Series Recap: Galilei Donna

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So I originally sat down last night just to work on the series recap, as I have most of them in some draft form or another.  Well before you know it I was almost 80% done several hours later and decided, “Eh, fuck it.”  We also hit 2,000 views today, so, in return I guess this is our Christmas Present.

Since this is the first recap I’m posting here and trying to make it incorporate to the blog, this may seem rather unprofessional compared to my DDA reviews (which are already unprofessional). So I’ll just learn as I go.

Hey! What do you know. Something I have in common with the people who made this show.

I’m just going to lay out a few elements in general, and then the specific praise or issues unique to this series entirely.

So without further adieu. Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 11

Easy come, easy go.

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Well, my rosy tinted specs watching this show had to fade sometime.  This week featured a full bloom of the Galilei Donna we came to know and love throughout the first half of the series.

What was good: the time travel stuff DID have bearing on the finale. Galileo specifically developed the Tesoro as a fuel source for Hozuki, because of the story she told him about the energy crisis in the future.  This gives us a -somewhat- plausible reason why Galileo has this energy source that no one else in the successive four hundred years could conceive.  If his genius mind theorized it, but the mechanics of producing it were beyond his technology, it’s at least a little useful as to why he went to such great lengths to leave the breadcrumbs.

But the rest..?

We opened with the Ferraris in prison. Not even bothering to show us the arrest or what have you. We just cut straight to the trial. And this trial…this trial…  I have said Galilei Donna forces circumstances, and this trial was full of it.  The audience in the court is against the Ferraris because the script demands so.  Then, they just as abruptly reverse their opinion when its convenient to the script.  Just because we have to see them isolated and what have you.  GUYS, THE PREMISE OF YOUR SHOW IS HOW A CORPORATION IS FRAMING THEM. We have a good feeling of how isolated they are by this point.  This was most obvious in the part where they accuse Hozuki of being a dangerous child for hitting a man with a taser.  To which she responds it was self defense, he was attacking her and she wasn’t thinking philosophically, but of her safety.  But the observers just shake their heads at how violent the kids are.  I’m not even going to go into the suggestion of rape culture here, but who, WHO, looks at a 280lbs man, thinks of the idea of a 13 year old girl getting assaulted by him responding with a taser, and thinks “Oh gosh, how horrible. She’s so violent.”  The rest of this trite was just as bad.

Hazuki tries to mount a defense, but is outplayed at every turn by Admimoon’s lawyer.  Said lawyer inserts lots of useless expositional dialogue, reminding us about Hazuki’s college days and the like. Enter Sylvia Ferrari, whose defense of “I’M THEIR MOTHER I BELIEEEEEEEVE!” is enough to win the court over.

Really? Really. Really? REALLY? Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 10

Actually still better than the DaVinci Code, take that as you will.

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This week was rather touching.  I don’t really know how to get into it though without ruining it or making it sound really, really dull.

Now, getting this out of the way: While there is a little creepiness in crushing on your descendants…keep in mind you genetically probably have more in common with your current spouse than your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. That’s just the odds. You probably share a more common ancestor than that far back (such as, real world example of ancestry, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama share an ancestor of some 180 years ago.) So I personally don’t find it all -that- creepy but it is rather odd it’s a plot point.

But believe me it was not boring. We got to observe Galileo and Hozuki working on projects together, finalizing the design for the first of the airships that would come to dominate the skies in Hozuki’s time.  They share a livelihood in their engineering.  Galileo’s true function, I believe here, is to give a voice and articulate what has always driven Hozuki. He speaks of how his dreams are fantastic, and through math and science he can turn them into reality. The first minutes are essentially a training montage of their engineering skill.  Of note: Galileo references his struggle to prove heliocentrism, which at this point in “history” is still just a theory he’s hammering out, still collecting data on.  But his words mirror those of Roberto’s.  When confronted a few weeks ago he told the girls that without Adnimoon’s resources, even if they did discover a new energy source, it would be useless to them. They wouldn’t be able to manufacture it.  They wouldn’t be able to sell it, to break the cycle by themselves, especially as they are still technically criminals.  Galileo parrots how difficult it is to take on the establishment. But he concludes that it is his duty to try and break the accepted truths if he can prove them wrong, which can be interpreted as “breaking” the “adult world” Roberto warned her about.

Oh, and she gives him a little goldfish….a little metal goldfish that is her pet…? Uh…k. I’ll buy that show, but only because I can’t be bothered. It does actually make some sense now why Galileo adorned each sketch with a goldfish.  Still I’m confused why her goldfish was made of tin…or whatever it was made of. Like…it needed water and everything to live before, didn’t it? Or is every fish she owns a Picco Rosso (the real fish, the ship, and this good luck charm)? Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 9

I am…flummoxed.

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I am truly at a loss for words this week. Galilei Donna is now a completely different show; the writing, the direction, the characterization, it is like a reborn product.  I dare say that before the end of the season I’ll be considering it….good.

Not to say that it is as good as I am probably making it out to be. I’m sure in a couple months when I’m looking back for the series recap, it will stand as mediocre.  But after what we have had to endure from this show, after the mess of problems that its writing has had, to suddenly find myself not just entertained, but interested….the phenomena alone is keeping me glued.  I truly cannot believe that this is the same show that one month ago I was rabidly foaming at the mouth, swearing like a sailor at my bad luck in choosing it to follow this season, saving it until I was obligated by my schedule to NEED to watch it.  I think I’m just blindsided. Not only as a critic but as a viewer as well.  I feel dizzy and like the haze needs to lift before I can appreciate it fully.

