In Astra Lost in Space episode 09, "Revelation," Kanata Hoshijima thinks long and hard about what Zack Walker discovered, and the implications are crushing. Quitterie Raffaeli and Funicia Raffaeli's excitement at learning the results of Zack's tests quickly turns to confusion and then horror as the young crew unravels some of the core mysteries affecting them. Meanwhile, their parents discuss their plans in great detail, confirming many of Kanata and Zack's conclusions. What drove events to this stage? How will the crew react to the implications? And how Polina Livinskaya react to the news?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
It takes strength and honest conviction to bring people back from an emotional ledge. Kanata has both in abundance. Capture from the Hulu stream.
It was emotionally difficult to watch Quitterie and Funicia go from being all excited to find out if they were really related to finding out they were clones. But that was only the start. They had deduced that they were all clones whose "parents" were their DNA donors. They had been created for a single reason: Using Zack's "dad's" memory technology, the kids were to become the vessel for their original's minds. They had been created to give their originals immortality.
And now that their planet had passed a law outlawing clones, the originals had to cover their tracks. They had sent their clones into space to die where their bodies would never be found -- so no DNA testing could be conducted.
Astra Lost in Space has become one of my favorite shows this season in part because of how well it presents its characters, particularly for a science fiction series. So often, science fiction shows will make characters secondary to the effort. In fact, I've read some science fiction authors suggest that characters should be secondary, and that the science ideas should be front and center. My Best in Show moment says otherwise.
Kanata pointed out that they all had one thing in common: They weren't loved. That seemed to loose Quitterie's feelings. "But... but that's..." she said as she pounded the console with her fists (9:27). She dropped to her knees and said, "We... we were vessels!"
Quitterie's a strong young woman, but this revelation was almost too much for her. Capture from the Hulu stream.
The enormity of what they'd deduced crashed over her. Zack tried to comfort her, but she battled his hand away.
Then Funicia started to cry (9:52). Seeing her tears, hearing her sobs, hammered home just how how awful and painful their situation was. The little girl's tears set off an emotional cascade. Zack struggled to keep his feeling in check; Yun-Hua Lu covered her mouth and started to cry. One by one they started to crumble.
That moment's raw emotional power is worth the Best in Show recognition. But what happened next is my choice. Kanata stood and and yelled (10:04), "We are family!"
The loud conviction in his voice caught their attention. "No parent? Who cares? Discarded clones? Who cares? We were born under the same destiny and overcame hardships together as a family! Let's all go home together and surprise them."
It was exactly what they all needed to hear -- even Kanata, I think. I enjoy the plot twists; I enjoy the technology. But moments like this make me love the series.
As an aside, there's a part of me that's really happy to see that Aries Spring's mom doesn't fit the mold.
What did you think of the reveals in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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