Ulgar has a gun and the precious camaraderie of Astra’s crew is balancing on a very slippery slope. What is going to happen in Astra Lost in Space Episode 6?
Ulgar goes from quiet and mysterious to angry and vengeful. From the get-go we learn that he is not the ‘enemy’ they are looking for, but instead he has a personal grudge against Luca’s father, Senator Esposito. Half the episode analyzes this grudge: Ulgar’s older brother had a profound influence on him. He was always the one favored by his parents, but even when others shunned him, his brother treated him with kindness and fostered that brotherly relationship. He was a man of dreams and principles, an investigative journalist that went after big political scandals although he knew the risks. Ulgar’s worst nightmares were realized when his brother was found dead, after he presumably commited suicide. You don’t have to be an investigative journalist yourself to realize there’s something fishy going on here. We can tell that he was probably killed because he dug a bit deeper into a political issue concerning Luca’s father. From that moment, revenge was the only thing in Ulgar’s mind. Ulgar and Luca have a mini showdown of truth-telling in front of the sea, as the sunset was changing the surrounding colors to its familiar warm hues. What came next was not a WHAT THE FUCK moment, but it a twist that turned 180 the moment I made the mistake to assume what the twist was. Never assume, people.
The second part (in what seems like a good recipe for the series) focuses on the action. An earthquake brings a tsunami and the two ‘rivals’ get washed away. There is nothing more to say about this scene but: Kanata, you are a true leader. The ending of the episode is what will keep our minds occupied for yet another week: Aries’s photographic memory exposes Charles as a liar. What is he hiding?
Alien Sunset: I’ve always been fascinated by tales of strange worlds. Even if our universe shares a set of physical rules, the evolution of a planet may have taken a very different path. Yet, one thing that should remain the same is the sunrise and sunset. That was a beautiful scene.
Cap: I always love when everyday items carry a personal story. That cap is precious.
Bungee Jumping: The only true badass way to save someone from drowing.
Themes & Trivia
Intersex: This is the first time I’ve seen the term mentioned or a character identifying as an intersex person. Previously known as hermaphrodites or ‘congenital eunuchs’, intersex people are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies.’ Such variations may involve genital ambiguity and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female. In other words, intersex people are essentialy both male and female.
Gender issues were always difficult to address in mediums that are aimed toward children, adolescents, and young adults. Societal expectations have long governed what is proper to show in a show and what is not, and conditions about sex have been a taboo for most human history. Globalization and the internet have made it possible for individuals with such issues to come forward and speak their mind, in hopes of raising awareness and their own quality of life. It’s tough to be marginalized and I am glad to see an intersex character in an anime like Astra.
Also, a great drama scene is a cultivation of many details: the background, the voice acting, the script. I loved the first part and I can’t wait to see more backstories.
To the next planet!
Before we get there, however, we need to know what’s behind that weird look on Charles’s face. Is he the enemy?
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Astra Lost in Space
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