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Episode 2: Blue Sky Fish

 

Review by Tony Myers

May 9, 2013

 

Summary

 

A flashback shows Renton and his older sister Diane visiting their father Adroc's grave with Axel. Noting that they are the only ones to keep coming here, Axel tells Renton and Diane that because Adroc bothered to follow his dreams, he got used up by society and eventually wound up dead. He says it's better to never dream at all than to exhaust yourself for people who just wait for happiness to come. Diane tells Renton that in spite of what Axel says, she still believes in Adroc's last words to her: don't beg for things, but earn them yourself. She says that someday Renton will understand what he meant. Renton remembers his father's words as he plummets to the ground. Grabbing his ref board, he catches a trapar wave, and flying green creatures called sky fish surround him as he flies up toward the battle. The Gekkostate LFOs are having a difficult time fighting the Mon-Soonos because of the thin trapars. Holland considers activating his 909's Compac Feedback system as a last resort, but before he does, Matthieu notices that someone has entered the area. Holland looks outside and sees Renton flying past him, followed by the sky fish. Renton tells his sister that he now understands his father's words and that he'll earn his own victory. A Mon-Soono swoops in front of Renton, and he executes a cutback drop turn to dodge it, much to Holland's surprise. The Nirvash typeZERO is ambushed by Mon-Soonos, and the turquoise-haired girl says that she needs to get back to Holland. Renton flies in front of the Nirvash, and the girl sees him outside. However, the Nirvash's motion knocks Renton off his board. The girl turns the Nirvash around and races toward Renton to catch him. She opens the Nirvash's cockpit canopy, and Renton falls straight into her lap. Renton tells the girl that he was able to pull off a cutback drop turn because of her. He gives her a big hug and says that he loves her. Renton pulls out the Amita Drive and vows that he will protect her and the Nirvash. He says that, according to Axel, the Amita Drive will activate the Satori program and awaken the Nirvash's true power. He snaps the Amita Drive onto the Compac Drive, and the cockpit is bathed in a sparkling light. Once again, the word "eureka" appears in the Compac Drive. The girl suddenly faints, and the Nirvash's systems shut down, causing it to fall off its board. Renton tries in vain to move the Nirvash, and the Mon-Soonos fire missiles at it. Renton wonders if he's going to die after just 14 years. Some time after the battle, Matthieu walks around the wreckage of a Mon-Soono and says that there's nothing left of the area but pillars of salt. He says he'd heard rumors about this occurrence but never knew that it would be like this. A short distance away, Holland checks on the girl in the Nirvash. The girl says she's fine, and Holland says everyone else is, too. Holland says he'd never imagined that the Amita Drive could unleash the Nirvash's powers, and he looks out upon a massive crater. The girl says that it was Renton's talent, not the Amita Drive, that awakened those powers. Axel's digger friend races to Garage Thurston in search of Axel or Renton, but he is saddened to find that it has been destroyed. Axel, sitting on the ground nearby, asks the man to light his cigarette. The Nirvash lands, and Axel runs over to it, asking the girl if Renton is all right. On the Izumo, Dominic tries telling Jurgens to return to their base, but Jurgens insists on pursuing the Nirvash. Dominic says that it's useless now that they've confirmed the Seven Swell effect. Jurgens says that Dominic is an information officer and that he's only there as an observer. Dominic declares that he will use his rights as an information officer to requisition the Izumo's high-speed shuttle. The Nirvash is hidden under the wreckage of the garage. The digger tells Axel that he'll try to keep things under wraps long enough for him and Renton to get away from the military. Renton sleeps on a couch with a smile on his face. The girl asks why he looks so happy when he did something reckless. Axel says that even though it was reckless, he'll praise Renton because he's family. He says that the girl will understand once she has children of her own. Holland arrives at the garage on his ref board and tells Axel he didn't think he'd ever see him again. Axel asks Holland what excuse he has for coming back.

