30
Apr
08

Code Geass R2 episode 04

Rollo confessed of having killed many people ever since he was a child using his Geass, being used as an assassination tool by Britannia. Since he never had any family before, his undercover operation as Lelouch’s brother seems doubtful to achieve but he is aware that he is doing it for the sake of his mission. More after the jump.

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Lelouch wondered if Rollo’s Geass is to stop time but Rollo refuses to answer as his only concern is to kill Lelouch once his memory as Zero returns. However, in that instance, Lelouch figured that his ability is actually to stop people’s movement. Lelouch tries to bail himself by reasoning himself as a bait for the capture of C.C. and to secure Rollo’s future which he promised to be full of hope. Lelouch promised him that he will bring C.C. to him if he lets him go. At the Chinese Federation embassy, Kallen acknowledges that Lelouch used his Geass on Gaohai when suddenly Xingke comes to tell them that Gaohai will be disposed of but C.C. comes to the understanding that Xingke is leading up a rebellion on his own. Meanwhile Lelouch is still investigating on Rollo’s background and how to overcome his problems with him and the upcoming execution. At the execution site, Guilford said that he is not concerned whether or not Zero will show up, saying that Zero will lose all the support for the Japanese or the Elevens, should he not appear. However for the sake of Princess Cornelia who is now missing, he wishes that Zero will come. Inside the Chinese embassy, Xingke confronts Gaohai and questions his decision to approve United States of Japan and Zero. With Gaohai under the Geass influence, he said Zero’s existence is necessary. After hearing this, Xingke kills Gaohai. The next day, Lelouch is still desperate to find a way overcome Rollo and that is when he comes across a valuable information.

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The execution time is approaching near and there is no sight of Zero anywhere. So Guilford immediately declares to the Elevens that Zero had abandoned them. David who is on standby, gotten a call from a soldier who appears to be Lelouch while Rollo takes on Kimmel’s identity to infiltrate the execution operation. Situation gets dire as Ougi and the rest are about to get executed and Zero is yet to appear. Suddenly Zero appears all by himself to the relief of others but both Kallen and C.C. know that it is impossible for him to do anything alone. He moves slowly towards Guilford using his Knightmare and the Britannia army is on standby to take it on the offense. Villetta who is watching this, is also keeping tabs on Lelouch and Rollo who are supposed to be watching movie at the cinema. Zero proposed the rule for his duel with Guilford that it will be a one-on-one fight with only a single weapon. Many see this gesture as suicidal and Xingke plans to use the Order of the Black Knights as a diplomatic tool, should Zero fails miserably in this confrontation. Before they begin their duel, Zero asks Guilford whether evil should be defeated by justice or by evil itself but Guilford rests his case, saying that he only relies on his princess, Princess Cornelia. Unknowingly this is actually a cue for the officer in charge of structural maintenance to begin emergency collapse of supporting platform where the execution is held as instructed under Lelouch’s Geass. The collapse, which reminiscent the Black Rebellion one year ago, wipes out a large number of Britannia forces and Brad was among the immediate casualties. This also gives the opportunity for Ougi and the captured members of the Black Knights to be rescued.

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Villetta is relieved to see this (that Ougi is saved) and reminds her team of their mission to locate and apprehend C.C. Even Kallen shows the prowess of her Guren Nishiki after having killed Alfred. While the Britannia army are withholding their advancing offense (thanks to the diplomatic restrictions), Rollo who is piloting the Vincent is pursuing Zero who is trying to escape. As he is closing in to Lelouch, David snipes from afar towards Zero but it is catching directly to Rollo’s direction. However Lelouch turns back to take the shot for Rollo, very much to his surprise. Having Lelouch said that he accepts him as his brother and that the time they have spent together was never a lie, Rollo is emotionally overwhelmed. Guidford uses this opportunity by throwing his spear to Zero as the final blow but Rollo immediately block the attack under the pretense that Kimmel is the one who supposed to be piloting the Vincent. Things gotten bad for Rollo when Villetta calls in to check on them. Again, Lelouch covers for Rollo and said that he will never risk his brother in danger. Xingke taunts the Britannia army to retreat and Guilford was forced to take that option. As Ougi and the rest are happily reunited with the rest of the Black Knights, some are feeling odd to see the Vincent together with Zero, despite of the Vincent was their opponent in the beginning. But what Rollo did not know is that Lelouch will never accept him as his brother to replace Nunnally and plans to use him to his advantage. He even staged the whole sniping scene earlier as Lelouch commanded David with his Geass to shoot at him. Later that night, Suzaku shows up to the doorsteps of Ashford Academy.

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Thoughts: I like how things unraveled in this episode and how Lelouch managed to win it all towards the end. First, Ougi and the rest of the arrested members of the Order of the Black Knights are saved. Second, Lelouch was able to win over Rollo. Third, how Zero showed to Japan and the rest of the world of he is still capable and able to pull of a miracle, similar to what had happened in the Black Rebellion. Fortunately the writers did not stretch this part of the plot to two episode because it would make it boring and predictable, since the scenery where Zero secures his victory is reliving to their fight during the Black Rebellion. It is funny to see that Lelouch is still nervous about his plan and yet continued with it. Even so, he managed to pull it off well. However, I can’t say if it is a bad thing for the writers to do but it may be the case for Suzaku-haters the least. Yes, Suzaku returns once more and although this is predicted, I would still prefer it better if he does not return altogether. In this preview, it is shown that Suzaku seems to get along with Lelouch despite of what happened in the past. My predicament is that Suzaku is pulling off an act while investigate whether or not Lelouch regains his memory and returns as Zero, especially that the Intelligence team is yet to confirm that Lelouch is the same Zero who got resurrected. I smell drama brewing up ahead. I also like the fact that there may be still some romantic connection left between Villetta and Ougi as it was clearly showed on her face that she was relieved to see that Ougi is safe. Hopefully, things would work out well between those two.

In my review of the previous episode, I did indicate that Rollo’s Geass may have been halting stopping people instead of stopping time though I opted for the latter. Nonetheless that theory turned out to be true anyway. I wonder if the writers did change this due to the leaked video of episode 3 but then again, this may have been the planned plot twist which is also the reason why the writers are confident enough not to change the storyline. As far as the story is concerned, things are looking up for both Xingke’s and Lelouch’s rebellion, and heck, I love how things are going now. It is possible that Xingke may be fighting side by side with the Black Knights in the future but the problem in that is the enemy will be bigger because now, it is Lelouch against the Britannia Empire while Xingke is going against the Chinese Federation. Having said that, I am yet to see real plot development and the story is moving nowhere other than the revival of Zero and the Order of the Black Knights. Well, it is still early into the story and after only 4 interesting episodes, this season of Code Geass show a promising prospect for an amazing finale.

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Next episode: It’s time for the school festival again. But with Suzaku returning to the school, things may spice up a bit for Lelouch as he is facing his nemesis who was also his best friend.


1 Response to “Code Geass R2 episode 04”


  1. 1 hippiefreak12
    8 June 2008 at 10:00 am

    wow cool blog and i love the header! Lelouch and C.C look cute together! i love code geass


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