As Well He Should Be. The Polls Say So After All
It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make when the focus is primarily on Tytania, but simply put this is without a doubt the best episode since the first. This time we have the popular Grand Duke of the system of Tyrandia, a Tytania territory (as if there were any other possibility), passing away and as a result his duties being passed on to his wife the Grand Duchess Laetitia who like her husband is also loyal to Tytania and even sees them as protector gods who keep the universe safe and watch over her and her people from Uraniborg. However suddenly things take an unexpectded turn as Tyrandia which is also a critical Tytanian trading outpost breaks off contact from Uraniborg and ceases paying it’s tribute to the Clan Lords. As a result all of the Tytanian dukes (including Idris who is none to happy to be leaving his post as Captain of the Emperor’s royal guard to his older relative) are called back to Uraniborg to decide what to do about the situation.
Salisch being the might makes right type he is vouches to immediately rush in and force Tyrandia back into Tytanian control but Jouslain who was a friend of Laetitia when he was younger through her closest friend Erwin (also the Tytanian military attached) offers to go to Tyrandia to try and negotiate as well as to find out what forces might be pushing Laetitia into pulling away from Tytania. Right here Jouslain already differentiates himself from his fellow dukes as the only one who even considers the need to put on a good face with their vassal territories and you can sense that he’s starting to feel more than a little discontent with his clans ways.
Once Jouslain gets to Tyrandia it immediately becomes apparent that the military is behind the current attempt to pull away from Tytanian control after being emboldened by the Tytania defeat at Cerberus. Jouslain easily picks up on this during his discussion with the military heads. One part I found interesting about all of this is that a Verhanda Admiral is slinking around during all of this and seems to have no problem turning a blind eye towards the rebellion as long as certain “results” are to be expected. Just more evidence that the Empire is looking for it’s chance to rebel against Tytania full force and start a real war.
Did Jouslain Just Out-Lelouch Lelouch?
Seriously, The Commander Even Has The PWNED Face
Eventually it becomes clear that Laetitia still thinks of Jouslain and his clan as gods and she also believes that he will be the next clan head and after the briefing she warns him in private about what is going on and tries to help him to run away. Being the gentleman that he is Jouslain won’t have it at first and is quickly cornered by the military chief of staff looking to make an example of him to Uraniborg. Of course in a Lelouch Vi Britannia style maneuver Jouslain has already assured an exit for all of them. He has his ship in orbits main cannons already trained on the palace and should he destroy a communicator that indicates his safety then the ship will open fire ensuring all of their deaths. The chief of staff tries to call Jouslain’s bluff, but Jouslain insists it’s Tytania’s way (even though I somehow doubt he believes it himself) and manages to bargain his way out. Laetitia and Erwin however are forced to stay behind despite Jouslain’s attempts to get them out of there when it becomes evident that the military chief of staff can’t claim a lack of coup d’etat and gain other countries support without her presence and this is non negotiable.
If You’ve Seen The Episode Then This Scene Pretty Much Speaks For Itself
In the end tragedy strikes as Laetitia who believes that her country has betrayed her god commits suicide and Erwin is killed in a firefight with the army. Jouslain thinks to himself back on his ship how things shouldn’t have to be this way and questions himself whether Tytania’s ways are the only way. Meanwhile Ariabart’s suspension has been relieved by Ajman and it looks like Tytania is on it’s way to Tyrandia next episode to take care of the rebellion.
When The Likely Next Leader Of The Clan Starts To Have His Doubts About The Nobility Of His Lineage Then You Know Change Is On The Way
More than anything I think this episode helps to illustrate yet again that not everybody disagrees with Tytania’s ways, but not everybody agrees with them either. I found it most interesting of all that Jouslain as a Tytania was less willing to entertain any notions of his divinity and righteousness than Laetitia and was more than willing to try and sort things out. Unfortunately the chief of staff proves just how much of a bastard he is in his unwillingness to listen AND his eager willingness to take hostages to see that his demands are met. Either way it was doubtful from the beginning that this situation could have been solved without war because of the arrogance of both sides in play and like often happens in these types of confrontations it is the innocents that suffer the most. It seems Erwin and Laetitia’s fairy tale story of one day visiting Uraniborg is never to be. All in all it was a great episode full of political maneuvering and shades of grey of the kind that first got me interested in the series and it saved the episode from the mediocrity of the recent Lira and Fan hijinks. Fan and Lira do appear briefly doing their respective things this time around as does Lydia (who still serves no purpose at all with her cameos) but it’s not in any capacity nor length of screen time of the kind that detracted so much from previous episodes.
I think what I’m interested to see most now is what Jouslain and Ajman will do in this coming conflict. It’s been pretty well established now that the other Tytanian lords are predictability narcissitic and self interested but those two definitely have a greater vision of the coming changes in the universe than the rest of the clan. I’m also interested to see how Fan might get wrapped up in all of this. Whatever the case Tytania is definitely back on track as of this episode.
Rating: Nine And Half Out Of Ten