsuna is fighting again, and when he claims that he has to, she points out that there’s a way of life without fighting. Setsuna feels that his wish can be granted only through fighting, but Marina finds this too sad and cries because Setsuna does not.
So this week puts Sumeragi back in action (though she’s not quite wearing the new Celestial Being uniform yet), Allelujah back in action, and it brought Setsuna and Marina back together. Allelujah and Soma’s relationship is interesting because it’s not clear how her realizing her past will affect her and how the two of them could end up together. Allelujah thinks of Soma as someone who needs to be saved, but she thinks of him as the enemy, and I imagine that Andrei will complicate things again in the near future. Incidentally, it might be a bad sign that after only two episodes of CHAOS;HEAD, I now associate Yoshino Hiroyuki‘s desperate/crazy voice more with Takumi than Allelujah. Regardless, it’s good to see him back. Setsuna and Marina, on the other hand, got reunited much easier than I thought they’d be, and I’m hoping that this means Marina will get involved in a more active way than in the first series. I still wonder if she’ll become more like Relena Peacecraft or Lacus Clyne.
As for Lyle, it was cool seeing him being able to do what his brother could and even adopt his brother’s catchphrase before firing at the enemy (Nerai utsu ze!), though the way he said it was kind of different. I’m actually still a little suspicious of him due to his Katharon connections – he seems like he would choose them over Celestial Being if it came down to it – and due to how he’s not the trustworthy mentor/older brother figure that his brother was. And of course it doesn’t help either that he’s shown kissing Feldt in the preview for next week. If nothing else though, that shot in the preview does a good job trumping any other momentum or storylines coming out of this episode.