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Episode 18: Chaos

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

March 24, 2011

 

Summary

 

In the middle of a burning forest, Yuji’s in his Double Edge, smiling as he charges a Blue, and starts to kill it, a very maniacal smile forming on his face. Marlene’s in her A.S. not far behind, and as Yuji blows the Blue to bits two Choppers attack Marlene. She kills one of them, but the second lands on her A.S. and pins her. She calls out to Yuji for help, but he turns very slowly and reloads a grenade into the A.S.’s rifle, and heads toward Marlene, himself and his A.S. completely covered in blood. Marlene begs for him to stop, and she screams just when he fires the grenade. Marlene wakes up from her nightmare, drenched in sweat. She gets out of bed, realizing her hand is shivering, and she clenches it to try to stop it from shaking. Alarms start going off, and Amick is once again on the speakers, telling different teams to get ready for another drop operation since their last one was successful. Meanwhile, the council is discussing the recent successes as well, but say they’re worried about the science division, saying they’re complaining about the treatment of Sleepers. The woman who looks like Su is in the council, and they all look at Victor, who doesn’t answer them. Meanwhile, Su is with Brenda, running more tests on Alicia, Tony and Yuji. Marlene watches with Rick, and he comments how even if they took some of their aspects away, they are still better than them. The tests are done and Brenda tells them to relax. Alicia stumbles out of her simulator exhausted, and Brenda compliments Yuji on his performance, saying she’s looking forward to his progress. Tony looks at him, actually smiling at the accomplishment, and Yuji returns it. Seno seems to be wandering around, but Marlene and Rick run into Yuji as he heads out. Marlene begins to talk to him, but Yuji says he doesn’t want to rest and instead will go for target practice. He says he’s finally caught up, and is never going to fall behind again. He gives off a very evil smile, which sends a chill for Marlene as she watches him walk away. Alicia can’t believe Yuji’s attitude is still as it is and goes to chase after him. Rick walks up behind Marlene and asks if she likes what she sees, and points to Brenda and Su making out again by a console, hinting what they should do. Suddenly a door opens and they look in shock to see Seno rudely step in, only knocking after entering, asking to see the data himself personally. Brenda asks if he’s here under Doug’s permission, but Seno says that the area is run by the Medical and Science Division, saying he doesn’t need permission, and demands to see the data again. Su says she can send the data to his work desk, but Seno says he only wants to see what was recorded today. He looks the data over and can’t understand why the data from the simulator is so different than the ones on the ground, and Su says it’s under different conditions, and Seno agrees, saying it’s likely that high military gain from the Sleepers can be achieved. Marlene’s not happy that Seno’s around, and as he looks at her, she walks off, with Rick not far behind. As she walks the halls she remembers how Seno intervened when she found Yuji when the council tried to take him away, saying how her involvement was important to the tests. She says to herself that the environment is changed and wonders why he’s interested, and begins to wonder if Seno knew something from the start, just as Rick catches up to her. Rick asks where she’s going and if something’s wrong, and Marlene realizes she’s being watched, as a soldier around a corner walks away. She also spots a camera monitoring her. She turns around and simply answers Rick by saying where they are going. They head to the hangar specifically where her A.S. is in a shuttle, and Rick believes they’re going to make out. She closes the shuttle door, and just before Rick can touch her, she pushes him aside and gets into her A.S., leaving Rick wondering. She asks for his favor and asks him to take a data disc to Seno Miyagi without anyone noticing, and Rick looks at the disk confused. The shuttle door opens and Marlene notices another camera focus on her, and she tries to look like she’s enticed by Rick, which gives him a baffled look. Marlene pleads for him to help her, and she floats off, the camera no longer paying attention. He thinks for a moment, wondering if he should get involved, and decides to do it, looking at the disc in his hand.

