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Episode 6: Vanishing Point

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2013

 

Summary

 

As the Glomar flies through a barren region, Shaia laments that they don't have any goods to sell at their next destination. Leeah suggests catching nearby animals and selling their meat, but Mimsy notes that there aren't any animals in the area. Kei goes out on deck and asks Jahby why he's sitting alone. Jahby says he was reminded of his past, but he doesn't want to share anything about it. He then smells a grape field nearby and asks Kei to inform Shaia so they can restock their supplies. After landing, Shaia and Srei express skepticism about there being a grape field, but Jahby drills through the mountain and finds his target. The ship moves into the grape field, and Kei is impressed by Jahby's instincts. Elsewhere, Henry asks Robert to stay at base instead of launching in an Ishkick, but Robert insists that he has to go out and capture the Singularity. After Robert takes off, Henry gets into an Ishkick and joins the attack force. Maai, Leeah and Mohm struggle to collect the super-sized grapes as Kei and Srei pick them from a tree. Srei mumbles to himself about Kei playing around, and Mimsy tells him they'll have to accept it since Kei isn't Emaan. Jahby eats grapes and suddenly has a strange sensation in his tail, which he tells Shaia means a dimensional transfer will happen. He tells the whole crew that he can feel the change coming, but no one understands. He points out that if they're there when the transfer happens, they'll be stuck in another dimension. Srei asks him if he knows how long they have, and Jahby answers that he'll be able to predict the time once the obvious signs of transfer start. Shaia wants everyone to pick as many grapes as they can before having to leave, and Mimsy decides to put the ship on standby. Kei asks Jahby if he can sense dimensional transfers, and Jahby recalls being with one girlfriend before being caught by another. His tail was acting strangely then, and a dimensional transfer replaced the island with a mountain. Henry reports to Robert that the Singularity must be behind the mountain because of the reaction from their sensors. Kei asks Jahby if he ever saw his girlfriend again, and Jahby answers that he's been looking for her, which reminds Kei of his own situation with Tina. The Chiram forces open fire, and Jahby senses the impending transfer.

 

Kei launches in Orguss, and Mimsy tells him not to be reckless because they have to escape. Kei intends to distract the enemy while everyone gets ready to escape, but she notes that there are 50 Ishkicks out there. Kei is shocked by the number but launches anyway and starts firing at the enemy. He heads into the forest for cover and destroys an Ishkick. Shaia is upset about the grape field being destroyed, and Jahby tells her the transfer is happening soon. Kei destroys more enemies, but Robert feels he's close to capturing the Singularity. Mimsy tells Kei to escape because he's out of time, but Kei counters that he can't disengage yet. Mimsy tells Kei they can't leave him alone, but that's what Srei thinks they should do. Mimsy and Shaia note that Kei is valuable to the Emaan, and Jahby guesses they have about a minute left. Srei takes over the controls and says he values their lives more than Kei's. Mimsy struggles with Kei for the controls while Mohm watches from outside. Kei realizes he's outmatched, but the Glomar safely moves out of the area. Mimsy asks Srei to call the Chiram so she can tell them about the dimensional transfer. She's able to get on their frequency and directs their attention to the energy field in the sky. Robert orders his forces to retreat, and Mimsy tells Kei to escape. Robert sees Kei fleeing and orders his men to pursue, but some don't. Henry yells that they'll be court-martialed for disobedience, but one pilot says he'd prefer that to dimensional transfer. Several Ishkicks crash into each other and explode while trying to get to the cave exit first. Mohm runs through the forest as Robert's forces pursue Kei. Maai calls Shaia and reports that Mohm isn't on the ship. Kei bounces off the cave wall and heads back into the forest to rescue Mohm. Kei grabs onto Mohm as the dimensional transfer begins and engulfs the area. However, Orguss safely emerges with Mohm in tow. Henry reports to Robert that none of their men survived, so they retreat. Mohm thanks Kei and points out that a new area has appeared following the dimensional transfer.

 

Commentary

 

This episode sheds some light on Jahby's background and features a flashback of him on his dinosaur-filled Earth. It seems he's a playboy just like Kei, but he's also a bad liar when caught with his pants (figuratively) down. It's interesting that both Kei and Jahby are outsiders on a ship full of people from another world, and they're both looking for a specific woman. We don't know why Jahby's tail can detect dimensional transfers, but it comes in handy this time. We also start to see some hardening of Srei's dislike for Kei, as he can clearly see the interest that Mimsy has in him. Also, Robert and Henry are solidifying their status as the show's loser villains since they launch an attack that fails and costs them 48 men. That's pretty bad, even as loser villain standards go.

 

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