First off, Lockon visits a grave and his evil twin brother appears! Lockon’s twin brother, Key-on! Actually, it looks like Sumeragi but all anime characters look the same if you just replace the hair.
This may look like Lock-on, but it’s Key-on!
All 4 Gundams return to space and are put on maintenance, at the same time, even though they aren’t crippled or even damaged at all. Wow, so much for being ready for enemy attack. Say you have onboard a totally unarmed transport ship, without any base support, hanging around in space. You have made enemies of the entire globe, 3 mega federations in particular who already have control of space. Would you a) stay on at least moderate alert status and be wary of enemy attack or b) hang around in your skimpy civillian clothes, remove the Gundam legs for a nice overhaul and leave the ONLY command bridge of the ship unattended save for one inexperienced crew member?
Only in the world of modern Gundam, would option B be a preferred choice.
Speaking of which, Lockon and the stoic bridge bunny girl reveal their secret emotions to each other. Allelujah walks in on them and is embarrassed. It is also revealed that the bustier bridge bunny girl has a thing going on with Allelujah. Btw, it appears that stupid names like Lockon are actually a phony! Lockon’s real name is Neil Dilandi or something and he’s from Ireland. And Haro has a big Haro family, like the Dango Daikazoku.
Keyon’s twin brother touches bridgebunny (stoic) excessively as though she was the girlfriend. Not pictured here is his hand on her body.
Bridgebunny (male) gets rejected by Bridgebunny (busty) and thus does not bother with the sensors, leading to DOOM. Can you say Pearl Habour in space?
So the Scarface Major from China attacks, with a clever ploy. First he sends out swarms of little communications modules into space, covering as much area as possible. When these modules inadvertently get jammed by the GN particles, it’ll reveal the exact location of the CB transport ship. He has an elite MS squandron readied to launch at all times to prepare for the critical moment.
Meanwhile, the Gundam lads make merry in their little ship.
The dimwit bridge bunny boy fails to notice the huge amounts of little Chinese satellites, and since he was the only one on the bridge, nobody else spots it till Busty One returns. Oh no, the Chinese are coming! 36 MSes onboard 4 transport ships called "Laohu" (Tiger)! The Laohu remind me of the harvesters from Vandread, they are cool.
Vandread Stage 3.
Sumeragi is the worst strategist I’ve ever seen. She orders Kyrios and Virtue to head out in two separate directions, as a diversion, leaving only meleeboy Exia and a half-cripped-due-to-needless-maintenance Dynames on board. Hurray, she just isolated her the more two space-adept machines and left them to run around in space for nothing! She claims to have been expecting Major Scarface to send all 4 of his Laohu through like a blind shounen hero charge, so Kyrios and VIrtue can do a long flank and attack them from the rear, thus forming a pincer attack.
Guess what? This is Dynames’ left leg. Cue "Polly wants a cracker" and "Davy Jones’ locker" jokes.
But no! Major Scarface sends two of his Laohu (albeit emptied of its passenger MS) to engage the diversions, thus both wasting Kyrios and Virtue’s time and still keeping his fighting forces concentrated on the mother ship. Ok, to understand how stupid Sumeragi is, let us use an analogy.
If you send out "diversions", wouldn’t you expect the formation to be as such? But no, her plans are foiled BECAUSE the enemy followed the diversion?
I need to hunt a rabbit because I’m dying of hunger. I have one carrot. I throw my carrot on the ground and hide. A rabbit appears and takes the carrot. That’s good right? NO IT ISN’T! Because you have no way of catching the rabbit! The rabbit runs off with your carrot!!! I actually secretly hoped for the rabbit to not take the carrot and to charge head on at me so my carrot and I can pincer attack it. HURRAY FOR GENERAL SUMERAGI!
Turns out the real aim of Scarface is to capture Kyrios and Virtue and the attack on the mothership is a mere diversion. Speaking of which, if you have a trillion dollar terrorist organisation, and one super high-tech mother ship which requires only 4 bridge crew, would you hire a) skilled, level-headed and experienced professionals or b) kids who cower in fear when enemies shoot at you or c) the kids of your deceased subordinates or d) busty women?
OMG Kyrios is under attack by MINES! MINES THAT CANNOT PENETRATE HIS ARMOUR BECAUSE HIS ARMOUR IS INVINCIBLE!
Correct answer in Gundam world is of course, B, C and D.
Episode ends here! I must add that Gundam 00 tries to be a mainstream version of Eden (the manga) with its psedo-politics, but they really need to just fight more.