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SPACE BROTHERS #7 -- Watch & Learn

Some of us are like onions. Others are like... cacti.

Since the beginning, I’ve said this show’s reminded of a Mike Judge cartoon a whole hell of a lot, and this one felt like it could’ve very easily been a KING OF THE HILL episode with a few minor changes. The Texas-specific locale details, the tempest-in-a-teapot nature of this fire extinguisher bandit… I’m half-expecting to see Mutta chumming around with Boomhauer and Peggy Hill at the Mega-Lo-Mart.

Hell, this even had the best cliffhanger of the whole series so far. I’m sure Mutta found some clever and quirky way to peacefully subdue the bandit, but my morbid imagination kind-of wants to believe that he actually unleashed the fearsome dark fury which his previous bursts of aggression have only hinted at. I’m picturing something like that early scene in A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.

The former options more likely though. Once again, the show’s formula sees a couple of Mutta’s seeming flaws proving to be strengths: in this case his obsessive attention to detail and his habit of flipping out on anybody criticizing his brother. I figured the show was going to cop out by having the JAXA board eventually overlook behavior that would logically get anybody removed from a high stakes program, but the solution they opt for - - with his mentor exerting some weight and going to bat for him on the board because he’s got a hunch - - is not only more realistic, but more dramatic.

I laugh whenever viewers love to point out “plot holes” in a movie with the assumption that everybody and every institution will always act with the coldest, soundest sense of reason at all times. Anybody who’s ever been involved with any organization (from a Whataburger to a NASA office) knows that things happen all the time because of feeling like those this guy exerts.

He's taking a risk on Mutta that could very likely blow up in his face and, like I said, the danger makes for great drama.

Watch this episode, "Dear Hibito” 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

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 13, 2012 at 3:13 a.m.

I was never much into KING OF THE HILL. Don't know why it never grabbed me. I've yet to really watch this series. Hearing that comparison doesn't sound like the best sell to me.

The thing about pointing pit plot holes that bothers me is when people do it before a series or story is over. Really, something is only a plot hole if it's never explained. It's strange to me that some people expect answers to every single question they have, and if they don't get an answer right away. They call it a plot hole.

I am kind of sad you aren't following the ROCK LEE SPIN OFF. Yeah, it's kind of dumb, but that's why I like about it. You aren't sitting there trying to absorb character depth or drama. It's just about relaxing and watching some really silly jokes. I also love how much time Tenten gets in that series. She gets so little in the canon.

SergioBon June 14, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.

I don't see the comparisons he's been making to King of the Hill. Don't let that dissuade you from watching a good series.

Dig Deeper into Space Brothers

Nanba and Mutta Hibito are brothers who dream of becoming astronauts. Nanba, the younger brother, has become an astronaut. Space Brothers follows Mutta as he struggles to achieve his dreams of becoming an astronaut, and more importantly being a model big brother.

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