Bring’s death sparks different reactions in the Innovators, from anger in Devine to frustration in Revive over how one of them was defeated. Regene, however, is less interested in Bring and more interested in how Tieria chose to oppose them. Setsuna meanwhile makes his way to the Katharon base and collapses in the hanger after seeing Marina. His movements are unknown to the Ptolemaios crew who are at that moment making their way to a rendezvous with a Katharon resupply group, though Tieria is confident that Setsuna will come back. In the meantime, Ian, Sumeragi, and the Meisters discuss how the Seraphim was used in the battle and how they’re currently vulnerable. Over at a Federation base, Sergei is reflecting on his earlier conversation with Pang Hercule about the coup d’état. The mastermind of the coup, Pang is opposed to what the Federation has been doing recently and was plotting to take action in the orbital elevator where A-LAWS doesn’t have jurisdiction. Sergei thought that Pang wanted him to join the coup, but Pang knew that Sergei wouldn’t defy military order and pointed to what happened with Sergei’s wife Holly as an example. Pang’s intent in telling Sergei all this was so that Sergei would turn a blind eye towards it since Pang didn’t want to fight his old friend.
Sometime later, Klaus and Shirin meet with their coup contact, but he declines to give them any details on the operation. The coup faction merely wants Katharon to watch and decide whether or not to cooperate afterward, though they’re surprised to hear that Katharon is in contact with Celestial Being. Meanwhile, Louise and Andrei’s group arrives on some A-LAWS carriers for another mission. Andrei questions if Louise wants to act more womanly, particularly in front of Saji, but she denies it and claims that she’s thrown away her past. She doesn’t want to hear any more of what he has to say, and after she walks off, Patrick offers to explain the basics of love to Andrei. Watching this from afar is Hiling who notes to Devine that being human is inconvenient since humans can’t communicate like the Innovators can. Revive then joins the conversation by revealing that Regene isn’t participating in their upcoming mission, and Devine thinks that it’s because he’s different. Over on the other ship, Kati arrives by shuttle and is greeted by Billy. Billy explains that he’s here so that he can personally see Celestial Being be destroyed, and Kati promises to fulfill that wish soon.
While recuperating from his injury at the Katharon base, Setsuna has a vision of his younger self going to kill his parents. Stopping it form happening, he tells his younger self that there is no god and throws the boy at his parents. Setsuna then leaves with the gun only to find Lockon outside, and Lockon tells him that the only things that can be changed by the past are Setsuna’s feelings right now – nothing else. As if on cue, Setsuna hears gunshots from behind him and finds the gun is back in the hands of his younger self. Lockon then urges Setsuna to change in place of himself who was not able to change, and Setsuna wakes up in the next moment to the sound of singing. Seeing Marina and the children around his bed, he struggles through a lot of pain while trying to get back up, but Marina wants him to take the time to heal and starts talking about how he wrote about understanding each other in his letter to her four years ago. She uses this to get him to tell her about himself, so he reveals his past. In return, Marina tells him about how she liked music and wanted to pursue that path, but she had to be the princess of Azadistan. This causes Setsuna to remark that she’s more suited to play music than act as a princess, and Marina concedes that she might have tried too hard, but she thinks that Setsuna was the same. Their conversation is then interrupted by news that the Ptolemaios got resupplied by Katharon’s Europe branch.
At that moment, the Ptolemaios is approaching the coastline with some repairs almost complete, but many of its systems are still not working properly. Tieria finds Mileina sleeping in the Seravee’s hanger, exhausted from doing repairs, and gives her a blanket and thanks her. Unfortunately, the ship’s alarms suddenly start blaring because a large A-LAWS force is headed towards them. Kati has brought along 36 mobile suits plus a mobile armor for this battle, and the plan is simple: the Gadessa and the Empruss will keep the Gundams tied up while everyone else concentrate the Ptolemaios. Sumeragi responds by having Lyle snipe as many as he can from a distance while the Cherudim Gundam’s Trans-Am is active, but Kati knows that the Trans-Am has a time limit and has her units wait it out. When that time comes to pass, it’s Allelujah and Tieria’s turn to face the enemy force, and although they manage to take out a few GN-XIIIs and Aheads, they have trouble against the Innovators. In particular, the Empruss catches both Gundams and electrocutes them into submission. This allows the rest of the A-LAWS units to get by, and the only defense the Ptolemaios has left is the GN Archer. Because of this, Marie volunteers to head out in it, though Saji first notices that one of the enemy mobile suits is Marie’s old one, and he realizes that Louise is now piloting it.
Back at the Katharon base, Setsuna decides to launch in the 00 Raiser despite his injuries, but before he goes, he asks Marina to let him hear the children’s song again the next time they see each other. He’s too far away to make it back in time to stop the A-LAWS bombardment on the Ptolemaios, but luckily for them, Kati suddenly gets an urgent message from headquarters and is forced to order a retreat. The reason for this is the coup d’état by Pang Hercule and his forces on the orbital elevator. Word of this soon reaches Setsuna as well, and it leads him to think that the Ptolemaios will probably be headed in the direction of the Africa tower now. When he finally reaches the structure though, Mr. Bushido and the Masurao is there waiting for him. Setsuna doesn’t want to deal with this right now, but Mr. Bushido activates the Masurao’s Trans-Am.
As I said last week, I’m a fan of Itou Yuna’s work, and trust you turned out to be about as good as a ballad I had hoped, though until I hear it a bit more, I think I still prefer Prototype. More interesting is the fact that the animation that goes with it, in addition to showing all the Gundams in ruined states with some very pretty shots (what can I say, it’s kinda like mecha porn), continues some of the scenes started in the first ED. The fact that Saji pulls Louise towards him indicates that they might get a happy ending after all, and if you watch this ED closely, you can see that it’s Anew that Lyle will hook up with.
Well, unlike Setsuna, I’m not shocked at all that the Masurao got a Trans-Am equivalent. As I’ve said before, it was the mobile suit and pilot combo most suited to counter the 00 Raiser, and this was an easy way to bring it up to an equal level. In terms of seeing cool things, I kinda wish it were some new technology involved, but oh well. Regardless, I hope that it’ll be the only one to get Trans-Am, and this won’t turn into the GN-Drive from the first series where everyone ended up getting one. For the time being though, Setsuna’s got a huge challenge ahead of him since he’s still injured, and Mr. Bushido isn’t about to let up. I’m going to guess that Setsuna can’t handle this by himself and that someone has to come help.
As for the rest of the episode, I was initially kind of disappointed that the battle ended due to the coup d’état since it meant that the action was cut short. On second thought though, it might be for the better that the Gundams or Sumeragi didn’t pull out another miracle (possibly with Allelujah and Marie in the GN Archer) so that they can have a surprise saved up for another day. Setsuna and Marina meanwhile managed to get to know each other a bit better, but even after all their moments together this episode, I still don’t see them as a particularly close couple – far from the love that the Katharon kids were talking about. Maybe that’s not the ultimate point of their relationship though since Saji and Louise are really the true lovers of the series – Setsuna and Marina are more like ideological counterparts who shape each other’s (and the audience’s) views of the world. Oh and on a different note, I wish they would just let Lockon/Neil rest in peace already. I know he had a huge impact on everyone, but he doesn’t need to show up at every critical juncture of each character’s development.
Since the coup took place inside the orbital elevator, I imagine that this might be what leads to the collapse of it as hinted in the special two weeks ago. The preview seems to indicate that tragic things are coming, so this could be the catalyst to that.