As with the fourth episode charm, the emotional impact of this series has been realized. And while some may argue that Urobuchi’s machinations are often brutal and grotesque, you have to admit, these machinations tug the heart strings, if albeit, literally.
Continuing with the parallel shift of perspectives, we come to an interesting situation from Ledo’s point of view. If aliens one day came to visit us and asked us why we are inefficient, what would we do? How would we react? What will be our answer?
Of course, there was no clear-cut solution to this question. Even the answers provided in this episode were just subjective facts accumulated through one’s life experience. But the interesting thing here is how these subjective realities was able to provide an ‘answer’ to an individual who relies on clear-cut logic and reasoning.
And while we may argue that it’s because Ledo IS still human, we have to look back at how this episode was directed. How the events fell into place and came to an acceptable solution that convinces the protagonist.
Bevel’s explanation serves as a theoretical practice that ‘teases’ Ledo’s imagination. After all, scientific truths are derived when a theory has been proven and this episode did a good way in challenging Ledo’s beliefs and customs. He is a highly intelligent, and efficient, being from the other part of the galaxy after all, so accepting a reality after proving its theory held wonders to his adaptive stance.
What emphasized this truth was the proper handling of this episode’s story. In particular, I liked what Ledo’s reaction was when it rained and he saw people working together to gather water. This act may not be as grand of a scale when compared with his and humanity’s battles against the aliens but this mimics their efforts well enough. The only difference is that, they don’t exactly live in a dystopian culture where potentials are disregarded for results. In this case, the fate of Ledo’s brother.
It’s ironic how the Galactic Allience treats humans as a commodity, a resource, despite the reality that without them fighting for their wars, there wouldn’t be progress. But we don’t know. Sometimes, the sense of urgency against a crisis makes people discard their humanity for efficiency. The sad this here is, as Bevel pointed out, what happens after? After what humanity threw away in order to resolve a crisis, can they still gain back the things they lost?