Suisei no Gargantia Ep 10: At Loss
“Mankind’s fighting against itself!”
They really went all out to show off the ugliest side of Human Beings. If you haven’t found a reason to hate Pinion, this episode should have sealed the deal for you. This guy was fueled by revenge used Ledo to his heart contents, not even taking and sort of consideration or notice about Ledo’s psychological state that was blatantly obvious and the worst part of all- this guy thinks he is King of the World right now! He goes on and on about how because they have Ledo, because they Chamber, because of the ‘jackpot’ treasury that was being guarded by the Evolvers/Hideauze/Whalesquids that- he thinks that they are invincible. Well guess what? Within the next episode I expect him to be fatally knocked off his high horse. Karma is going to be come back and bite him, along with all those people who blindly followed him. With the Galatic Alliance back in the picture along with Ledo’s former comrade Colonel Kugel, I expect it to get ugly (especially when you consider how shady at cult-looking crew looks to be- I mean look at them, they don’t look sane at all!) and I don’t know how Ledo is going to cope with this battle. I am pretty damn sure that Ledo will want to talk with Kugel in hopes to see whether he knew about the truth behind their war and what his thoughts are. Chamber as I mentioned last week, he is programed to calculate and set his pilot up for survival and success. Unfortunately, we have to face it- this is what makes machines distinctively different to Humans- unless they are programmed to, they can’t feel. Chamber showed us that human feelings and remorse is not something he can understand. His response are based on the knowledge he possesses.
However despite that, Chamber makes some very interesting points about what makes the Evolvers/Hideauze different to an average human being. According to his knowledge the reason why Hideauze are a threat to Humans is because they have rejected civilization itself. He mentions that because of civilization the humans were able to make Machine Calibers like himself while on the other hand the Hideauze had abandoned their human forms along with their bodily limitations to pursue and satisfy one’s well-being and desires as a biological creature at a higher level of intelligence that was/is not necessarily needed. As result while they could have embraced it, instead they decided to abandon that knowledge and as result turned into what they are now (which could also be applied as ‘abandoning’ their humanity). He explained to Ledo that the conflict that continued to brew the war between the Galactic Alliance the Hideauze is the conflict between two irreconcilable survival strategies. But is it really irreconcilable? It makes me wonder if Chamber lacks that knowledge of the possibility of Co-Existence. While we know that he definitely heard of it and used the word, I wonder if he actually knows how to apply it to such as the present situation they are in.
The saddest thing part was when Ledo cried out, “Mankind’s fighting against itself.” For his entire life, he always thought he was fighting against something that wasn’t human, an enemy, a lower-being that was a hindrance and creating problems for their race. That concept to him was ‘fine’, it didn’t bother him, but what is psychologically affecting him right now is that he had just massacred the Evolvers/Hideauze/Whalesquids that were Humans to begin with. Ledo is not okay with killing off people, and this gives us a glimpse of perhaps how the soldiers who didn’t know about the truth would possibly react. In fact, perhaps this is why they kept it a secret in the first place, so that the soldiers would not question whether what they were doing what right or wrong, and erased ‘Co-Existence’ from the dictionary. They purposely set up their society and military so that they would have no way to question the way things ran. So basically, they were manipulated because Ledo right now, is showing us what happens when someone like himself who had no idea about the truth and experiences what civilization and learning the meaning of co-existence. If this vital information had leaked, the whole military, no Galactic Alliance society would be thrown into an unrest state. Unfortunately as tragic as it is, mankind fighting against itself is the truth that also applies to our reality. The weaponry and Pinion’s greed was the start of one of the many examples of what fuels the wars in our world. Powerful, deadly weapons can be beneficial for protection but as always, requires great responsibility. Pinion showed us how irresponsible he was, not willing to share, bragging and provoking neighboring ships that they have the weaponry that makes them powerful and invincible. Pinion was one of those people that should have never gotten their hands on the weaponry. And having said that, I also believe the Evolvers/Hideauze/Whalesquids were territorial about that particular location not just because that’s where they had evolved and that’s their home, but it could also be because they were in a way protecting Human Kind from the technology by not letting anyone near it, or out for the matter.
Overall it was quite a gloomy episode, but it had all the right reasons to be. I fully expect things to turn ugly and bloody next week- varying on how things will play out. I do expect to see at least one character die, but won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen, after all this series has continued to surprise us with the lack of deaths.