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Episode 16: My Caravan

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 9, 2014

 

Summary

 

Kei feeds birds in a park and thinks about Olson's revelations regarding the Chiram. Mohm brings Shaia bread, although Shaia is deep in thought regarding what the scientist said about Kei. Reeg visits Mimsy and brings a small cactus plant. Their meal is interrupted by two policemen who demand to know where Kei is. Reeg mentions that Kei is with the Thoov family, and one of the police mentions that the Thoovs intend to capture Kei and brainwash him. Mimsy decides to visit Shaia and asks Reeg to contact the rest of the crew. Kei walks alone through the street and is surrounded by armed men. He grabs one of their rifles and manages to beat all of them up before running away. One of the men throws a baton at Kei to knock him down and then smacks him over the head. Mohm rides on a hovercraft and searches for Kei, who is loaded into a hovertruck and taken away. Mimsy asks Shaia where Kei is, and she answers that she sent Mohm to find him. Mimsy asks about the Thoovs brainwashing Kei, but Shaia dismisses it as a rumor. However, Mohm runs in and reports that Kei was kidnapped by Thoov security forces. Kei is taken to a room filled with Thoov representatives who want him to do them a favor, but he refuses. Kei confuses a woman for Shaia, but she's actually her twin sister, Maniisha. An old man tells Kei that he has to stay with them, but Kei asks who they are to order him around. The old man states that they need Kei to restore the Emaan world, but he refuses to help them. Kei is handcuffed and asks if this was Shaia's idea, but Maniisha says she hasn't spoken to her. Reeg explains to the crew that the Laarz and Thoov families disagree about how to deal with Kei. Mimsy thinks she might not be able to travel with the Glomar any longer, but Shaia vows to take care of it. Kei is strapped to a machine, and Shaia rushes over to headquarters on a hovercraft. The brainwashing machine is activated and starts delivering electrical shocks to Kei's head.

 

Shaia confronts Maniisha and demands to know where Kei is, but Maniisha refuses. She says that Shaia does whatever she wants and only remembers she has a sister when things are rough. Shaia apologizes and admits that she should've taken the job of being the family's leader. Maniisha asks if Shaia cares about the Emaan's future, and Shaia responds that though she's unpredictable, she loves the Emaan more than anything else. She thinks destroying a man's mind is despicable, but Maniisha calls her naive. She states that the Chiram are trying to kill Kei, meaning they've found a way to repair the world without having the Singularity. Maniisha believes they need to find both Singularities to save their world, but Shaia doesn't think they have to be brainwashed. Maniisha states that if the Laarz family has their way, the Emaan will go extinct. Maniisha shows Shaia a video of Kei's brainwashing and says that even if she could stop it, she wouldn't. Shaia says she understands now and punches Maniisha in the stomach to knock her out. The technicians continue with the brainwashing and stop due to fluctuations in Kei's brainwaves. Mimsy paces back and forth worried about Kei, but Reeg tells her they have to trust Shaia. Dressed as Maniisha, Shaia comes to take Kei and argues with a guard. With the guard gone, she frees Kei from the machine, but he accuses her of betraying him. She promises to explain and drags Kei away just before the guards return. Maniisha wakes up and realizes that she's wearing Shaia's clothes, and the guards report that Shaia grabbed Kei. Maniisha orders the guards to summon all the troops. Shaia gives Kei a skeleton key, and the two escape on scooters, but not before Kei knocks down a few guards. They meet up with the rest of the crew, but Kei is dismissive of Mimsy and says he misunderstood the Emaan. Shaia tells the crew that leaving Emaan is the only way to keep Kei safe, and everyone agrees to come along. Maniisha vows that she won't forgive Shaia even though they're siblings. Kei asks why the Emaan treated him that way, and Shaia tells him that the Chiram are trying to kill him because they don't need him. A Deemora squad opens fire on the Glomar, so Kei launches in Orguss and returns fire, but he only disables them. Maniisha orders her guards to close the city's massive entrance gate, so Reeg fires the Demolisher Cannon to blast a hole through it. The Glomar and Orguss escape and leave Emaan behind. Although Shaia can't go back to her family, she says having everyone with her is enough. She tells Kei that although they need his help, they can't deprive him of his freedom.

 

Commentary

 

The Glomar's stay in the paradise of Emaan comes to a swift and bitter conclusion. We see on display a fundamental conflict between the Thoov and Laarz families: the Thoov want to force Kei to help them through brainwashing, but the Laarz want him to help of his own free will. Maniisha dramatically declares that the Laarz method will lead to the Emaan's extinction, which is a completely false dichotomy. She seems to enjoy being in this position, if only to rub it into Shaia's face. Aside from learning that Shaia has a sister, we see some resentment because Shaia was supposed to lead the family but chose to do her own thing. While Shaia has been very carefree up to now, she makes the difficult choice to turn her back on her family to do what's right by Kei. Thankfully, the entire crew agrees with her, but the downside is that they've now made enemies of both the Emaan and the Chiram. That'll certainly make things more difficult for them from now on.

 

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