Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. This time we continue to watch and observe Bodacious Space Piratesand its motley cast of girls and pirates in their latest space adventures!
Episode 3: The Final Battle is at Midnight
Summary: The Odette II continues on its journey, but as it nears the opposite side of the sun, the ship's communications are suddenly cut off by what Marika suspects is a "ghost ship."
Air Date: 02/04/2012
Run Time: 24:10
Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode HERE first.
Remember when I said that the hints of techno babble in the previous episode were a bit disorienting? These hints are starting to become more of an issue with this episode. The dialogue for first five minutes of the show involved the characters talking about random ships appearing and then disappearing from their space radar. The problem is that the information was presented far too quickly and was way too technical for me comprehend all of it at once. What is decipherable is that yet another mystery ship is disturbing the Odette II’s communications which causes Marika to more seriously contemplate a retaliatory attack. As to be expected her second in command in investing this problem is Chiaki who is quite obviously becoming “The Spock” of the show. Using their spaceship radar (that looks like a spaceship orgasm when used) they pin the communication disturbances to a ship that apparently disappeared 120 years ago…meaning we have ourselves a ghost ship.
Marika quickly tries to inform the club about the disturbances but ends up getting one upped by the club president who announces to the entire class that Marika is the primary candidate to become the captain of the Bentenmaru, and she’s surprised that the club president knows this. Why? I would think that after your workplace was attacked, your father’s will was made public, and the other pirates publicly called a truce on you specifically that you know…it would become common knowledge that you’re going to be a pirate captain. After this with the support of her fellow students and friends Marika sets the Odette II to confront the ship. Because war is for teenagers and reckless abandons of violence are a perfect time to bond with your friends. Anyways Kane and Misa know what’s what and are impressed by the attack plans that the girls have all developed. Using their research skills they also provide some background information for other members of the yacht club that haven’t been established yet. Of course you have your uptight and high class president as well as your internet hacker/computer expert all of which may be tropes but it’s nice that there’s some sort of buildup of the secondary cast though their unflinching support for Marika's does seem a little naive. The episode ends as the set up for a confrontation with the ghost ship seems all but imminent.
This episode was fine but things are getting a little repetitious. For one Marika needs to stop acting surprised when she hears other people mention her heritage as a pirate captain. Look as a part time history teacher for high school students I speak from experience that kids read the news, and thinking that none of your peers would have figured out that you are some heir to a pirate ship makes you look like an incompetent fool. However more importantly is at this point this show is desperately in need of some sort of substantial action sequence. The pacing so far harkens back to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the problem is that that was hard science fiction, and this is clearly not that. This show feels more like a “science fiction-lite” or “Firefly-esque” show which needs at least one act of adventure or swashbuckling per episode for things to feel interesting. That said it looks like we'll get our epic action sequence in the next episode.
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