Log Post #17 of 40
Log Post #17 | From: warpio | Posted: 8/31/2018 03:09:00 PMUpdated: 8/31/2018 04:24:23 PM
|Episode 11 - In the Still Darkness / The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still|
The episode opens as Ritsuko, Maya, and Shigeru Aoba, are doing their laundry. They then board a train and meet Vice Commander Fuyutsuki, who complains that he must meet with the city council that day, even though they are just figureheads and the Magi supercomputers make the actual decisions. He also mentions that Ritsuko will be conducting an activation test on Unit-00 that day.
Oh, so this is some like cyberpunk political landscape where computers run everything. I didn't know about that.
At Nerv HQ, Misato boards an elevator. Kaji runs after her, and despite her pushing the "close" button, joins her. At this time Shinji calls Gendo to tell him that Shinji needs Gendo to show up for a career discussion interview at Shinji's school. Gendo starts to tell him that all those parental duties have been delegated to Misato when they are suddenly cut off. On the elevator, Misato and Kaji realize that there has been a power failure and speculate that Ritsuko might have caused it during the Unit-00 test. In the lab, Ritsuko denies responsibility. Fuyutsuki orders all the emergency power channeled to the Magi and Central Dogma.
Although Shinji's character has developed a lot, his relationship with his dad still isn't any different than it was in the first episode.
Shinji, Asuka and Rei arrive at Nerv and find that their cards won't work to open the gate. Inside, Gendo and Fuyutsuki realize that the power must have been sabotaged. At the same time, the Ninth Angel, Matarael, emerges from the ocean at a point near the former Atami region and heads for Tokyo-3. The JSSDF commanders tracking the Angel get no response from Nerv HQ as the Angel begins advancing inland/
Misato tries to call out of the elevator, but can't get anyone. Aoba also tries to call, but finds that all the phone lines are down. The pilots try to call, but with the same results. Ritsuko and Maya must climb a maintenance ladder to get to the control room. Rei finally thinks to consult her emergency manual; the other pilots follow suit and they realize that they need to get to headquarters. Asuka declares herself leader and chooses Shinji to crank open the doors manually. Meanwhile, the waiting JSSDF commanders decide to warn Tokyo-3 directly by sending an aircraft with loudspeakers over the city.
Hyuga, who had been picking up Misato's laundry, hears the evacuation order and confiscates a politician's loudspeaker van and heads to Nerv HQ. On the elevator, Kaji tries unsuccessfully to flirt with Misato. In the control room, Gendo, Fuyutsuki, and Ritsuko decide that the purpose behind the sabotage must have been to learn how they would react to it.
This Geo-Front was designed to be a self-sufficient colony, even when isolated from the outside. Theoretically, it's impossible for all of the power sources to fail at once.
Which means that someone did it deliberately, correct?
Their purpose is likely to be to investigate this facility.
So they could determine HQ's structure through the progress of restoration?
Disrespectful bastards. I'll run a dummy program through the Magi. That will make it harder for them to get a complete picture.
I'll leave it to you.
The guy Ritsuko was speaking to then says this
The first havoc wreaked upon our headquarters wasn't caused by an Angel, but by another member of our species.and Gendo responds
Just goes to show. Ultimately, the enemy of mankind is mankind.
Meanwhile, under Asuka's leadership, the pilots have got themselves lost. Hyuga passes above them in the van, informing everyone within earshot of the attack, but they are unable to get his attention. Rei points out a short cut and then while they're crawling through the vents, Shinji starts speculating on the nature of Angels.
Say, what do you suppose the Angels are?
Why are you talking about that at a time like this?
Angels, messengers of God, enemies named after servants of Heaven. Why are we fighting them?
What are you, stupid? Strange beings are attacking us. If you're going through a fire, you've got to brush away the embers, of course!
Asuka then leads them up the wrong path again, opens a door to the outside and encounters Matarael face to face before panicking and slamming the door shut.
Hyuga reaches the control room and informs them of the Angel's attack. Confident that the pilots will arrive on time, Gendo orders the Evas prepared for a manual launch.
Ritsuko is also confident that the pilots have figured out what's going on and are on their way here. Rei is the one leading them through the vents even though Asuka wants to be the leader. Asuka starts insulting Rei for being Gendo's favorite pilot and the teacher's pet... Rei just denies it and continues on as if Asuka's words don't even matter.
Finally, they come crashing out of the vents into the Eva launch area, with Shinji and Asuka landing in a heap, Rei nimbly landing on her feet. They find the Evas nearly ready for launch. Shinji looks on in awe as he sees a side of his father he has never seen before. Gendo is diligently working beside everyone else to insert the Entry Plugs by hand with a pulley.
The three pilots launch and craw into a large horizontal shaft to try to come underneath the Angel. But when they climb into the vertical shaft they realize that Matarael is trying to burn its way into Nerv with highly corrosive acid. They scramble into a side shaft, losing their guns in the process. Asuka comes up with a daring plan: One Eva will be on defense and will block the acid and neutralize the Angel's A.T. Field. The backup Eva will drop to the bottom of the shaft and toss one of the guns to the offense Eva who will open fire as the defense Eva dodges back into the horizontal shaft. Rei volunteers for defense, but Asuka has reserved that role for herself and gives Rei the backup role. Shinji will be offense.
Asuka really is playing the leader role now...
The plan works perfectly and Matarael is destroyed. The power is restored, and Kaji and Misato, who had been trying to climb out of the elevator, fall into a heap, similar to Shinji and Asuka falling out of the shaft, and the doors open to reveal Ritsuko, Hyuga and Maya, who all react with disgust.
As the episode ends, the pilots are sitting on a cliff overlooking the city, looking at the stars right as the power comes back on.
It's ironic that the stars are so beautiful when there's no electricity or artificial lights.
But without the lights, it doesn't feel like anyone lives there.
See? I feel much more comfortable this way.
Man has always feared the darkness, carving away at it with fire.
Is that what makes mankind a special species? Is that why the Angels keep attacking us?
What are you, stupid? There's no way to know that.</spoiler>