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Episode 24: Mu

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2014

 

Summary

 

Reeg flies out of Budoru's ship on a scooter and turns around. Kei blocks him as the ship crashes into a beach, and Reeg insists he has to rescue Budoru and the space-time device. Kei gives chase, but Reeg crashes into the sand as the ship explodes. Olson quickly transforms his Orguss II into tank mode and gets in front of Reeg to defend him. Kei tells Reeg that there's no point in crying over it and picks him up with Orguss to fly back to the Glomar. Maai and Leeah ask Kei about Reeg, and he expresses disapproval over the fleet leaving so quickly without having a funeral. Kei wonders aloud where Mohm is, and Leeah and Maai joke that Kei is in a bad mood. In a corridor, Taii argues with Mohm and Jahby, insisting that he's ok and doesn't need to be examined. He passes out when Kei, Orson, Leeah and Maai arrive and ask what he's been doing. Jahby theorizes that Taii is an older type of Mu robot and isn't as good at human interaction as Mohm. Everyone then helps to pick up Taii and move him for maintenance. Mohm checks him out and concludes that he's overheated, so it will take time to fix him. Kei and the others return to the rec room, and Mimsy notes that Reeg has become discouraged and Shaia consumed with her thoughts. Kei asks if the space-time device can be rebuilt, but Reeg angrily tells him it'll be difficult. Olson agrees and explains that the prototype of the space-time oscillation bomb wasn't used as a weapon. It was originally intended to change time and space according to a human's will. For example, someone who has lost a lover can return to a time when they were alive. Mimsy becomes angry at Kei and pinches him when he mentions Tina's name. Reeg comments that his work is useless now that the Chiram have completed the D system. Shaia tells him not to be disheartened, but he notes that his machine could only stop transformations and is far behind the scope of the D system. Shaia asks what the point was of everything they've been through up to now, and Kei notes that he and Olson would've disappeared if the D system was fully functional. Shaia says it's never too late if they give it everything they have, so Reeg apologizes and vows to get back to work. Shaia asks Mimsy to come with her so they can speak with Maniisha. The two leave the ship on a Drifand Dee.

 

As Reeg gets back to work, Shaia and Mimsy reach the flagship. Shaia asks Maniisha for command of the fleet, in return the ability to lead the Thoov family. Maniisha accepts, but Mimsy starts arguing with her and accusing her of still holding a grudge against Shaia. Maniisha comments that Shaia is better than she thought and should lead the family. She says that Shaia has to live on for that someday, but Shaia wants to travel with her friends as a trader. Mimsy notes that Kei will have something to say about this development, but Shaia tells her to stop talking about him all the time. Maniisha wonders if Mimsy is pregnant, which embarrasses her. Elsewhere, a Mu robot reports to a collective that the Chiram super dimensional system has affected Emaan ships, but the destruction of the Emaan system has impacted the Chiram. The robot concludes that once the D system is complete, it will surpass their current system. It states that the system is too dangerous for organic life forms to control and should be operated by robots. Because of this, it believes the organics should be eliminated immediately. The collective believes that only the Mu are capable of repairing the planet, so they issue the robot new orders to ensure that the organics don't use the D system. Back on the Glomar, Shaia breaks the news that she's in charge of the fleet again. Olson asks Kei what's wrong when he walks away, and Kei says that he feels distracted and angry again. He reveals that he felt relieved when the space-time device was destroyed, because he's not sure if he can bear the responsibility of repairing the planet. If he could, he'd prefer to run away from that responsibility, and he thought maybe he could once the device was destroyed. He says he's not as strong and calm as Olson, but Olson tells him that he felt the same way, which Kei finds reassuring. Mohm and Taii run over to show off that he's been repaired. Mohm tells Kei that she got rid of Taii's inconvenient memories and upgraded his power. Taii walks off and yells at Mohm to come train with him. Olson comments that sometimes losing memories isn't bad, but Kei says he intends to keep his memories. An Ishkick picks up the Emaan fleet and reports its location to a larger force, which emerges from the forest to attack.

 

Commentary

 

Although there are some plot developments here, this episode really gets dragged down by a lot of moping and whining. First, we see Reeg being uncharacteristically irrational in trying to go back to Budoru's ship as it was exploding. Luckily, he's saved by Olson, but he spends much of the rest of the episode moping about the futility of his work. We've also got Kei moping about his responsibilities again, which is getting tiresome and repetitive. I understand that the weight of repairing a broken world is a lot for two men to bear, but the show has Kei in a holding pattern where one episode he'll affirm his resolve, only to back down from it in the next. On the plus side, Shaia steps up to take command of the Emaan fleet, while the Mu conclude that organic life forms should be destroyed so that they can repair the planet. In any other episode this would make for interesting developments, but again, it's weighed down by bad character work.

 

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