This shocking news just in: Zaeheart lost another major battle. Film at 11.
A couple of thoughts strike me as I reflect on this episode. First, how some of the things that annoy me about AGE haven’t really changed in 43 episodes. Second, how much Seric Abis is the unsung hero of this cast. As I said weeks ago, there are times when he seems as if he’s the only person in the show who wasn’t hit with a stupid stick. And finally – what exactly was the point of wasting two-plus episodes on Girard Spriggan, given that we’ve already had her basic story play out at least once already and that it seems not to have materially changed things at all?
There really wasn’t that much new stuff here. A lot of themes were recycled, and more than anything we see the existing characters more deeply entrenched in their own narrow positions, blind to anything else. Kio remains the idealistic naïf, trying to hug his enemy to understanding in the middle of the battle even as she’s flipping out and endangering everyone’s lives. Flit maintains his keen desire to exact genocide on the Vagan, to the point of trying to shoot wounded enemies in the back as they retreat after a negotiated surrender. And Zaeheart… Well, Zaeheart just seems as muddled and confused as ever, stumbling through defeat after defeat with no seeming plan except to make it in time to lose the next one.
Not for the first time it’s Asemu who’s actually benefitted by not being an X-rounder, as he’s the only one not effected when Spriggan’s X-rounder powers go “Scanners” and take over all the other X-rounders weaponry across the battlefield. That is one new element – that injury and/or grief can cause an X-rounder to go so far off the rails that their powers go rogue. In addition to being immune to that, Asemu is also, in a sense, the only one of the major players who’s somewhat free of an agenda and as such, whichever course he chooses is likely to be critical to the eventual conclusion. He still aims to make Zaeheart see sense, but he’s also willing to kill when he sees it as necessary. I’d call him somewhat adrift and indecisive but there are times where that – like his reliance on “Super Pilot” rather than X-rounder powers – can be an advantage.
Commander Algeruseless can tell himself that the eventual surrender of the Luna base was Flit’s plan, but I don’t buy it for a second and I don’t think he does either. What Flit wanted was to destroy the base and everyone in it, and it was only Abis’ skilled intervention that prevented it from happening. With Flit effectively commanding the Fed forces and Ezelcant still alive, in essence we have two marginally insane leaders in charge of the opposing forces – and that certainly doesn’t bode well. I’m not really sure what the point of the entire Luna battle was, with Vagan’s Second Moon moving into position to invade Earth – but be that as it may, it looks as if the pieces are in place for the final battle and everything is going to have to definitively choose sides one way or the other.