With all of my random speculation from last week, I was bound to be proven wrong on a few items. But, I am happy that I was wrong on some important points. But what did this week hold for our intrepid spacefarer?
Suisei no Gargantia gives us the opportunity this week to get a sense of the back story of what has happened on earth since Ledo’s predecessor’s left for the stars. Although Ledo finds himself in an uneasy stalemate, Amy is willing to break the ice, and start a healthy dialogue. But, even that isn’t without it’s complications. As an astronaut from an advanced race, apparently they advanced beyond the need to eat their protein in it’s original state.
We find that during a point in Earth’s history, the world froze over. It’s population chose 2 paths: One group headed for the stars. The others stayed behind to tough things out, and thrive in a now thawed out world. And, thankfully, this world exists in the same time as Ledo, so we don’t have to deal with any nasty time travel issues (Eureka AO anyone?).
The real differences become apparent in the shows final sequence. When the salvagers come under attack from a violent group of pirates, Amy pleads for Ledo’s assistance. Seeing this as an opportunity to earn a favor, Ledo boards Chamber, and proceeds to not only disable the pirate ships, but evaporate the pirates into a puff of steam. The shear efficiency of the weapons is quite amazing, and leaves everyone stunned.
This episode did a good job of closing up the opening events. It gives us a sense of Earth, it’s place in reference to those who left, and what conflicts we will see in the future. It’s become readily apparent that the technological gap is going to create a strain between Ledo and the members of the fleet Gargantia. You can almost feel the impending conflict if the rest of the space faring humans ever come back.
I like the way this show has been set up. In typical Gen style, we’re left with a lot of elements to chew on. What kind of arrangement will the leaders of Gargantia make with Ledo? What retaliation will the pirates take for the loss of the ships and men? Will it be humans or aliens that show up to Earth first? So many things to consider.