Astra Lost in Space Episode 01: Aries tries not to panic
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Review: Astra Lost in Space Episode 01 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In Astra Lost in Space episode 01, "Planet Camp," Aries Spring is super excited to go on a field trip, which means she gets to go to another planet with several other students. A thief tries to steal her purse, but quick thinking by Kanata Hoshijima almost saves the day -- until the automated police think he committed assault instead of stopping a robbery! Fortunately, by launch time, all is sorted, and they depart. The ship drops them off on the planet, and things are going well when a large ball of energy approaches them. Thinking it's just part of the experience, Luca Esposito approaches it -- only to be sucked in and disappear. Kanata tells everyone to engage their helmets and run, but the thing is too fast. The globe absorbs all of them, one by one. The next thing Kanata knows, he's spinning in space. There's a planet nearby. His suit has limited resources. Can he find shelter in orbit? Can he find his classmates? And just what the heck was the globe of energy?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

Astra Lost in Space Episode 01: Kanata steels his resolve

A single moment of decision can save -- or lose -- lives. Capture from the Hulu stream

The students were on the verge of panic, but between Zack Walker's cool analysis and Katana's willingness to take charge, they were able to keep their wits about them. They gathered the luggage that was nearby and they were all able to use their suits' jets to make it to a ship. Well, almost all of them. We learned in a flashback that Kanata had experience working through an actual wilderness emergency, and he seemed to have his priorities straight. One of the first things he did was ask if they were all present.

One of them was missing (25:38).

Ulgar Zweig managed to catch sight of Aries, looking tiny because she was so far away from the ship. She tumbled out of control. Her communications device was broken or off-line, so she couldn't hear them. She was so far away that they were afraid that they didn't have enough fuel left in their maneuvering jets to get to her and get back. Once again, panic threatened to overwhelm them -- even Kanata.

He fought to remember what his Sensei had told him: "When things seem hopeless, act tough!"

It's not that acting tough helped directly. It's that it gave him a focus, which helped him get his thoughts moving again. Panic paralyzes; having an objective helps. Once he found his resolve, he looked around the airlock and found a winch (26:58). Seeing that was enough for him to formulate a plan. If he had given into panic, Aries would have died of asphyxiation and cold, in space, all alone. 

I loved how this episode dramatized how important that single moment of decision was! 

4 thoughts on “Review: Astra Lost in Space Episode 01 – Best In Show

  1. I think my favourite moment was a little later, when the kids all made that human chain to bring them aboard. This is my favourite show so far this season, but then I really click with the director, Masaomi Andou (White Album 2, School Live, Hakumei and Mikochi, Scum’s Wish).

    I’m also quite fond of the frosted tangerine drifing in space. One of the most iconic images this season, so far.

    1. “when the kids all made that human chain to bring them aboard. ”

      That was impressive. I liked how they all came together. I thought it was cool how Ulgar seemed to be the one with a good head for vectors — I wonder what his story is?

      “I’m also quite fond of the frosted tangerine drifing in space. One of the most iconic images this season, so far.”

      Little details like that are great. I like being rewarded for paying attention!

  2. They really did an excellent job of the drama of the rescue. The early part of the episode was kind of ho-hum but once disaster struck this became really compelling viewing and now I’m really looking forward to more of it.

    1. “They really did an excellent job of the drama of the rescue. ”

      They really did! I loved how Kanata drew on his experience from the camping disaster; I also liked how they all banded together to rescue him and Aries when their return trajectory would have taken them past the ship.

      I’m really curious to see what direction they take the series!

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