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Try not to cry as the world is destroyed.
Even my hardboiled, steel-coated nine-year-old was slightly distressed by the death toll in this episode.
Episode 27 – Force of Arms
So this is it, the big battle is about to happen. Space is “literally stuffed” (thanks, narrator) with Dolza’s ships. After Rick sends lovebirds Max and Miriya off to their ships, he catches sight of Kyle and Minmei. On the grounds that he’s probably about to die, he confesses to Minmei that he loves her, salutes and leaves.
Minmei runs after him after shaking off that jerk Kyle, who tries to stop her.
Gloval is still wrapping his head around the fact that he is fighting alongside Zentraedi now. It’s a headspin.
Minmei catches up with Rick during his important pre-battle glove-putting-on ritual and they do the awkward pause thing a lot despite time being distinctly of the essence. She tries to apologise about the whole Kyle thing but is basically having a panic attack about feelings while Rick is noble and self-sacrificing. Nothing is resolved.
Before Rick can even get in his ship to make a smooth exit, Dolza’s forces open fire on the Earth, razing it across the entire surface. Everyone, like EVERYONE on the Earth is killed (with only a few exceptions to be revealed). Minmei mourns her parents, and Rick whispers Lisa’s name. He pulls himself together quickly, asking Minmei to sing. He has a plan.
Because yet another rendition of Stage Fright is going to put a bandaid on this apocalypse? Okay, then.
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