Eureka Seven AO Episode 20: “Better Days Ahead”/ Last Message
“We can’t be certain of anything any more” -Ao Fukai
Summary: With Generation Bleu left in an uncertain limbo after the events from week, Team Pied Piper prepares to launch before the Allied Forces attack. Ao takes the Nirvash to recover the Quartz Gun from the basement. The Americans attack but before they can do any real damage, a huge explosion from inside headquarters rips the building apart, exposing a mountain of Quartz with Ao and the Nirvash right in the think of it. Ao grabs the Quartz Gun after declaring that he’s no longer afraid of it, at which point it absorbs all the left over Quartz (? either that or it magically makes it all vanish into thin air). Ao goes eye to eye with the Allied Forces but is stopped by Team Harlequin, who managed to escape the deadly explosion in space and (pretend?) to switch sides.
Team Pied Piper high tails it out of there, but they miss out on some action when Truth emerges from the wreckage with a new top-secret IFO/mecha/thing (code name: Cannon) that he has combined with. He jets off to do god knows what. Team Pied Piper is faced with the problem of having no where to land safely, when the Japanese unexpectedly announce that because of a contract negotiated between Christophe, the Secret, and themselves, they’re willing to provide support for the team.
Impression: ”We can’t be certain of anything any more” pretty much summarizes how I feel about this episode. Coming off of episode 19, I was totally ready for a big fight between the Americans and what is left of Generation Bleu in a final ramp up to the ultimate face off between Ao and Truth (who clearly wasn’t destroyed in the explosion caused by Christophe). With only 4 more episodes to go, it seemed like a good time to start wrapping things up. So this episode just seemed…like a copout? It seems very late in the game to continue to raise questions instead of starting to answer some. First and formost in my mind after this episode is: What was up with that one solider with the crazy eyes who was claiming to be able to see Trapar? It was such a short clip, and hardly touched on at all but it seemed like a very important moment. Is it a side effect of people starting to get sick from the Scub Corals? I’m honestly curious to see where they go with that.
And then Truth fusing with that new super-powerful Mecha? He’s starting to remind me of a boss in a video game that you have to face multiple times through out the game, and then at the end he’s like “JK, this is my real final form! MWAHAHAHAHA!” I can’t think of a specific example (maybe Ganon from Legend of Zelda?), but you all know what I’m talking about right? At this point, I’m pretty sure he’s indestructible. The Mecha, Cannon/IFO-0/Archetype whatever you want to call it, is a big mystery too. I chuckled a little at how weird Truth looked attached to it like a mechanical IFO centaur. We definently see theEnd in that pile of Quartz right before it get’s blown up (much to the dismay of everyone everywhere). How did it get to this world? and When? and if it exploded in the past…then wouldn’t it not exist in the future…? Elena deffecting to the Allied forces was the most unexpected part of the episode. What up with that? and the mask?
This episode also featured the return of Team Harlequin. No wonder they glossed over their “deaths” last episode. That should have been a major clue that they weren’t going to actually be dead. If there is one thing that I flipping hate, it’s when they kill off a character (or characters) and then bring them back. Especially when they bring them back one episode later. Again, I wasn’t the biggest Team Harlequin fan, but still, mass explosion with hundreds of dead (some of them kids) for no real reason other that Truth being an asshole is sad. So when they come back the next episode, totally unscathed, it makes my emotions feel used and dirty. And my emotions, those few that I have, don’t really like feeling like cheap $20 prostitutes. Anyway, I went back and looked at that explosion scene again, and there must have been a miracle because that explosion was massive and it totally got their ship. Unless they have warp speed, there’s just no way they could have escaped that without a scratch.
*sigh* I’ve decided to stop thinking so hard about all the details because I don’t really want my head to explode. From now on I’m just going to let it wash over me and roll with it. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this show doesn’t turn out like Lost or The X-files; promising answers and then not delivering. For all the problems that I have with this show, I’m still excited to see where all of this is leading. There were some good parts to this episode; like Fleur breaking down and morning for her dad (gosh, that makes me sound like horrible person). I also liked that Ao seems to finally be getting control of his feelings towards the Quartz Gun, although he still can’t seem to bring himself to use it.
Next episode looks like hologram!Eureka will be back, and I’m hoping we’ll get some answers about…anything really. Anybody have any new theories after this episode? My new theory is that the whole show is all the delusions of an autistic kid playing with a snow globe (give yourself a gold star if you get that reference).
Final Though: So, who do you think this guy is going to be? Some people seem to be leaning towards Dominic (why and how would he have traveled through time? It seems like only Eureka (and Eleana who got taken with her) has mastered that art, so I’m saying Dominic is out), others are saying Renton (not likely) but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this show, it’s that you can never be too sure of anything. Personally I think it might be some kind of ancestor of Renton. He strikes me as the type who might finally sit Ao (and us, the viewers) down and explain some stuff.