Log Post #20 of 40
Log Post #20 | From: warpio | Posted: 8/31/2018 06:08:00 PMUpdated: 8/31/2018 09:46:29 PM
|Episode 13 - Angel Invasion / Lilliputian Hitcher|
Episode 13 begins with Ritsuko Akagi completing a routine maintenance test of the Magi supercomputer system, followed soon by an autopilot test for the three Eva pilots. The pilots are supposed to enter simulation bodies without their plug suits and after a thorough disinfection.
While this is going on, Ritsuko makes a comment having to do with seeing the creator's personality in this Magi system... Misato mistakenly thought that Ritsuko was the one who created it, but she reveals it was actually her mother's creation.
The pilots enter the "simulation plugs", the entry plugs for the simulation bodies kept inside the Pribnow Box, while the Magi monitor the data coming off their bodies. While the test proceeds smoothly, Aoba shows Fuyutsuki what look like stains on construction brought in three days previously. Hyuga thinks they are corrosion from trapped air bubbles, and Fuyutsuki reminds them to fix the problem by the next day.
Maya informs Ritsuko of the corrosion in the protein wall above, but since it does not pose any problems to the test for the moment, Ritsuko decides to go ahead, saying that they can't abort the test due to minor technical issues. The simulation plugs are then connected to their Evas via their simulation bodies, contact being first established with Eva-00. Immediately afterwards, a contamination alert sounds as the corrosion begins to spread explosively. The experiment is aborted and several water pipes sealed to prevent the spread, but to no avail.
Without warning, Rei screams and her simulation body starts moving and trying to break free of its restraints. It raises a hand towards the control booth, but the arm is severed by a blasting bolt and the pilots are ejected at once. The mass of corrosion is fired upon with lasers, but to everyone's shock and horror, it deploys an A.T. Field, revealing itself to be the eleventh angel, Ireul.
Immediate panic ensues in the command facility, and Central Dogma is closed off at once and all personnel evacuate the Pribnow Box. Gendo cancels the alarm, and orders that the committee and the Japanese government be informed of an error in the alarm system. He then orders the Evas to be launched pilotless to avoid the risk of infection, giving Eva-01 priority.
When they find out the infection is spreading to the Pribnow Box, the vice commander guy whispers to Gendo "That's a bad area", and Gendo replies "Yes, it's too close to Adam". That seems like quite a big hint... I think Adam is what these Angels are all going after. And it seems like Eva 01 is almost equally important...
Meanwhile, Ritsuko and Misato attempt to fight the angel without the Evas. An attempt to destroy the Angel with an excess of oxygen fails as the angel evolves, soon turning into a system of electronic circuits that attacks Nerv's computer systems, reprogramming the Magi Melchior and attempting to initiate self-destruct for the facility. Unable to get clearance from the other Magi, it starts hacking into Balthasar as well. However, a temporary firewall is set up that prevents the Angel from hacking any further for the time being.
Wow, this is the most intense battle in the series yet. This episode is amazing.
Ritsuko explains the nature of this new angel.
We can think of them as micro-machines. Angels the size of microbes. Those individuals have aggregated together and have undergone explosive evolution to achieve intelligence circuits in this short amount of time.
They're continuously changing themselves, searching for a system that can cope with any situation.
That's truly the system of life itself.
Misato then proposes a way to defeat it.
Against an enemy that evolves to overcome its weaknesses, the only effective countermeasure is to eliminate the host and let the parasite die with it. We have no choice but to have it die with the Magi. I propose the physical elimination of the Magi.
But Ritsuko protests.
That's impossible. Destroying the Magi is tantamount to destroying headquarters itself.
Then I officially request it on behalf of the Operations Division.
I refuse. This is a matter for the Technology Department.
Misato comments on how Ritsuko always acts tough and refuses to depend on others... Then Ritsuko comes up with a different plan to counter-hack the Angel and program it to reach an evolutionary dead end, where it will have no choice but to die.
Expedite its evolution?
Yes. The end of evolution is self-destruction. Death itself.
jeez... this episode is breaking out all the pseudo scientific mindfuckery.
Ritsuko opens an entrance into the physical structure of the surviving Magi Casper, and begins work with notes left by her mother... Back doors that allowed devs to mess around with the system. While Ritsuko is working on this, Misato is asking her questions about the Magi.
Do you know about personality transplant OS?
Yes, it's a system that implants an individual's personality into a seventh generation organic computer so it can think. It's the same technology used for operating the Evas, right?
I've heard Magi was the first of them. My mother developed the technology.
So, it was her personality that was implanted?
Right. In a very real sense, this is my mother's brain.
Is that why you wanted to protect the Magi?
I don't think so. I didn't really like my mother that much. This was a decision as a scientist.
Ireul finally breaks through the firewall and completes infecting Balthasar, and with one second to go before Casper is defeated, the counter-hacking program is installed. The Magi are promptly restored to their normal status, and Ireul dies out. Ritsuko talks to Misato about the Magi and her Mother's personality, and the pilots are left wondering what happened.
The episode ends with Ritsuko revealing a bit more about her mother's personality.
The night before she died, my mother told me that the Magi are three aspects of herself. Herself as a scientist. Herself as a mother. Herself as a woman.</spoiler>
The Magi is those three aspects struggling for dominance. She intentionally left in the dilemmas of human experience.
Actually, each of the three programs are slightly different. I don't think I'll ever be a mother, so I don't understand her as a mother. But I respected her as a scientist. However, as a woman, I even hated her.
Casper contains the pattern of her as a woman.
She stayed a woman to the last. How totally like my mother.
So we finally get a Ritsuko-focused episode, and it's absolutely amazing... The Angel battle in this ep was the most intense battle in the series yet easily.