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Episode 4: Caravan

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 13, 2013

 

Summary

 

The Glomar flies over a forest as work continues on upgrading Kei's Bronco II. Engineer Reeg gives out orders to the mechanics and comments that he doesn't want to work on such a piece of junk. Mohm, the robot girl, comments that these sort of repairs are very easy for the Emaan. Mohm wants to learn how to repair the craft to be of better service to her master, but Kei doesn't want to be called Master. Jahby tells him that there's no point in arguing because Mohm will call whoever bought her "Master." Mimsy asks Shaia if they're going to a village to have a market, to which Shaia answers that they are. Mimsy thinks they should hurry home since they have the Singularity, but Shaia notes that they had an agreement to conduct a market before meeting Kei. Shaia asks what would happen if the Emaan break an agreement, but Mimsy thinks they're just inviting a Chiram attack. Shaia leaves the bridge to change her clothes, and Kei is shocked when he walks in on her half-naked. Srei casually walks in to change clothes, and Kei is surprised by how comfortable the Emaan are with things. When the market is set up, old man Govu tells a crowd of children that Jahby is a dragon, so Jahby roars and breathes fire. Jahby gives candy to the kids, and Govu encourages them to have their parents come to the market. Kei and Mohm walk around as Shaia supervises the market's setup. Kei and Mohm are forced to jump out of the way when Mimsy haphazardly drives by in a hovercraft. Kei doesn't like how Mohm calls him Master, so she suggests Mister, but he doesn't like that either. He wants her to just call him Kei, but she thinks that isn't respectful. Kei spots Govu dealing with a man and offering him a trinket called the Tear of the Moon God. The man is skeptical about a low price for such a valuable item, but Govu claims it'll go up when the market opens, so the man changes his mind. Mohm comments that junk like that is valuable, even though she sees them on the ground everywhere. Elsewhere, Henry brings Robert coffee and gets a call that the Emaan are holding a market. Henry wonders if they should attack, but Robert doesn't want any trouble in Atlanta. Robert isn't worried if they get the Singularity first, because he can get the Singularity with a bit of force. Henry asks if they're going to attack their own allies, and Robert answers that dead men tell no tales.

 

Kei isn't impressed by the city, and Mohm explains that it had advanced technology 3,000 years ago. Kei is surprised when he sees a Jeep and jumps in front of the road to stop the driver. Kei grabs the driver and asks where he got the Jeep, and the driver explains that he bought it from the Emaan. Kei then asks for a lift as two Chiram soldiers watch from nearby. Kei asks where they can get gas, and the driver explains that the Emaan put in a new engine that doesn't run on gas. With the market in full swing, Mimsy haggles with customers about prices. Kei tells Mimsy that he needs to speak to her, so she leaves Paptee in charge. Kei shows her the Jeep and explains that it came from his world, but she doesn't see the significance. Kei says he thought he came to another world, but the Jeep came from his. He asks if this is Earth, but Mimsy explains that everyone comes from a different dimension and has different names for the planet. She says the different Earths are mixed together, like the area of Atlanta or Jahby's world where dinosaurs evolved instead of humans. Kei doesn't understand and asks Mimsy to buy the Jeep, but she refuses and says Kei owes them. A Chiram soldier punches Kei and pushes Mohm aside. The two soldiers think he's a Chiram deserter, but he says he'd never be part of such a despicable military. When their sensors go off, they realize that Kei is the Singularity. Kei jumps up and attacks both soldiers, disarming them and sending them running. The soldiers run out of the city and launch in their Ishkicks. The Ishkicks fly over the market and surround Kei, so he tries to run away. He jumps onto a cargo container, and Mohm rescues him with a scooter. He tells her to head for the Glomar so he can get the Bronco II. He's surprised when he sees the remodeled Bronco II completed and ready to launch. Reeg tells Kei that he can't launch because the actuators aren't hooked up and there's no ammo, but Kei goes anyway. The Ishkicks give chase, and Kei is shocked when he fires and nothing happens. Reeg calls Kei and tells him that his only chance is in Mohm, who is hanging on outside and conducting repairs. Kei tries to dodge the Ishkicks with his limited mobility until Mohm completes repairs. He then punches an Ishkick and destroys its cockpit, causing it to explode. The other Ishkick attacks, but Kei smashes its cockpit as well. Kei lands and thanks Mohm for her help, but the citizens tell Kei he's done a terrible thing and look at him angrily.

 

Commentary

 

There are a few developments in this episode, including the debut of the title mecha (although it goes unnamed for now). Even though the Chiram are in pursuit, Shaia decides to stop for a previously contracted market since contracts are so important to the Emaan. The market gives us a chance to see some more of the Glomar's crew, including Reeg, Govu and Paptee. For whatever reason, Mimsy has a bad attitude the entire episode and just comes across as childish and annoying. She also runs through an explanation of the different dimensions again for Kei, because it seems like he didn't understand anything from the first three episodes. I do have to laugh at his gall in manhandling a Jeep driver and then asking for a ride. Mimsy dismisses Mohm as a useless piece of junk, but Mohm proves her worth by repairing the Orguss mid-battle and allowing Kei to fight properly. However, it looks like the situation isn't going well since Kei receives a frosty reception upon landing.

 

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