Quatre is back and he is broken. This episode answers the question of what happened to Quatre and shows how the Romafeller Foundation will do whatever it wants regardless of the people it has put in command. This was a good episode that went into different characters’ psychologies.
“The Gundam They Called Zero” was directed by Nobuyoshi Nishimura and Kunihiro Mori and written by Toshifumi Kawase.
The episode begins with Quatre in his new Gundam Zero destroying a resource sattelite and heading towards the Colonies after sending out a threat to destroy them if they don’t disarm. This calls into conflict the Romafeller Foundation versus Une. Tsuberov of the Romafeller Foundation wants to use Mobile Dolls to defeat Quatre while she decides to send out Trowa and Heero. He protests and decides to take things into his own hands after the Pilots head to face Quatre.
The Pros: Lady Une – Lady Une trusts the pilots and this may be coming back to bite her later as we learn Trowa is not loyal and still plans to destroy OZ. She “controls” the pilots right now, but for how long?
Tsuberov’s Plot – Tsuberov takes control with some OZ soldiers (not all are loyal to Une) and takes away the air in the prisons so that Wufei, Duo and the Scientists will die. He’s afraid since he knows how powerful they will be if they turn against them.
Wufei and Duo – Wufei and Duo are given the specs for the Gundams the scientists are upgrading which Wufei continues to study even after the air is taken away. Duo wishes he could join the fight but in the end gives in to despair as he feels powerless in the situation unless someone can rescue them. They have a great dynamic. Duo is the jokester while Wufie is his usual serious self always questioning versus Duo’s idealism.
Quatre and Gundam Zero – Gundam Zero is a beautiful Gundam and is quite deadly as it has a gun that completely destroys a Colony. Quatre has become a fanatic and the loss of his father has broken him. This is his personal vendetta against the Colonies now unless they disarm. He is so lost that even Trowa’s attempts to reason with him fail.
Trowa – Trowa is calm and collected but gets injured in the process when he attempts to reason with Quatre. He is undercover and waiting for the right chance to strike OZ, which he believes will be the right time when Quatre joins them. Quatre is his own faction now though…as Trowa learns when his OZ Gundam loses it’s arm.
Heero – Heero lives for the mission and says they may have to kill Quatre. He decides he will do just that after Quatre nearly destroy Trowa as Heero nows realizes he truly can’t be reasoned with.
The Cons: Unfinished – This episode feels unfinished as we are left with Heero facing Quatre…this fight could have been over with, which makes me wonder what they’re going to do next episode.
This episode feels unfinished so that is the biggest thing against it. The best parts of this episode where the character moments between pilots. Duo knowing that Trowa was still loyal to the cause, Duo’s idealism versus Wufei’s questioning. These are the moments that show this show’s strength. The Romafeller Foundation isn’t the strongest of enemies and I still think in the Gundam Universes the Zeon’s take the cake still.
Final Score: 8 / 10. It was good.