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EUREKA SEVEN #37 -- Watch & Learn

Only a super-computer can keep all of this straight.

Last episode, I said the show was feeling more like ESCAFLOWNE, but the needle’s definitely pointing back to EVANGELION in this one. Whoo boy… some heady concepts floating around here.

I wasn’t inclined to rewind the stream to double check the precise details in the dialog, so how about we play a game? I’ll rattle off some points that lay out the new details of the mythos as I understand them and you lunatics award or subtract the relevant honorary XP depending on what I get right or wrong.

Alright, here goes…

  1. The federation’s essentially been using these big ass missiles to pile drive this world in the hope of unearthing more podlings they can turn into mecha.
  2. They may be getting some results from this "Project Orange," but what they’re inadvertently doing is irritating the world’s immune system and that system’s now sending out huge antibodies who are now attacking humans en masse.
  3. Continuing to shoot missiles into the ground is a really bad idea, because they might wake up the slumbering “scubs” that the antibodies are protecting. Once woken, these scubs will inventory the number of sentient lifeforms that are currently living in the universe and, upon finding that number to be excessive, will active a maelstrom of wacky physics that'll eradicate more life than you can imagine.
  4. Eureka is actually a creation of the immune system whose purpose is to reach out to the humans and convince them to stop firing those damn missiles so the scubs don’t have to be awoken and annihilation can be averted.

If I’ve got that all right, I get the coveted +9000 Honorary XP. If not, then I suppose I’ll have to start watching these episodes with a notepad and an infographic.

Watch this episode, "Raise Your Hand" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Alamunon March 8, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.

Everything is good except for number 3, which is only slightly off. The scubs wouldn't be voluntarily initiating the limit of questions (that's what it's called right?). The limit to the number of sentient lifeforms that can all exist and be thinking at the same time is actually a physical limitation of the universe. The limit has already been reached, but the scubs are sleeping in order to "not count" and get around the limit. That's why waking them up is bad. At least, that's how I understood it.

paulungaon March 8, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

I thought number 1 was about eradicating the scub coral?

Alamunon March 8, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

@paulunga: Oh, you may be right about that one.

yllekkramon March 8, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.
I wouldn't call #2 inadvertent. It's more of an acceptable loss.
zaldaron March 8, 2012 at 4:54 p.m.

yes the federation doesn't care really about the immune system much. Right on about eureka but what about that other girl? I loved the reveals in this episode it was a really great AHHA moment for me. As you said before it means more because it we know these characters and care about them more.

TripyChipyon March 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.

I don't think 1 is right but the other three are almost there. How I understood it was that Project Orange's purpose is to fire those big ass missiles into the scubs in order to irritate it and bring out the antibody coralians. They then studied their activities and how long they are active for, which is why you hear Dewey's Ageha Squad talk about their activity time, where they appear, and the casualties afterwards. They are experimenting with the antibody coralians, fully aware of the limit of questions issue, for a purpose that will be revealed in future episodes. Also Eureka is not exactly the creation of the immune system but of the slumbering scubs themselves, again for a purpose that will become more clear in future episodes. This episode did throw out a lot of concepts to think about and it is easy to get confused but it will start to make more sense as the series goes on.

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