October 1, 2022

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Class “Brave-ish Heart”

April confronts the king of the Shadow Kin while Charlie is forced to make a hard decision.

Well, considering there are only eight episodes of this series, I am not sure how I feel about the fact that there’s a two-parter in the middle of all this.

So, really, April and Ram are off to confront Corakinus, and that’s…fine.  Nothing in that plot line doesn’t go the way I expect it to.  April won’t kill Corakinus.  She’s talked out of it by a combination of people, notably Ram, her own father seeking amends, and maybe a bit of Ram’s dad.  If anything, Ram and April actually pointing out they’ve only known each other a month and Ram explaining a bit of how his Sikh religion works to find goodness everywhere were some nice moments considering April and Ram fell into bed not long after Ram watched a girlfriend die right in front of him.  The fact the series remembered that was a good thing.

Likewise, even though April at the end of the episode tells her father she isn’t ready to see him yet, it isn’t a final-sounding thing.  She’s merely indicating that she knows more about the car accident–it was an ill-conceived suicide attempt brought on by extreme self-loathing–and she recognizes he’s trying and will contact him when she’s ready, possibly soon.  Plus, she somehow healed her mother’s spine.  Those are sweet moments, particularly in an episode where Tanya is limited to ferrying people’s parents back and forth and trying to keep them from arguing.

Instead, I took more notice of Charlie, Quill, Miss Ames, and Matteusz.

See, Charlie has the Cabinet of Souls, containing the souls of all the dead from his people.  He can use it as a weapon to wipe out, well, something.  Quill wants him to use it on the Shadow Kin, even pointing out that letting the Shadow Kin live means they’ll just keep wiping out other races over time.  Miss Ames wants Charlie to use it on the bloodpetals that seem to have killed at least one person as they multiply like crazy.  Charlie doesn’t want to use it at all because he really doesn’t want to commit genocide and if he uses it the wrong way will also wipe out his own people for all time.

Now, Quill up to this point has been generally depicted as unpleasant and harsh, but to the credit of the series and the actress, it does seem to be doing quite a bit to explain her.  Her people, well, they come from a race where resources are somewhat scarce, possibly the fault of Charlie’s people, and as such, they do not form sentimental attachments.  They fight.  They have always fought.  It’s why she is the way she is:  she really doesn’t know any other way to be.

If anything, her argument to destroy the Shadow Kin is a much more long-term form of thinking and consideration for far more lives than Ames’s attempts to force Charlie to take out the bloodpetals.

Oh, Ames does that by pulling a gun on Matteusz.  Quill may be unpleasant, but I know who the real villain here is.

Charlie almost uses the Cabinet in the end, but which race he was going to destroy is a big unknown, even to him.  He’s saved from having to do so by April, returning with power over the Shadow Kin.  Those guys can take out the petals easily enough and seal off the passageway to Earth afterwards.  April’s power over those guys is short-lived, Ames is unphased because she figured it would all go down that way anyway, and Quill has an offer to get her implant forcing obedience to Charlie removed.

But man, something about the way this two-parter played out showed Quill, despite her attitude not really lessening, really may be more sympathetic than she first appeared.  Charlie is at times cold and imperial, something that bothered both Tanya and Matteusz, and he has no problem ordering her around in ways that seem to be like he’s rubbing it in.  Quill has never shown Charlie much respect, but his own actions here suggest that, well, that situation is mutual.

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