Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 4 – “Departure to the Unknown!”

I will be using “aka” designations for the characters’ names, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will know who I am talking about.

The entirety of this episode focuses on the Yamato and her crew trying to take off in the ship, despite being ordered by the higher-ups to disband and go to new assignments.

Right at the beginning of the episode, we see a scene where Sanada (aka Sandor) and Susumu Kodai (aka Derek Wildstar) are conversing. Sanada reminds Susumu about what happened in the previous series when he had taken command, and ultimately how his rational thinking resulted in the loss of eight crew members. This was a touching scene that showed Sanada passing the acting captain torch to Kodai.

With the higher-ups in command, we see that they aren’t all trigger happy when it comes to stopping the Yamato. Commander Todo (I can’t remember his name in Star Blazers) wants to use diplomacy to try to talk the crew out of their mutinous actions, but Serizawa (who I believe was named General Stone in Star Blazers) wants to use brute force to stop them. While this dynamic existed in the original version of the story, I think it works a lot better here. They both kind of get their way: Todo gets to talk to the crew and gives them five minutes to give up, but when they don’t, Serizawa is able to use the troops he deployed to try to stop them.

When it looks like the Yamato‘s crew won’t be able to execute the plan because of some damage done to a nearby control system by Serizawa’s troops, four crew members risk their lives to get to a sub-control system in order for the Yamato to take off on her voyage. I won’t say who the four are, but I will say that because of this, they end up being left behind on Earth. Hopefully, as the series progresses, we will be able to see what’s happening back on Earth through their eyes.

We also get to see Shima (aka Mark Venture) torn about whether or not he should participate. The surprise he provides at the end of the episode is something I expected because I know the original story, but I still liked seeing it nonetheless.

And right at the end of the episode, the stage is set for a showdown between the Yamato and the Andromeda class ships. The preview makes it clear that this forthcoming battle will be the focus of it. It’s going to be quite interesting to see how this battle plays out in this reboot in comparison to what happened in the original story.

While this episode only focused on the one aspect of the Yamato trying to take off on this unauthorized voyage, this is a very important aspect of the story. Also, there’s enough action and suspense taking place that it doesn’t come across as boring. I have a feeling that the next episode is going to be even more exciting, and that the action and suspense of this one is just the tip of the iceberg.

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