Quite the ethical dilemma we’ve wound up in. Which is better: peace and love, or murder, crazy cults, starvation, and a stratified class system? So much subtlety here, I’m not sure which to pick…
It all depends on our definitions. Ledo’s captain aims to maximize happiness.
Good question Chambers. What is happiness?
“The strong and the weak support each other through rationality.”
Um… what the hell are these people smoking? That doesn’t even make a bloody lick of sense. Much less have anything whatsoever to do with happiness.
It doesn’t help that the foundations of the captain’s reasoning have nothing to do with reality. The people on Earth live in terror of the Hideauze? Um, what? They love the stupid Hideauze more than they love their own mothers.
Urobuchi enjoys pulling these ethical dilemmas on us. Usually both sides are wrong in some way, and there are many shades of gray involved. For example, in Fate / Zero, for the most part. Or in PSYCHO PASS. There no one got a free pass, even if the final enemy turned out to be a vat of brains… oh wait, that’s just like Gargantia. Anyway, my point is, moral conflicts work best when there are two sides. It doesn’t exactly make for a compelling argument or conflict when you out-argue a stream of gibberish.
In case you haven’t realized, I wasn’t a big fan of the last two episodes. Well, of any of this show’s episodes. But when Ledo opened that hatch, I’ll admit I enjoyed it. Crazy twists like that are where Urobuchi is at his best.
The biggest question the twist raises for me is, which side does Chambers stand on? The other robot opposed Ledo even though her pilot was dead. Who is really in charge here? I am especially suspicious because, if you’ll recall, the other robot sent Chambers the captain’s biometric data. And Chambers didn’t say anything to Ledo. Perhaps she simply forged the data and I’m overthinking things, but I doubt it.
Ledo’s right. Although there was this big stage drama of Ledo making all the choices, he never really made any at all. He had everything laid out for him and followed military protocol. As evidenced (very subtly, of course!) by all the captain’s duties being taken over by a robot.
I like that girl who keeps yelling at Pinion. Wish she could have replaced either Amy or her two useless friends in a bigger role.
Next week is the last episode. Phew.