We stared into the untempered schism and all we saw was this dodgy CSO effect

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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Daru
    July 10, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    The thing that I really got from this episode was that both of the characters are written to be (or writing themselves!) to be absolutely true to their natures and hearts. That means a lot, especially with regards to how often characters are actually rewritten to manipulate us the viewers.


  2. Josh Marsfelder
    July 11, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    I absolutely agree. This is something that strikes me so much about Kei and Yuri: It's actually really, really hard to get them wrong or mobilize them for ill purposes. Even when the show falls on its face or the franchise itself loses its way, which it does at several points in its history, Kei and Yuri walk away unscathed, intact and indisputably sincere. It really is never their fault.

    It's like their mastery of narrative and magick is so great that even their own tales bend around them, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say they can easily adapt to changing circumstances without sacrificing what makes them uniquely them, which is actually sort of perfect.


  3. Daru
    July 12, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

    Yeah, interesting to have characters that have such power, that's rare. This was a pretty moving episode.


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