This episode really delved into the “politics” of the Muv-Luv world. I’ve said this before, and maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but you’d think mankind would learn to throw away its differences and unite in the face of an overwhelming common threat. As we’ve seen, this is most definitely not the case. We find out that the delaying of the firing of the railgun last time was a result of fear that the technology would be stolen. This sounds like a fairly normal concern in our own world, but the reality of the situation in Muv-Luv is that there were lives on the line while the decision was being “contemplated”. Now I’m not saying that there should be some sort of perfect unity among mankind, but even a shaky alliance or agreement to put off all past grievances and stand together would be nice.
Even so, I think that the path Muv-Luv chose is actually quite refreshing. In many other works of fiction with a similar setting that I’m familiar with, such an “alliance” is present. Take the Terran Federation of Starship Troopers, the Hegemon of Ender’s Game, and the UNSC of Halo to name a few. And in each case, mankind is able to overcome its enemies through combined effort and sacrifice. But what happens if this alliance is never created? Does man still stand a chance against a “superior” enemy (by technological know-how, pure numbers, or even both) if he stands divided? Well, Muv-Luv gives us a chance to find out. Of course, the outcome seems to be fairly evident, given the tone of the show so far (despite its darker moments), but it’s still interesting to see what kinds of additional struggles mankind will have to go through, and by how narrow a margin it will pull through.
You know, the show almost had me believing that Yuuya was improving. I have to take that back now. He’s still a whiny little bitch. Except he’s now an overly-eager, whiny little bitch. It would do you well to heed the words of the Colonel, Yuuya. Oh, and I also have to eat my words from last time. Looks like the “Russian” pilots still don’t respect Yuuya. Thankfully there’s a surprise attack next episode, so a bunch of them can get nom’d for all I care.
The production quality of Muv-Luv continues to be a little shaky. The mechs look nice and shiny as always (though some would argue that the use of CG is already a bad thing), but some of those faces look just a little “off” at points. I can’t quite put my finger on it though.
But enough about ugly stuff. Here are some thoughts about what’s to come! Back near the beginning I ranted about how nonsensical Muv-Luv is by insisting that we fight giant bugs in “close quarters” with giant mechs. Instead, we should just be bombarding them from a safe distance. Well, someone responded with a cryptic comment saying that this would turn out to be a bad idea. And this episode shows us some presumably unseen (from the surprised reactions) burrowing behavior on the part of the BETA. Is this what the comment was referring to? I mean, it’s not quite cause-and-effect, but you obviously can’t bombard something underground. Well, I suppose you can try to crush it under the earth, but if it can burrow, that’s pretty much pointless anyway. In any case, I guess we’ll find out how they deal with this new threat next time.