“The Core Fighter’s Escape,” is an interesting episode. It goes more into the cost the constant running and fighting is having on both the military and the civilians and the cost that comes out of it. We also learn more about Gundam too.
The episode was directed by Ryoji Fujihara and Kazuo Yamasaki and written by Yoshihisa Araki.
the story involves Amuro attempting to reach the atmosphere to send a distress signal to Federation forces. While this is going on the older civilians take the children hostage as they fear for their lives and want to walk on Earth again. From here the story unfolds.
Here is the assessment of the episode:
The Pros: Amuro – We see how much this war is weighing on his psyche again as the plan fails and Char and Garma prevent him from getting outside Zeon space to send the distress signal. He also spends a lot of the episode running as he finds Zeon forces outgun him. When he returns he blows up at the old people telling them that they are fighting for them and their lack of support makes him want to quit.
Char – Char goes after Amuro and plays a huge part in making sure White Base 7’s plan to call for help doesn’t succeed. We see how powerless he feels too at the end when Garma reports that the Gundam has a few different forms, which angers Char that he doesn’t even fully know what he’s facing in that Gundam.
Garma – Ends the episode with a plan to take on the Gundam and figures out it has a lot of different forms that haven’t even been faced yet.
Mr. Bright – Stands up for Amuro to Kai by punching Kai and threatening to throw him off the ship if his attitude doesn’t change.
The Hostage Crisis – The old people taking the children hostage shows how selfish people can be when they are desperate. This is going on while the White Base 7’s crew is trying to help. Fraw even volunteers herself as a hostage to take care of the children. It is a powerful situation, showing just how bad things can get.
The Cons: Kai – Kai is a dick. He mocks Amuro, mocks the vessel he’s on and even after Mr. Bright punches him he doesn’t seem to get it. Would not mind this character dying at all.
This was another action episode, but it did have a good Mr. Bright moment, and we get to see more of Amuro and Char. It also explores what people do when they are desperate, as the older folks were. I’m curious to see what’s going to happen later as Amuro’s mind continues to deteriorate and the colonists grow more desperate as Char and Garma figure out how to fight the Gundam.
Final Score: 9 / 10. It was great.