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Episode 11: Dummy

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2013

 

Summary

 

With the Glomar hiding in a forest, Shaia uses binoculars to spot Chiram forces in the distance. Shaia then activates a jammer that should hopefully scramble Chiram Singularity sensors. As their Ishkicks fly patrol, Henry reports to Robert that their sensors are being jammed. Robert decides to play it as if they know nothing and let the Emaan think they have the advantage. Leeah scolds Maai for saying in front of Paptee that she doesn't want to be killed by the Chiram, but Paptee says it's ok because she's forgotten about what happened to her husband. Kei finds Paptee in the corridor and asks what's wrong, but she says nothing and walks off. He then overhears Leeah suggest to Shaia that they should just sell him to the Chiram to put an end to their problems. Shaia notes that Kei is important to the Emaan, and Kei says if he dies, all their problems will end. In the forest, Mohm and Reeg work on preparing a dummy Orguss while Kei captures a deer. Srei wakes up in the infirmary and finds Mimsy asleep at the foot of the bed. He says he feels better, but Mimsy tells him not to push himself. Shaia comes in and asks about Srei's condition, and he comments that nothing's been fine since Kei appeared. Shaia talks to Mimsy outside and notes that she's been cold to Srei recently, but Mimsy explains that she's just taking care of him. Shaia grabs Mimsy by the arm and tells her that she can't be in love with Kei because he's from another world. Kei is impressed by the dummy Orguss and climbs into its pelvic cockpit. Taii panics when Jahby mentions that Kei is going to die, so Jahby has to explain that it's part of Shaia's secret plan. Shaia has the Glomar take off and deactivates the jammer so that the Chiram can pick up Kei's position. Henry picks up Kei on his sensors, so Robert has the Ishkick squad swing around to attack. Mimsy asks what's going on and struggles with Shaia to activate the jammer. When Orguss appears, Robert orders his men to damage the legs and not kill Kei. Henry notices that Orguss is moving differently and fires missiles that hit Orguss and destroy it.

 

The Chiram forces search the wreckage of the fake Orguss, and Robert criticizes Henry for his actions, noting that they'll all be punished for this. Henry thinks the situation is unusual, but Robert doesn't want excuses. Henry notes that Orguss moved differently and exploded when he hit its legs, so he wants to search the ship. Chiram soldiers search the Glomar and report to Robert that nothing unusual has been found. After the Chiram depart, Henry breaks off to follow a hunch. Mimsy stands on the deck and thinks about Kei. Shaia, Reeg, Jahby and Mohm discuss their plan's success, but Jahby cautions them against being careless. Shaia asks everyone to keep this secret from the crew until they're sure that the Chiram won't attack again. Elsewhere, Kei sits in the real Orguss, which is hiding inside a cave. Shaia wants to speak with Mimsy, but Mimsy slaps her and blames her for turning off the jammer. Shaia asks Mimsy to consider marrying Srei since she's reaching her fertile time. She notes that no man will marry her after she turns 18, but Mimsy counters that she'd rather miss the opportunity to have kids than marry someone she doesn't like. Mimsy storms off in anger and takes off in a scooter, but she immediately comes under attack from vampire bats. Jahby asks Mohm to save Mimsy while Shaia orders the crew to get inside and shut all windows and hatches. Srei sees Mimsy in danger, and Mohm takes off in a scooter and uses meat to lure the bats away. A large number of them stick to Mimsy, and Maai notes that she won't make it at this rate. Maai and Leeah take off in their M.Lovers, and Kei turns on the radio to listen in to what's happening. When he hears that Mimsy is in danger, he takes off and heads for the ruined city. Henry watches the real Orguss approach and rescue Mimsy from the bats. Shaia comments that all their effort has gone to waste now thanks to Kei. Kei punches the attacking bats, but Mimsy passes out from a loss of blood. Kei kisses Mimsy, while Henry decides to retreat and report the news to Robert.

 

Commentary

 

A clever plan is hatched into tricking the Chiram into thinking that Kei is dead, but in the end it's all for nothing. There's continuing tension as crewmembers keep blaming Kei for the constant attacks from the Chiram. This leads him and Shaia to come up with a plan where he "dies." The plan involves creating a fake Orguss and putting a deer in the cockpit so that when it blows up, all that's left is a bloody mess of meat. The plan mostly succeeds, but Henry is smartly suspicious of the whole thing. However, Shaia's refusal to clue Mimsy in on the plan leads to Mimsy putting herself in danger, and thus Kei emerges from hiding early and ruins everything. We also learn a bit about Emaan biology, as it seems females are fertile only between the ages of 17 to 18. That explains why there's all this pressure for Mimsy to be with Srei. In the end, nothing was really accomplished here.

 

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