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Synduality Noir Episode 10 – Quick Summary

In Synduality Noir episode 10, “Drifters’ Pride,” some engineers worked on a new component for Kanata’s Drifter. Hearing some explosions, they first assumed other engineers had trouble with their experiments. But that wasn’t it. An Ender storm to end all Enter storms approached. The last time something like this happened, Amasia – 20 years ago. Is there anything Kanata, Tokio, and the other Drifters can do to push back this assault? Or will they suffer the same fate as Amasia?

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

Favorite Quote from Synduality Noir Episode 10

Synduality Noir Episode 10: Kanata wanted to prove himself

Kanata has a great goal. He should talk about it after they make it safely home! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Sometimes, getting back to basics works. Want to present a coming of age story? Show a young man (or woman) coming of age. Keep it simple. That’s what Synduality Noir is doing, and it’s working for me.

Noir seemed confused. She observed a big emotional shift in how Kanata treated Tokio. Noir at first thought that Kanata was angry with the older man. Who really doesn’t look much older. Okay, I thought they were about the same age. Maybe Tokio drinks so much alcohol that it preserves his skin? That’s not the way alcohol works, is it?

Kanata said far from it – he still greatly respected Tokio, both for what Tokio had done for him and for Tokio’s prodigious skills. No, Kanata was pissed at himself for having stayed so long in Tokio’s shadow.

“But I can’t keep doing that,” he said (19:05). “I can’t just stay in his shadows. I wanna stand shoulder to shoulder with  him. As a partner!”

I found it very touching. Almost as much as I found it alarming that the dude was so focused on spilling his guts to Noir that he wasn’t being tactically aware. Dude…

Favorite Moment from Synduality Noir Episode 10

Synduality Noir Episode 10: Tokio saved Kanata -- at great cost

Tokio managed to save Kanata. It cost him, though. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Setup: Will the Writer Go Through With It?

I wasn’t sure if the show would do it. Tokio had been flying many Red Flags of Death in different forms all through the episode. I knew danger lurked in his future. But death? Would Synduality Noir have the guts to pull the trigger – and keep it pulled?

Which doesn’t make sense, but I’m trying to be dramatic.

Well, we found out. But not in my favorite moment. My favorite moment was before we found out, because it was cool and dramatic and self-sacrificing. Which is pretty much everything I like in a dramatic moment.

Synduality Noir Episode 10: Tokio handed the baton to Kanata

I’ll say this: Tokio’s fate didn’t detract from my favorite moment! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Kanata had uttered my favorite quote. Then he confirmed my suspicion that such a discussion was badly timed. First one, then multiple Parasitism Enders closed on him. They blew off his Drifter’s legs so he couldn’t get away. They blew off its arms and weaponry so he couldn’t fight back. Then several of them moved in for the kill. They fired the weapons that would consume Kanata and Noir and turn their Drifter into another Parasitism Ender.

Except Tokio had other ideas. He dove in just in time to take three of the ugly purple/black spikes. Falling to the ground, he took two more.

Delivery: The Fall of JOHNGASMAKER

Crashed sideways on the group, his face a mask of astonished pain, Tokio heard Mouton’s voice tallying the damage. It was bad. Catastrophic. The Virtual Reality link went down. It revealed the scene in reality: Tokio bleeding from several wounds where the spikes had pierced his body.

The last thing Mouton said was (20:37), “JOHNGASMAKER is shutting down.”

The parasitic disease began to consume Tokio.

That was a hell of a dramatic moment! The show put the work into flying the flags. It developed the mentor/student relationship between Tokio and Kanata. And it set up Tokio’s earlier panic at realizing their danger. It worked. I was convinced he was a goner. I started thinking about how Kanata and Noir would react.

Synduality Noir Episode 10: Katana and Noir prepared to take on the enemy

Tokio managed to pass on the baton to Kanata. Though I’m not sure how Kanata became the Kwisatz Haderach all of a sudden. Maybe Noir’s hiding a Gom Jabbar? Capture from the Hulu stream.

I said earlier I didn’t know if the show had the guts to actually go through with it. That wasn’t fair of me. I don’t know the writer’s ultimate goals here. Keeping Tokio alive might be a better choice, from the perspective of the narrative. Or it may not. Either way, I don’t have the right to insult the writer’s nerve. So I’ll just say that the show left Tokio alive. But my favorite moment is still my favorite moment!

What did you think of the re-emergence of the Silver Storm? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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