Something of an interlude this week, a vacation, as the Wam-pocalypse is averted for now due to, shall we say, production difficulties. And here we were thinking, finally, a plentiful source of environmentally friendly energy—nope, we’re still killing all the trees. Turns out, Wam is not quite as democratised as we were first lead to believe; only those with a feel for the ‘magic’ area able to make the n-dimensional origami, in the same way, apparently, that only children can see faeries. So it turns out Wam is basically pixie dust, and Za is in truth just an overwrought sci-fi Tinkerbell here to grant to the wishes of all good little boys and girls.
Surely, though, any Wam production rate > 0 is already a huge development, considering the infinite energy thing and all. And this is just reported Wam successes. Since the Wamming instructions have been released publicly, and all you need to make a pair is scrap paper and a dream, I’m sure all sorts of people are having a go in private. And if I managed to make a limitless power source in the comfort of my living room, I don’t think I’ll go around publicising it, at least not until I’ve incorporated my new phone recharging company, or finished my death ray. Point is, who knows how many Wam are out there? For now, though, we don’t have to worry about it right now, because it’s more of a spectacle episode this week as Kado is once again on the move. At this point I’m not really keeping track of which laws of physics Za and his cube are allowed to freely ignore, so all the fuss they were making about squishing hapless civilians felt fairly arbitrary. Perhaps I should really have been paying more attention to the technospeak, but I was actually hoping this entire exercise would turn into a Katamari Damacy parody. Alas, it was not meant to be, and the operation was played for drama instead. Not too much drama, though, since thus far all the protagonists’ plans have gone off without a hitch and this one might as well too, but there was at least an appropriate soundtrack for making the journey of the giant alien monolith across Tokyo sound impressive. And the entire affair also plays into what is perhaps the main theme of Kado, the celebration of effective bureaucracy, which may be refreshing for a cynical audience who are sure that if real aliens visited Earth a diplomatic bungle would have reduced the planet to space dust within the week.
So, a breather, and a reflection on family this episode (because Za doesn’t seem to have been primed with knowledge of even our most basic social units). Back to the Wam fallout next week. Or maybe not, because Za is moving on to another staple of speculative fiction: giving humans four to eight more hours a day via better brains. This one may be a bit trickier, because while I can accept the average person being on board with trying out magical Wam origami, letting an alien rewire their brain seems like a more sensitive issue. How would Shindou respond, having been ‘improved’ already? Would he be offended at having his private persons tampered with without consent, or will he be, ‘Oh, this was what I always wanted, Merry Christmas to you, too.’. I mean, there’s always someone who vehemently does not want to upgrade to Windows 10, and perhaps we should respect that.
Notably, no preview this week, just old dialogue and old shots. Is there something big in store and they’re hiding the juicy parts? Or did Kado just hit a production snafu? I hope it’s the former, because the plot is bound to become even more interesting as we learn about Za’s ambitions. Nothing has actually gone wrong yet, but perhaps that’s just a matter of time.