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Episode 6: Childhood

 

Review by Tony Myers

May 9, 2013

 

Summary

 

Renton wakes up in his tent inside the hangar and screams. As he bolts down the Gekko's hallways, he runs in front of a shot Stoner is taking of Talho, blows Moondoggie's stacks of paperwork all over the floor, and leaps over Matthieu and Gonzy while the two of them are having tea. He bursts into another room and finds Eureka's children making marker drawings on the walls, floor and storage containers. He angrily confronts them about the doodles they have drawn all over his face. The kids recall other pranks they've played on him. Renton warns them that he can't just keep being a good adult while they cause trouble. Maeter says he's still a kid because, as Talho said, he "doesn't have all his hair yet." Renton tries to throw a punch at them, but he stops when Eureka appears in the doorway. Renton asks Eureka if she's finished eating and says he knows a place where they can eat together. The children tell Renton that Holland was calling for him earlier, and they leave with Eureka. Renton tells his sister that the kids' attacks on him have gotten worse, but he can't do anything about it because they're Eureka's children. He reports to the bridge, where Holland and Hap brief him about their cargo: a shipment of lifting wax. Holland tells Renton to remove anything from the packages that would indicate the sender or the recipient. Hap says that the recipient went bankrupt and vanished the night before. Renton accuses them of taking on shady cargo, but Hap says it was the recipient who was shady. Holland says they need to sell the wax in a town called Burdeth, but their flight path takes them over a military outpost. Woz says that the Gekko's Compac Interferencer, which serves as a radar system, can also be used to hide the ship from enemy radar. At the military base between the Gekko and Burdeth, one of the personnel tells the commander that the Gekko is approaching, and the commander tells him to extend their search range. On the Gekko, Renton takes a ladder from the common room, where some of the other crew are gathered. Talho points out a bruise on his face, and Renton says the kids tripped him up as he left the bridge. The crew comment on his problems with the kids and Eureka, and Gidget tells Renton to give up because Eureka likes older men. Renton asks how old Eureka is, but the crew aren't really sure. As Renton cleans up the lifting wax barrel, he thinks about how he wants to be on good terms with the children for the sake of his love for Eureka. The kids come in and start shaking the ladder, causing him to fall. Eureka helps Renton with his bandages and asks him if this was the kids' doing. He says it wasn't, and she feels relieved. She wonders whether she is being a good mother and disciplining them properly. She then asks Renton how his parents would discipline him. Renton says that since his parents died when he was young, his older sister raised him and became a mother figure to him. Holland is reading a copy of James George Frazer's The Golden Bough in his room when he hears a TV news report about an explosion at a base. He goes over to the TV and is shocked when he sees Dewey in the news footage.

 

The kids prepare another prank on Renton that involves dropping a bucket of water on his tent. Maeter says it won't work because their rope is too short and won't support the weight of the water in the bucket. Linck suggests that they get a longer rope. As Renton goes to use the urinal, Matthieu asks how things are going with the kids, and Renton says he won't let them bother him. However, he finds that they have sewed his zipper shut again. In the Compac Interferencer room, the kids find a cable that they plan to use as a rope, but when Linck tries to carry it, he accidentally trips over another cable and disconnects the system's power. Maurice and Maeter wonder whether they should tell Holland or Eureka, but Linck worries that Holland will kick them off the Gekko and they won't be able to be with Eureka anymore. He reminds them that they promised each other not to let anyone, especially Renton, take Eureka from them. Renton eavesdrops on their conversation from the hallway and realizes that he understands their worries. He remembers when he once stole his sister's shoes so she couldn't go on a date with her new boyfriend. On the bridge, the crew try to figure out how to stay hidden from the military without the Interferencer's help. Renton spots the kids eavesdropping on their conversation, and he gets them to leave with him quietly. The four of them leave the ship in the Nirvash, taking the barrel of lifting wax with them. Eureka searches for the children and finds out from Matthieu where they and Renton have gone. Maeter asks Renton if he's okay with operating an LFO, and Renton says he's seen Eureka handling it enough to figure it out. The nearby military base detects an unknown unit approaching them. The Nirvash's head pops up, and Renton sees that the kids have painted all over its face as well. The kids hang their heads in remorse, but Renton says he'll show them how to pull off a bigger prank. He turns on the hose attached to the wax barrel and sprays wax all over the base's radar dome, disabling it. As he dodges anti-air fire, Renton continues spraying wax all around. He then flies up and stops the Nirvash in midair to show the kids the goofy drawing he made on the base. The kids are impressed, and all four of them burst into laughter. However, the military launches a group of KLF teams to intercept the Nirvash. As the KLFs close in, one of them is destroyed by the Terminus typeR808's shoulder cannon. Renton looks up and sees the 808, 909 and 606 coming to his aid. As the 808 and 909 fight the KLFs, the 606 comes to a stop above the Nirvash. The 606's canopy opens to reveal that Eureka is inside it. She shouts something to Renton, but he can't hear her. Maeter figures out what Eureka is saying, so she opens the canopy over Renton's seat, and Eureka jumps into the Nirvash's cockpit. The kids take shelter in the Nirvash's second seat, and Eureka takes the controls while Renton sits behind her. She asks Renton to hold her down so she doesn't shake around, and Renton is happy to oblige. Holland notes that the Nirvash moves differently with Renton and Eureka together. Eureka performs a cutback drop turn to destroy the final KLF, and the kids are delighted by this maneuver. Later, in the Gekko, Holland locks Renton in the brig for his unauthorized stunt. Matthieu says that Renton was just covering up for the children, but Holland says that, as the adults in his life, they need to properly discipline him. Eureka opens Renton's cell door and asks Renton why he didn't tell the crew that the kids broke the Interferencer. Renton tells her that it's just how he does things. The kids decide to join Renton in his cell so they can take responsibility for their own pranks. Maeter apologizes to Renton, and Maurice hands Renton a picture of Eureka. Eureka sits next to Renton as well, saying that she wants to be with her children. She tells Renton that it's cold in the cell, but he disagrees.

 

Commentary

 

We get some much-needed character development for Eureka's children in this episode. They've been acting like little hellions ever since Renton showed up, but Renton admits that he wasn't so different when he was younger. For some reason, they're also pretty upset about the possibility of being separated from Eureka. Although they apologize to Renton and even discipline themselves for their antics, we'll see whether or not that change sticks. Matthieu's casual remark about not knowing Eureka's age, coupled with the latter's odd social behavior and naiveté about things like parenting, hints that Eureka may not be as human as she looks. That could explain why she's often seen "talking" with the Nirvash. On the plot side of things, Holland is quite shaken when he learns that Dewey is out of prison. Interestingly, Dewey was shown with a copy of The Golden Bough in episode 4, and Holland is reading the same book here. The two of them share a surname, but the connection between them is clearly a lot deeper than that.

 

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