「潜入 エネミーライン」 (Sennyu Enemirain)
“Behind Enemy Lines”
This week on Metal Gear
Solid Macross, the crew infiltrates enemy lines (with the help of some Ghost in the Shell-isque hacking montages) to unveil the nefarious plot on Shadow Moses Vordor. As expected, things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows on the Windermere side either, and a thorough investigation reveals an intricate web of Windermere deception—they used a banned Dimensional Weapon seven years ago that devastated friend and foe alike, and have told their people that it was the UN that did it. It just goes to show that when it comes to war, the truth is far from black and white, and the question that remains is how much of the Windermere population—Heinz especially—knows what truly happened that fateful night.
Put in the grand scheme of things, it’s easy to look at the Windermeres as the stereotypical bad guys given their sinister turn, but it’s clear at this point that it’s anything but that simple. Their use of bio-terrorism (via water and apples no less) aside, their presence does provide the native population with jobs and other benefits, even if it could be a mere smokescreen to ensure they won’t have to fight enemies on multiple fronts. Either way, the jury’s out until the remaining side of the story comes out, and it’ll be interesting as well to see what exactly the Windermeres are trying to do on the various planets they’re taking over—especially when you consider how planets like Vordor have been said to possess nothing in particular significance in regards to providing a concrete combat advantage.
Looking forward though, our fab-three have more pressing things at hand having been caught behind enemy lines, and things should develop rapidly from here as the sides actually meet each other face-to-face for the first time. Given what the main cast now knows about the Windermeres and their past deployment of dimensional weapons, I wouldn’t be surprised if this “trap” ends up backfiring on the latter when Hayate and Co. inevitably let the truth slip, and the resulting doubt could lead to help from an unlikely source.
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mikumo ends up being the actual key to rescuing them though, and she’s certainly one mystery that gets larger and larger as the series goes on. I mean, who IS she really? For all her quirks and oddities, she knows almost exactly what to say and do no matter the situation, she’s immensely skilled in everything from infiltration to utilizing her song to single-handedly fight off Var Syndrome infections, and she seems more attuned to songs and fold-waves than any of her counterparts. Despite Freyja’s origins as a Windermere and the natural abilities that bestows upon her, she—and really, most of the cast—doesn’t hold a candle to her in terms of the overall package and ability to really push characters and the story along, and it could very well be that the mysteries surrounding her are the ones we should be focusing on instead of the current intrigue regarding the Windermeres.
Aside from that, perhaps the most notable thing from this series so far is how focused they are on identifying and going into detail about the other cultures/species that have descended from the Protoculture. It’s certainly a refreshing change actually seeing these many species being acknowledged and revealed, and it adds a new dynamic to the politics and engagements every time we encounter a new one. If anything, it gives a new definition to the term “we’re not alone,” and it makes you wonder not only how many other species we’ll see before we’re all said and done, and what major role they could potentially play in the grand scheme. Until next week.