The ArchAngel and the Eternal join up and head towards the Station One of the Requiem. After Lacus announces herself, the defending ZAFT forces don’t oppose them until a commander tells them that they are really fighting LOGOS. The battle starts, but Shinn and Rey do not participate since they have been moved to Gilbert’s base. As Athrun and Kira disable wave after wave of ZAFT forces, Gilbert and Rey fill Shinn’s head with more propaganda talk. Shinn seems reluctant to sign on with them, but he remembers Rey telling him about his past, that he’s a clone. Rey’s last line said that Shinn’s needs to protect the future, evoking an image of Lunamaria in Shinn’s mind, and so Shinn finally tells Gilbert that he feels the same way as Rey. Back in the fight, the Akatsuki and the DOMs have been sent out. They make short work of their opponents, including a shocked Lunamaria who had just heard Meyrin trying to convince her to stop fighting. She survives though, and moves back to the Minerva, which is deadlocked with the ArchAngel. Talia orders the Tannhauser to be fired, and a wide-eyed Murrue can only watch as the blast approaches them. However, the man who makes the impossible possible strikes again by blocking the shot and then destroys the Minerva’s cannon. In doing so, Mwu/Neo suddenly regains his memories, and calls Murrue by her given name. Reaching Station One, Athrun and Kira, who run into Yzak and Dearka but don’t fight them, use their METEOR platforms to cut the relay cylinder apart. Meanwhile, arriving at the moon base where the Requiem is housed, an ORB fleet opens fire. Their weapons are ineffective against the Requiem’s defenses, and soon a large asteroid base (Gilbert’s) appears over the horizon. It has its own super weapon – a Neo-GENESIS cannon – and the first nuclear cartridge scatters the ORB fleet. As Destiny and Legend launch to engage the enemy, Kira and Athrun abandon their METEORs and head into the final showdown.
This episode starts off really quickly, and the urgent background music gives it a very fast pace. It dives pretty much straight into the battle, and continues on that way for the entire episode. I would say that I enjoyed the battle, but it’s pretty one-sided in favor of Kira, Athrun, and company. Pity they use the METEOR cheesiness, but I guess SF and IJ are just overpowered in general compared to everyone else. The real challenges (Shinn and Rey) are still ahead.
Mwu really shines and shows off the bling bling that is the Akatsuki Gundam. If the Akatsuki has that much potential (blocking a positron blast, creating a huge shield around the ArchAngel using the DRAGOON system), then it feels like Cagalli really wasn’t using it to its fullest. Or maybe Mwu is just that good. That entire scene is predictable as soon as the Minerva fires the Tannhauser, but I like it all the same. I kind of wish Mwu had said something about making the impossible possible to complete the scene, but he brought Murrue to tears anyway by calling her by her given name.
Shinn shows several visible signs of inner conflict this episode, despite pledging to fight for Gilbert. Athrun will of course be trying to convince him that what he’s doing is wrong when they fight next episode, but I think that he’s going to survive to the end. Lunamaria might have to die to redeem Shinn though, since he needs something to jar him away from the dark side. Rey and Gilbert will invariably die for being the bad guys, but I doubt any of the first season’s characters will (they’re too popular to kill off). The body count’s nonexistent this episode (not including grunts), and I don’t think it’ll get all that high in one more episode.
And so, one more week of GSD. I almost don’t want it to end…almost…