You know what’s better than the start of a new school year? No school year you say? Wrong, it’s more KnA twists and turns, because nothing says fun like even more confusion and chaos! If cloning wasn’t enough, if simple small group conspiracies didn’t tickle fancy enough, now we’ve got some planet wide shenanigans to help the medicine go down. Oh, and that thing about a killer? Don’t worry, we’ve got some of that too.
The first thing to really note about KnA’s little alternate history spiel is that it’s both confusing and pretty much hogwash—i.e. fabricated. I’m sure a few people likely got confused when things jumped from World War III right to wormholes and space(time) travel, but when delved into it’s relatively easy to figure out. Multiverse theory (my poor baby) and Paulina being from a different Earth than this version’s ice ball is pretty much out of the picture given the talk of extinction level asteroids, while the utter lack of historical knowledge on the part of the kids (and the faint similarity between their version and Paulina’s) hints towards more common threads than initially apparent—and that’s before touching on the exact same ship technology now finally discussed in the open. Without a doubt both kids and Paulina both come from the same timeline, although what history the Astra powers at be are trying to keep hidden, why they want to in the first place, and the seriousness of it to apparently need to reformat the entire calendar system (because the known dates don’t work as Paulina and Zack discussed) is entirely up in the air. There’s one more major secret yet to be revealed, and this one will answer (almost) everything.
Outside of society-wide conspiracies however we also got back to the very first with our supposed killer on the loose, and this one certainly proved surprising. Charce was honestly one of the first (besides Zack) I had pinned for the role, but after a while discarded it because the idea seemed (much like with Ulgar as the baddie) as being a massive red herring. Hilariously turns out this wasn’t the case—with Ulgar even becoming his own red herring in the process—but the reveal of Charce’s plan’s certainly raises more questions than it answers. A fully aware clone to a king who’s willing to off himself in the process? We’ll need some explanation on that one to have it believable, especially after everything Charce has been through (and all the killing chances he had) with everyone else. Personally I suspect the answer will come down to Aries’ backstory (as its MIA status is becoming really noticeable now) and how Charce is involved in it, but we’ll know soon enough now that the missing piece of the puzzle has been discovered.
Batten down the hatches and buckle those seatbelts boys and girls, it’s time to learn the truth of it all.
Science-wise it’s a little farfetched that a civilization capable of spaceflight and wormhole generation (!) could not deal with an asteroid before it impacted the planet surface. While true we could theoretically miss a space rock of that size until it’s right on our doorstep (and there’s already been cases with smaller asteroids), considering we only need to knock it off course rather than destroy it I find it hard to believe KnA’s humanity couldn’t manage to do so. Nukes (the quintessential anti-asteroid weapon) may lack their destructive power in vacuum for example, but it only takes one well-placed object to upset another’s momentum, no matter how gargantuan it may be.