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Episode 8: Glorious Brilliance

 

Review by Will Podlewski

May 23, 2012

 

Summary

 

In a monologue to his sister, Renton comments happily about his being featured on the cover of ray=out, even though the picture of him is one in his disguise from his hazing. Moondoggie walks in on him, and Renton notices he is wearing his blue jumpsuit, also from the hazing. As Renton wonders if he is cool, Eureka visits him too, and Renton proudly shows her the magazine cover. She then asks him if he wants to go on a shopping trip into town with her. Renton is ecstatic until he sees that Maurice, Maeter, and Linck are going with them as well. Later, aboard the Gekko’s bridge, the crew discusses taking a job for the Vodarek, a religious sect.  Hilda says that the money is too good to pass up, and Holland is glad that Renton is not on ship for the job because he does not want to have to explain the job to him. Everyone stares at Renton as he walks with Eureka and the children through town, and he thinks that he must be a celebrity now. The children continue to chide him, first for not studying, for throwing up in the Nirvash typeZERO’s cockpit and for not truly being a man. As they continue to bicker, Maeter runs off and Eureka begins to panic. Maurice also begins to have a break down, wondering if this is like the other time that he was left all alone. In the air, the Terminus typeR909, Terminus typeR606 and Terminus typeR808 descend toward the city, and Holland comments that they should get the job done quickly. Eureka continues to search with no results, but Renton spots Maeter when she calls to him from a high window. Eureka goes to her, but asks Renton first how she should scold her. Renton thinks aloud that Eureka should slap Maeter, but Eureka takes this at face value and slaps Maeter, much to everyone’s surprise. Maeter tearfully apologizes, but then an older woman steps in, saying that it was in fact her fault- she knew Maeter was lost, and just gave her a place to stay until Eureka found them. She offers them tea, and everyone enthusiastically accepts, save for Renton. Outside, the rest of the Gekko crew watch the woman close her windows, not knowing that Renton and the rest are with her. Holland checks with the rest and says to begin the operation. Before they start to drink tea, the woman performs a small ceremony. Renton smells the tea afterwards, remarking that it reminds him of Eureka. Just then, someone throws a grenade through the door, but it turns out to be a dud. Holland then runs in, gun drawn, and says that the woman is wanted  by the Federation government as a member of the terrorist Vodarek, and that he intends to hand her over to the military for a bounty. Just as he is about to corner her, the woman hurls a tea cup and a chair at Holland, giving her enough time to make her escape. The woman rides away on a moped, and Holland orders all the pilots to pursue, including Eureka and an enraged Renton. Holland and Renton and Eureka chase her through the city streets until Eureka transforms the Nirvash to direct the woman into the waiting arms of Hilda’s 808. As they look on, Eureka remarks that Renton is not happy, and he shoots back, asking her how he possibly could be.

 

The Gekko crew sits around the woman’s table as she cooks a meal for them. Renton is stunned that they can accept her hospitality even though she is their prisoner. Holland has Renton take over guard duty for the woman, and in response to Renton’s questions about why she is being so kind to them, she says that is because she is a Vodarek. She says that it was fate that she be captured, and that Renton wouldn’t understand because he is not a Vodarek. Going further, she says that the Vodarek aren’t actually terrorists and that the military is overreacting. Holland then enters the kitchen and dismisses Renton. He asks the woman where Nolv is, and when she goes icy at the question, presses her further about her being a terrorist. Later, Holland and Matthieu conduct an exchange with the military: the woman for a case of gold bars. As soon as he takes the case though, Holland calls the Nirvash for a flyby. Renton leaps out of the LFO and carries the woman away as three KLFs give pursuit. As the Nirvash retreats, the Gekko fires one of its main guns and shoots down an enemy airship in a single shot. On the Gekko, Holland thanks the woman for her help and offers to take her wherever she wants to go. She asks to be flown to the Vodarek holy place, Ciudades del Cielo. Later, the crew discusses how the military is giving the Vodarek priority over Gekkostate and how their military structure is changing. In the hangar Eureka hands out academic workbooks to the children and Renton, and says that Renton is cool. Alone on the bridge, Talho and Holland talk about Ciudades del Cielo; Holland says it has been too many years since something happened there in his past, and Talho says he is lying. While everyone else is sleeping, Eureka stands alone in the bathroom and asks why her head hurts.

 

Commentary

 

Eureka Seven continues with another self-contained episode this time around, with more tantalizing hints about the greater storyline peeking through here and there, which is quite a shame. The little hints of military restructuring, Eureka’s headaches, and Holland’s past are all incredibly engaging, but ultimately cannot carry an entire episode. The show is continuing to stagnate, with the children just as utterly insufferable as ever, Holland just as mysterious, and Renton just as clueless. There is some interesting world building, however; the Vodarek are rather intriguing, and it would be nice to see them come up again in the series. Also interesting to note is the sheer power of the Gekko- a single shot from just one of its six guns is enough to send a Federation airship to the ground. Overall, it’s nice to see bits and pieces of the actual plot forming here, but in almost every other regard the series is quickly grinding to a halt.

 

Overall Rating

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