Whew it’s been a while since we’ve seen an Exile episode. Two weeks to be exact. If you’re like me then you’ve forgotten some details. A trip 10 years back into the past really helps ease us back into the story. It also helps answer some little details concerning a few characters. To further the story, it takes us back to the first and last Grand Race.
This episode attempts to develop the character Luscinia. We got to see how he lost his sight in one eye and got the eye patch. Queen Farahnaz Augusta seemed to have cherished her two bodyguards and tasked them with the protecting the world should she be unable to continue her goal of keeping the world peaceful. Luscinia and Alauda have taken a darker path to achieving the greater good of world peace but from the way Liliana was talking about Farahnaz’s accomplishments, it is at odds with how she would have wanted the world to come together. For an attempt at developing Luscinia’s personality, the episode left me slightly puzzled. I don’t think the episode did a very good job conveying how important Farahnaz’s was to him. The whole emotionless to crazed Luscinia just didn’t pan out well (at least to me) because of it. Instead it established how Liliana might be more attached to Farahnaz.
We were able to see how much hate and bitterness there is between races and nations. It’s apparent when you see how the pilots in the hanger bring up being from Exile (as opposed to a “reject”) or seeing the soldiers pick on (who I’m assuming is) a younger Vasant. And even though the world is supposedly united, Farahnaz does point out that war is fresh in people’s memories.
There were many interesting things to see throughout the episode. We got to see many characters from the present day in the past just as history’s course was altered by the assassination of Farahnaz. We got to see cameos of the supporting characters such as many of the Ades generals (Orang, Sorush, Kayvan, Vasant), the former King of Turan, and Roshanak Babar (the noble who Fam made a bet against). Apparently Fam and Millia had previously met each other when they were younger. What was most interesting to see was how a little act of kindness made Liliana possibly fall in love.
This episode left some me with some questions. For example, why are the sky pirates invited to the grand race if everyone knows they are sky pirates? They’re sky pirates so they would have to be criminals. Should they not be enemies of Ades and Turan even at that time? They don’t travel very far to steal ships so they have to have been stealing from them. Also, why are there only Alauda and Luscinia the only two guild members with the Queen? It’s not normal for the Guild to assign people to protect politicians. They were originally intended oversee the maintenance of presters and migration back to Earth. Also, seeing Fam with that medallion of a prester makes me wonder whether she was from one.
* If you don’t know already I’m taking over this so Enzo can free up some time for newer shows