After an outright slaughter, we find our emotionless soldier on his way back to the fleet. But why is no one happy that he saved Bellows and her crew’s lives? So, without going into more of a recap (since I’m so late on this post anyway), let’s dive into what this episode had to offer.
This episode seems intent on emphasizing two aspects of this world that are in start contrast to the lifestyle that Ledo comes from. The more obvious statement is that life is precious. Humanity on Earth has survived an Ice Age. It’s easily imaginable that there are less than 10 million people living a tediously balanced life on a watery world. Today’s enemy could be tomorrow’s alley, or even mating partner. I’m sure that the interaction between fleets leads to more than just an exchange of goods and knowledge. A careful balance of give and take, of life and death has to be kept for humanity to survive and prosper on Earth. Which leads me to my next point.
On Earth, everyone is co-dependent on each other to survive. Their community is built around everyone performing a needed task as a part of the community as a whole. The phrase, “Give Fresh Water to the One Who Catches Fish”, succinctly describes exactly this. If someone provides a service for you, repayment in kind is the obligated response. Ledo’s world that we were introduced do lives by a much different societal structure. There are bourgeoisie that live in comfort in the space colony. They have fully right under the law, and live in what is assumed to be comfort. Then there is Ledo, a soldier, who is representative of a sort of proletariat class. They are raised and trained to be soldiers. And only if they live long enough, do they get as tasted of what the upper class enjoys. A much different structure than the hierarchical, yet interdependent, community of the Fleet.
As this early arc of each side getting comfortable around each other ends, I can only imagine how often the differences in cultures between these two will lead to one incident after another. But there’s Amy, the unofficial ambassador, and intermediary, to help things along. Hopefully, this show can continue to envelop us in this world, and keep our interest, while taking us to an inevitable class when Ledo’s distress beacon is finally answered.