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Episode 29: Papa and Mama, Love Once Again

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: July 11, 2000
New Review: June 18, 2008

 

Summary

 

At night, Basara leaves his apartment and is watched Mylene. Ray tells her to cool it, but she says Basara has been going out every night. Disguised with a cap, sunglasses and surgical mask, Mylene follows Basara through a tunnel walkway and into City 7. Michael pulls up in his car and tells Mylene it's dangerous to be out at night. Mylene wants him to leave her alone, and Michael points out that she's the only thing Max and Milia have in common now since they don't get along anymore. Frustrated, Mylene returns home and checks her videomail, which includes two nervous messages from Gamlin and one from Docker. As she prepares a bath, Mylene wonders if she's more like Max or Milia, and she decides she's going to get them back together. On the Varauta flagship, Geperuniti tells Gavil that Anima Spiritia is blocking his dream. To counter Anima Spiritia, Gavil has developed a special helmet for Glavil. On Battle 7, Mylene visits Max on the bridge, dressed up in a small dress with makeup. Max takes her outside, and the bridge crew begins to gossip about them, until Exsedol clears up that Mylene is his daughter. Max suggests they get something to eat, but Mylene insists on going somewhere else and takes him to a bar. Mylene asks for a new coat, but Max refuses. She then says she's lonely from living by herself and wonders if she should move in with him. This makes Max nervous, so she changes the subject and gives him a concert ticket since he's never come to see her perform in person. In City 7, Milia reads a letter from Mylene, asking her to come to a Fire Bomber concert. Elsewhere, Gavil and Glavil fly through space. Later, Mylene wonders where Basara is since their show starts soon. In the forest, Basara sets up speakers and begins singing "Submarine Street," with Gigile watching from the bushes. Michael drives Milia to the concert, and Exsedol reminds Max that he has to leave if he wants to make it on time. Mylene peeks out from backstage and sees that neither of her parents are there.

 

Basara continues to sing for Sivil, but nothing happens. Even though Basara isn't there, the rest of the band gets ready to start the show. Max arrives at the concert hall and runs to his seat, followed a moment later by Milia. As Mylene sings with the song energy converter, the energy splits into two streams and focuses on Max and Milia. The two sit down next to each other, and Mylene's energy focuses again. Max and Milia then recall what Mylene was like as a baby, but the concert is interrupted by a battle alert. In the forest, Basara stops singing and runs off. In a military station, Max and Milia squabble over whether to call the military or city officials first, and their argument is displayed in the concert hall. The crowd begins to cheer for Sound Force, and Ray tells Mylene they'd better go. As the battle begins, Docker tells Gamlin that Mylene agreed to a date with him, even though she really didn't. Glavil destroys several Thunderbolts, and Emerald Force begins their attack. Sound Force arrives, and Basara's Excalibur flies ahead while he sings "Holy Lonely Light." Chiba launches the sound boosters, but their energy is counteracted by Glavil's protective helmet. Unfazed, Basara continues singing, and Glavil destroys several battleships. Ray tells Mylene that she needs to sing with more feeling to activate her sound booster. Mylene stops singing, and she gets a call from Max and Milia telling her to show everyone what she can do. Mylene begins singing "Reaching for You," and the blasts from her and Basara's sound boosters create a sound flash effect and destroy Glavil's helmet. With the protection gone, Gavil and Glavil retreat. Sally wonders how they could hear anything with sound protectors on, and Exsedol explains that they touched the heart of the Protodeviln.

 

Commentary

 

With Basara off singing for Sivil, much of this episode focuses on Mylene. At the start, she looks like some pervert with the ridiculous disguise she uses to follow Basara. What would normally be a throwaway comment from Michael leads Mylene on a quest to get her parents back together. She starts off by embarrassing Max and making everyone think he's her sugar daddy, but you'd think everyone would know after seven years in space that his daughter is on the ship. Mylene's plan works well enough, as Max and Milia are drawn together and eventually overcome their bickering to cheer Mylene on. Also, the love triangle in this series focuses on Basara, Mylene and Gamlin, but sometimes you'd hardly know since Basara shows no interest in Mylene. Perhaps to offset that we now have Docker and Gamlin competing for Mylene's attention.

 

Overall Rating

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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