Flashbacks! – Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 01 (Part 2/2)
So where were we? Oh yeah, Quattro himself was asking that question when he entered through the smoking wreckage he blew into the interior of the Gryps colony. As he maneuvers himself through the sky using his flight pack, he quickly snaps off a few pictures of the environs. Eventually he so happens to come across a mobile suit facility that appears to be his ultimate destination.
Just as he’s started on his descent however, he’s bum-rushed by a Titan mobile suit, the RX-178 Gundam Mk. II to be exact. Comically, Quattro pulls his service pistol from his ankle pouch (as if small-arms fire could do anything to something that big) and even manages to take a couple more photos as he’s being shot at the Gundam’s 60mm guns! Once a cool customer, always a cool customer I suppose. And to top all this, he even manages to get the Gundam to collide with some of the artificial rock formation as part of the colony landscape before escaping back into the same blown-up service door he used to enter the area. Once inside, he exchanges potshots with the ever-so-late guards before managing to get back inside his mobile suit and out to space.
Meanwhile elsewhere on the Gryps’ exterior, Apolly (Quattro’s wingman with the huge schnoz) has finished setting up some kind of probe that relays a live feed of the colony’s interior back to his cockpit’s display. Eventually fiddling around with some knobs produces a clear image of the streaking Gundam that Quattro encountered earlier. Startled by the appearance of the prototype mobile suit, Roberto hurries off to inform their squad leader (talk about bad timing, lol).
With that, the episode shifts back to Kamille’s perspective, currently in a holding cell being barked at by the military policeman who arrested him as to whether or not Kamille knows about the Anti-Earth Union Group, or AEUG (or as the Japanese cleverly mangle under control, EI-UUG). With Kamille giving the officer the silent treatment, the latter decides to go over a list of Kamille’s achievements and spins them under a militaristic light. This, he argues, combined with his assault of a Titan officer is what he bases his case for Kamille’s supposed AEUG affiliation on.
Still, Kamille refuses to open his mouth prompting the frustrated officer to break off the interrogation and leave the room. With the room to himself, Kamille eventually lets up a bit and eventually lets his eyes rest on the dark floor at his feet. He eventually begins to perceive the wide expanse of space swirling just outside the colony, complete with glittering stardust. Unless the floor really is transparent (and in poor taste of safe space construction), the scene is just meant to further highlight the beckoning of space to this upstart youth and perhaps the awakening of his soon-to-be-realized Newtype potential.
His reverie is broken however when the officer returns with a public defender, apparently sent by Kamille’s mother, who is here arrange for Kamille’s release. The officer then proceeds to scoff at Kamille’s sudden willingness to talk (to the lawyer), attributing it to having been saved by mommy. As you’ve probably guessed, our easily offended protagonist calls the Titans thugs to which the officer responds by literally throwing the book at Kamille TO WHICH Kamille responds to with, you guessed it, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. Oh the maturity!
Shocked, the lawyer chides Kamille for his behavior while the Titans test his ability to take billy club shots to the gut. But before things can get R-rated the ENTIRE ROOF caves in and buries just about everyone besides Kamille and one guard under rubble. The guard shuffles off to the crashed Gundam Mk. II just outside and is busy getting orders while Kamille disappears into the corridor. Apparently the crash caused quite the ruckus with people being carried off on stretchers and being patched up with makeshift slings. Anyway, Kamille’s off doing his dash across campus base when his mother (who possibly arrived with the lawyer) spots him from across the lobby. Kamille steals a glance back at the sound of his mom’s voice and keeps on running, lol. Outside we’re treated to some explanation of the disaster (someone blaming doucheface Jerrid for the Gundam’s crash) and Kamille’s first Newtype flash-esque moment: sensing a parked jeep as a means of escape.
In a brief interlude, it’s revealed that Jerrid really is the pilot responsible for crashing a Gundam Mk. II into the side of the building. It was hinted by the shouting in the previous scene that there are multiple Gundam Mk. II prototypes inside of Gryps, of which Jerrid’s is the third and final unit. The one chasing Quattro earlier was the first unit, as per the painted unit numbers on their armor plating.
With that explanatory morsel done and over with, the action shifts back to Kamille who’s doing his best Initial D impersonation in an attempt to punch straight through the base’s guarded entrance. Despite a hail of machine gun fire and the flyby of a VERY low-flying Gundam Mk. II (the second unit and final of of the three prototypes to make it on screen) which in all likelihood should’ve knocked the jeep over, Kamille escapes back onto the streets. Then without any indication he suddenly throws himself off the jeep just before a bridge crossing and down a hill. As he comes to a stop he quickly wonders about all the shit he just got himself into, in only an hour or two at that! I can see why he’d abandon a jeep that’s most likely been lojacked, but couldn’t he have just stopped, gotten out, and put a rock on the jeep’s gas pedal or something? Sheesh, too badass for me I guess.
The next scene shows Roberto having finally met up with Quattro behind an asteroid. With the possibility of having to engage multiple enemy Gundam Mk. IIs, Quattro decides on signaling the AEUG cruiser Argama for assistance. With a single signal flare from Roberto’s Rick Dias, the Argama readies one of its beam guns and fires a single shot at Gryps. Quattro breathes a heavy sigh as he watches the beam travels past him and strikes the colony dead-on…
Next time: Kamille decides to lash out… violently… again… BUT this time in a 20m tall, 54 ton KILLING MACHINE.