Ha! As somebody with a number of relatives who’ve gone to polytechnic institutes, digs at engineers make me snicker in a very fond and special way. Yes, the mecha team taking daily breaks to head bang to an out-of-date track blasting on the loud speakers is likely one the keenest insights into real human behavior that this show has ever offered. Just so spot on.
Then again, it took that gag to finally make me realize how the commercial bumpers are designed to look like the cover of a record’s A Side and B Sides - - after 30 odd episodes of repetition - - so maybe I shouldn’t be goofing on anybody for being out of touch.
A more serious tract, then…
While we’re talking about realistic insights into human behavior, I’ve got to say that Holland and Talho’s relationship has been feeling a lot more authentic lately. Why’s that? Because they’re arguing incessantly!
Seriously, it turns out that the reason there’s been all this tense build-up about Renton’s sister’s history with Gekkostate simply because she was Holland’s ex. That’s why Talho got so testy about Renton would be putting “her blood” into him during that critical transfusion? At first, it seemed anti-climactic, but now I realize how brilliant it is for its prissyness. Brilliant and true.
I suppose the next lingering character mystery’s going to pertain to Maurice, who’s been gradually drifting away from his Mama. He isn’t with the other kids after that hilarious film reel (with its long overdue exposition,) and that would seem to bring full circle an arc that started when he got in trouble for getting lost in the streets however many episodes back. That slap Eureka gave me carried a lot more significance in the long run!