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Episode 11: Chasing On and On

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 1, 2019

 

Summary

 

Timp travels in his Gabament Walker Machine through a sand storm and nearly falls down a crack between cliffs. He expresses annoyance at Jiron coming after him and climbs back up. Nearby, Jiron spots him, using binoculars. He heads down the cliff in his Xabungle and is spotted by Timp, who needs to run out onto his Walker Machine's arm to get it to work right. After firing upon the Xabungle he hides underneath a rock and is about to blast off the Xabungle's head but the cannon doesn't work either and the Xabungle is gone by the time he heads down to it. Jiron catches him by surprise, jumping towards him from above and the Gabament flees. Meanwhile on the Iron Gear, Elchi complains to Kotsett about them not going faster. The two shout contradicting orders to the engine room to speed up and slow down. Elchi asks where Jiron is, but they don't know. On the deck, Rag tells Chill that Elchi is hysteric in her search for Jiron. She wonders if Jiron will head off on his own after getting his revenge. Chill thinks Rag is being just like Elchi. Timp has stopped by an oasis and digs some holes in the ground and comments on them being mines. The Xabungle soon approaches and nearly steps on them as the Gabament escapes. Later, the Xabungle continues to pursue the Gabament and the two hide from each other behind rocks. Jiron spots the Gabament and gets out; trying to hold Timp at gunpoint, but Timp gets the drop on him. By throwing rocks, Jiron is able to escape into the Gabament. Meanwhile Timp gets into the Xabungle and starts firing, but has a hard time getting used to the way the aiming mechanism is set up. The two quickly come upon each other and continue arguing. The two get out with pipes and start fighting face to face. Timp gets back in the Gabament, but Jiron realizes he can't easily get into the Xabungle, which is standing up. He climbs a nearby cliff and is able to get back in, but finds that the Gabament has disappeared. Meanwhile on the Iron Gear, Elchi and Rag argue over who will go out on the other Xabungle to find Jiron. Rag wins out and heads off. Meanwhile on his landship Devarace Galan, Bigman argues with a merchant who is trying to sell him old parts and demands a doctor for his wounded men. The merchant refers him to Meddick Helt. Jiron makes his way to a nearby abandoned town in the Xabungle, and fears that Timp will get resupplied.

 

Jiron looks at the town from afar and says Timp picked a good hiding spot, with all the oil tanks about. He jumps towards the town and is surprised Timp doesn't fire at him, and isn't anywhere to be seen. Meddick is brought before some of Bigman's men and is given gold to treat them. Rag, Dyke and Chill drive around on the other Xabungle modules looking for Jiron. Flying in the air, Dyke spots the Devarace Galan. He thinks the Iron Gear will be in trouble if it doesn't change course. The Xabungle finally is fired upon by the Gabament, which is hiding in an oil tank. Meanwhile, Dyke and Chill reunite with Rag and tell her about Bigman's landship. They spot a group of Walker Machines, likely Bigman's men, nearby. On the bridge of his ship, Bigman says he doesn't want to send all his forces after the Iron Gear. He goes to see his subordinates and Meddick, asking if anyone saw Timp after the last battle. Meddick talks about Jiron, who has been pursuing Timp and not obeying the three day rule. Bigman wonders if Timp was pushing him to attack the Iron Gear in order to kill Jiron. He also questions if the Innocent are making them fight each other as instigated by Timp, which Meddick doesn't believe. Rag's part of the Xabungle fires upon the pursuing Walker Machines. She combines with the module piloted by Dyke and Chill, forming the Xabungle's humanoid form, and fights a Walker Machine hand to hand. Dyke says he and Chill are stuck in their cockpit. Bigman orders his subordinates to not go after them and come back. Meanwhile, Jiron fires at Timp who runs his way through some abandoned houses. The Xabungle punches the Gabament, knocking it over, but soon realizes it is being operated by remote control. The Gabament grabs a hold of the Xabungle. Jiron shouts out to Timp, that he isn't playing fair. Timp doesn't care, and tells Jiron the Gabament is filled with explosives. The Xabungle flees, but Timp says its actually the oil tanks filled with explosives. They soon start exploding. On the Iron Gear, Elchi plays around with some cards. Rag and Chill come up to the bridge. Rag says they couldn't find Jiron, and Bigman has gathered his breakers nearby. Chill comments on Elchi being hysterical about Jiron, getting her mad. The Xabungle flees through the exploding oil tanks, thinking of how Timp killed his parents. He is able to make his way out of the area in the Xabungle. He looks around again for Timp, saying he'll chase him to the end of the Earth. He spots a green patch of land in the distance and realizes its relay point P, where transporters and the Innocent meet. He wonders if Timp is heading there.

 

Commentary

 

After a really strong episode last time, this one is quite lackluster. A large percentage, more than half of the episode, is dedicated to Jiron's drawn out pursuit of Timp. I feel that it's something that could have been told in considerably less time, or not at all, as we know quite well that Jiron is pursuing him and spending an episode on it isn't really advancing the plot. Really the only part I liked was the brief amount of time where they exchanged Walker Machines. The rest of the episode appears dedicated to build up, as the Iron Gear makes its way towards relay point P and we get some more screen time for Bigman.

 

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