Mmhm… I’m definitely going to reiterate my assessment that this show’s got some strong objectivist undercurrents. Simon, the world-building creative, comes back to save the day after Rossiu, the non-creative weasel, betrays him with bureaucracy? And what does the pony tail square do as soon as he’s been proven wrong by everybody? He tries to take the ultimate coward’s way out and eat a bullet until Simon comes to save him again (even if it’s from himself, this time.) So Simon’s doubly-right and Rossiu’s doubly-wrong.
Yeah yeah… pony tail’s guilt about sacrificing all those lives has a lot to do with it, but you can only pay attention to the results in these situations, not the in-betweens. They do soften the blow a bit by making this a very touching scene, though. Simon’s giving Rossiu the same double-fisted pep talk he got from Kamina, but I still think his consolation about RoSsiu “doing what he wasn’t brave enough to do” was just a case of him blowing smoke up the guy’s ass to get him to calm down.
Rossiu’s little double-entendre about learning to appreciate the weight of a single life at the end was a bit strained, sure, but it was heartfelt. It has been too long since we’ve had some awkward attempts at romantic repartee in this show. Remember, Kamina never did get to "repay Yoko in full."
And I see we’ve finally caught up to the teaser that started this whole show. Maybe I wasn’t thinking too critically at the time, but I never suspected that the space pirate vision was a “flash forward.” I just figure it was just an illustration of Kamina’s delusions of grandeur. And hey… since the show’s full of homages… are they supposed to resemble Captain Harlock and his crew here or am I just crazy?
Watch this episode, “Let’s Go, The Final Battle” below, make your own conclusions and then read my comments on the previous episode here.