Well, the Urobutcher grew a pair after all.
I liked Inaho a lot more after his speech at the beginning of this episode. I feel like I sort of get why his character is there. That said, I also like Saazebaum a whole lot less because his motivations now make, like, negative sense. "I hate Terrans! But I'm going to eliminate the cycle of hatred between Martians and Terrans! By... killing all Terrans and one of the only Martians who doesn't hate Terrans! Oh well... at least I have a badass robot to do it with."
I like the fact that the Dioscuria had all of the previous Martian Kataphrakts' abilities, but I wonder why Inaho, despite supposedly being a supremely logical genre-savvy mecha pilot, didn't just SHOOT IT DURING ITS LONG-ASS COMBINATION SEQUENCE. You can't claim to be deconstructing mecha shows if you play that trope so completely straight. I also wish there had been more time devoted to breaking through its various technological defenses - when I saw the barrier and swords I was really excited for the upcoming fight, but Inaho took them out really quickly and then just had a robot fistfight with Saazebaum.
And finally, the big Urobutcher moment. I have to say, as glad as I am to see it happen, there were a lot of times I didn't get the characters' motivations. Maybe I'll get it after watching it a couple more times but right now it's all just a big jumbled mess. Saazebaum shoots Asseylum - sure, it doesn't make sense, but at least it's consistent for him. Slaine points a gun at Inaho when he crawls over to Asseylum... why? Is it just jealousy that Inaho was about to perform first aid (which, to be fair, appears to be the main form of romantic interaction in this universe) on his Shinji? Come to think of it, a lot of things Slaine did in this episode don't make sense. He seems to be collaborating with Saazebaum for most of this episode despite the fact that he's been obsessed with defending the Princess for the past 11 episodes. If he changed his mind at some point, I sure didn't see it. And then Inaho points a gun at Slaine... why? Is it because he's not as emotionless as he thinks he is? He seemed willing to risk getting shot before, when he was talking to Rayet.