This episode featured a couple of scenes of characters needing to make morality decisions. The first is the confrontation between Keyman, Desler, and Mil. As Keyman struggles with what choice to make, Kodai arrives to try to defuse the situation. But when Mil shoots Kodai, Yuki jumps in front of him and takes the blast. This incident causes Zworder (through Mil) to rethink the idea of making peace with the Earthlings. Unfortunately, just as it looks like there’s a chance to end the fighting, some of Desler’s men shoot Mil and kill him without orders from Desler. In the end, while Desler gets his redemption scene in this version of the story, it’s done differently here. To be honest, I have to say that this version of Desler’s redemption is stronger. While I love the scene in the original version, I think this one carries much more weight. The emotional weight of what happens here, and the repercussions of the actions of Desler’s men, help to strengthen the story.
The other morality decision comes with Saito. Now that he knows that he’s a Gatlantean spy, he tries to leave his comrades so he can be blown up and killed away from them. But his female subordinate finds him and convinces him to stay. But we see later that he intends to sacrifice himself in the upcoming battle with Zworder, in an attempt to save the Yamato and the Earth.
Near the end of the episode, Zworder and the White Comet finally appear near Earth. While Zworder no longer intends to destroy the planet, he insists on taking the Earthlings as slaves and intends to take the time fault for his own. I knew the reliance on the time fault was going to come back and bite the Earth in the butt. But, there are those on Earth who haven’t given up, and see the Yamato as a potential savior.
The stage has definitely been set to bring this story to its climax and conclusion, and I’m very interested to see how this is resolved in comparison to the original version of this story.
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