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Episode 11: The Immortal Unit

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 3, 2008

 

Summary

 

Gilgamesh forces press their attack on Monad, with many battleships and AT carriers crashing on the surface. Waves of Scopedogs rush forward and engage Fattys as they head deeper below the surface. Wockam enters his command room to monitor the progress of the battle and is informed that 300 elite ISS soldiers are on their way to seize control of planetary core's energy extraction installation. Another officer points out that ISS will arrive at their destination in 20 minutes, and once they capture the facility they can conduct more detailed examinations of the core than the Balarant have. Niharko and Larkinson are informed that the ISS force has already captured the third structural block, and Niharko comments that it's too late to regret the operation because Wockam has become too powerful now. ISS forces plunge deeper into the planet's core and come under attack. Berkoff tells everyone to get to the core within two minutes. Landing on the ground, the ISS force comes under attack from the front and rear by Fattys. The ISS force breaks through, and Berkoff's squad moves out to take the core controller. Larkinson orders his forces to descend on Monad's surface. The Berkoff squad removes a device from their Dog Carrier sled and connects four small devices to the energy controller. The four devices takeover the controller, and Berkoff declares that they now control Monad. However, the floor collapses beneath them, sending the entire Berkoff squad plunging into a black void. As the Scopedogs tumble through dark space, Berkoff panics when he hears disembodied baby screams. Waves of blackness hit the Scopedogs, and they're teleported to another part of the planet in the middle of a firefight. Surrounded by Fattys, they open fire and try to take cover. A Fatty knocks down Godan, but Chirico arm punches it away and takes on several other Fattys. Berkoff breathes heavily and starts screaming because he still hears the screaming baby sounds. He speeds off in the opposite direction and is stopped near an edge. The others open fire on attacking Fattys and fall back. The floor below them buckles under the attack of the Fattys and breaks apart, sending them falling to a pit.

 

Godan yells at Berkoff for trying to escape on his own, and Berkoff says that's not what he was trying to do. He says something horrible happened, and Chirico starts checking his Scopedog for damage. Elsewhere, Wockam is confident that they've won the battle, but Ruske points out that they haven't heard anything about the controller takeover. Godan yells at Berkoff to just say what he wants to say, and Berkoff says he's heard the ancient technology of Quent is buried on Monad. According to what he's heard, if you control that power, you control the galaxy. Kochak thinks it's all over for them, but Godan tells him to shut up. Zaki thinks everything will be fine and that Chirico is used to such things as a Red Shoulder. Everyone is shocked to hear that, and Chirico asks Zaki who told him that, but Zaki deflects the question. Godan laughs and says Chirico is a murderer too, but Chirico says he didn't want to join. He says he's been observed by Pailsen, who told him he's an abnormal survivor before shooting him. According to Pailsen, an abnormal survivor has a unique gene that has a 1 in 25 billion chance of showing up in a human. Kochak thinks that means Chirico can't die, but Godan doesn't believe it. Chirico says he's not asking them to believe it, but he asks them to think about how they've all survived for so long. Godan thinks that if Chirico is an abnormal survivor, there must be some reason they were all assigned with him. Godan mentions Wockam, and Berkoff realizes that everything that's happened to them must be Wockam's experiments to see if they're like Chirico. Berkoff thinks that after all that's happened, they must all be abnormal survivors. Kochak doesn't believe that and says Godan is just a cheater who betrayed everyone as Grim Reaper Sirasko. Godan says he never did anything on purpose and accuses Kochak of being a spy for Wockam. Berkoff tries to calm Godan down and says they all knew about Kochak, and Kochak explains he was just reporting on how they survived. Godan then punches Kochak in the face, and Godan bites his arm. Godan punches Kochak's face again, and Berkoff punches Godan. He says they don't have time to fight each other, and Zaki tells him not to act so noble because he always disappears when they need him. Godan says the same thing and compares Berkoff to Kochak. Kochak pulls out a gun, and when Zaki knocks him down, the gun goes off and grazes Chirico's cheek. Chirico says that whether it's cowardice or running away, people who survive at unusual rates are abnormal survivors. Chirico says he can't believe he's the only person like that, so Berkoff declares they must be the same. Zaki says he was just a fresh soldier and wonders why he's with them. Chirico tells Zaki that if he were a normal soldier, he'd have died on Galeade. They then come under attack and return to their Scopedogs to boost out of the pit. Surrounded by Fattys, they rejoin the battle. On Kuzsuk, Menken finds Pailsen standing in the rain. Pailsen comments that the truth is cruel and hard to accept. On Monad, Kochak's Scopedog is hit from the rear and heavily damaged.

 

Commentary

 

The penultimate episode continues with the attack on Monad and finds the Berkoff squad in a sticky situation. Having seemingly completed their mission, they're plunged into a deep darkness where they're exposed to strange visions created by Quent technology. This definitely connects back to the TV series, where Chirico experienced weird things on Quent thanks to Wiseman. It's interesting to see the usually stoic and unfazed Chirico show a hint of emotion when Zaki reveals to everyone that Chirico was a Red Shoulder. This causes Chirico to recount some of what happened in Roots of Ambition, with Pailsen telling Chirico he's an abnormal survivor and shooting him in the heart. Unfortunately, I think it was a mistake for Chirico to mention that to them. Now, they all believe that they're abnormal survivors, as evidenced by them shouting out that they won't die as they fight the Balarant forces. They definitely let it get to their heads, and that notion is quickly dispelled when Kochak's Scopedog is damaged at the end of the episode. With one episode left, they're probably going to find out the hard way that they're not as invincible as they think.

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