If the solution behind the intergalactic space war really is as simple as the Alliance not even considering that maybe they could have just left the space snails alone, I will be supremely disappointed. I could buy that maybe some skirmishes between the Alliance and space snails kept happening until one side realised the other would keep attacking them and attacked back in self-preservation which kept escalating into a full scale war where the original reasons have long since been lost. But the line that really set me off here was Chamber saying that the Alliance had no word for co-existence. Because gee, the only form of co-existence that exists is with space snails. Humans co-existing with other humans hasn’t even been considered because we’re so bloody thick that we can’t even consider leaving the space snails alone.
Hopefully that’s not the case, but the way Chamber phrased that line sent off warning signs that everyone here is just acting super dumb for the sake of keeping up a conflict.
Characters in this episode in general seemed to be acting dumber than usual. I get why Ledo acts the way he does. His entire reason for existence is to destroy space snails. But he and some of the other people on the ship seemed to be misunderstanding each other for the sake of creating conflict. It had the clear signs of an episode with bad writing, which hasn’t really been the case in Gargantia so far. It has been jumping around in quality from episode to episode, which I guess is what happens when you bring someone different on board to write the script for every episode. That works better when each episode is very disconnected from the next in a strict episodic fashion, and Gargantia doesn’t comply to that formula fully enough for it to work. The characters seem to change intelligence levels and understandings between episodes in a way that’s quite jarring.
I get what this episode was trying to do. Ledo only knows the space snails (I keep calling them space snails because hideouyeyze is too difficult to remember the spelling of) as the enemy and need to be destroyed, and can’t understand why these people don’t see that. To him it’s they’re asking why they need to breath. The episode didn’t sell me on the idea though, and this is me working backwards to figure out why that is. Maybe it’s just my problem in being unable to buy the inhuman reactions of Ledo, much in the way I wasn’t able to buy the bystander effect episode of Psycho Pass. In both cases my problem was the reactions felt too inhuman and stupid, when in both cases that was exactly the point.