For The Greater Good – Suisei no Gargantia Episode 11

Suisei no Gargantia 11 Colonel Kugel

[Suisei no Gargantia Ep 10]

With the revelation last week that Ledo is not alone, the follow up episode moves swiftly to establish the new standards. Ledo’s former commander has inspired a group of religious zealots bent on bringing the standards and goals of the Human Alliance back to earth. Pinion and the fleet are forcefully absorbed, with no other option available. And Ledo begins to revert back to his old self now that a bit of home has arrived. Nothing can go wrong from here, right?

Ledo’s training has left him an almost instinctual drive to be a part of a command structure. The moment he realizes that his former commander, Colonel Kugel is alive, he immediately rejoins him, and submits to his authority. Despite the lack of face to face contact. Despite a complete lack of the situation in which his commander operates. Ledo is compelled to submit to the command structure. Which honestly, this doesn’t surprise me. He’s spent most of the series feeling like he doesn’t belong. And now that he has a familiar face, he blindly falls back into rank.

Pinion, Flange, and the rest of the fleet are a polar opposite position. With the religious zealots commanding a larger fleet, they are pressured to be absorbed into the collective. And in a militaristic and communistic fashion, everyone person and thing is sorted and placed in a position to be of greater good to the combined fleet.  Sound familiar? It’s the same structure as the Human Alliance. And with a fanatical group at the beck and call of the Colonel, there’s no chance that structure is going to change any time soon.

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And what of the Commander? Doesn’t anyone take it as odd that he’s locked up in his unit, with no one able to see his actually body? Yes, the reason is that he has a highly contagious ailment. But, Ledo has a full body space suit. Surely it’s same for him to approach? To add to things, why does his mecha do so much of the conversing?

With two episodes left, let’s do some speculating, and see if we can guess what the ending might consist of:

  1. The commander is not really sick, but actually dead. Before his death, he created a digital version of himself within the mecha’s framework, so that the two could work in tandem for the foreseeable future to achieve whatever goal they have in mind.
  2. As for that goal, it looks like the rogue mecha and it’s digital commander are working to recreate the social framework that they left behind on Earth. Essentially, they are following their brainwashing until the bitter end. This basically represents the battle of the Hideauze vs. Humans all over again.
  3. Ledo will come to his senses at the last minute, rescuing Gargantia, saving Amy, and destroying the communistic society that his commander was trying to create. In the process, all of the mecha are destroyed, leaving Ledo to live in peace with Amy on Gargantia.

Sound exciting? Or just maybe a bit cliché? How do you think it will end?

Suisei no Gargantia 11 Surprised Ledo

7 thoughts on “For The Greater Good – Suisei no Gargantia Episode 11

  1. donkangoljones

    I don’t like to guess endings, even though I’m unconsciously doing so all the time. But I will say the very good possibility that the commander is dead and his A.I. is now filling a last wish/command is very intriguing. It looks like regardless of whether Kugel is alive or dead, Striker has to go… and maybe Chamber as well, if he’s capable of taking such aggressive measures himself…

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      This show has left me nothing else but to speculate. The mecha do have to go. Their is way too much autonomy to let them go on for much longer. Could you imagine if they ran amok?

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  2. megaroad1

    I got the feeling that Kugel might be dead too and that a showdown between him and Ledo is inevitable. The two wildcards in all of this, are Chamber and the bizarre pirate woman. If Chamber is given an order by a superior officer, does he follow protocol and discipline or can he just obey his own pilot? In the case of pirate-ona, she seems to somehow know more than she should and I wonder what kind of deal she has with Kugel. Plus she has a score to settle with Ledo.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      That’s a good question on the logic behind the machine calibers. I wonder what their chain of command is. And the Lobster is a definite wildcard. Did you notice that she didn’t have the mark on her head. And that her two underlings were kept close to her? Definitely something fishy afoot there.

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  3. Artemis

    Whatever actually happens, I’m really curious to see whether this series ends on an uplifting note, or one that’s depressing as all hell. I predict another surprise plot twist in there somewhere and at least one significant character death, because Urobuchi, but other than that I’m not sure what’s gonna go down. (Oh, and still nominating Pinion for said character death. The man practically has a target painted on his shirt.)

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      Since Gen wrote the first and last episodes, I’m expecting an ending similar to Psycho Pass, or even Madoka for that matter. Everything works out, but something has to be sacrificed. And Pinion seems like the perfect person to fill the sacrificial role.

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