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Episode 14: Encounters, and Then...

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 5, 2020

 

Summary

 

Freddie sneaks into a ruined temple and sees that the glyphs carved into the rocks match those from an old book he found in a storage room. The book indicates something will happen if he touches the glyph, but nothing happens. The next day, Maiya criticizes Freddie for staying up so late and sleeping in. Freddie explains that he was reading, and Maiya reminds him that he’s supposed to help Jed get ready to leave. Freddie is worried that Jed has already left, but Jed is still there. Freddie wants to help Jed get ready, but he explains that Stola is already helping out. Freddie is annoyed that Stola always skips out on fieldwork and is on time for this, and Maiya comments that he’s desperate to join the Resistance. Jed won’t let him join, and Maiya hands over lunches that she packed for Jed, Calico and Zabun. Maiya comments that Calico and Zabun’s village was destroyed, and when she asks if theirs will be OK, Jed vows to defeat the One-Eyes. Stola sulks over being left behind again and asks Freddie if Jed said anything about him. Freddie asks Stola why he’s so determined to join the Resistance when they’re just kids with no strength. Stola storms off in a huff, leaving Freddie to tend to the weeding in Jiric’s field. With Hulun having abandoned him to nap, Freddie finishes the work on his own before returning to the temple and falling asleep. He wakes up from a dream where Maiya was yelling at him and touches the glyph stone, which brings up a screen that scans him. Freddie is then surprised to see multiple screens showing battles from GBN. He starts watching a series of videos featuring Riku Mikami and the original Build Divers. Day after day, Freddie sneaks off to the temple to watch more videos about the adventures of the Build Divers. He studies the book and remembers Tonoi telling him that the ruins are a temple where the Creator will return from some day. Freddie is then convinced that he can use the temple to summon the Creator and defeat the One-Eyes. He becomes frustrated by his inability to do anything until he sees a video where the Build Divers each declare they won’t give up on what they love. In one video, Riku and Ogre team up to defeat Kyoya Kujo and rescue the EL-Diver Sarah. Freddie is fascinated by how strong and cool the Build Divers are. On his way home, he spots Stola playing at mock combat with a laser pistol of Jed’s. Stola insists that he’s training for the Resistance and asks Freddie not to say anything. He then tackles Freddie so they can take cover when several Guard Eyes approach. Stola explains that he heard from Calico and Zabun that the Guard Eyes scouted out their village before the One-Eyes came and destroyed it. Freddie and Stola report this news to Tonoi, who discusses the issue with other village elders. Tonoi wants to ask the Resistance for help, but someone has to find Jed. Stola volunteers to do so, but Tonoi ignores him and assigns the task to a man named Jacan. Freddie studies the book and reads that Eldora is a round planet with a Moon in its orbit.

 

Maiya yells for Freddie to wake up, and he notices two particular runes when he and the book roll onto the floor. Maiya is annoyed when Freddie grabs food and leaves, which she presumes means he’s running off to the ruins. Maiya complains to Tonoi about Freddie, and a man named Godji tells Tonoi that the eastern village was just attacked by the One-Eyes. Freddie trips on a rock while running to the temple and sees an Eldora Hover Brute looming above him. He spots it and two Bull Brutes heading for the village, so she starts shouting to get their attention. He tries to toss a large rock at their direction and falls, but he manages to get their attention. He drops the book while running to the ruins and pleads for the Build Divers to help him. He presses a button on one of the screens which shows a feed of Parviz in an alley. May then shows up, followed by Kazami and Hiroto. Freddie pleads with them to save him and says he’s being chased by enemies. Kazami accepts the mission, and the four Divers materialize in the temple. Freddie introduces himself and thanks them for coming. As they fought in multiple battles, he assumed that they were the same as the Build Divers he saw in those GBN videos. He thinks about how he became a member of the team and the Build Divers grew closer to the villagers. But that all changed when they went into space and Alus fired the satellite weapon, destroying Seguri. Now the Build Divers are gone and the ruins are sealed up, so Freddie can’t summon them. Freddie thinks about Jed and wonders what he should do now. Freddie cries while thinking of Jed, and Asha asks if the Build Divers are ever coming back now that the Resistance is gone. Freddie vows that he’ll get the Build Divers to stop the One-Eyes and runs back to the temple. He starts clearing out the rubble blocking the entrance and is eventually able to access the entrance again. Freddie touches one of the stones, but nothing happens. Freddie falls asleep and dreams that he’s in space watching the Jupitive Gundam fighting the Gundam Seltsam. He then wakes up surrounded by video monitors showing GBN and spots the Build Divers in an alley. He calls out to them, and they hear him. Elsewhere, a sacred beast awakens.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is a rather odd start for the second season. The first season ended with the Build Divers deciding to return to Eldora and hearing Freddie call for them. But this one is mostly a prequel showing the events leading up to the first episode from Freddie’s perspective on Eldora. While Freddie is a likeable character and can sustain an episode on his own, I don’t really see what the point is of this episode. It doesn’t show us anything we didn’t already know about the situation in Eldora, and it kills the momentum of where the previous episode left off by not directly continuing. The last few minutes shows what’s been going on since the destruction of Seguri and the disappearance of the Build Divers, and this would’ve certainly made a better focus for a whole episode. The feeling of the villagers being twice abandoned, first by Masaki and then by the Build Divers, would’ve been interesting to explore.

 

Overall Rating

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