This is kind of another review episode. The officers of the Archangel have to report on everything that’s happened so far to their superior officers at Alaska.
And Lacus and Kira chat about what has happened too.
I’ve never been a huge fan of review episodes. (Although, I did enjoy Martian Successor Nadesico spoofing them.)
Also, the first half of episode 25 was a review episode. So this felt a bit too soon. Furthermore, we get enough flashbacks throughout regular episodes that review episodes feel a bit redundant in general.