Kanata no Astra – Episode 7 & Episode 8
Honestly, Charce’s story is again just a bit too convenient. This isn’t to say I don’t believe it, but after saying he’s been in the class with them, then saying he transfered is mighty suspicious. His excuses seem plausible enough, I suppose, and I’m all right with going along that he isn’t the enemy or the spy. Right now I’m suspecting they’ll pull off a sort of ‘it was Funni all along and she was psychologically programmed and that’s why she had to come!’ kind of twist later on, but it seems to be that the identity of this supposed spy matters less and less as we move along the narrative.
Charce’s story is interesting and I wonder if that friend he mentions will have any sort of relevance or appearance later on. The crew gets over that mix up real fast once the emotional moment is over and now the excitement of exploration of the new planet takes center stage. Icriss is a complex planet. It doesn’t rotate on its own axis, so this makes its geography very particular. One side is always being directly hit by sunlight and the other is always in the dark, so those two sides have very extreme temperatures and conditions. Only a band of the surface located where the two other zones collide in the middle of the planet is in habitable condition.
The characteristics of this planet were very well planned too, since it makes possible certain things later on that may have been perceived as miraculous otherwise.
As they get closer to the planet and try to find an area to land, the ship gets attacked by a native plant. The plants in this planet seem very aggressive! In the end the ship crashes down and the reactor for space travel gets damaged, so the crew is once again stranded in a planet they can’t escape from. As always, Quitterie is the first one to freak out. I am starting to like that about her, I think. As they discuss their options and try to recover from the bitter news, they mention the possibility of cryogenic sleep pods, which of course makes me see where the story is going right when the crew find another crashed ship, almost identical to the Astra, stranded close by the area they’re exploring.
In the end Zack, Kanata and Ulgar decide to check out the crashed ship and soon enough they find that the ship was not entirely abandoned, but there’s a help message waiting for them in the console. After they listen, they remember the crysleep pod, lo and behold! There a woman sleeping there and they decide to wake her up.
I thought it was a bit cruel that they woke her up without thinking twice about the fact that they were now also stranded on the planet and they might not be able to offer help to this person, but well, they’re kids and this was necessary for the plot to advance, but a bit of ethics wouldn’t have hurt here, in my opinion.
Once again the comedy in this show is on point! Quitterie and Luca are the best at setting up the pace for it. Anyway, this was a very well-balanced episode in terms of comedy, sci-fi and reveals. Polina makes a pretty interesting addition to the cast. She’s still weak and doesn’t quite understand much yet of what’s going on and how the kids got their hands in the ship, but once she finds out they may not be able to leave the planet, it’s quite a shock.
This conundrum is easily solved by Aries who suggests to Zack the (honestly obvious) idea of combining the two ships in order to repair their own. It works out and they have a working ship soon enough. Charce also made some pretty useful discoveries about the plants of the Icriss planet so it seems they won’t have food shortages either.
The three highlights on the episode are the scene between Zack and Quitterie as they discuss their future plans. The description of their families is note-worthy and then we get sidetracked by their confessions. What a cute and funny moment that was! The similarity between Zack and his father doesn’t go unnoticed and the fact that he described himself as a sort of doll was a very poignant choice of words.
Polina’s conversation with Yunhua was the second interesting point. She seems to be hiding some pretty important knowledge about what the future was supposed to be like and it somehow seems like nothing happened? Pretty intriguing. I can’t wait to see what kind of conversations they will have with her after the big discovery made by Zack at the end of the episode becomes public news with the crew.
Which takes me to the third highlight! It’s finally confirmed that Quitterie and Funni are the same person! Kanata is the first one to find out and we didn’t get to see their reactions, but Zack seems to have figured out a lot of things from these results. I can’t wait for next week and more testing and hopefully bigger reveals.