How nice of the narrator to take all that time out (a whole prologue, no less) to explain what the word “Outlaw” means. Oh yes, yes... sure... there’s some very rich history behind that word’s usage in the universe of OUTLAW STAR. Except, even with all that back story, the meaning hasn’t been changed too terribly here. It’s sort of akin, I suppose, to some middle-schooler breaking down what the V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S. acronym means in the spy story he wrote for creative writing assignment.
Catchy theme song aside, I’m very rapidly getting the sense that this is another series like TRIGUN where the accolades are all coming from fans who first watched it when they were 15 and still haven’t taken those rose-tinted glasses off. One of you lunatics suggested that COWBOY BEBOP owes a lot to this show. If it does, then this feels like a case of some layabout lending his car to some industrious dude who goes on and drives it off to do something much more worthwhile somewhere.
Another one of you lunatics said that this show could actually be likened to THE AVENGERS flick for how it grouped together a bunch of disparate elements and somehow made them work together in spite of their differences. Seeing it in action, it seems more like a bunch of cool things that have been cherry picked into a proverbial basket with no sense for the arrangement… much like the aforementioned hypothetical creative writing assignment. We’re three episodes in and this show’s got to have to one of the most thinly-sketched mythologies I’ve ever run across in a space opera. Even thinner than those in the chintsy serial matinees that started the whole genre.
That said… the voice actress handling the outer space elf queen was an absolute riot in this episode. The screwball comedy portions where she’s alternating trying to impress her daddy and bristling under his lame rules were genuinely entertaining. And that makes it genuinely a shame that they don’t seem to integrate with the rest of the story.
I’m giving this another episode to impress me. Maaaaaaaaybe two, depending on scheduling. After that point, the prospect of picking SPACE BROTHERS up again seems mighty tempting.
Look up this episode, "Star of Desire” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.