“The Threat of Zeon” is a good episode. It shows us more of the everyday soldiers of Zeon and the cost that the constant fighting is having on Amuro. The episode is the 12th episode the 1st Season and was written by Kenichi Matsuzaki and directed by Yuichi Yokoyama and Yoshiyuki Tomino.
The story picks up with the beginning of Garma’s memorial service as the Zabi family morns and begins to preach the strength of Zabi to the people as White Base 7 is attacked by the cruiser Zanzabar who is hoping to avenge Garma’s death. Amuro is in rough shape and keeps having panic attacks while getting ready to fight as the story unfolds.
Here is the assessment of the episode:
The Pros: Zeon – Zeon is shown to be allusions to the Nazis and that conquest and military are why they fight. They believe they deserve to rule because they know why they fight and even though they have a smaller military, they have the strongest military. All of this is expressed by Gihran Zabi in his speech to the populace of Zeon. There are many “Hail Zeon!” Making the inspiration behind the nazis complete. The Zeon are great antagonists.
The Zabi Family – We see Gihran take charge, Kycilia seek our Char for her own agenda and Sodo still in mourning. We also see that Dozle’s influence for revenge is pretty strong too as he ordered any ship that sees White Base 7 to attack and avenge Garma’s death.
The Crew of the Zanzabar – We see in these folks experienced soldiers driven by honor. They attack White Base 7 and when Amuro and the Gundams attack the leader Ramba Ral gets into his own personalized Blue Gundam and manages to incapacitate Amuro. We see his caring for his crew as he’s in a relationship with one of his crew named Crowley Hamon and he has both his officers retreat when White Base 7 is able to attack them again. For all intents and purposes they won the fight and hurt the moral of White Base 7, and they aren’t even a Zabi.
Amuro and Ryu – We see Ryu helping Amuro fight on and advocates for him against Mr. Bright since he sees how the fighting fatigue has taken a tole on Amuro’s mind. He saves him later at the end when Amuro is paralyzed again Ramba’s attack.
Okay: Char – We see him briefly mocking Gihran before he is approached by one of Kycilia’s honor guard. He looks bored while at home and it will be good to see him in action again.
This episode was good but not great. We didn’t have all that much time with Char and much of it was Amuro paralyzed in battle. It was great seeing Ramba and the Zanzabar be a good threat though. Ramba cares for his crew and knows when to have his men retreat showing he’s a good leader.
Final Score: 8 / 10. Solidly good.