Uchuu Kyoudai – 15
「宇宙の話をしよう」 (Uchuu no Hanashi o Shiyou)
“Let’s Talk About Space”
Since the preview last week, I’d actually been under the impression that the broken clock would turn out to be a test set by JAXA. It would make a lot of sense – ramping up the tension levels, getting everyone to distrust the other candidates, and seeing which of those members would actually pull through and see that it’s not necessarily the time relative to Earth that matters, but your own concept of time. We may be aware that Fukuda was behind the sabotage of the clock, but that still doesn’t dispel my suspicions entirely. While it doesn’t seem likely that any of the candidates are there merely as JAXA plants, it’s still possible that some have been assigned tasks during the periods where they’re separated from everyone else (such as the regular health check). How hard would it be to convince one of the astronaut candidates that they’d have a better chance of succeeding if they performed Task X without telling any of the other team members about it?
In a sense, it feels like a fair bit of this episode was spent giving us a subtle refresher of some of the events that happened earlier in the series. Many things came full circle and were brought back into the light in a way that might jog the memory without devoting time to a recap episode. We had the return of Hoshika with his tests of observation who brought up the loose screw from an earlier interview, there was some teasing about Mutta’s bubble-related answer to an interview question, and Mutta’s lie about the bus odometer resurfaced.
I almost expected to see that lie used to show that while knowing when to use your luck is one thing, you can sometimes push too far. Displaying the clock on the bus so openly may have been one of Hoshika’s observation tests, but Mutta’s choice to lie about it to his teammates would generally be considered a bad thing right? Apparently not! It would seem Hoshika is a believer that if the lie succeeds in convincing those around you – i.e. it’s not discovered – then there’s no problem. I suppose in a sense this could be true – if it succeeds in convincing people to work in the right direction or do the right thing, then what harm really comes of it? In that way, Mutta’s demonstration of his ability to tell a convincing lie, complete with fabricated evidence to support it, could potentially be beneficial in the future. It sort of reminds me of a concept on stealing I once read – as long as no-one notices the theft or the missing object, no crime has been committed (no, this doesn’t mean I actually condone theft).
Originally, I’d pegged Furuya as the biggest bastard from among the candidates. In light of his recent development and the events in Team B, this was clearly a gross misjudgement. It’s one thing to try and compete in a friendly manner, but it’s entirely another to attempt to break your rival candidates psychologically. Playing on Kenji’s obviously wavering thoughts over his daughter is a low blow. Whether he was always this kind of person or if the point system has brought this side out in him is unknown. It does however shed light on how poor a choice using a point system was. Not only does it create tension as people worry over their own scores, but it instils further suspicion and doubt over whether the other members’ actions are merely to try and win more points. Are they really trying to help the team or do they just want to get themselves ahead?
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Broken clocks and a mysterious alarm. Tensions run high as the third round progresses! #SpaceBros
- Is that a variation of knocking on wood? It certainly seems so to me, but do they even do that in Japan?
- So the reasoning behind Furuya’s choice to write his request on paper is made clear – plausible deniability! At least he can say he didn’t verbally ask for it!
- White jigsaw puzzles… yet another test of endurance while repeating mundane tasks. This one has a bit more observation involved though – rather than trying each piece one at a time, it’s also possible to recognise the necessary pieces by their shape (Mutta should shine there!).