We open on the final sketch. The mood is perfect. Dark. Nervous. Ambivalent. The girls have collected the sketches, but what now? We know Roberto has his own plans. And we see Anna trying to talk herself out of panicking.   The entire atmosphere of this first half is nothing but dread.  It’s effective, it’s stunning for this series to finally nail the mood right.  Because that is the truth about this show: It was never about the scavenger hunt. Which may explain why all of the early episodes sucked on ice.  And when the Galileo can’t fight because it’s out of fuel, I didn’t even blink at the thought that Anna sabotaged it.  By this point, it only felt natural that the girls were on their last legs.  Because that is the kind of “kick our darlings while they’re down” show this is.  And I’m really loving it for that. Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 8

Keep doing what you’re doing, baby.

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This week’s Galilei Donna….it wasn’t good, exactly.  Or rather, not what you’d probably come to Galilei Donna expecting.  But it wasn’t bad.  It was mostly a holding action of slice-of-life antics.  Which, if we could take all of the previous episodes on merit, would make this a much needed break.  But you’ll recall, I found episodes 5 and 6 to be the worst this season.  But, let’s just presume you didn’t find those trite bullshit.  We have come off of, in sequence, child death, mass shooting in a hospital, and bitter defeat at the hands of Adnimoon and Roberto.  This week’s slice of life stuff with the girl’s grandfather in Kyoto would be a much needed breather before the death and despair gets the better of us.  But I can’t help but feel, with this show having JUST found its footing, that one more display of that excellent work last week would give us enough to hang on to.

ON TOP OF THAT, adding to this episode, and as of late this show’s, competence, the whole reason Anna diverted the girls in the first place is that she knows Roberto will kill them once Adnimoon, whom it turns out know about the sketches and artifacts already, see no more use for them.  Anna, while trying not to be outright defiant to her superiors, is stalling for time.  I found that excellent development on her path back to the good guys.  But the way things have been going…who knows? Maybe she won’t actually make that heel-face turn. Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 7

Too little. Too late.

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I believe my blurb is an excellent summary this week.  Galilei Donna finally managed an episode that at least seemed like a real show.  Actions had consequences which sparked new actions. Everything within the episode flowed perfectly and mostly stuck to continuity to drive its actions, rather than what might just “be cool” this week.

We finally learned the truth about the Galileo Tesoro.  It is an energy source, and the source of Hozuki’s immense power discharges when faced with intense emotion. Which is why Adnimoon wants it: To maintain their energy monopoly.  It’s rather Captain Planet-ish in its cartoonish simplicity, but hey, it gives a firm motivation to the company.  Maybe not its agents…more on that later…but we can accept it.  The mood this week was definitely “pessimism”, particularly when the Ferrari girls get ambushed by Adnimoon and Roberto.

Hazuki was in fine form.  She was upbeat, energetic, and optimistic (perhaps a little too much so).  This also led her to be stubborn beyond the point of reason, pretty much willing to throw her life and her sisters’ lives away on a crazy quest to save the world.  Kazuki’s still the reluctant one for reasons unknown, but this week was much more natural.  She still fought with her sisters, but when it became obvious that they had lost, only then does she give in to placating the enemy so they’ll be left alone.  She seems this week, less of a hormonal brat in denial to the point of crazy, and is actually written closer to what I believe their intent was: that of a girl who just doesn’t care, so doesn’t want to stick her neck out. And Hozuki…it’s rather odd still to watch a 13 year old girl going through puberty in the middle of this mess.  Maybe I am just too much of a pervert, but her going on about feeling things while alone reading about love and…we’ll just not think about that too hard, now. Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 5

I AIN’T GOIN’ BACK, CHARLES!

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Do you want to kill a good mood? Good. Start with Galilei Donna.

Finish with Galilei Donna.

We’re going to play a game from now on.  The game is: How long did it take Anna to predict the end of this week’s episode?

This week clocks in at 6:46.  Impressive, they just about doubled from last week.  Mind, I didn’t KNOW that until about 9:00 in.  What a story. Continue reading

Galilei Donna: Episode 4

Bury this show. Bury it in ten feet of ice.

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Oh, as I neglected to mention it last week, yours truly is indeed embarking on NaNoWriMo this year, so reviews will probably come more in clumps than they have in the past.

And OHMYGODSOMANUFACTURED.

We find a hobo in the opening minutes while looking for the next piece.  GAWSH, I HOPE HE ISN’T SOMEHOW RELATED TO US FINDING THE NEXT CLUE. MAYBE WE SHOULDN’T ASK HIM ABOUT IT EVEN THOUGH HE IS GOING TO SAVE OUR ASSES. I MEAN REALLY GAIZ, WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THINGS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. NOW LET’S GO HAVE AN ADVENTURE THAT I HOPE IN HINDSIGHT COULDN’T BE SOLVED BY JUST ASKING THE DUDE WE FED IF HE’S HEARD ANYTHING.

How awful was it? I wrote that goddamn rant in the  first five minutes of watching this episode.  That is how predictable it was. Contrived. CONTRIIIIIIVED. Holy crap, contrived. Subsequently, expect swearing in this post like you would not believe. Continue reading