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Episode 3: Motion Blue

 

Review by Tony Myers

May 9, 2013

 

Summary

 

At the Bell Forest Airport, Jurgens demands that the airport block the Gekko from leaving. An airport official tells him that they can do nothing more than impose a curfew because a blockade will bring pressure from the Aviation Corporation onto the airport. Jurgens says that he knows that the Gekko is parked there and that it is connected to the Seven Swell phenomenon. He adds that the Izumo fleet has already lost two KLF squadrons. Even so, the official says, Gekkostate submitted official documentation. Jurgens says that he'll wait 10 minutes before forcing the gates open. On the Gekko, Talho tells Holland that the ship has been prohibited from leaving and that their forged paperwork is now useless. When Holland says there's nothing they can do, Talho yells that this all happened because of him and that he should do something to fix it. After he hangs up, the Nirvash's pilot tells Holland that they should hurry back to the Gekko. Holland says they'll need to make a forceful exit and walks off to read the waves. The girl suggests that she read the waves instead, saying she's feeling better today. She grabs Renton's hand and runs off with him. The girl demonstrates reading the waves by raising her hand into the air. As they silently do so together, Renton looks at the girl and is captivated by her looks. The girl says that a wave is coming, which startles Renton. She says that Renton is amusing, just like one of her kids. As she runs off to tell Holland, Renton stands dumbfounded at her words. He rummages through the wreckage of his room and finds a magazine article about impressing girls. The article warns him to not come across as too friendly or immature. Renton panics and worries that he's ruined his chances with her by acting like a child, especially since he doesn't even know her name. The girl, who has been kneeling beside him all this time, tells him her name is Eureka. Renton tells her his name as well. Eureka says he really is amusing and that he reminds her of someone she once met. She holds out her hand to Renton and says they should hurry. Holland informs Talho that they plan to do a "drop-in." Talho worries that the Amita Drive will go out of control again, while the ship's hacker, Woz, tells them he's finished hacking into the airport systems. Holland reassures Talho that they'll be okay because Adroc's son will be aboard the Nirvash. Talho asks if that's really a good idea. Holland tells her he has a hunch and winks at Renton. As they prepare to leave, Holland tells Renton that Eureka will control the Nirvash, while he is to watch over the Amita Drive and disconnect it if anything goes wrong. As Holland turns to leave, Renton asks him to wait for three minutes. Axel kneels in front of a picture of Adroc and asks him if he wishes for peace for mankind, even if it means taking peace away from his own family. Renton walks up and apologizes to Axel for running away from his responsibilities. He says that he will go away to train to become a mechanic like his grandfather. Axel says it'll be tough, but Renton says he'll be okay because he's Axel's grandson. Axel chokes back tears and tells Renton not to make an old man cry. Renton tells Holland that he's made up his mind and wants to train aboard the Gekko. Holland rubs Renton's head and takes off on his ref board. Eureka says that Holland is mysterious and unpredictable, but this is why she believes in him. Axel walks over to give Renton a set of tools and is shocked to see Renton suddenly leaving in the Nirvash. Eureka drives the Nirvash away from the airport tower in order to take advantage of the changing trapar currents that will take them there more quickly. Renton is astounded that she can read the waves like that. As Eureka lifts the Nirvash into the sky, she says it's been a long time since the Nirvash was so happy. Renton is overcome with dizziness at the Nirvash's swift movements.

