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Episode 22: Decision

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2014

 

Summary

 

Maniisha is shown a video feed of both Singularities reaching the Glomar, so she orders her crew to battle stations. Govu urgently informs Shaia that the Emaan army has found them. Kei sits on deck with Mohm, who tells him he should stay with the Emaan. Olson asks Kei about his decision, and Mohm accuses him of only trying to save the Chiram. Shaia wants to speed up to evade the fleet, but Reeg tells her they're already at top speed. However, Budoru's ship turns around and attacks the fleet to give the Glomar cover. The Emaan ships return fire and launch Deemoras, and Maniisha orders the fleet to separate so that half of it can chase the Glomar. Elsewhere, Henry criticizes Athena for not killing the Singularities and wonders how such a skilled soldier could screw up so badly. Athena insists that Olson hasn't joined the Emaan, and Henry accuses her of being in love with him. Henry states that he's under orders to kill both Singularities, but Athena vows to herself that she won't let him hurt Olson. Henry leaves to address his troops before launching. On the Glomar, Mohm annoyingly bangs a spoon on a pan and demands that Olson leave. She shouts that if Olson takes Kei away, she won't have anyone to care for. Mimsy chases after Mohm, and Olson asks to speak with Shaia. Mimsy tells Mohm that Kei promised to stay with them, but Mohm doesn't believe it. Mimsy explains that while Kei seems careless and casual, he's a faithful man. Mohm says that Mimsy must love Kei and notes that she needs to get married soon, so she should go after him. Kei overhears and nearly falls down a ladder. Mohm asks if she's ok with ending up sexless like Shaia, and Mimsy explains that she admires Shaia, and that even without being married, Shaia loves someone. Mohm asks who it is, but Mimsy tells her it's someone she doesn't know. Olson asks Shaia why she lets Kei be free, and she answers that no one has the right to deprive another of their freedom. He notes that either of them could be brainwashed to save the Emaan, and she asks him if he could brainwash Kei in her place. Olson answers that he'd do so to save the planet, and he'd choose the Chiram. He then asks if she knows of a way to save both peoples, but she says she's just a simple trader. Govu calls with news about the Emaan catching up and surrounding them. A Deemora opens fire, and Maniisha calls to tell Shaia that she won't escape.

 

Maniisha demands that Shaia hand over both Singularities, but Shaia refuses. Maniisha accuses Shaia of being selfish and trying to cause the extermination of the Emaan. Mimsy steps in and tells Maniisha that she's rich, spoiled and has never understood Shaia's actions. Mimsy explains that Shaia stepped aside because she thought Maniisha was the better leader for the Thoov family, but Maniisha dismisses that as nonsense. Over Shaia's objections, Mimsy mentions Maniisha's husband Ranse, revealing that he loves Shaia more than her. However, since Maniisha was so into Ranse, Shaia left for her sake. Maniisha says that's nonsense and cuts the call off, while Shaia begins crying. In anger, Maniisha orders her troops to kill everyone on the Glomar except for the Singularities. Multiple Deemoras open fire, and Taii yells at Maai and Leeah to fight, but they say it's pointless. Kei tells him to stop and says the attack is just a thread because the Emaan won't kill the Singularities. When a window blows out behind him, he decides to fight back. Shaia stops him and says she'll talk to Maniisha, but Govu notes that she'll be killed. With hostilities over, Shaia and Mimsy take off in a Drifand Dee, followed by Kei in a scooter. Maniisha tells Shaia that she's afraid of dying, but Shaia counters that she hasn't come to beg for mercy. Shaia tells Maniisha that she's the only one protecting the family now, but Maniisha accuses her of wanting to destroy everything. Shaia says that she's bet everything on Kei, who is pure and simple. She believes that the Singularities can choose to save the Earth without influence from the Emaan or Chiram. Maniisha asks what happens if the Emaan are destroyed, and Shaia notes that there's more at stake than just the Emaan. A soldier reports to Maniisha that the Chiram are approaching, so she orders battle stations. Shaia asks Maniisha what she's going to do, and Maniisha tells her to escape and head for the Great Singularity. She also advises her sister to sometimes think of herself and not put everyone else first. As the Chiram forces approach, they come under fire from the Emaan. The Glomar escapes during the confusion as Maniisha says goodbye to Shaia. Kei mentions to Mimsy that he overheard her conversation with Mohm and sees now why she admires Shaia. He moves in to kiss her and is interrupted by Olson, who agrees to come along to the Great Singularity. Olson removes the Chiram badge from his forehead and vows that his only goal is to save the planet. Shaia tosses away a locket with Ranse's picture and hopes that Maniisha lives happily with him. Kei tells Mimsy that he'll probably die once they reach the Great Singularity, so he kisses her.

 

Commentary

 

The story finally makes a leap forward and moves beyond the holding pattern of the Glomar constantly being chased by Maniisha. She keeps holding on to the irrational belief that Kei must be brainwashed to save the Emaan. Shaia finally makes the effective case that Kei and Olson can make the choice to save the Earth on their own without either side trying to influence them. We also learn that Shaia left the family behind so that Maniisha could be with the man they both loved. I'm glad to see this conflict between the sisters resolved, as it was starting to get both tiresome and repetitive. Kei's conviction also seems to have hardened, and he's got Olson on board with the mission of saving the planet. Hopefully this will keep propelling the story forward.

 

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