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Episode 10: Higher Than the Sun

 

Review by Will Podlewski

May 23, 2012

 

Summary

 

In a nightmare, Holland sees himself at the SOF massacre at Ciudades del Cielo. Amid SOF Terminus R505 units cutting down Vodarek insurgents, Holland comes across himself as a younger man, and is shocked out of the dream when that younger version opens fire on him with a machine gun. Waking up on the Gekko, Holland glances at the bottle of glowing liquid Tiptree gave him. He walks over to a sleeping Talho, who mutters something about Renton as she dozes. Shocked, Holland slams his head on the wall before turning on the radio. Holland is surprised again when he hears that an earthquake occurred earlier that day over the radio. Excited, Holland runs straight to the bridge and tells a sleepy Hap that it’s here. Alone in his cabin, Renton irons the crew’s clothes and remembers what Eureka told him about the massacre that she and Holland perpetrated while in the SOF. He thinks that Tiptree was right when she told him that he really knows nothing about the world. He neglects his work while thinking, though, and burn a hold through one of Talho’s shirts. He hides it in the commissary’s cash register when Moondoggie and Gidget walk in. Moondoggie asks him if his board is ready, as a huge wave is coming. In the Gekko’s operations room, the crew discuss that the wave is too far away to reach, but Holland says that they can make it. The crew all realize what he is talking about, and Talho hesitantly agrees to do it as well. Talho angrily storms into the commissary and takes a drink. She goes to the register to retrieve her change, where she then finds her ruined clothes. She is initially furious, but quickly calms down, saying that she didn’t even know she still had that shirt as she tosses it in the garbage. In the hangar, Renton laments the fact that the wave is still so far away. Eureka is about to tell him how they are going to get to the wave when a klaxon sounds on the ship.  An alarm screen reads “ballistic flight preparation;” Eureka tells Renton to buckle into the Nirvash’s copilot seat as the Gekko is going to leave the atmosphere. Back on the bridge, Talho says that there isn’t enough time left in the launch window and that she is going to have to go straight to full impulse. In the hangar, Eureka hands Renton a barf bag, saying that the flight is going to be intense. The Gekko tilts upward until completely facing the sky. Talho then activates the Gekko’s main thrusters and sends the ship flying into a low orbit.  As the children float weightlessly through the hangar, Eureka leads Renton by the hand, saying that they can see the stars very clearly. They go to a viewport, and as Eureka presses against Renton, he thinks to his sister that he is grateful for zero gravity. Back on the ground, Dominic reports to Dewey on the events at the skirmish at Ciudades del Cielo, and says that Gekkostate likely participated in the battle. At this, Dewey says that since they have no conventional units to carry out a counterattack, they should check on their “special project.”

 

With the Gekko back on the ground at Manaaki, and abandoned air force base, the members of Gekkostate speculate as to why they landed, and Stoner says that they should ask Talho. On the bridge, an irked Holland walks away in frustration. Elsewhere on the base, Renton is smiling to himself when Eureka asks him if he is going to go lifting with everyone else. She says she isn’t going to, and Renton, reflecting on what happened before at the viewport, says he’ll stay too. As they perform maintenance on the Nirvash, Eureka stops him, and says that her voice isn’t reaching the Nirvash. Holland watches them from a distance and says they don’t have to flaunt it. Suddenly, Talho appears and agrees with him, adding especially here of all places. As the rest of Gekkostate waits for the wave, Hilda remarks that both the wave and Holland aren’t coming. Later, Holland looks at the ruins of a building near Manaaki.  In a flashback, he remembers entering a room to see Talho. She gets up to go to him as he enters the room, and pulls her to him. She then asks him to take her with him. In the present, Talho joins him, and says he’s changed. Back at the Nirvash, Renton speculates that Eureka’s difficulties stem from problems with the Nirvash. She sits down next to him, and he tries repeatedly to tell her how he feels about her before eventually giving up. Back at the ruins, Talho yells at Holland for running away when he walks away from her. He agrees, and angrily tells her that he just wants to run away from and forget everything, but he can’t because it just keeps chasing him. He grabs her and holds her in an embrace, and asks her to just let him forget everything. As the sun sets, the crew of the Gekko remark that the wave never came. Holland tells Talho that he knows she landed at Manaaki for a purpose, and she says that it didn’t matter to him because there never was really a wave to begin with. She goes further, saying that it isn’t right for him to forget. In a monologue to his sister, Renton says that there are many things he doesn’t understand, but he knows that where he is at that very moment is truth, but he still wonders what the purpose of his life is. Back at a military base, Dominic approaches an empty bed, and asks to the room if someone is playing hide and seek again. Against a wall, he spots a figure wrapped in a sheet. When he touches the sheet, the figure punches him and sends him sprawling across the floor. Dewey then walks in, and addresses the figure as Anemone. She runs to him, and is shows to have pink hair, a necklace identical to Eureka’s and similar purple eyes.

 

Commentary

 

Eureka Seven continues here with another solid character building episode, although it really isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. The sole exception is Renton and Eureka, who seem to be getting along better than in their initial reactions. Their blossoming relationship is quickly becoming the backbone of this series, and it will be most interesting to see how it develops over the next 40 episodes. Apart from that, it is rather cool to see even more capabilities of the Gekko, and one just has to wonder how it was that Holland managed to acquire such an advanced ship from the military. The rest of the episode is par for the course, save again for the sequences featuring Dewey, Dominic and his “special project,” Anemone. She bears more than a passing resemblance to Eureka, which in and of itself is a fascinating prospect, and also is a new villain, seemingly in the vein of the insane female pilot trope, although without being a love interest for the protagonist a la Four Murasame in Zeta Gundam. Seeing as how Eureka Seven has been suffering from a dearth of memorable villains up to now, Anemone is a welcome and needed addition.

 

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