Gilgamesh forces press their attack on Monad, with many Ovano class ships and AT Landing Crafts crashing on the surface. Waves of Scopedogs rush forward and engage Fattys as they head deeper below the surface. Wokkam 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. Nehalco and Rackinson are informed that the ISS force has already captured the third structural block, and Nehalco comments that it’s too late to regret the operation because Wokkam has become too powerful now. ISS forces plunge deeper into the planet’s core and come under attack. Barkoff 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 Barkoff’s squad moves out to take the core controller. Rackinson orders his forces to descend on Monad’s surface. The Barkoff 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 Barkoff declares that they now control Monad. However, the floor collapses beneath them, sending the entire Barkoff squad plunging into a black void. As the Scopedogs tumble through dark space, Barkoff 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. Barkoff 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 Barkoff for trying to escape on his own, and Barkoff says that’s not what he was trying to do. He says something horrible happened, and Chirico starts checking his Scopedog for damage. Elsewhere, Wokkam 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 Barkoff to just say what he wants to say, and Barkoff 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 a supreme survivor before shooting him. According to Pailsen, a supreme 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 a supreme survivor, there must be some reason they were all assigned with him. Godan mentions Wokkam, and Barkoff realizes that everything that’s happened to them must be Wokkam’s experiments to see if they’re like Chirico. Barkoff thinks that after all that’s happened, they must all be supreme 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 Wokkam. Barkoff 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 Barkoff 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 Barkoff 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 supreme survivors. Chirico says he can’t believe he’s the only person like that, so Barkoff 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 Kuzusk, 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.
The penultimate episode continues with the attack on Monad and finds the Barkoff 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 Origin of Ambition, with Pailsen telling Chirico he’s a supreme 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 supreme 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.