 

Jurgens looks at a stopwatch and, upon finding that he's received no response after 15 minutes, orders the Mon-Soono squadron to be deployed before the Gekko can launch the Nirvash. However, the Izumo's radar detects that the Nirvash is quickly approaching the airport. Renton is worried when he sees the Izumo and three KLFs on the Nirvash's radar and asks Eureka if they'll have backup, but Eureka says she can handle the enemies on her own. She says there's nothing she can really believe in other than the Nirvash and Holland. The Izumo fires its laser cannons, but they are unable to hit the Nirvash and end up hitting the airport tower instead. An airport operator tells the airport commander that the Gekko has hacked into their systems and is preparing to launch. Jurgens again orders the Mon-Soonos to take out the Nirvash. There is an explosion from the airport elevator. Eureka says that it is a smoke screen, albeit a badly timed one. She speeds the Nirvash toward the KLFs and destroys all three with one of the Nirvash's boomerang knives. The Gekko emerges on the runway from beneath the smoke, and Renton reacts in amazement. Talho launches the Gekko, shuts off the port side engine to dodge the Izumo, and drives the Gekko off the edge of the runway, causing it to plunge down the side of the tower. At the right moment, she pulls the ship out of the dive. Hap, the ship's second-in-command, says that they will need to catch the trapars quickly to lift the ship. Talho hesitates, but does so once she sees Holland on his ref board. The Gekko soars into the air, and Holland lands on the ship. Eureka takes the Nirvash back to the Gekko as well. On the Izumo, Jurgens is astounded that one LFO could destroy a whole KLF squadron. He says the military will probably dismiss him at the very least. Renton looks back on Bell Forest and the wrecked garage. He sees the crater created by the Seven Swell but is unable to remember how it appeared. He then thinks that he should have thought more about what he was getting himself into, although he is happy that he finally has something to live for. He looks at Eureka and is captivated by her clear eyes. Axel and the digger watch the Nirvash fly away, and the digger tells Axel that Renton takes after his predecessors. Axel regrets that he couldn't keep Adroc or Diane from leaving, but he is confident that Renton will return someday and says that this is just a detour before his real training begins. On the Gekko, the members of Gekkostate crowd around Renton to see the boy who made Eureka laugh, but they're unimpressed by his plain appearance. All of them walk off except for Talho. She walks over to Renton, puts her hands on his face, and grins at him before yanking his cheeks. Renton clutches his face in pain and asks Talho why she did that, but she just waves while walking away. Holland, wearing nothing but some shoes and a pair of boxer shorts, hands Renton a rolled-up tent and some bedding. Renton asks Holland if he just got out of the shower, and Holland says there's nothing wrong with walking around in his underwear while at home. He tells Renton that he can camp out in the hangar since they don't have any more rooms. He wonders what kind of job Renton should have on the ship, but he shrugs off the matter and says he'll think of something. Eureka walks up to Renton and asks if he can stay next to the Nirvash. She says she wants to believe in Renton. Renton agrees and gushes that she needs a mechanic like him to take care of things. While he muses to himself, Eureka runs off to see a group of children who are calling for their mama. Renton snaps to attention at these words and rushes over to find Eureka with a trio of young children: an 8-year-old boy, Maurice; a 5-year-old girl, Maeter; and a 3-year-old boy, Linck. The three of them glare at Renton, and Eureka tells Renton that they are her children. The kids plead with Eureka to leave with them so they can show her a picture Linck drew of her. The four of them walk off, leaving Renton in stunned silence. He tells his sister that there's a problem.

 

Commentary

 

The plot finally gets moving with Renton's departure from home along with Holland and the Nirvash's pilot, Eureka. Renton clashed with Axel over his dreams in the beginning, but it's good to see that they've become more understanding of each other's wishes. Jurgens' planned preemptive strike against the Gekko never takes place, as he's stonewalled by the airport and loses three KLFs to the Nirvash's sneak attack thanks to his impulsiveness. Renton's dreams of meeting Gekkostate come true, but what he finds is hardly the glamorous experience he fantasized about. He probably pegged them as a group of amateur lifters rather than a gang of outlaws, although they certainly dress like the former. In any case, they're not thrilled about having some little boy tag along. We also meet Eureka's bratty kids, who are quite obviously patterned after the three children from Mobile Suit Gundam. Those characters were war orphans, so the same is probably true of these three. Renton is undoubtedly in for some good old-fashioned hazing from all sides in the episodes to come.

 

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