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Episode 10: Barbarians

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2013

 

Summary

 

Taii wakes up the entire crew in the middle of the night and causes a panic over an emergency meeting. Mohm tells him he hasn't adjusted to his new programming yet because this isn't the army. Taii apologizes and leaves, allowing everyone to get back to sleep. The next morning, Kei finds Taii stretching on deck, and Jahby complains that he's making too much noise. At breakfast, Govu complains that he was never able to get back to sleep, so Maai suggests that they disassemble Taii. Later, Mimsy beats Reeg at racquetball, so Maai and Leeah take the next game. As Kei flirts with Mimsy, Reeg cautions Srei that if he doesn't stand up for himself he'll lose Mimsy. Srei asks Mimsy to join him on a drive, but when she tells him that Kei already asked her somewhere, he yells at Kei to stop stealing his girl. Kei says that each of them is free to choose their lovers, but Reeg cuts in and says their relationship is very important. Maai and Leeah step in and tell Reeg he shouldn't interfere. Maai adds that Kei acts like Mimsy is the only girl around, so he asks if she's jealous. Kei suggests a duel with Srei to solve their problem, but everyone thinks that's barbaric. Kei says their problem can't be solved by talking and tells Srei that if Mimsy is his girl, he should prove it by protecting her. On the ground, barbarians on horseback spot the Glomar and start chasing the ship. Shaia wonders if those are the barbarians they heard about in Warsaw and wants to send out Orguss, but Mimsy doesn't think that's necessary. The barbarians uselessly fire arrows at the ship's hull, but their grappling hooks manage to connect and allow them to board the ship. Shaia has the ship pull up, but enough barbarians manage to board the ship. Maai, Leeah and Kei open gun ports and start shooting at the barbarians with machine guns. Maai hesitates to shoot a barbarian, so Kei steps in and kills him. However, the barbarian drops a grenade near the engine and causes serious damage. Kei yells at Maai for hesitating, but she explains that she's never had to shoot unarmed people. The Glomar is forced to land and is surrounded by the rest of the barbarians.

 

The barbarians pound the hull with axes and battering rams, and Shaia orders Taii to fight, but he says he has no weapons to fight people. Mimsy tells him to use Emaan weapons, but he says that doing so will cause him to lose his missile identity. Shaia orders the crew to take up arms and fight the barbarians. Kei mows down several barbarians and eventually runs out of ammo. He's then surrounded by more barbarians and forced to run away. Mohm mans a machine gun and shoots barbarians attempting to board the ship. Leeah runs out of ammo, forcing Maai to make a kill. Several barbarians smash the control consoles of the M.Lovers and set Orguss on fire. Mimsy kills a barbarian and tells Srei to fight, but he does nothing. A barbarian grabs Mimsy, causing Srei to panic and drop his gun. Srei remembers Kei's words and pulls out a saber to fight the barbarian, but he gets cut across his stomach. Mimsy picks up a mace and hits the barbarian over the head. Srei is placed on a stretcher, and Mimsy pleads with him to not die. Shaia asks about Srei's condition, and Reeg reports that he's not doing well. Outside, the barbarians continue their assault, and Shaia comes up with a plan. Kei sends Jahby out onto the deck, and the barbarians assume he's a devil. When Jahby performs his fire-breathing trick, the barbarians panic and run away. Kei cracks a joke that Jahby doesn't like and recovers by calling him a hero. The crew hoist a sail to help the ship fly again. Maai is surprised the sail still works, but Shaia knew it would work. Maai calls Paptee for a status report, and Reeg answers that it'll take at least two to three days to repair the M.Lovers and Orguss. Shaia realizes it'll be difficult, especially since the engine needs a complete overhaul. Kei asks Govu about Srei's condition, and Govu explains that the injury wasn't as bad as people assumed. Mimsy sits by Srei's side in the infirmary, and Kei brings food for them. Srei wakes up and asks Kei if he's come to scold him, but when Kei says he did a good job, Srei says he doesn't want Kei to try and make him feel better. Srei passes out, and Kei puts a blanket over sleeping Mimsy.

 

Commentary

 

Given the intersection of all these different dimensions in this fractured Earth, it's not surprising there'd be an area filled with barbarians. It's somewhat amusing that even with their primitive weapons, they're able to cause more damage to Orguss than the Chiram have, particularly losers like Robert and Henry. The tension between Kei and Srei finally reaches a critical point, with Kei laying down the declaration that Srei should protect Mimsy. Given that the Emaan don't have the same experience with hand-to-hand combat like Kei, it's no surprise that Maai hesitates to shoot or that Srei shrinks with fear when one of the barbarians grabs Mimsy. While he finally did stand up and try to fight, he managed to accomplish exactly nothing. At the very least, however, he's got Mimsy's attention focused on him for the short term, which for him is probably a victory.

 

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