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Episode 6: Relation

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 28, 2006

 

Summary

 

Yuji and Marlene are now traveling in the highlands, with Marlene in the lead. Yuji seems to be completely exhausted, and it isn’t long before he finally passes out. Marlene notices this and sees an abandoned building not far from where they are. Nighttime finally comes around, and Yuji wakes up in a bedroll inside an old temple. He slowly gets up and sees what seems to be a statue of a Buddha. Marlene walks into the building and tells him he may be catching a fever, and offers him a pill, but he just walks away, rejecting her offer. He slumps down next to the statue to try to sleep again, and Marlene eventually calls it quits for the night. The next day comes by, and Yuji is lost in his thoughts, as he says the events that happened previously now seem far away to him. He goes on to say that they’re heading to Baikonur near Moscow. But Marlene advised him to stay away from the city to avoid any Blue. He says that they’ve been walking in the highlands for days, and seems to think that the natural wildlife that’s still here is beautiful to him. They both start climbing the side of a cliff, and when Marlene offers him a hand, he refuses again and keeps going by himself, even passing Marlene. They get to the top and while Yuji takes a quick drink, Marlene asks him what’s wrong, and asks him if he’s still mad with what happened at Seoul. She says that the people were doomed long before they found them, but Yuji talks about the promise he made to Yun. Marlene tells him to stop tormenting himself since she thinks they couldn’t have done anything for her, and says it’s enough that the both of them made it out alive. But Yuji gets angry at her and says she’s only happy because he himself as her precious sample is alive as well. He goes on by asking her why she feels nothing when all of her teammates died in front of her, but Marlene says she did the best she could, but that military losses are acceptable to the mission. She tells him not to get hung up on the past and tells him they should get going, otherwise if they don’t reach Baikonur they’ll be left behind. Yuji asks her to stop hiding and talk to him, and tell the truth about her being in love with Joey. She looks at him awkwardly and Yuji tells her he saw between her and Joey that one time. Marlene says they weren’t in love and just needed each other for that night. Yuji gets confused, and Marlene says that they’ll never know when they’ll die, they just try to feel as alive when they can, and asks him if there is anything wrong with that. Yuji is at a loss for words, and Marlene tells him that he shouldn’t confuse his old values, since he’s in a different world. It’s almost night and Marlene finds a cave for the both of them to stay in. Marlene stands their backpacks against the entrance to act like a wall, and covers Yuji with a blanket and lays down next to him, but Yuji is trying to hide his embarrassment when she presses against him. She tells him not to make things difficult since she’s as tired as him, and she falls asleep. Yuji remembers what she told him earlier about feeling alive, and he falls asleep himself. His dream turns into a freakish nightmare by seeing a Blue’s jaw on Marlene, trying to stop soldiers from running unknowingly towards the Blue, and seeing Yun’s own dog turn into a Blue. He remembers how she said he was different, then finds himself in the cryo chamber. Among the doctors is also his best friend Takashi and Yun again, then the chamber becomes completely infested as it was when he woke up, and he screams as the nest-like material starts to cover him. He wakes up from his nightmare and thinks he hears Blue roaring outside of the cave. He takes a rifle and goes outside, lost in thought and confused about all he’s encountered. He even stumbles down a small cliff, and when he gets to the origin of the sounds, it’s nothing more than pointed parts of a mountain, causing the wind to blow by and make noise. He realizes it was only a nightmare and tells himself he’s still alive.

 

The next day comes, with both Yuji and Marlene trekking again through the highlands. Yuji remembers how Marlene fell asleep last night, then suddenly finds himself staring at her behind. Yuji stops, which causes Marlene to turn around, and he quickly turns his head and continues walking. Marlene looks at him quickly, then pulls out what appears to be the medication pack with the pills she offered Yuji before, and sees she only has two left. As they continue their journey, Yuji once again manages to now take the lead, and Marlene now finds herself the one being tired. They walk up hill, but Marlene slips, and Yuji grabs her right arm while she hangs from the mountainside. She looks up in surprise to see that Yuji caught her, and he pulls her back up. He falls over on his back from exhaustion, and Marlene thanks him for saving her. He tells her she would’ve done the same thing in his place, but says that in his time, it was the men who looked after the women. Marlene is puzzled by the word women, and Yuji is shocked that how Marlene, being a woman, doesn’t know what the word means. He then quickly says that he’ll survive his way, and encourages her to keep going with him. As Yuji starts walking again, Marlene actually smiles at him. Yuji finally gets to the top of a small mountain and sees a setting sun in the process. Marlene catches up and hears him humming the same song he sung with Joey before. He tells Marlene how beautiful the sun is, and goes on about he and his friend Takashi made a pack to go traveling when he was cured, and says he’d never imagine being here. He then asks Marlene if it’s possible someone like Takashi made it to Second Earth, but Marlene tells him less than 100 million people made it up into space. She says only those of high physical abilities and intelligence made it up into space, but says she was actually a lucky one. She goes on to say she was around 10 years old when a rescue squad picked up her by chance, and learned her parents had been killed by the Blue. She says she can never forget the fires and burnt flesh. She continues to say that humanity at the time only considered the Blue a pest, but no matter what modern weapon they used, the Blue kept on coming. She says that this led to them enveloping the Earth in fire, and when she looks at a sunset, she sees a sad scorched planet. She tells Yuji about her past, how she was in the top of her classes in marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, piloting Armor Shrikes and in combat scenarios with VR helmets. She remembers about another soldier, during her teen years, and the soldier gives her a kiss. He tells her that it’s for good luck and that it’ll keep him alive when he fights the Blue, and he walks off. Marlene wakes up from her flashback when Yuji calls her name. She asks him if he’d still go with her back to Second Earth, and Yuji agrees after all they’ve been through. He says they should put the past behind them and start over, to a new beginning and go to Second Earth alive together. Yuji holds out his hand, and Marlene says it’s a deal, but instead of taking his hand, she kisses him. Yuji is completely surprised, and has a blank stare for a moment while Marlene walks off, and Yuji starts catching up to her.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is a little slower, and loses a bit of steam, as this episode has no combat in it pretty much. Instead we get a character development episode, and an important one that keeps it from being filler. We learn a little bit more of how Yuji is motivated now to keep going, even in pain, and learn about how Marlene came to be the way she is. It’s very weird how Marlene doesn’t know the word ‘women’, which means that it seems up in Second Earth, gender isn’t an issue almost. But we also learn that it seems the human race destroyed many of their cities in their initial war against the Blue. On another note, Yuji and Marlene seem to both be opening up to each other. Yuji finds himself staring at her from time to time, and Marlene actually kisses him by the end of this episode. I think it’s pretty obvious they’re this show’s developing couple. They’re going to have an interesting trip ahead of them, that’s for certain.

 

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