Right at the beginning of this episode, we get some backstory for Desler. And this backstory is quite a game changer. By the end of this episode, Desler becomes a more sympathetic character, because we learn the truth behind his tyrannical ways. And this backstory is also important because it connects with a secret that is revealed about Lieutenant Keyman.
Teresa plays a role early on in the episode, but is gone by the middle of it. But I have to give this being credit for the fact that when Desler is pointing a gun at her, she just continues calmly giving her explanations. She’s not the least bit intimidated by Desler’s action. It probably helps that she’s a supernatural being that lives between our world and the spirit world, so any physical harm that’s threatened to her probably can’t really hurt her at all.
There’s also a battle between the Yamato and Desler’s forces, for those of you who may be worried that there might be no action in this episode. The episode ends with a cliffhanger moment.
I’m glad to see that the reason given for the Gamilans sending the planet bombs to Earth in the original Space Battleship Yamato anime is finally revealed in Space Battleship Yamato 2202. It’s never once mentioned in Space Battleship 2199, so Desler’s actions just felt like he was being a tyrant, instead of doing what he could to try to save his people before his home planet can be destroyed. In this telling, there’s still about another 50 years before the end of Gamilas, but I find this to be more realistic.
It’s been hinted throughout this series that Keyman will somehow betray the Yamato. However, I never expected his betrayal to happen in this manner and the reasoning for his betrayal. But I love how his secret adds a whole new layer to this version of the story.
The preview for the next episode looks very promising, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this story will progress.