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EUREKA SEVEN #40 -- Watch & Learn

It's the whole mecha in the parade float gag.

Somehow, it doesn’t seem like too smart of an idea to put kids in your giant mecha suit whilst you’re trying to smuggle it in somewhere. I mean, they’re not even going to get to enjoy seeing all the funny floats at the carnival! It’s just a lose-lose prospect for everybody involved.

We get to dive a little deeper into the lore of the Vodarac cult and the compact drives (which are still a little weird to see as part of ancient history. More on that in a sec.) I might ask some questions about some things that were somewhat unclear in this episode but, by now, I’ve gotten used to how this show deals out information, so I know well enough to wait for the explanations that are surely coming in an episode or two. It was certainly surprising to finding that the “great wall” that’s been built up so ominously over these past few episodes was basically just the Vodarac’s equivalent of the Wailing Wall, and not some front of trapar energy.

Getting back to what I was saying about history in this show, one thing I’ve found a little funny about this future is the anachronisms - - or “future-anachronisms” if that’s a better term. Like how Holland was using a pay phone a few episodes back and, now, this episode we have Stoner going over the proofs for a printed magazine instead of the layout of a website or some such. These things would already be looking quaint in the 2000’s, yet they still manage to survive into this far flung epoch?

Actually, the answer’s probably there in how fond the crew is for vinyl. They're going for vintage in all areas of this show, clearly.

Watch this episode, "Cosmic Trigger" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Also, if you have a question about this episode, this show or anything else (anything!) and you'd like it answered on the site, go on and post in this thread.

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Lurkeroon March 14, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.

Technology in fantasy shows always seems to be inconsistent. Some shows can get dated like some sci-fi from the 70's, but even that isn't much of an excuse because Star Trek managed to have a lot of ideas for tech that aren't dated. Now that I think about it, people have been comparing the coming years to Back to the Future movies. Still no hoverboards unfortunately.

Naruto is a good example too. For some reason technology random gets inserted in some episodes. I think there were a few episodes with phones or radio communication and that confused me because the characters had always been sending messages by scrolls.

yllekkramon March 14, 2012 at 7:59 a.m.

The kids weren't supposed to be in the Nirvash; they sneaked in because they were afraid of being abandoned by Eureka.

I got a kick out of this episode's commentary on religion. Norb, who appears to be the chief prophet of the Vodarac, is continually disparaging his modern followers for not understanding his teachings.

farmboy400on March 14, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.

They make a printed magazine because they can sell it themselves with no government oversight. It's one of the best ways to earn an income for a group of traveling vagabonds and it is a really good way to avoid being tracked by the government from whom they stole thousands of dollars of weapons.

zaldaron March 18, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.

hmm so an online site would be tracked? I missed that part of the governmental the show picked up interesting. Becomes much more like 1984 that way.

Dig Deeper into Eureka Seven

A young boy named Renton has a mech and its pilot, the young-looking Eureka, nearly fall into his lap. He joins them and their renegade group, Gekkostate.

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