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Episode 19: Time Slip

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 16, 2014

 

Summary

 

Athena chases after Kei and fires missiles at him despite Olson's warning not too. The two trade fire on the ground and air, and Olson asks Kei to stop fighting because they need to talk. Kei tells Olson to get his subordinate to stop attacking, but Olson replies that there are unusual circumstances. Jahby's tail sticks up on its own, so he runs to warn Shaia about an impending dimensional transfer. Mimsy calls Kei to warn him about the transfer, but he says it's hard to break away from the enemy. Olson spots a dimensional transfer starting behind him and catches up to Athena, who is still after Kei. The crew of the Glomar watches as Kei and Athena are sucked inside the dimensional transfer. Athena fires missiles at Kei, and he's annoyed that she still wants to fight even now. Athena tells Kei that if the Chiram need Kei, she'll capture him, but if they want him dead, she'll kill him. Kei counters that she needs to think about herself and how to get out of the dimensional transfer. Orguss and the Nikick are pulled toward a light and emerge near an erupting volcano. As lava flows throughout the area, Athena attacks Kei at close range despite his warning about the lava. Kei manages to knock Athena out, but the ground breaks open under her Nikick and is rapidly filled with lava. Kei opens the Nikick's cockpit and is shocked by Athena's resemblance to Tina. The ground begins to close up, but Kei pulls the Nikick out and flies away.

 

Athena asks Kei why he saved her and says it's shameful for a Chiram soldier to be rescued by someone. Kei jokes that if he knew she would be so stubborn, he would've left her to melt in the lava. The Nikick is unable to fly on its own, so Kei keeps holding onto it. The Glomar docks on the ground near the transfer, and Jahby is surprised that the dimensional energy is still there and hasn't changed the landscape yet. Shaia tells Mimsy that there's no point waiting and that they should use the Singularity sensor to find Kei. Mimsy insists on staying, even if it means being killed by the Chiram, so Shaia slaps her. Mimsy cries and says she's angry because she couldn't go with Kei. The landscape then begins to change nearby. Kei and Athena are caught up in the energy and emerge somewhere else, where they come under fire from World War II-era planes. Kei drops the Nikick after being hit, and Athena tries to transform and fly on her own, but can't. Kei grabs onto the Nikick and uses Orguss' speed to outrun the old planes. After landing on an island, Athena asks Kei why he didn't attack those planes, and he answers that there's no reason to kill needlessly. She's surprised by the answer and winces in pain from a wound on her leg. Kei gets her to climb on his back and jokes about how heavy she is. He takes her to a cave to treat her. After she wakes up, he says that he fixed her Nikick. Kei comments that Athena resembles someone he knew, so she assumes he's just hitting on her. He finds himself playing with her hair, and she mentions that her mother told her about her father having that habit. Kei says that all men do that, but Athena notes that very few men curl the hair up between their fingers. Mimsy asks Jahby about the dimensional transfer, so he reports that it isn't done yet. Kei tells Athena that he wants to talk to Olson when they get back to their world. Kei takes Athena into his arms, but they're interrupted by a dimensional transfer. They get back into their machines and are sucked into the energy vortex. Kei wakes up and wonders where they are now, but Athena tells him they're back where they originally came from. Another transfer begins, so they take off and find the Glomar nearby. Athena tells Kei she'll pass along his message to Olson and flies off. Kei thinks again about how much she looks like Tina.

 

Commentary

 

Athena's stubborn insistence on fighting Kei traps the two of them on an adventure together. While she's definitely a skilled pilot, I don't see how you can lack common sense in a world like this and actually chase someone into a dimensional transfer. Since dimensional transfers don't faze Athena, apparently neither do erupting volcanoes. Another transfer lands them in a World War II era somewhere, and even those old planes pack a punch. Athena falls into the classic tsundere stereotype when she meets Kei, but she slowly opens up as she's forced to rely on him. He can't get over how much she looks like Tina, and he hasn't put it together that Athena is his daughter, even though Olson told him that Tina had his child. The end result is kind of weird, as you have a father unknowingly hitting on his own daughter, who happens to be the same age as him. As the Doctor would say, it's a bunch of wibbly wobbly timey wimey. In the end, there's nothing that particularly stands out about this episode, aside from Kei and Athena putting faces to each other and no longer just being strangers inside robots.

 

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