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Episode 13: The Beginning

 

Review by Will Podlewski

July 20, 2012

 

Summary

 

The Izumo recovers from the damage sustained from the battle with the Gekko around the Coralian. A bridge operator tells Captain Jurgens that they have had no communication from theEND, and Jurgens tries to tell Dominick not to worry, but then is told that Dominick stole a shuttle to go look for Anemone. In the aft of the shuttle, Dominick readies a motorcycle. In the Nirvash typeZERO, still immobile at the center of the crater, Renton says he remembers his name, and also remembers that Eureka held his hand. Suddenly aware of her, Renton sees Eureka unconscious in the other cockpit of the Nirvash. He goes to her, but she remains unresponsive. Renton sees theEND crashed nearby, and as he runs to it the cockpit opens, revealing a comatose Anemone. As he approaches, Dominick points a gun at the back of his head and tells him to turn around. Dominick recognizes him, but before he can say anything Anemone begins screaming, as does Eureka. Dominick tries to drug her, but she knocks it away and the vial shatters on the ground. Anemone continues screaming about how her head hurts, and when Dominick tires to help her, orders him not to touch her. Later, Renton has pulled the unconscious Eureka out of the Nirvash, while Dominick tells Anemone that he is going to a nearby hospital to get replacement medication. Renton forces Dominick to take him with him by dismantling Dominick’s bike in such a way that only Renton can fix.  On the Gekko, Holland wants to go out and search in his LFO, but Talho says the waves are too thin even to lift. He says he’ll stick to vehicle mode as he goes to Ken-Goh, who warns him that the military will also be on a retrieval operation for theEND. As they ride to the hospital, Renton asks Dominick questions about Anemone and theEND, which he refuses to answer. Dominick is later stunned when Renton identifies the cloud from before as a Coralian, so much so that he crashes his motorcycle into a crashed van. Dominick tries to interrogate Renton further, but realizes that his gun was destroyed in the crash. As they right the bike, Dominick asks Renton if he entered the Zone, but Renton doesn’t answer. They arrive at the city where the hospital is, but are attacked by a citizen. As they travel further, they see that the town was devastated by the Coralian. By reading a missing person poster, Renton determines the location of the military hospital. Before they can leave, the pair is attacked by some angry townspeople, but the two manage to fight them off. They continue, despite Dominick’s complete ineptitude at taking directions.

 

At the hospital, a doctor tells Dominick that the amount of drugs he is asking for is lethal, but Dominick presses him for a prescription anyway. They get the medicine and leave just in time to see someone steal Dominick’s bike. The two steal an ambulance and on the drive back, Renton asks Dominick about a girl he saw in the hospital who was fixated on her compac drive. Dominick calls it Desperation Disease, but he can’t explain the cause of it. Back at the crash site, Renton explains to Dominick about how he saw Anemone within the Zone, even though he had never met her before. Dominick tells him that they both fell for troublesome women, and calls Renton by his name. Renton is shocked that Dominick knows who he is, who introduces himself as Dominick Sorel.  Suddenly, explosions erupt around the four as three military KLFs approach. One of them is destroyed, however, as the three remaining Gekkostate LFOs approach from the opposite direction. Renton carries Eureka to the Nirvash while Dominick tries to call off the military. As Renton screams that he will protect Eureka amid the explosions, the Nirvash activates and encases the crash site in a force field, deflecting the weapons fire from both sides. Without being controlled, the Nirvash lowers its hand to get Eureka and Renton up to the cockpit. On the Gekko, Hap reports that trapar levels are increasing.  Holland gets back in his LFO to prepare for the waves, and remarks that there are some things that even he can’t explain. In the Nirvash, as Renton prepares to take off, he notices that the compac drive reads “Eureka” again. The Nirvash takes off, and makes to head back to the Nirvash.  Back on the ground, Dominick tells Anemone that they may have just met their true enemies. On the Gekko, while Eureka is taken to the sick bay, Renton confronts Holland about what Eureka actually is, and that he knew what would happen if she went into the Zone. On the Izumo, in his quarters, Dominick looks at the cover of ray=out featuring Renton and wonders just what he truly is.

 

Commentary

 

While not nearly as action packed as the last couple of episodes, this one still hold up quite well, but for different reasons. There’s a bit of world building here, and it’s nice to see that Gekkostate isn’t the only group in the Federation who despises the military. The real standout scenes in this episode are between Renton and Dominick; while Renton is still as inquisitive and obnoxious as ever, Dominick begins to open up to Renton just a little, and we see him as more of a fleshed out character than the uppity officer we’ve seen before. In continuing from last episode, he seems to genuinely care about Anemone out of more than simple strategically interests, and, just like Anemone is an ideal foil for Eureka, there are some darker reflections of Renton in Dominick.  Hopefully we’ll get to see more of him soon and less of the generally uninteresting Gekko crew that bogged down the beginning of this series.

 

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