 

Axel asks Holland how long he's been hanging around and where his Terminus is. Holland says he came over by board because the 909 would be spotted easily. Axel says that Holland always brings him nothing but trouble. Holland only wants to give his thanks to Axel, however. Axel guesses that Holland came back because he wanted to make a decision and take responsibility for his actions. Even so, Axel wanted Renton to be able to live an ordinary, happy life. Holland tells Axel that that's not what Renton wants, and he asks why Axel wanted Renton to deliver the Amita Drive when it meant doing something reckless. He says that Axel is just fooling himself about what he believes. Axel angrily asks what a drifter like Holland would know about such things. Holland asks why Axel kept the Amita Drive around. Axel says that he did so because his son built it, and that the only one who deserves to have it is Renton. Renton wakes up and hears Axel say that he'll never forgive Holland. Axel starts to cry and tells Holland to leave. Renton tells the girl that he doesn't understand why his father made the Amita Drive or why his grandfather kept it hidden away. He asks the girl what he should do, and Holland tells him that he must decide for himself, just like any ref boarder should. Dominic flies away in the Izumo's shuttle, and Jurgens tells his crew that he'll let Dominic go because he granted them access to the information database. One of the Izumo's crew says that there is an unidentified craft at the Bell Forest Airport. Jurgens orders the crew to make a forced landing at Bell Forest in order to engage the craft. Holland looks at a picture of the Thurston family and sees that Diane's face is scorched off. Renton is spying on him from behind, and Holland tells him to go ahead and make his decision. He says that Renton was able to make a cutback drop turn because he believed in the waves. Holland tells Renton that he could just give up on his dream now, but he tells the boy something his mentor taught him: that he shouldn't beg for things, but earn them himself. He asks Renton what he believed in while he was in the Nirvash. The scene flashes back to the Mon-Soonos' missile attack. As "eureka" appears again in the Compac Drive, the girl hugs Renton and tells him that it'll be all right. He remembers that the same word appeared in the Compac Drive when his sister left home. Renton thinks he finally understands what his sister wanted to tell him and what he should believe in right now. A barrier protects the Nirvash from the missiles as it hits the ground. Holland realizes that the Seven Swell is coming and tells Matthieu to retreat. A shockwave bursts out from around the Nirvash, creating a gigantic pillar of light and a rainbow. Dominic identifies the phenomenon as the Seven Swell effect. Axel says that even though it's a light that leads to death and destruction, it's very beautiful. The revived Nirvash stands up and begins reversing the trapar polarity. It soars through the sky without a board and swiftly destroys two of the Mon-Soonos. Holland looks at his picture of the Thurstons and asks Diane whether this was the right thing to do. The Nirvash slides along the ground to grab its board and then flies upward to destroy the last KLF. Back in the present, Renton tells Holland that all he wanted to do was protect the girl on the Nirvash. Holland gives Renton an offer to join Gekkostate and says that's what the girl would want. An air raid siren sounds, and Holland spots the Izumo landing at the airport. The girl takes Renton's hand and asks him to come along, saying that it won't be any good without him. Renton tells his sister that he grasped the girl's hand because he felt he had to protect the Amita Drive and because he wanted to believe in the girl once more.

 

Commentary

 

We're given a bit more back story in this episode, especially with Holland's character. It seems he was somehow involved with Renton's older sister, Diane. Whatever happened between the two, it was clearly serious enough to make both him and Axel averse to seeing each other again. Holland isn't shaping up to fit the pedestal Renton puts him on, although he does reveal that Renton's father, Adroc, was his mentor. It takes some time-skipping, but we see the power of the Amita Drive in action, and it goes far beyond activating a "super mode" in the Nirvash. I have to wonder why Axel would entrust such an item to Renton (and, by extension, Gekkostate), given its connection to the Summer of Love disaster. We still don't know the Nirvash's pilot's name, but she's taken a liking to Renton, and it seems he'll be joining up with the rest of Gekkostate pretty soon. Also, one of the girl's lines implies that the Nirvash is sentient and bio-mechanical in origin. It was called the ancestor of all LFOs in the previous episode, so this construction is probably shared by its "descendants." Finally, Dominic and Jurgens aren't given much to do in this episode besides bicker at each other again, but the latter is preparing for a confrontation with the Gekko, so it looks like the next episode will do more to set the conflict between the military and Gekkostate into motion.

 

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