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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?