Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 21 – “The Trap of M’Quve” – The Cost of Loss

The Trap of M'Quve

We continue our bleak journey of loss in “The Trap of M’Quve.” “The Trap of M’Quve” was directed by Shinya Sadamitsu and written by Yoshihasa Arika.

The story is the title, M’Quve is angry at how The Trojan Horse is continuing to destroy his bases so he sets a trap to get them destroyed with his Particle Cannon. Around this time Mr. Bright has fallen into a stupor from exhaustion and sadness over the death of Ryu leaving Mirai in charge of commanding the Trojan Horse. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: M’Quve – M’Quve is a great enemy, from leaving bombs all over the Trojan Horse that injure it and the engine, to attacking it with fighters to lure it in to the area of the particle cannon. He accomplishes everything and White Base 7 only wins by faking their own destruction with Smoke Bombs.

Amuro – Takes control this time on the battlefield and manages to destroy the particle cannon in the end. He is the one who realizes that their dwelling on Ryu is making them not find power in themselves or think things through. For once he’s one of the clearer thinkers in an episode.

Sayla – Besides Amuro Sayla is the one trying to make a difference and keeping her cool. It’s her advice to Mirai that usually got disregarded as Sayla saw the bigger picture. She was the one who should have commanded, not Mirai.

Con: Mirai – She makes a bunch of mistakes and doesn’t even think like the pilot she is. This is a shame as this was her chance to shine but instead she caves to the sadness over Mr. Bright’s illness and the death of Ryu. This is understandable, but not in the face of extermination.

The Crew – There was hardly any leadership displayed in this episode and that falls on the crew. M’Quve almost had things too easy because of the Trojan Horse’s incompetence.

This was a good episode on dealing with the loss of Ryu but not the best epsidoe for the crew as the Trojan Horse is now grounded and can only be saved by outside help. I like that this shows they aren’t unstoppable I just wish a bigger enemy like Char or one of the Zabi family had been the one to do the deed.

Final Score: 7.8 / 10

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