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Episode 11: Into the Nature

 

Review by Will Podlewski

July 20, 2012

 

Summary

 

At a military base, Dominick tells Anemone that it is time to go. She asks if theEND is coming too, and when Dominick says yes, she smiles. Eureka stands in the Gekko’s cargo bay, and as she runs her hand along the Nirvash typeZERO’s hull, her fingers begin to bleed. In the infirmary, Talho expresses her concerns that Eureka is off to Mischa, and Mischa is surprised that Talho cares. Mischa goes on to say that there is nothing physically wrong with Eureka and that her problem must be in her mind. She theorizes that her issues in linking with the Nirvash are the cause of her problems. In the galley, while the rest of the crew eats, Eureka sits silently. As they talk about the dreams they had the night before, Renton speaks about how his dream involved riding trapar waves, but the rest think his dream was boring. Renton asks Eureka if she dreamt last night, and she tells him that she’s never dreamed. She leaves as Holland and Hap walk in. Hap tells the crew that they have a Coralian, much to everyone’s excitement. As they discuss further, Talho calls Holland out, asking him if he’s actually serious in going through with his plan to investigate the Coralian. In her quarters, Eureka just stares at her bandaged fingers, while the children lament the fact that they can’t be near her because she is sick. Back in the council chambers, the council members wonder if the Nirvash triggered the Coralian’s sudden appearance. They speak to a hologram of Dewey, and he says that if they don’t take this chance, they won’t be able to take the first step towards total annihilation. Later, aboard the Gekko, Renton wonders about the Coralian, as no one has yet explained to him what it actually is. He asks Eureka, but she tells him she doesn’t know either. Holland walks in on the two of them, and asks her where she is going when she immediately gets up to leave. She tells him that she is going to look at the Nirvash. Holland tells her that she’s not going out on the mission, but she says they can’t enter the Zone without her. Holland tells her that he’ll only let her go if she takes Renton with her. Renton speculates to himself that Eureka and Holland had dealt with a Coralian before. On the bridge of the Izumo, Dominick orders Captain Jurgens to immediately head to the Coralian, emphasizing the fact that he is now a special advisor from military headquarters. Anemone is also on the bridge, and before she leaves, hits an emergency switch for her own amusement, causing Jurgens to blurt out that they are being treated like fools.  Dominick tells him to surrender his quarters for Anemone’s use, and Anemone orders him to give her pet, Gulliver, a tour of the ship.

 

In the Gekko’s bath, the children ask Eureka if her head still hurts. She tells them that she is fine, but they ask if she is going away. She starts to answer as the alarm klaxon activates, and she says it is time to go. From the bridge, the crew sees a massive spherical cloud in front of them, and Holland identifies it as the Coralian. Holland says that they will try and break through to the inside.  He says that the other LFOs will use a trapar slipstream to guide the Nirvash into the heart of the Coralian, so that Eureka can conserve her strength. On the Izumo, one of the operators identifies the cloud as a Kute-class Coralian, and that the trapar waves around it are increasing while Anemone complains of a headache. Jurgens orders the KLF squadrons to launch, but Dominick overrides him again, throwing him into a rage. On the Gekko, Eureka asks the Nirvash what is upsetting it. When Renton climbs into the LFO, its compac drive begins to activate. He asks her if she is alright, and she says that nothing is wrong, save for a headache. Three KLFs head towards the Coralian as the Gekkostate LFOs launch. Trapar density increases as the KLFs make their approach. Suddenly, one of them loses control of its ref board, and the board, now riderless, rides along the waves and crashes into the rest of the KLFs, destroying them. In the Izumo’s hangar, Anemone screams to Dominick that her head hurts too much to sortie. In the face of her complaints, Dominick drugs her. After a moment, her demeanor completely changes and she says she is ready to go. On the bridge, an operator identifies the Gekko on his instruments, and Jurgens orders battle stations while on the Gekko, Holland does the same, as he says they must get the Nirvash into the Coralian. A black LFO is launched from the Izumo, piloted by Anemone, identified as theEND by one of the bridge crew. The Gekko LFOs approach the Zone surrounding the Coralian, and Matthieu tells Eureka to take the lead. TheEND then attacks, severing the arm of the Terminus typeR606. Hilda recovers the 606 and heads back the ship. The Nirvash then engages theEND, and Anemone closes the distance on Eureka and Renton using its wired claws. From the cockpit, Renton gets a better look at theEND, which bears a resemblance to the Nirvash. From her cockpit, Anemone says the Nirvash looks like theEND.  Anemone then says she wants them to die, and initiates the Bascude Crisis, an energy weapon in theEND’s chest. As the onslaught continues, Renton monologues that this is the way he departed from his life.

 

Commentary

 

The big reveal in this episode is Anemone’s theEND, a bizarre, dark version of the Nirvash with organic eyes and a cockpit filled with even more eyes. There is obviously some resonance between Anemone and Eureka confirmed here, as both get similar headaches as they come closer. The relationship between Anemone and Dominick is explored here too, and  even though he is mostly like a babysitter to her, there was obviously some hesitation and remorse in him when he doped her in order to get her to pilot, showing that, one some level, he doesn’t see her as the tool Dewey does. Anemone herself is the complete opposite to Eureka, similar in some ways to the early contrasts between Asuka and Rei in the Evangelion franchise. The brief duel between the Nirvash and theEND is by far the best battle seen in the series so far, which is saying quite a bit in a show that continually impresses in the animation department. The only true knock against this episode is the lack of explanation of what is actually going on, a point that even Renton makes in a brief piece of fourth-wall breaking. However, this is still one of the strongest episodes in the series so far, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens following Renton’s apparent “death.”

 

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