PLAN FOR RETRIEVING IDEON
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 14/08/1980
Cosmo, Kasha and Moera meet up in space to try to work out what to do. Cosmo comes up with a plan - to send the units across one at a time, then throw their spacesuits overboard, fooling the Buff Clan into thinking they've left the ships. As the Ideo-Delta is delivered, Doku releases Karala and Sheryl, with the Karioka following after the other two machines are seemingly handed over. Cosmo's plan goes perfectly - Kasha is able to force the docking process and form Ideon, and they retake the robot from the Buff Clan soldiers onboard. However, once Doku cottons on the Ideon comes under heavy attack, with a Zigg Mack causing heavy damage. However, he's unable to land a finishing blow, and Cosmo destroys his Zigg Mack, killing him. When the Karioka returns to the Solo Ship, Karala takes full responsibility, saying she intended to go back to the Buff Clan. Cosmo realises something is up - he follows Sheryl, who admits the runaways made Karala carry the blame and Karala agreed, believing them to be more important to the colonists than her. Karala is imprisoned for her 'escape attempt'.
Lotta Banda: Lotta seems to have got over her problems with Karala quite well - Karala seems to be helping her with the farming operation.
Deck Afta: Deck, however, still doesn't trust Karala.
Cosmo Yuki: Cosmo really doesn't like Sheryl - he only plots to save her to put Sheryl in the debt of the Ideon pilots. Not that the others show any objection to this - indeed, Kasha is all for just attacking Doku, hostages be damned. Cosmo is still undecided on Karala - he clearly has little love for her at this stage, but he's not as ready to demonise her as others are.
The Solo Ship: At Brazillier, the colonists add a shuttlecraft called the Karioka (a standard Earth Union design). The type has limited defensive armament and seems to have a crew of around half a dozen.
Earth Union: Presumably Dabora Star is a real colony, even if the distress call is faked. I'd guess it's the next closest to Earth past Brazillier.
Despite the worthy sequence of Cosmo confronting Sheryl at the end and some good characterisation for the selfless Karala, this is a rather shaky episode. Too many things happen simply to hurry the plot along - Sheryl is somehow able to organise a minor conspiracy since leaving Brazillier, where coincidentally they pick up a shuttle she can take.
Also coincidentally, Doku hatches a plot requiring hostages just as a weak shuttle leaves the Solo Ship alone for the first time in the series (the Solo Ship didn't even have any secondary craft until this episode). He's also probably the worst negotiator in history, allowing Cosmo to run the whole hand-over of the Ideon, barely checking a thing. And while everyone believing Karala took half-a-dozen people hostage with a pistol is meant to convey that people simply want to believe it because she's an alien, it's just too unbelievable - even Bes doesn't argue.
Even the fight scene's rubbish - one minute the Ideon's on the point of destruction, next it does that bloody arm detaching thing and just kills Doku. Argh.