Like usual, I will be using “aka” designations for the characters’ names, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will be able to follow who I’m talking about.
This episode ends up putting quite a focus on the Gatlanteans, especially on Zworder (aka Prince Zordar). The catalyst for all this Sabera, the White Priestess. It turns out she is on board the Yamato under the name of Toko, and she’s acting as a spy. Keyman knows she’s a spy and he cozies up to her to gain her trust. But, it appears that Keyman outs her to the Yamato, and events are set in motion when Yamamoto approaches her and accuses her of being the spy. This leads to a chase sequence that provides some of the action that keeps the story moving.
With what we see in the episode, though, I wonder if Keyman really might have some kind of feelings for Toko. We obviously know that Keyman isn’t exactly on the up and up himself, but it might be interesting if some kind of relationship developed between these two characters.
While this is going on, the Yamato gets close to the White Comet… and Zworder launches an attempt to take down the Yamato. At this point, he makes it clear that he really doesn’t care what Desler (aka Desslok) does, and he has decided he wants to head to Earth to destroy it. But he’s tired of the Yamato, so he wants to take it down first.
But something interesting happens. There’s also a Sabera, the White Priestess with Zworder, and she is a copy of the original. When the two Saberas come into this close of a proximity, it turns out that they resonate with each other. It’s through this resonance that we learn more about Zworder and the Gatlanteans. It’s finally made clear why Zworder hates the concept of love, and ultimately why he has a hatred for humans. But by the end of this episode, it’s clear that Zworder has no loyalty for the copies of Sabera, since he has no qualms about harming her when he becomes angry.
But with this issue with the two Saberas going on, it ends up being a distraction that allows the Yamato to escape Zworder’s trap and warp.
With so much emphasis on Sabera and the Gatlanteans, we really didn’t see much of the Yamato‘s crew outside of a meeting, the pilots lounging before Sabera is outed as a spy, and then some scenes on the bridge when they encounter the White Comet. But with the preview for the next episode, it appears the Yamato and her crew will be taking center stage again.
I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through already, and wow… this telling of the White Comet story has changed so much compared to the original. But, as of right now, I have to say that I think that this telling is the stronger version. I’m really looking forward to seeing the remaining episodes and discovering what other plot twists and turns could be in store.
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