Ao seems like he’s keeping himself pretty well together after his girlfriend just willingly absconded with some superhuman powerful, psychotic terrorist, doesn’t he? Once again, the kid proves to be so much tougher than his pops (and I’m sure that’s got much to do with the loathing he expresses for him here.) He defies his superiors so many times in this without any apologies, and we all remember how many beatings Renton just allowed Holland to give him for lesser offenses in the first series, right?
I’m pretty sure Ao wouldn’t put up with any of that bullshit.
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the times when real world stuff shows up in this show - - and perhaps that's ironic considering how the first show was basically THE REAL WORLD with mecha. Ay oh!
Anyway, the nonchalant reveal of these monsters being UFO’s in colonial times isn’t really that out of sorts, on its own - - but it’s that much more jarring for how it breaks the tone of the fantasy some. Likewise, there’s this contemporary political intrigue with the anti-US Arab nation and the subsequent WAG THE DOG stunt that the company pulls in order to marshal global sympathy to the situation. Once again, I get the feeling that this show’s angling toward some awkward and jarring statement about the “real issues” that will leave fans rolling their eyes for years to come.
But now… it’s going to be longer while before I ever find out! I’ve managed to catch up with all the episodes of this show and am faced with the prospect with trying to keep up with this show on a weekly basis. That’s always proven to be a tougher situation for this column, so maybe I’ll just take a hiatus from the show and come back to it eventually. This might be a good time to actually throw down some honorary XP on a wager to see if all these wonderful predictions of mine ever come true.