Log Post #27 of 40
Log Post #27 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/03/2018 05:46:00 PMUpdated: 9/03/2018 07:50:22 PM
|Episode 17 - The Fourth Qualified Individual / The Fourth Children|
The episode opens with the Instrumentality Committee interrogating Misato about the incident with the Twelfth Angel. The Committee seriously considers the possibility that the Angel was trying to communicate with mankind and took the Eva for that purpose, but Misato, acting as a proxy for a mentally disturbed Shinji, is incapable of conclusively answering what happened. Lorenz ends the meeting, and talks to Gendo.
Toji is seen in the hospital, and some of the hospital staff chat with themselves about how caring he is as a brother, and how nice he is to take care of his injured sister (hurt at the beginning of the series as one of the unnamed casualties of the battle with Sachiel). Gendo and Rei enter Nerv headquarters, and Gendo asks a few generic questions about Rei, such as how she is feeling and how she finds it at school. He does not make any further enquiries about her in a personal regard. Back at school, Toji embarrasses Shinji and Asuka by saying they fight like a married couple.
Shinji inquired Toji about Kensuke's absense from class, and learns that he's skipping to go take pictures of a military battleship that is arriving in Tokyo-3 today.
An orbital view of Post-Second Impact America is seen, with a small red dot spreading across the continent. Absolute panic ensues in the bridge, since Nerv's Second Branch in Nevada has completely vanished. Misato, Ritsuko and the bridge trio review the incident, and notice that the disappearance took place at the same time that the restored S² Engine sample was to be installed on Evangelion Unit-04. A ridiculous 32,768 possibilities for the accident abound, including sabotage. Ritsuko suspects that the branch was swallowed into a Dirac Sea like Eva-01 had previously, and when Misato criticizes the idea of using things they don't fully understand, Ritsuko thinks to herself, "Just like the Evas." Later, on the escalator, Ritsuko informs Misato that the U.S. Government is sending over Evangelion Unit-03 to them from the United States, to prevent First Branch from being lost as well.
Ritsuko and Gendo discuss the usage of the dummy system. Ritsuko says that the errors in the dummy system make it risky to use for the first activation of Eva-03, but there is a candidate for whom a core can be readied immediately.
This is the dummy plug prototype. Rei's personal data has been loaded into it, but it's not really possible to digitize a human mind and soul. Ultimately, it's a fake, an imitation. Just a machine that emulates a pilot's thinking process.
It'll transmit a signal pattern to the Eva. As long as the Eva believes there's a pilot and synchronizes, that's enough. Load the data into Unit 01 and Unit 02.
There are still some problems with it.
That's not important. As long as the Eva activates, it's sufficient.
The scene cuts to Ritsuko in the Central Dogma with Gendo, both looking at the naked Rei in the test tube device... so she's in on whatever it is that Gendo is doing with Rei here I suppose... This must be some time after their previous conversation, because Ritsuko tells Gendo that the dummy plug system is still to risky, and says there's a fourth pilot candidate that is ready to be employed instead. Suddenly, Gendo tells Rei that she can come out now... so she's been conscious this whole time.
Back at school, Asuka yells at Shinji for forgetting to pack their lunches. Toji embarrasses Shinji and Asuka by saying they fight like a married couple.
Misato is surprised to discover who the Fourth Child is, and her and Ritsuko seem to be implying that this person is just like Shinji and probably won't want to become a pilot. Misato agrees that she has to let go of pure ideals for the sake of humanity's survival.
Toji has class duty. Hikari reminds him that he has to bring the printout material to Rei, and offers to go with him, and is disappointed when he ignores her and asks Shinji to come along instead.
Rei's room is in an absolute mess, as always, and Shinji decides to clean up while he's at it. Rei soon returns, and surprised, thanks Shinji for cleaning up.
This scene kinda mirrors some aspects of the first time Shinji went into Rei's apartment, probably just cuz it still looks exactly the same, and he still did the *rings the doorbell" "I'm coming in" thing that he did last time.
Later Rei is laying on her bed, thinking about how she's never said "Thank you" to anyone before up until now.
Thank you... Words of gratitude. Words I've never used. I'd never even said them to him.
Kozo and Gendo are riding a train alongside a scenic sunset, and Kozo is having this odd monologue.
The city, a paradise made by mankind. Once driven from Paradise, man had no choice but to escape to this earthly existence, side by side with death. Our own paradise, created by the resourcefulness that this weakest of beings was forced to develop.
To protect ourselves from the fear of death, to satiate our thirst for pleasure, a paradise we created ourselves.
This city's truly such a paradise. A armed city made to protect us. A city of cowards fleeing from the outside world, filled with enemies. Cowards do live longer. That's fine.
New Tokyo-3, Nerv's camouflaged intercept fortress. The continually-delayed seventh construction phase will be finished soon. At long last, it will be completed.
Then they start talking about the loss of the 2nd branch of Nerv.
How will you report Unit 04's accident to the Committee?
Just as the facts state, the cause is unknown.
But at this stage, it's a catastrophic loss.
Unit 04 and the 2nd Branch are acceptable. Even with the S2 engine, we may have lost the sample, but we still have the data in Germany. This installation and Unit 01 will be sufficient.
But the Committee was furious.
Of course, it was an unscheduled accident.
Seele must also be frantically adjusting the schedule.
Incidents not depicted in the Dead Sea Scrolls can occur. This ought to teach the old men a lesson.
The next day, Kaji tries to flirt with Maya, much to Misato's disgust. Misato then tries to get some more information about the Marduk Institute from him, and how they managed to find the 4th child just now at the most convenient time.
I'll tell you one thing. The Marduk Institute doesn't exist. Nerv itself is pulling the strings.
Go check out Code 707.
707? Shinji's school?
Shinji goes to talk to Kaji on his own for some reason, and Kaji shows him the secret watermelon patch he's working on, while giving him some personal life advice.
Then, during another synch test, Shinji's synch level is found to be dropping due to the psychological effects on him after the incident with Leliel. Ritsuko reminds Misato that the pilot will be officially introduced tomorrow. I don't remember this particular detail, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the 4th pilot will be Kensuke, who's been absent from school since the beginning of this episode... oh, and there he is, showing up in class on the day that the 4th pilot is to be introduced.
Toji Suzuhara, report to the Principal's Office.
Oh, nevermind I was wrong. While Toji goes to the principal's office to be greeted by Ritsuko, Kensuke talks with Shinji on the roof at lunch, telling him about Eva-03's arrival to Matsushiro and Eva-04's loss, and seems somewhat annoyed that Shinji, as an Eva pilot, does not know.
Well, I guess it doesn't concern pilots out on the line. If she didn't tell you, it's likely because you don't need to know.
Toji has after-class duty, and he just sits there quietly eating his lunch after everybody has left... Hikari comes back into the classroom and offers to make lunch for him after he tells her that he has nobody to help him with that.
Asuka, trying to get Kaji's attention, sees synch test data in Kaji's office, and when she sees who the Fourth Child is, whines loudly.
Eva-03 is shown being flown out of Nerv's 1st branch in USA. Then it cuts to a scene showing Hikari cooking at home and Toji playing at a basketball court. He looks like he's very unsure if he wants to become a pilot...