Yeah! This is more like it! Actual bodacious piracy!
I loved the piracy scene. It’s not what you would expect at all, but it makes perfect sense. These rich people on interplanetary cruises want to be pirated. It’s a form of entertainment for the bourgeois.
I don’t find this particularly unbelievable either. I’ve been in situations where something bad has happened, and everyone’s first thought is to take out their cellphones and start snapping pictures. It’s not situations where they could have done anything to help, but still it seems kind of strange. They’re almost excited that this terrible thing has happened, because they’ll have a good story to tell.
Marika and the crew pull out this feeling strongly, by turning piracy into a show. It’s complete with flashing lights, a bodacious announcement, a spectacular entrance (complete with cape) and a sword duel. This will be a story to remember. The passengers throw their jewelry at Marika and her crew as a performance fee.
What Marika practices isn’t piracy. The nurse said the same thing, but implied it was merely a technicality. I don’t see it that way. What Marika does isn’t piracy, not merely on a technicality, but in its essence. Piracy has victims that it plunders. Marika’s band of merry pirates has no victims. The people want to be robbed. Besides, the insurance company will reimburse them. The only groups being robbed are the insurance companies.
So Marika isn’t a pirate. She’s a Robin Hood figure, who robs the rich insurance companies and gives to the poor (money to herself and her merry band, entertainment to the passengers).
Since Marika has been training for war, though, who will her enemies be? I’m hoping the remainder of the show will be a long struggle against the henchmen of the insurance companies.
We’ve barely seen any of Marika’s home planet since everything has focused on space, but now I’m really curious. This world looks awesome. A city hanging over the edge of a giant waterfall? A city with blocky, oddly colored skyscrapers and tunnels? Do want.
- They’re doing a nice job on Marika and Chiaki’s relationship. Chiaki’s seriousness and Marika’s goofiness play off each other well.
- That was a fabulous evil laugh breaking down into a coughing fit!
- Marika’s pirate costume is as wonderful as I thought it would be from the OP.
- And finally that annoying nurse got something right: