“Across the Atlantic” continues Miharu and Kai’s story as well as Boone who is serving under Char at the Mad Angler. It has great action and character moments partially for these reasons and drives the story forward.
The episode was directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Masaru Yamamoto.
The story picks up with Miharu on board being hidden by Kai, but Amuro sees her but doesn’t say anything as Boone attacks out of vengeance for his men killed in the last battle. He first gets information that The Trojan Horse is headed to South America when he goes undercover as an injured fisherman. It is from here that Miharu is questioning her allegiance as she sees that the Trojan Horse is caring for orphans as well on their vessel. From here the story unfolds.
Here is the assessment of the episode:
The Pros: Boon – You see why he swears vengeance and he gets an awesome vehicle to fight in, The Grabro, a mini-sub/Gundam. It is a powerful Gundam that manages to injured the Trojan Horse before Amuro finally destroys it along with Boon.
Miharu – Miharu is the main focus of the episode as she realizes her mistake and tries to White Base 7 by joining Kai on his jet and when the lever is caught, releasing it which costs her, her life. This isn’t before she gets her message to Kai of wanting to end the war in conversation they had earlier…so future generations will grow up with peace.
Sayla and Amuro – This team is great and does a good job fighting the two Z’Goks and Amuro is able to take out the Grabro once the Grabro twists off his Gundam’s leg, and Sayla takes out a Z’Gok while Kai and Miharu take out the other.
Okay: Kai – Kai is pretty good in this episode, still pretty stupid for sheltering a spy and from that pretty selfish in regards to the safety of the crew, but I did feel bad for him when Miharu died. I don’t know if I’ll ever like this character…but he can be okay.
This was a great action episode and one that advanced the plot further. Also two deaths of significance though Miharu’s was bigger since we got to know her more than Boone. “Mobile Suit Gundam” has a pretty big named character body count…which is good, it doesn’t try to white wash war. Can’t wait to see where the series goes and loving how White Base 7 is working so well as a team!
Final Score: 9 / 10