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Episode 34: Fatman's Far-off Feelings

 

Review by Brian Shea

December 21, 2020

 

Summary

 

In a simulation, Elchi battles a man, slaying him with a knife. Dr. Manet talks to Biram, and is pleased with how things are going. Elchi passes out though, so Biram recommends they let her rest. Later Elchi has fun playing around outside in the snow and is invited onto a craft by Biram. Elsewhere, Katakam helps teach Rag to ski, and she quickly finds herself falling off a cliff when racing off on her own. Repairs go on at the Iron Gear, which Rag and Katakam make their way back to. Various crew members are frustrated with Rag and Katakam going off to have some fun. Fatman looks to the horizon with binoculars and starts crying out as if he was an ape. Inside Plopopieff and Lovely Rose feed venison stew to everyone. Inside Elchi's room Fatman has put on a red outfit and dances with a dress. He throws it in a suitcase and heads off, being spotted by Birin on the way out. Using some snowshoes he jumps off the Iron Gear and leaves. Birin tells everyone about Fatman fleeing. Jiron runs out, with the Sand Rats in quick pursuit. Fatman imagines Elchi as he continues traveling. Rag tells Jiron that Fatman just went screwy and left on his own. Jiron thinks he has heightened animalistic senses to find her, which Kotsett agrees with. Chill claims she has had dreams of Elchi crying. Jiron argues with Katakam and insists on rescuing Elchi and heads off with Chill, getting some encouragement from Birin. He heads off with Chill on the Gallier. Some other members of the crew want to head after Jiron, getting Rag upset about splitting up their forces. Katakam orders various Walker Machines to jump on the Iron Gear as it heads out, as a training exercise. Rag thinks with this much might they'll be able to fight even without Jiron. Fatman continues on his journey. Biram's craft lands at a deck where Kid Horla and Geraba are waiting. Biram claims Biel has been dismissed and he is in charge of this area now. Horla notices Elchi in the backseat. Biram thinks Dowas has been lax with him and agrees to provide Horla more supplies. Horla requests Elchi, embarrassing everyone.

 

Fatman runs his way down a steep mountain. Biram wonders if the change in era is influencing Horla's feelings over Elchi. He accepts providing Elchi to Horla, but says he'll do so only if Horla succeeds in his mission. He leaves him a bag of blue stones. Elchi claims Horla will become a hindrance to Biram someday. Biram is pleased with how the brainwashing on Elchi has gone. Fatman spots their craft flying from overhead and tries to jump onto it from afar with no avail. He continues running after it, toppling over a cliff and holding on only with a knife. A nearby Walker Machine spots him. In a flashback we see Fatman being whipped by a slaver claiming to be his savior. Elchi stops by and Fatman gives her a flower. Elchi purchases Fatman from the slaver. Back in the present, Fatman uses the knife to try and climb back up the cliff, freaking out the nearby Walker Machine pilot, who blasts at him. Other Walker Machines join in and Fatman hides behind a cliff, then runs off. Fatman finds a large rock which he carries with him and throws at the Walker Machine's cockpit, knowing it over. Fatman flees from the other Walker Machines and is brought to the edge of a cliff, but holds back the Walker Machine's claw and manages to throw it down. Another Walker Machine attacks but is blasted by the Gallier, which has just arrived. The Gavalier landship approaches and Jiron realizes Horla is near. Some forces from Salt take part in attacking the Gavalier. Meanwhile Fatman runs to a Capricorn Walker Machine. Haiya brings Jiron a bazooka to use and Jiron soon spots Fatman. Fatman approaches the Gavalier, tossing aside an enemy Walker Machine in the way. Horla continues with the attack, despite running low on ammunition. From nearby the Iron Gear approaches, with Rag and Birin arguing on the bridge. Rag kisses Katakam and orders Kotsett around. Fatman grapples with another Capricorn and runs into the cockpit of the enemy, screaming at the pilot until he flees. Katakam heads out on his own Walker Machine to help in the attack. Fatman's suitcase falls out of the Capricorn and is destroyed in a blast. Fatman grows quite angry at this and runs forward in anger. Horla is told that they have used up all their ammo. Fatman makes his way on the Gavalier and many members of Salt approach. Fatman breaks into the Gavalier's bridge and slaps Horla before fleeing. The Gavalier starts retreating and Rag tells everyone on their side to fall back as well. Later she tells Katakam they need more might. Rag and Birin continue to argue. Meanwhile Fatman continues to look for Elchi, with Jiron following in the Gallier.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is primarily filler, providing us some focus on the character Fatman Big. This big, yet silent character is often used for comedic relief and that continues here in this episode focused on him. We see him pull off some crazy feats, like climbing up a vertical cliff with a knife, using a giant rock to defeat a Walker Machine, and funniest of all, screaming at an enemy pilot so much that he flees the cockpit. We finally hear some dialogue from him, "How dare you!" after his suitcase is destroyed, although that appears to be his inner thoughts. Beyond the gags, it was good to finally see his back story and we find why he cares so much about Elchi as she rescued him from slavery and hard labor. The other big development of the episode is that it appears Elchi's brainwashing is complete. Along with this is a pretty drastic change in her character design, which I'm not too fond of. With Elchi no longer part of the Iron Gear it seems like Rag has found a new person to argue with in Birin Nada.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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