Bang! Bang! Boom! Boom!
Flashy episode, many revelations.
Recovered memories reveal that Lelouch and Suzaku missed each other in the shootout at the last season’s climax, and Suzaku easily overpowers Lelouch and brings him to the Emperor. The Emperor also has his own Geass, the ability to rewrite memories, which results in the Lelouch in episode 1.
Facing his father for the first time in 10 years.
More pressing matters come up, with the Brittanian army cracking down hard on the Babel Tower. Taking control again, Lelouch easily counters the attacks, but Governor-General Carares lands a whole army on the tower, which pleases Lelouch greatly, as it’s going according to his plans.
Just like in Season 1, an irregularity pops up in the form of Vincent, a Knightmare frame based on Lancelot, which possesses some form of super-speed or mini-stealth, able to creep up unnoticed behind the enemy. While a majority of the Black Knights are killed by the Vincent, Shiseiken’s Urabe sacrifices himself to buy enough time for Lelouch’s plan to work.
Exploding the Babel Tower in to half, Lelouch manages to kill Careres who was foolishly waiting for Lelouch in the only escape route he thought possible. Lelouch heads for the Chinese embassy just down the road, and proclaims his bold return and the reestablishment of the SAR of Japan.
Outside the Chinese Embassy, the Brittanian army which has detected the location of Zero, tries to storm in, but due to diplomatic immunity, they are unable to do so. After they are asked to leave by Xingke, the Vincent from earlier arrives. Xingke tells him that the army has retreated and asks him if he is Zero’s follower instead. The pilot, Rollo, emerges and jumps out of the cockpit, declaring he is here to kill Zero, revealing a Geass sign in his eye as well.
Rollo is evil!
Other things to note in the episode:
Suzaku is now given privy to the Emperor’s secrets, as he knows the existence of C.C and the Geass. The Emperor shows him the floating shrine that he is most frequently seen at, and tells Suzaku it’s a weapon to destroy gods and it’s name is the Lance of Akashia (akashia no tsurugi).
Kallen confronts Lelouch about keeping his identity as Zero and his Geass abilities from her, and she doubts her own devotion and feelings to Zero are her own or the result of a Geass. Lelouch reassures her that she made all her own choices and Kallen accepts it. They also exchange a cute moment when Lelouch comments on her outfit and she jumps away embarrassed. He later gives her his jacket, which was quite gentlemanly of him :).
Lelouch’s still a guy too ^^
Quite a number of things happening up in this episode, but I’m impressed with how they structured this episode to mirror again, the second episode of Geass S1, with Lelouch commands easily pwning the Brittanian army, the appearance of the irregular unit and Zero’s flashy escape tactics, with results in the death of another Governor-General of Area 11. Gotta say, that position is surely going to be notorious one amongst the high-rank in the empire, with 3 killed or disappeared while holding the post.
One of the most important revelations of the episode has to be the Emperor showing Suzaku the floating shrine, and revealing it to be a weapon of sorts. It also confirms the Emperor has a Geass of his own and he has it on both eyes as well, with the power of memory manipulation. It it not known who is his contractor, however.
While more pieces of the puzzle that surrounds C.C. and the Geass have been revealed, equally more questions have been raised as well. Rollo himself is also shown to be the owner of a Geass, and he is arguably the biggest question currently, about his real identity and the power of his Geass. I wonder if Suzaku has also gotten himself a Geass?
Next episode preview shows Lelouch back at the Ashford Academy, together with Rollo in fact. I guess he’s still going to hide his alter ego and slowly discover the real identity of Rollo. I do wonder if Rollo already knows his real identity, and if he did, does Lelouch know as well? Looks like it’s going to be pretty tensioned later.