EUREKA SEVEN’s digging a little deeper into the vinyl with this episode’s title reference. A Stones song? Now that we know that the people on this world have long since left from Earth, the 60s must be antediluvian pre-history as far as they’re concerned.
Of course, while we’re on the subject of old things, I’m sure I share the sentiment of many when I say that mean ol’ grampa Axel makes up for a lot of his curmudgeonly behavior in this. It’s unconventional to see such sacrifice and heroics centered around the delivery of a giant surf board, sure, but it’s unmistakably stirring stuff that reaches an irresistible emotional crescendo at the end with the letter he leaves for Renton. I wasn’t necessarily struggling to hold back some less-than-manly tears like young master Thurston was, but I was definitely moved.
I haven’t commented on this yet, but there’s a lot of interesting doubling (and even tripling) in this show. Enough to give my old English teachers plenty of material for class discussions. You’ve got Anemone and her minder doubling for Eureka and Renton, right? And now, as if that weren’t enough, they’ve got their own trio of precocious multicultural kids to mirror Eureka’s “children.” I don’t know if there’s necessarily a point to be drawn aside here from the fact that it perhaps defines the heroes’ character more strongly through comparison… but it’s still worth noting. So there.
I’m going to guess that this is the conclusion of another arc in this show, although I can’t say what the increment it is. All I know is that the theme song will show up whenever we reach a particular threshold, and it sure made its presence known once they unleashed the rainbow powers. I get the feeling it’s going to show up, yet again, for that “CARE BEARS power of rainbows” ending you’ve all been warning me about, as well.