This was more like it! An actual battle, where something didn’t go according to plan!
I think part of what has been bothering me so far about this show is that there haven’t been any surprises. Everything has gone perfectly as planned up to this point. And the characters are so smug about it and so full of themselves! This particularly applies to the two teachers and the president.
So I loved seeing the president get put in her place this episode! When they turned off their computer, she had no idea what to do. And the two teachers, who thought they had everything under control, find themselves under fire. They call in the reinforcements, but it would have been too late. Marika is the one who saves them by quickly improvising Archimedes’ mirror. She is captain material, much more so than the president and even more capable than the two teachers.
With Marika’s decision to become the captain, and how this episode picked up the pace, I’m much more enthusiastic about where this show is headed.
It turns out that Chiaki is the heir to another group of space pirates, who came along to check Marika out. I guess the pirates work together a lot, and Chiaki will be training under Marika?
One final thought: skirts seem quite awkward in space. While travelling through these tunnels, they’re staring straight up each other’s skirts.