Gundam 00 Second Season – 18
It’s been four months since the Break Pillar incident that the Federation has labeled as an act of terrorism. On this particular day, the Federation is celebrating the restart of the Africa Tower’s transmission of electrical power, and with that, the Federation president announces that Federation army will be consolidating with A-LAWS in order to prevent terrorism. Homer and Arthur are at this event representing A-LAWS, but Kati is not and hasn’t been heard from. Up in space, Celestial Being chooses this moment to go after the second Memento Mori, and they succeed in destroying it. This does not slow A-LAWS’s activities though, and they continue to crack down on all anti-government forces. With Katharon in no position to fight, Klaus, Shirin, Marina, and the children have gone into hiding in a house in the woods, but Klaus isn’t too worried since Celestial Being is around. Shirin doesn’t share his sentiments and is scared, but those feelings turn to surprise when she hears Marina and the children’s song come on the radio.
Back on the Ptolemaios after the successful mission, Allelujah calls out to Marie, but she isn’t going by that name anymore. After the shock from seeing Sergei get killed, she now identifies herself as Soma Peries again. Soma knows that Andrei was the killer, and she questions why he can so easily throw away something that she can’t have no matter how much she wants. What bothers Allelujah is that he had promised Sergei not to make Soma fight again, but Lyle advises him to just leave her alone for a while and to understand her current desire to fight. Having listened in on this, Saji wonders if the sadness from losing her family also changed to hatred in Louise’s case. Elsewhere on the ship, Setsuna is still getting treatment for his wound, and the metabolic failure of his cells around his shoulder is spreading thanks to the effect of the pseudo GN particles. Fortunately, the progression of this is gradual, unlike Lasse’s condition, and Anew suggests that there’s something keeping it in check. Tieria wishes that they had access to Veda in times like these. Setsuna’s own thoughts dwell not on his injury but on how the Innovators are after the 00 Gundam, and he realizes that it is their trump card because the other side doesn’t have any information on the Twin Drive.
Over at the Innovator base, Wang Liu Mei reports to Ribbons that Celestial Being has resumed activity, but she also voices her disappointment with the current situation. She’s specifically referring to the information control and military buildup going on, and she sees that as the old generation’s way of doing things being spread on a global scale. When Ribbons declines to tell a her – a human – what his plans are, she questions if all humans weren’t supposed to become Innovators eventually. Ribbons denies this and claims that, during revolutionary times, the old and the evil must be cast away. As an example, he uses the people who take wealth and power for granted and who look down on their own species. He’s referring to her, and he goes on to talk about her falling behind the times and how the Innovators think of things in a broader perspective. Ribbons also tells Wang Liu Mei that she cannot become an Innovator, and afterward, Regene asks him if it’s okay to be pushing her aside like this. His answer is that he doesn’t have any use for Wang Liu Mei any more, but he’s aware that Regene has met with her often in the past four months. Not happy that Ribbons knows, Regene claims that it was just to get information on Celestial Being.
Meanwhile, Louise talks to Andrei about his recent promotion for killing Hercule during the Break Pillar incident. Revive Revival and Hiling Care interrupt this conversation to point out that he also killed his father for this promotion, and Louise was unaware of this. Andrei tries to justify what he did by claiming that his father was assisting the dissidents, and he asserts that it was for the sake of peace. He feels that people who break away from the military and threaten the government must be punished, and he attributes his own mercy to letting Sergei be killed by himself, a blood relative. With Louise still in shock over all this, Andrei questions what she’d do in the same situation, but she’s not sure. The two Innovators are amused at how well matched Andrei and Louise are, and Revive advises Andrei to protect Louise if she’s important to him. After they leave, Andrei tells Louise that they’re fighting for their ideals and that there are times when they have to make decisions for that. Louise’s inability to answer him causes Andrei to hug her, and Louise wonders to herself if she can shoot Saji.
Back on the Ptolemaios, the crew is talking about the Federation military being under A-LAWS command and how they’ve been attacked so much in the past four months. What bothers Lasse is that the enemy can figure out where they are. Given all this, Tieria suggests to Sumeragi that they try to recapture Veda, but the problem is that they don’t know where Veda is. Setsuna feels that they have to find out from someone who knows that information – an Innovator – and Tieria agrees. While this discussion is going on, Anew and Lyle meanwhile are in bed together, and she asks about his brother. Lyle claims not to have any memories of him and explains that he lived away from home in a dormitory ever since junior school. He admits that he didn’t want to be compared to his brother, so he chose to run. When Anew points out that he and his brother both ended up as Gundam Meisters, Lyle notes that their motives are different. He then asks about Anew’s family, but he decides not to press the issue when she painfully tries to remember. As the two are kissing though, Anew’s eyes suddenly flash and she loses her senses for a moment.
Unbeknownst to Anew, Revive has been using her to locate the Ptolemaios, and another A-LAWS attack is coming. Mr. Bushido, Andrei, and Louise are all taking part in it, and Andrei’s promotion allows him to pilot an Ahead now. When the Ptolemaios detects the incoming force, everyone prepares for battle, including Soma and Allelujah. Saji is also suited up, but he worries about Louise being in A-LAWS, and he questions if Setsuna will attack Louise. Surprisingly, Setsuna answers that it’s up to Saji, and he goes on to assert that fighting is not just about destroying – it is also possible to create. He understands Saji feeling of not being able to pull the trigger and only being able to continue to call out to Louise, and Setsuna stretches out his arm to propose that they go see her. The two then board the 00 Gundam and the 0 Raiser and join the other Gundam Meisters in launching. Lyle, however, before he heads out, radios Anew to tell her that he loves her in front of everyone. In fact, each of the pilots on both sides of the conflict has someone on their mind as they head off to battle: Louise and Saji are thinking of each other, Andrei is thinking of his mother, Soma is thinking of Sergei, Allelujah is thinking of Marie, Lyle is thinking of Anew, Tieria is thinking of Veda, and Setsuna is thinking of his Gundam.
While this is going on, back on Earth, Klaus’s secret hideout gets discovered by the security forces. When one of the children grabs a gun, Marina stops him and protects him with her body, but one of the security forces appears to get a shot off. Wang Liu Mei meanwhile has obtained the location of Veda from Regene, and her ship is headed towards the Ptolemaios because Regene had instructed her to give it directly to Celestial Being.
Given the timeskip and all the explaining that needed to be done about what’s happened in the four months, I was a little afraid that this would be a boring episode, but it turned out to be quite interesting – as well as unintentionally amusing because of what Tieria and Setsuna were thinking about at the end compared to everyone else. The assault on the Memento Mori made for an exciting start to the episode, though now that we’ve seen three separate attacks on the satellite weapon, I hope they go for something new next time. I am disappointed, however, that Arthur is still alive (I thought for sure he died last week when the Memento Mori appeared to explode as it was firing) and am very curious about what’s going on with Kati.
I also found Marie being Soma again to be a fairly predictable twist. She and Allelujah got together fairly early on in this series, so it’s probably about time something happened between them. Unfortunately, in shows like these, it’s hard to keep two lovers together for a long time, and it’ll probably take another traumatic event to get them back together (alternatively, it’s possible that she learns to love Allelujah as Soma). For that same reason, I have a bad feeling about Lyle and Anew being together, though I do have to say that it was quite a surprise to see them sleeping together already. Lyle’s probably going to be the first one to figure out that the Innovators are using Anew to track down the Ptolemaios (if he hasn’t already), and he’ll have to make a decision about what to do.
As for Marina, she appears to get shot at the end of the episode, but I highly doubt they’re going to kill her off at this point since I see her being a Lacus or Relena type figure. Even if she were going to die, it wouldn’t be as a cliffhanger like this and not in the middle of nowhere – dying like this doesn’t have enough impact on Setsuna. Most likely Klaus fired first or the guy missed or something. What I’m much more interested about going into next episode is what’s going to happen between Louise and Saji. The preview seems to suggest that they’ll meet, but it’s unlikely that they’ll make up, especially since Louise still has to pilot that mobile armor shown in the OP.