Space Symphony Maetel 01
[I will be blogging this 13-episode series gradually. My plan is to do an episode a week, though likely I’ll have a one or two week gap somewhere in the middle. Ideally you would watch the episode in question first, then come and read my post. I will not post spoilers for the series so people that want to watch it along for the first time can do so. I will, however, allude to past events connected to the story (without however, stating the sources as such), so that we can all enjoy it in its proper context. If you want to discuss spoilers please make sure to put a SPOILER alert before you do so. Thanks!]
Maetel is coming home.
She left under tragic circumstances. The planet LaMetal in the Andromeda Galaxy had left is orbit and was speeding away from the Sun. Eternal winter was inevitable. Queen LaAndromeda Promethium, under the advice of a mysterious counselor, decided to mechanize the citizenry and give them bodies that could withstand the cold.
The plan worked quite well. Soon the planet itself began to undergo mechanization, which of course meant that temperatures could be easily regulated and human beings could dispense with becoming machinemen, or Mechanoids, themselves. But the Queen’s counselor managed to change her into an evil machinewoman who believed in mechanization for its own sake. The last deed of the sane Promethium, as the machinery began to transform her very mind, was to send Maetel away.
LaMetal embarked on a series of war to establish a galactic empire. The few remaining flesh-and-blood LaMetalians, the rebellious ones it would be too costly to exterminate, were forced to do hard labor. And yet Maetel, as pure a person as they come, has chosen to return.
Promethium wrote her daughter to tell her she has reversed the mechanization process in her own body. She certainly seems less cruel now, and we see her defending human laborers from the abuse of her Mechanoid soldiers. In a conversation with Maetel she praises machines still, although she seems more than willing to abdicate the crown in her daughter’s favor. Enough to say that it is very difficult to read Promethium.
The Queen’s foremost warrior, Leopard, is just as difficult to understand. Leopard is Commander of the Space Panzers, from time immemorial LaMetal’s elite military force. He has so far served the throne well, at least since the time of Promethium’s predecessor LaRela. He also happens to be the one firing at the Galaxy Express 999 with the heiress Maetel onboard. It could be that Leopard is worried that Maetel will reverse mechanization on the planet. Or it could just be that Leopard intends to seize the chance that the power transition brings to take the throne himself.
Nazca’s effort was not that far from being successful. If the Queen had been closer to the train, or if she had not been surrounded by so many soldiers (a fact belying Nazca’s joke that machinemen were so loyal to Promethium there could be no rebels among them) he could have had a shot at striking her with his magnetic weapon. This is significant because we if he had succeeded we could have confirmed whether Promethium had really become “human” again or not.
The meteor attack is not a first. Gamilas forces used it in another galaxy years back. Who carried out the attack is unknown. The fact remains that Leopard did nothing to stop it (if he was not the one who instigated it in the first place) and that Promethium has perished as a result. Maetel is poised to succeed to the throne of LaMetal.
FANBOY COMMENT: This episode is so darn perfect!!!