“A Glorious Death”
Coming off of last week’s episode, it was all but confirmed that something bad was going to happen, and it did. Mitty meets his unfortunate demise as expected, but everything else ends up generally contrary to expectations—especially the manner in which he gets taken down and the developments that end up occurring as a result.
Indeed, one of the things I didn’t consider was the fact that one of them would actually survive, and it’s a nice touch that changes the dynamics a bit. Because in the end, Chiharu surviving means that Mitty’ll still be alive in her memories, and she’ll be able to tell the main cast the sacrifice he made in order to protect both her and Isla. Compared to the alternative where our cast merely hears of their death from someone else, it’s a completely different ballgame, and it’s something that plays quite well into Wolfgang’s quote about resolve—an intangible element vital for combat situations like this. That extra resolve and the added adrenaline rush it can give you could make all the difference—even if it looks like the enemy may be in possession of technology even more advanced than yours.
Still, the odds still seem largely against our cast. Despite Mitty’s sacrifice, it looks like the worst is yet to come, and it seems that Sky Fleet has their own darn floating island to play with. Clearly, the Sky Fleet was clearly underestimated in a variety of ways, and considering that this was a battle that’s already yielded losses, it reasons that the future only holds more in this regard. No one seems immune to biting the dust in the future—except Kal-el, whose narration of previous episodes seem to hint at him surviving to the very end—and the pressing question thus becomes who ends up surviving with him—if anyone—and if not, who’ll end up dying first and how their death influences the development of this conflict.
Ultimately though—to backtrack a bit—I have to say that this episode felt not so much about the escalation of the conflict or Mitty’s death as it was just a demonstration of resolve and the necessity of harnessing it if you really want to make a difference. Considering what they both know, it’s quite clear that Claire and Ignacio are key figures within this story, but they seem content just doing what they’re being told to do at this point in time. There’s a clear lack of resolve from them despite the fact they can clearly make a difference in this conflict, and it’s something that will have to give way to an actual decision before it’s all said and done. I just hope for their sake that they make it before it’s too late—that is, they don’t end up postponing their respective decisions until the situation is so dire that they can only win if one (or both) of them sacrifice themselves (Claire, I’m looking at you especially). Sadly, it looks like things could end up happening exactly as anticipated, because that’s just the kind of vibe this series gives off. I’ll be damned if I ain’t wishing for it to turn out differently regardless, though.
Guess we’ll just have to see. For now, we got Kal-el and Ariel fighting their first official battle—fittingly together once again—and it looks like Ariel in particular will learn the pain that comes with combat first hand. Doesn’t look like they’re going to let that get in their way though, because gosh darn, their faces tell the whole story there.