This one’s still a bit slow, but there’s a fair bit of drama, and a good build up to some Athrangst. Flay gets dropped like she’s hot, and Los Janitores release their first album! Also, Kira gets to reflect on the past, and how to suck less in the future.
Nothing says “finally relaxing after weeks (days?!) of being harried in space by enemy forces” like some smooth sailing over the ocean. Unfortunately, things are not going so smoothly for poor Kira. Don’t worry, though: he won’t have too much time to mope. Captain Beardy Attacks!
One thing this show is good at is making politics interesting. Even SEED's remarkable prowess fails, however, when all it has to work with is bureaucracy. It even did this to itself! The Archangel is docked, and the Case of the Kidnapped Orb Kids is finally handled. How? By pretending they were conscripted! Convenient! Apparently coerced child soldiering is a problem, but voluntarily doing that is fine. Also, Flay is joining the space arm? I wonder if she ever does anything useful in that capacity. (Spoilers: No)