You know, we’ve gotten a solid hour to acquaint ourselves with this universe and I’m still not entirely sure who the good and bad guys are supposed to be. Oh, I can tell what their general deal is - - but we still haven’t been properly introduced. Maybe that’s all meant to put me in Renton’s shoes and keep my awareness paced with his, but it would sure help knowing what the battle or war or whatever was all about during these big dog fights. Are these borderline-bureaucratic space ship crews supposed to be the arm of some oppressive dictatorship? Are the blue girl and her friends supposed to be rebels? Or are they another gang of air pirates?
I ultimately decided not to follow AQUARION because its cliffhanger didn’t hook me, but I appreciated how it at least had a prologue to give me a quick primer on what was what. Something like that would’ve helped here, because I feel like I’ve missed a fairly large and significant chunk of exposition.
Without that elusive comprehension of this world of sky-surfing mecha, I once again have to just cling on to the simple emotional core. I’ll tip my hat to this show for presenting Renton’s awkward romantic woes through some genuinely-clever jokes. I got a chuckle out of him consulting what must’ve been JUNIOR MEN’S HEALTH for tips on how to evade the deadly “friend zone” with this gal, and his prolonged, stupefied reaction to her children was a right solid gag. For as lame as it is to find out a girl’s taken, it’s just got to be astronomically lamer to find out she’s got kids.
Of course, I’m going to make the prediction that there’s more to this “revelation” than meets the eye. I’m betting those kids are her adopted “children." She's... she’s their mother in the way that Wendy’s mother to the Lost Boys! Anybody want to bet against that? I’ll throw down +5000 Honorary XP to make it interesting.