Soukou no Strain – 10
Having taken the Mimic box out of Emily, Melchisedec and Carmichael tell the Libertad officers that it’s actually 600 years old. In comparison, Strains are only 150 years old. When Melchisedec opens up the Mimic, he is shocked to find a non-human brain and a pair of eyes inside. They decide to investigate it further, and at the same time, on the Deague ship, Emily wakes up from a nightmare. When she asks Ralph to hurry and save a girl, it reminds him of how a similar girl had said the same thing a long time ago. He goes to talk with Medlock about it, but she can’t spare any more time because Deague fleet movements require them to be present. Medlock then heads into the shower, and Ralph responds by pulling out the power circuits to her room, locking her inside the bath. The next destination for Ralph is the bridge where he shoots all the crew members, including Barrow. While he’s at the controls, a female crew member sees the mess and runs off, so Ralph methodically proceeds through the entire ship killing everyone. As he’s doing this, Ralph is reminded of the time back when he was still with Union and had approached an enemy ship. Back then, Ralph had been confronted with an unfamiliar Strain-like enemy and had destroyed them all, much like he’s executing the entire crew now.
Upon destroying the last enemy years ago, Ralph had seen a young girl had fall out of the cockpit. Plagued by this image, the current Ralph almost shoots Emily, but stops himself and tells her to go back to her room. After smashing his head into the wall a few times, Ralph returns to Medlock and releases her from the bathroom. He gives her only a towel to wear, and when she complains about someone seeing her, he tells her that there’s no one left to do so. Ralph forces her to the bridge and wants her to pilot the ship by herself so that they can continue their pursuit. Medlock is able to do so, but she first questions why Ralph is doing all this since she was supposed to be his ally. Meanwhile, the Libertad has accelerated to sub-light speeds on its way to Bregma to meet the Union fleet. Melchisedec wants permission to investigate the Mimic, so Craven grants it with the condition that he finish before they get to Bregma in two days. With this, Melchisedec sends Carmichael to get Sara so that he can tell her about the 600 year age of the Mimic. Sara realizes that such an old Mimic shouldn’t be able to link with her, but that’s what Melchisedec wants to investigate. They put her in Sara and the Mimic into her Strain and tell Sara to link with Emily.
Upon activation, Sara is met and hugged by Emily, and she is then taken to a world in the past where all the beings look like Emily. One of the ships of Emily’s race met with trouble and was discovered by mankind. Dubbing them as aliens, man’s scientists realized that the girls shared the same conscious and had proceeded to dissect them. Man’s goal was to use their consciousness to create a communication system capable of being used instantly over light-year distances. There was also the possibility that man could find a way to travel faster than light through this. With all this going on, Emily had been personally sent to Glabella for military research involving Strains. After that, to recapture herself, the group consciousness chased after Emily, and that’s when Ralph appeared. After he had destroyed each of their vessels and had found out that they were being piloted by young girls, Ralph had been reminded of his own young sister. He had figured out what Union was doing was doing to Emily’s race and had asked what he could do to make up for it. The girl in his arms had told him to save another girl and had opened a star gate through a diamond marking on her forehead.
Sara doesn’t see any more of the past because things are getting out of control in the hanger, so Melchisedec pulls the plug on Emily. However, this was enough for her to understand what her brother is doing. Over on the Deague ship, Barrow – who had survived being shot by Ralph – is reprogramming the Tumors when Ralph comes to take control of them and shoots Barrow in the head. The Libertad meanwhile arrives at Bregma, but the allied fleet is nowhere to be found.
As I was watching this, I couldn’t help but think about how cruel or self-serving those scientists’ actions were in treating Emily’s race, yet I can understand how they want to advance mankind too. It certainly portrays Union in a poor light, and it would finally explain why Ralph defected. But as this episode shows, Ralph’s not really on Deague’s side either (in the preview, Sara even remarks that all humans are Ralph’s enemy). He’s instead devoted to saving Emily and the Mimic version of her. Actually, I guess calling it the “Mimic version” isn’t really correct since that’s the dissected form of another one of her race.
My question is what Ralph’s going to do if and when he gets a hold of the other Emily. I’m also curious if Emily’s race or Deague had something to do with the disappearance of the Union fleet at Bregma. With only three episodes left, they’ve done a good deal of the explaining in this episode, but there’s still a lot more to see. I look forward to episode 11, coming after another two week hiatus on January 31st.