(BEWARE THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER HEAVY.. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.)
Well...there is so much to talk about that I am writing this review in 2 parts. I watched this episode using my japanese friend's Slingbox (He got the Special Blu-Ray Edition)...so I only get to watch it once. I apologize for any grammars, spelling, or misinterpretation mistakes ahead of time, as I wrote this pretty fast....
Mineva Zabi / Audrey Burne and the rest of Banahger's classmates made it off Industrial 7 and were rescued by Riddthe Mercenas (piloting the RGZ-95 ReZEL), and they were brought on board the Federation's mobile suit carrier Nahel Argama. The Nahel Argama is actually a part of the Londo Bell task force assigned to seek out the Neo Zeon remnants, but in this episode, we saw that it was the Federation ECOAS who was calling the shots. 'ECOAS' which stands for Earth COlony ASteroid is the Earth Federation's special task group in the 0096 U.C. It was formed not long after the first Neo-Zeon war. It was created as a support group for Londo Bell team. The leader of the ECOAS, Daguza Mackle, seems to know about Vist Foundation's betrayal ahead of time, and were sent to intercept the Laplace Box at Industrial 7.
After the brief skirmish with the Kshatriya, it seems the Unicorn Gundam's NT-D system was too much for Banagher to handle and he fell unconcious. The immobile Unicorn Gundam was also retrieved by the Negal Argama. Staffs on board the Nahel Argama quickly learns that the Unicorn Gundam might actually holds clue to the Laplace Box, and so the mobile suit carrier set course for Anahiem Electronic's moon factory Von Braun.
Once The Sleeves were able to locate the position of the Nahel Argama, their flagship Rewloola went into pursuit of the Nahel Argama with Full Frontal (the leader of The Sleeves, who is considered the second coming of Char) leading his special guard unit to retrieve data that he suspect the Nahel Argama had obtained on the Laplace Box. Full Frontal lead the assault in his MSN-06S Sinanju, and was able to single handedly destroyed much of the Nahel Argama defenses. On board the Nahel Argama, Daguza Mackle was able to identify the true identity of Audrey Burne to be the Zeon princess Mineva Zabi, and took her as a hostage to bargain for their escape. The standoff quickly broke down and Full Frontal was determined to destroy the entire ship. A squardron of Nahel Argama's ReZELs tried to fend off the aggressors, but were mostly destroyed by Full Frontal with his Sinanju. Riddhe's ReZEL was the only mobile suit left standing between Full Frontal and the Negal Argama.
I will continue with the synopsis for the second half of the episode in Part II of my review. Here are some extra info that I dug up on certain parts from this episode that I found interesting.
The second episode continues to give the viewers a little bit more information about the Laplace box. But it is a rather moot point for such mystery, since the answer can be found by typing in the word ‘Laplace Box’ on Google, you will get your answer in less than a few seconds. Actually, we all got a small glimpse of the content of the Laplace Box at the beginning of episode one.
Basically, the Laplace Box contains “the original charter for which the UC century was found. The charter dictates that self governing rights and freedom should be given to the inhabitants of space without interference from earth. In other words, it proves that the idealism of the Zeon had been right all along. But the corrupted Federation governments denied them these rights that were promised to them at the beginning of the era. That is the power that the Laplace Box has to end the earth Federation, and end their iron grip over the spacenoids." (From Gundam Wiki)The Laplace Box is certainly a powerful weapon against the Federation. The Vist Foundation had been using it as leverage to get their way with both the Federation and Anaheim Electronic. But from episode one, we learned that the Vist Foundation wanted to fix things and correct the mistake that was made many years ago. To do so, the foundation thought it was a good idea to give the 'key' to the Laplace Box to The Sleeves, and at the same time to give them a warning not to revive the Zeon ideology. It was not mention to whom the Laplace Box would be given to, but I just suspect that Unicorn Gundam is somehow related to the Laplace Box.
Marida Cruz is a elite artificial newtype pilot of The Sleeves. She is also known as "Ple Twelve" who is a last clone of Elpeop Ple from ZZ Gundam series. She fought with her other sisters in the 1st Neo Zeon movement, and was the only survivor left unconscious in a MS escape pod. Later, she was revived and sold into sex slavery. It was not known how she met the Neo Zeon remnants The Sleeves, but it was pretty obvious her skills and loyalty would serve them well in their cause.
RX-0 Unicorn Gundam
I really like the technology behind the Unicorn Gundam. As mentioned in the episode, the Unicorn Gundam is a flagship mobile suit that was developed by the Vist Foundation for the UC Project, a top secret program that is a part of the E.F.S.F. Reorganization Plan. The Unicorn Gundam incorporates the use of psyco-frame throughout the chassis of the suit. And the idea is for the NT-D (NewType Destroyer) system to instantly interpret the brainwaves of the pilot (Newtypes) into machine code, and be able to control the mobile suit as if it was his/her own body. The NT-D system seems to be an advanced psycommu system.