They finally did it. As I mentioned before, I hate shows that involve time travel. It’s a plot device that, when done poorly, only leads to confusion. And the moment Bones started to use it, I knew this could end terribly. This week brings more confusion in the AO universe, and of course, it all revolves around time travel.
Time paradoxes suck. Once that can of worms is opened, you begin to question every moment you’ve watched up to that point. You wonder what timeline you’re in, did it really happen, and fundamentally, what is actually true. If everything I just watched a lie? What was the point?
To make the point, Bones went to an extreme. They spend most of this episode making sure we pay attention to team Goldilocks. They show Chloe spying on a conversation about the coral. They remind us multiple times that two of the members (and sisters) live in the vicinity of a formally dead Scub burst. They make the “death flag” so obvious that we’re expecting something to happen. And it makes some sense. Goldilocks is the second team, the team that will be missed the least, but just enough to make a point. And it wouldn’t be good drama if the loli didn’t disappear, only to be saved later.
But how do our other characters fit into all of this? As we see, Naru is using an earlier version of the Nirvash to fight Secrets. And as Gen Bleu’s plan unfurls, we see Truth come unglued and begin to attack the capsule. But he doesn’t attack it directly. He uses missiles from Russia to do his dirty work. In this case, and at other moments, we find that when a Scub Coral is active, Truth does not come in direct contact with it. With his power, he could have easily destroy the Scub Crystal capsule, but he avoids it. He is always using a proxy to do his dirty work when it comes to Secrets and Scubs.
As for AO, he is reaching his limit. The head games brought on by the words of his mother. The stress of trying to figure out whether he should fight Secrets or Scub. The prophetical dreams when he does manage to sleep. He is at a breaking point. The world he lives in is falling apart around him, and his actions are only pushing things more out of reach.
At least in next week’s preview, we finally tackle the mysterious book that supposedly has all the answers. That might be good, since the rest of the show doesn’t seem to offer any. Because where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Everything in this episode leading up to the confusion with Team Goldilocks disappearing was rather good. I really got into it, then fuck. Shit like this makes me remember all the things I dislike instead of just letting me appreciate how organic the global effort in support of the operation played out. Instead, I now just really want to nitpick at how wasted the humanoid form is in this show.
The Secrets and the IFOs are humanoid giant robots. Well, at least the final or most recent crowd of secrets are — shout-outs to Gurren Lagann. But given how the show portrays combat, there is little to no point for the humanoid form. This is worse than RahXephon. While I do think that the humanoid form is the best form to watch in action, but the thing is, there has to be action!
The limbs must be dynamic, the body must move like a human. In this episode you basically see the secrets just float/fly completely inert. They let their force fields stop the conventional weapons, then just inertly fire their bendy homing lasers. This is a total waste of mecha design… A TOTAL WASTE.
Basically, they’re just flying saucers — which would have been the perfect design given the range of motion and the ability to fire from all points. Well, there is no point.