Well I guess we can check off the political intrigue box at this point since it has been confirmed that the Corback Escorts were there to ensure the safe transfer of a princess. I am old enough to recognize a Sailor Moon reference when I see one and sure as hell they went there with a modified Usagi and making Serenity the surname of the royal family. I am sure by now if the silliness hasn’t gotten to you by now this will be a fun diversion; if not just walk the plank. It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t. While I am sure that we won’t get into LOGH levels of convoluted I am even surer that this quest to find a ghost ship won’t be total waste. As much I am hoping that when the Talbot Class warship drops out of warp with four friends will lead to some shooting it is just as likely that it will be a small skirmish instead of a knock out, drag out fight where the Bentenmaru has to hold the line until the Morningstar Navy can muster a stronger response. If nothing else it does confirm that licensed Pirates are more like PMCs that are paid to do jobs that would usually entail political ramifications if things get out of hand. Officially taking sides in what could be a civil war is probably not in their best interest at this time anyway. Or at least until I get a better measure of what the Morningstar Naval Order of Battle looks like. It would be interesting to see if naval power is also measured by how many dreadnoughts and carriers a planet possesses.
While the Royal Family is named Serenity it seems that it is anything but serene as there seems to be a power struggle going on. It would be interesting if it implodes into a full scale civil war that will draw in neighboring systems in like a black hole. If the Serenity Royal Navy is already split and shooting one another then they are already on the precipice and well past slights and insults at court. Hopefully there will be some exchange of fire though what is to be done with the damaged Corback should it survive will likely reveal where Morningstar’s sympathies lie. Gruier may be a princess but she’s the seventh one and certainly from the look of things her military support so far been limited to a few Corbacks while her foes seem to have more pull and get more than escort vessels to do their bidding.
Quite how the search for a ghost ships is going to avert a civil war is beyond me, but I am willing to be surprised. It probably won’t be to dark or morbid considering how thick they went with their Sailor Moon references and making Gruier as close to Usagi as you can get without the copyright violation. For those who were alive during the Sailor Moon glory days Usagi (Sailor Moon) was in middle school and 14 at the start of the series. Guess what Gruier is also in middle school sporting the rare odango hair cut that Sailor Moon made famous. As such I really couldn’t stop myself from snickering throughout the episode. As for explaining how Gruier was able to sneak unto the ship well I think it was through Moon Prism Power and she was cutting through bulkheads with her Moon Tiara. Even if the overall feel is a happy one I keep wondering if in the end it will all fit seamlessly. It hasn’t disappointed yet though I wonder if using the Yacht Club to go searching for a ghost ship is going to be seen as casually silly or a rather horrifying instance of using human shields, though since the Yacht Club is already in the know it’s not like they are risking their lives in complete ignorance, unless their baptism by fire was simply forgotten.
Misa was great as always and certainly Marika should be considered intelligent if a little devious for hiding Gruier in plain sight and keeping her in school. It may seem silly to some but if you stop and think for a minute it’s basically surrounding Gurier with a meat shield. Certainly it’s not painted as a bad thing but I can’t ignore the fact that it makes perfect sense and will work. Morningstar doesn’t need to have a political assassination take place so their intelligence services will have deployed some protection if only to keep national honor and to avoid any controversy should Gruier die. Besides her death could be used as a pretext for war and Morningtar could be blamed for her death. Gruier’s opposition will be limited in what they can do since Morningstar will be watching and they couldn’t simply take out the school without a huge public backlash, not only for a brazen attack on foreign soil but also for whacking a school during a time of peace. If they did then they will have forced Morningstar into their undeclared civil war on the opposing side with one hell of a casus belli. That Morningstar has allowed her to stay probably has more to do with there is simply no easy way to deport her in a time of peace. Gruier hasn’t done anything wrong and to treat her as an unwelcome guest would lead to a souring of relations with her kingdom.
Next week seems to be the return of the Yacht Club and Chiaki which is rather welcome though I suspect that their next training cruise will be used as a cover for searching for the golden ghost ship. Certainly it seems that Barbaroosa will also be in attendance for escort duties should this play out.
A Message From Your XO, EO
Apparently there is a big Sailor Moon reference in the form of the princess character, but I’m not so enthused about her arrival just yet. I don’t trust lolis, as a rule, and I’m not entirely sure that she’s not up to something. Crusader has some pretty good speculation as to the political landscape at the moment, but I’m still uneasy about this. She’s shown up all of a sudden and is charming everyone when we don’t know for certain what the politics behind it are or if she’s not just running off because she might be a spoiled brat. I guess we’ll see. Outside of that, I’m looking forward to the next episode. I haven’t been into this and the last episode quite as much as the others, so I’m hoping for another good battle soon. The in-between episodes have tended to be more about the sillier side of the show, and while that’s good sometimes, I think I’ve had enough of it for now and want to get back into those sweet, multi-episode battles like with the electronic warfare attack. Hopefully we’ll have some actual shooting soon, done in the amazingly detailed and realistic way that this show has done before.
Hmmm, entering the school and holding court already. I don’t trust it.
I think Misa is onto her. Or at least has a healthy distrust of royalty just showing up and expecting to take control.
I have to admit though, this was pretty funny.
That’s right Misa, be suspicious. You’re obviously the smartest, as well as the most beautiful, person on this ship.
This week’s Mandatory Misa.