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Episode 13: Heresy

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

May 8, 2007

 

Summary

 

Amick, who appears behind Marlene with two guards, asks her what she’s doing here. They stare off at one another, and Amick says the disciplinary actions were too lenient, and gives a sick smile at Marlene. Marlene is put back into the training simulations, now this time seeing images of everyone she’s met from her former teammates, to Elena and even Dice. Amick orders her through the radio to shoot through any ‘groundlings’ to carry out her mission, and Marlene screams out loud. Amick watches, as Marlene has no choice at this point but to pull the trigger in the simulation. Later, two guards toss her into her quarters and seal the door. Marlene lays on the floor, recalling what happened. She shot a Blue and didn’t aim for any people, yet as it died, it flayed out and killed a civilian near it. We see several dead people around it, meaning Amick programmed the simulation to have unavoidable deaths. She suddenly dreams of herself swimming in water, and swims downward towards a light at the bottom, and enters it. She sees Yuji call out her name from the bed he was on before in the lab, and vanishes. Marlene tells herself that she can’t forget Yuji, and won’t forget him. Later, she accesses her computer to try to find Yuji, but there is nothing on him in the main system database. She goes through camera logs and finds him being loaded into a shuttle along with a council member, but the shuttle has no arrival records. The guard watching her quarters door sees it open, and as he goes inside to see what’s going on, Marlene sneaks up behind the guard and knocks him out. She pulls out his taser and makes a break for the hangar, stealing a shuttle. She looks up the council member she saw in the database, and finds out he’s Seno Miyagi, the director of the Military station Science Division. Amick finds out that Marlene has slipped away in a shuttle, heading for the Military station. She tells her personnel to send a warning to security to have her arrested as soon as her shuttle docks. Marlene guides the shuttle to the station, but isn’t in a hurry. As the shuttle docks it is surrounded by guards. But as they enter it, Marlene isn’t inside and the guards see the shuttle was on auto-pilot. Marlene is actually outside the station hull and finds an airlock along the station wall that she uses to get inside. Amick is told that about what happened, then orders the Military station searched level by level as she heads over. Marlene is sneaking around the quiet sector of the station, but can’t go into the open. She conveniently finds clothing on the ground from a couple making out in the shadows and steals the clothing belonging to a medical officer. Pulling out her pony tails to change her hairstyle, she wanders around the station, and passing guards don’t recognize her. She gets access to a computer, and as she’s working, Amick is in the next room, but doesn’t notice her since she’s talking to a guard. Amick asks if the search is underway, but Doug interrupts the conversation, saying that 2805 is cleaver and shouldn’t be underestimated. Marlene finds out Seno is in the Science section of the station, autopsy room 205. Amick and Doug chew each other out over whose responsibility Marlene falls under, and as they do, Marlene walks away casually but quietly. She heads for the room Seno is in, and in the meantime, Seno and science personal are dissecting the dead Blue that seems to be fusing with Han’s corpse. Marlene walks in and quietly puts the taser to his side, getting his attention.

 

Seno asks Marlene who she is, but she says she wants a moment of his time and that the taser isn’t a joke. Seno quietly nods, and both walk an adjacent room, the scientists too busy with their work. The room Marlene and Seno are in is filled with Blue specimens, from larva to Blue Cores. Seno says she’ll pay for what she’s doing, but she asks him where Yuji Kaido is. Seno asks who he is, and Marlene tells him it’s the Sleeper she was with. Seno recognizes that it’s Marlene he’s talking to, and says he can’t tell her where Yuji is. Marlene asks him if the reason is because he thinks it’s none of her concern, and takes a badge off his hand. She imprints it onto her card, and gets access to Seno’s computer. Seno asks her what’s so special about Yuji, and if he’s special to her. Marlene says she only knows that she wants to find him no matter what happens to her, which gives Seno a look of surprise. Doug gets word that one of the medical staff on the station is missing an ID Card he tells them to track the card to see if it’s been used since it was reported missing. Amick is waiting word on Marlene, and a guard tells her they figured out where Marlene is. Meanwhile, Marlene pulls up Yuji’s data and asks Seno why there is a great deal of genetic information in his file. Guards suddenly swarm the room, but Marlene holds the taser to Seno’s head to keep them from taking any action. Amick walks in and tells her to surrender, but Marlene isn’t listening, working on Seno’s computer, and figures out where Yuji is on the station. She pulls out the ID card and tasers the computer, causing the room to short circuit, the lights to burn out and their glass covers to break. As everyone’s stunned by the flash she tries to make a break for it, but a guard is in her way of the other exit to the room. The guard misses with his dud rifle round and Marlene tasers him, taking his rifle. She makes a break for it, but is being followed by more guards. She runs down the halls, while the guards set off an alarm, causing all the people to get to the floor and cover their heads. Marlene makes it into an elevator, but gets a dud round in her back before she can make it in. Amick slams against the elevator doors and tells the guards to put the station on alert. The elevator doors open at its next stop, and Marlene guns down three guards without killing them, since the rifle is using dud rounds. She enters into the section she’s looking for, and sees a numbered door pertaining to Yuji’s location. But as she puts the ID card in the lock, the door doesn’t open. One of Doug’s men has locked down the missing ID card, making it useless now. Marlene tries to bust the door down with the butt of the rifle, but turns to see a dozen guards pointing their rifles at her. Marlene drops her rifle, and Amick walks up to her and tells her she’ll take full responsibility for her actions. Marlene says she wants to see Yuji again because he’s her friend (causing Seno to look in surprise again), but Amick tells her it’s nonsense and that Sleepers are only samples. Marlene disagrees with Amick’s thinking, but gets punched by Amick in the gut in response. Before the guards can take her away, the door suddenly opens and Marlene falls inside, catching everyone by surprise. From his station, Doug asks what happened, and his subordinate tells him the door was somehow forced open. As the guards try to get into the door, Seno’s holding something behind his back, simply watching what the guards are doing. Marlene sees two guards and some medical staff in the room, and as one guard orders her to leave, she tries to slip by. The first guard manages to get ahold of her, while the second guard fires a taser. But she pulls the first guard in the way to block, throwing his own rifle at him to knock him out. But the second guard manages to get ahold of her and force her down next to a console, but she then sees Yuji strapped to some kind of A.S. simulation device and wearing equipment. She wonders what they’ve done to him, and as she calls out, Yuji wakes up, and the first thing he looks at is her, and they both look at one another.

 

Commentary

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m really, REALLY beginning to dislike Amick and Doug, even though I got a chuckle out of the fact they that don’t like each other much either. Both seem to lack almost any ‘human’ emotion, and as already mentioned, are straight by-the-book military officers who put their duties first ahead of others or they’re feelings. Amick though shows that she’s very coldhearted, actually enjoying trying to force Marlene to see her way. Seno we don’t know much about yet…but I think it’s obvious he’s the one that let Marlene into the room Yuji is in. Why else would he hide something behind his back? As for Marlene, she’s rather lucky to find the clothing she did…from a fanservice scene more or less. We also don’t know what the council has been doing to Yuji, but the fact that he’s strapped to what looks like an armored shrike seat with monitoring gear on him, and the fact that it’s his genetic data that’s piqued Seno’s interest, must make Yuji special. Another cliffhanger though, so we’re still biting our lips in anticipation.

 

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