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The grand moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: Miss Jena is ready to perform! We spent the entirety of episode 2 waiting patiently for the Junker and Yumemi to repair the old projector and now we will see the fruits of their labor. I’ve still got my ‘feels’ reflectors up, and I’m hopefully optimistic that I won’t shed any tears in Episode 3 – I just want to be treated to a wonderful show.
Yumemi begins the projection’s presentation with an important set of rules. She takes her work very seriously. She begins to outline them to the Junker: “Do not talk. Do not…” The Junker tells her she can omit this section since he’s heard it before, but she declares that she can not and will not! She continues the explanation of the rules and the Junker digs for his last bit of rations. He quickly puts it away when she mentions the “Do not eat” rule.
After the lengthy explanation of dos and don’ts, Yumemi introduces her proud partner – Miss Jena. With a warm round of applause, the old projector greets the Junker with a graceful bow. She works! There have been 2,487,290 visitors to the planetarium since it opened, and since they are celebrating the 3 millionth visitor (the Junker) – Yumemi has a very special projection in store for her audience…of one.The presentation is beautiful. It begins with a rainy, autumn day on Earth and as Yumemi paints a magnificent image with careful words, Miss Jena tilts to the stars and begins to show tales of the constellations and the old gods and the heroes they represent. The episode focuses on the story of Perseus, his winged horse Pegasus, and Andromeda. Yumemi tells the sad tale and the Junker is captivated. He hears about how Andromeda is forced to sacrifice herself to a giant whale and how, as the whale approaches, Perseus swoops in after his battle with Medusa to rescue her. The two ride off on Pegasus and into the stars where they remain to this day. Perhaps this story is a parallel to the relationship that Yumemi and the Junker have formed. Maybe some day he will save her from the metaphorical rock to which she is chained. Yumemi weaves a great tale.
All of the sudden, the projection stops. The power has gone out. Yumemi is certain that the emergency backup power will come, but the Junker tells her that the emergency power has been tapped. Though it is unsaid, there’s a problem with the power outage: How will Yumemi recharge in the next few days since she’s unable to use her charger? I don’t want to think about this right now. I’m certain something magical will happen.
Right?Yumemi is distraught because she wants to continue the projection. The Junker offers a solution: instead of using Miss Jena, Yumemi should continue the projection with just her words – he can fill in the gaps with his imagination. She agrees and the beautiful imagery from the projection is enhanced by the fantasy that forms in The Junker’s mind. Yumemi tells the history of mankind’s dream to reach the stars in space. She reminds the Junker of the beauty in the world, despite the problems in it. She shows him a world of peace, an alternate sort of future. He is shocked. Yumemi ends her presentation with the warm sun rising and greeting the pair. She turns to the Junker, but he is seemingly fast asleep. Yumemi tells herself that she is very happy and sits next to him, continuing to chat throughout the night. He listens, silently, reflecting on both the gift that Yumemi gave to him and his own past. The next morning, the Junker notices that he is out of rations and is forced to leave. I became a bit annoyed that he didn’t even offer Yumemi a solution to her power problem, but then again, he isn’t a god. As he exits into the rain, Yumemi runs up and declares:
“I will escort you to your car!”
“Are you crazy?”
“Yes… I’m a little broken.”
That’s all for this week. I am already suiting up for what I suspect will be a heck of a ride in the next episode. Episode 3 is mostly about world-building and some beautiful imagery. The series has done a great job pulling me into their world and I’m rooting for our two heroes. I hope they’ll find hope in the despair outside the planetarium.