I’ll will be using “aka” designations for the characters so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will know who I am talking about.
The episode ends with Domel (aka Lysis) being freed from prison and getting an apology from Desler (aka Desslok) for what Domel was put through in order to expose the true traitor. Domel is given the mission of sinking the Yamato, and is told that if he is successful, his wife’s sentence will be reduced. Desler hints he has another mission for Domel as well, but we don’t get to hear what it is. But in a later conversation, I think Domel gives the audience a big hint as to what this other mission is.
Later, when Domel sees his crew, he discovers it’s made up of either old men or very young soldiers. There’s also volunteers from Planet Zaltz, the home planet of Schultz (the second-class Gamilan who was defeated by the Yamato early on in the series). There’s a very good scene here that shows how the Gamilans act toward second-class Gamilans and how they’re not entirely trusted. But these second-class Gamilans start singing a patriotic Gamilan song to prove their loyalty. It was interesting to see Domel jumping right in, and how many of the other high-ranking Gamilans look bewildered before they jump in… I mean, they don’t want to look unpatriotic! We also see the return of Flakken, the captain of the space sub who looks like a pirate. Domel personally asks him to assist in the mission, and Flakken readily agrees. Looking forward to seeing the space sub return to action!
Melda Ditz also gets a brief cameo, as she witnesses an official being taken away by Gamilan authorities. She’s approached by two people, who I assume are some part of a Gamilan resistance group. My guess is that thanks to her interactions with the Yamato crew earlier in the series, she will ultimately join the resistance movement. Since this movement never existed in the original Space Battleship Yamato, I have no idea what kind of a role they may play in the remaining episodes of Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
On board the Yamato, we get a few small scenes of crew interactions: Misaki (who is possessed by Yurisha Iscandar) and Hoshina, Shima (aka Mark Venture) and Niimi, and Yamamoto and Shinohara.
However, there is an important interaction between Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar) and the possessed Misaki. It’s a discussion about Wave Motion technology and how it wasn’t intended as a weapon. She also poses the question why she hasn’t been asked why the Iscandarians brought them the plans for the Wave Motion Engine and not for the Cosmo Reverser directly. Okita says he believes they are being tested to determine whether the human race is worth saving. I have to say, I appreciate the fact that this question is brought forward, since it was never once mentioned in the original Space Battleship Yamato. It really is a good question to ask, and it’s one I realize I never asked when I was a kid watching the original Space Battleship Yamato. Since I’m already familiar with the story from the original, I hadn’t thought of questioning it as I’ve watched Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
The Yamato may be closer to Iscandar, but they now have to figure out whether to navigate around the Rainbow Cluster that is causing issues for the ship, or to go through straight through it. Okita ultimately decides to go straight through it, because navigating around it will give the enemy the chance to mount a counterattack.
Meanwhile, Domel and his forces head toward the Rainbow Cluster, and he believes that the Yamato will try to go right through it. The episode ends with both sides arriving in the Rainbow Cluster, and the Yamato launching its fighters.
The stage has been set for a major confrontation, and I feel safe in saying that the next episode will be very action-packed. I also believe that this is going to be quite the epic battle, since this is one of the last trials the Yamato needs to endure before reaching its destination. I can’t wait to see how Space Battleship Yamato 2199 treats this important battle.
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