 

Later, Seno finally gets the disc and begins to review it himself in his lab. At the same time, Su’s taken Brenda to a quiet place to make out, with Marlene keeping her eye on them quietly. Alicia’s on the shooting range with Yuji, but she’s fallen asleep. Tony is by himself in his room, meditating to himself. As the final results of the disc come up, Seno gets a “Measurement Impossible” error, since the computer can’t calculate the full extent of Yuji’s abilities. Elsewhere, two soldiers come relief another pair of their duties for the moment, then they suddenly knock them out. In a monitoring room, a group of people are mentioning the room’s that are cleared, and changing the camera information. Marlene is hanging out near the window that both her and Yuji were at before. She’s contemplating what’ll happen to her when the war is over, and what will happen to Yuji as well. Suddenly two soldiers come up behind her and point rifles. She puts her hands up and asks if she should go back to her station. One of the guards points the tip of the barrel into her back and whispers to her that they received her message, and that they’ll take her to the Ark. The guards escort her to what looks like a cell door, and toss her in, but it seems to be a monitoring station, with Seno commenting on how urgent the situation is. He welcomes Marlene inside, and when she asks him what he’s trying to do, he says he had to keep up appearances since they know she’s being monitored. When she asks ‘they’, Seno says the High Council. He points to a station with two Sleeper data values, a left panel with actual data, which is very high, and data on the right, which is unusually low. Seno says that the data on the right, which Su sent them, was tampered with. Tony and Yuji’s levels are exceptionally high for them, meaning Sleepers can eliminate the Blue, but there’s more to it. He says aside from the enhanced strength and reflexes, the B-Cells in Sleepers give them an unconscious link that allows them to know the movements of enemies, and Marlene asks if that means they can read the minds of the Blue. As she’s about to ask another question, Seno continues on to explain that in the early 21st century, people diagnosed with B-Cells indeed become Sleepers since there was no cure to stop the mutation at the time. He then says that in the course of studying the problem, they used test animals injected with B-Cells, and Marlene sees footage of a rabbit turning into some kind of early Blue when it was injected with B-Cells. He said that animals with B-Cells inevitably crossbred with other animals, and evolution did the rest, and the first Blue was discovered on Earth in 2017. He says that in essence, the Blue’s true identity is the evolved B-Cells. Marlene listens in shock, with Seno going on, saying that when more research was done with the B-Cells, a plan was devised to use a super human battalion. Yet the scientists involved knew that they could end up creating a ‘new’ kind of Blue. He then asks her that once the Blue are gone, who’d be left, and he tells her she already knows the answer. He says that when a Sleeper’s B-Cells are activated, it increases their abilities, but high levels of stress create abnormalities for them. He says that Yuji’s no longer a normal human, and that the more the B-Cells begin to control his body, the more he begins to act like the Blue. Marlene can’t believe what she’s being told, and says that Yuji couldn’t do something like that, and that she won’t let him. Seno smiles, saying he was correct in his judgment of her. He says in order to stop what’s happening, they need to remove the High Council from power, which is why he formed a group of people called The Ark. He asks for Marlene to help him, saying she’s probably the only one who can make Yuji realize his human emotions and inhibit the B-Cell’s growth in his body. Alarms suddenly go off, an one of the people monitoring the station says that another drop operation is getting ready and that the Sleeper Brigades are being summoned as well. In a shuttle ready to launch, Yuji and his team are waiting for Marlene, but Amick tells them to go without her, and that angers Rick. Yuji has been waiting for this chance to settle his score, as he’s eager to go. The council is monitoring the drop, and is already aware of what Seno seems to be doing, as their monitors can see past the screens Seno’s team set up. They say they’ll have to deal with him eventually, and the woman who looks like Su watches the monitor again. Victor says it’ll be all right, and that they need to stand by their decision, no matter what. Marlene realizes they’re leaving without her, but as she tries to run, she trips on a wire, and looks up to see a window, only to watch as the ships have already left without her. She cries out Yuji’s name, and as the shuttle carrying Yuji descends, he suddenly smiles again.

 

Commentary

 

To say that we learn A LOT of things here is an understatement. We learn many important things about Sleepers, the B-Cells, the Council, Seno and his organization, and Marlene’s involvement with Yuji. Animals evolved into the Blue on their own, but it was the research done that revealed it. Humans whose B-Cells are used in the Double Edge’s increases their fighting abilities, but they become more like pure killers, or more like Blue in this case. This could explain why Tony has had a strange drawing to them. But why are his reactions still somewhat different than Yuji’s? We see also Seno has been keeping an eye on the council with his organization, The Ark. But the Council has been watching Seno as well…so I wonder who will make the first move against the other. The reason Seno kept Marlene close to Yuji was that it somehow kept him in touch with his human side, but the council’s been doing actions to keep the two separate. We get more needless fanservice from Su and Brenda…how many times do we need to see them make out? There are eight episodes left, so things are taking interesting turns from here on out.

 

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