World Conquest Zvezda Plot Episode 4

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Recap

Like last week, we learn a little more about Natasha’s past and how she came to be Kate’s loyal mad scientist/witch/exhibitionist. Additionally, the crew’s headquarter’s udo powered energy reactor goes down, forcing them to find the original udo root and do something before all of their equipment runs out of power.

Gee’s Thoughts

 Zvezda continues to be one of the more esoteric shows I’m watching this season, introducing increasingly strange conflicts to the cast. What any of this has to do with the actual goal of world conquest, I don’t know, but I figure the show is still concerned with introducing its cast and fleshing them out beyond their stock anime archetypes (and poor clothing choices). So it turns out that not only does Roboko runs off of udo, so does the entire headquarters. And working off some strange hivemind, when the root udo goes bad, the rest of em do too. So it’s up to our intrepid would-be conquerors to go down below the surface past the ancient udo civilization that lies underneath the headquarters and get to the bottom of the mysterious outage.

Yeah, it’s that kind of show.

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Suffice to say, like previous episodes, there are some high moments and some low ones, though the show still suffers from a lack of any real direction. The characters meander through their lives with little change or drive to actually do any actual world conquering. I mean sure, it’s great that I now know Natasha’s past and it was honestly pretty cool seeing Roboko fight off the physical manifestation of Natasha’s fears with robo super strength and lasers, but what does any of it actually entail in the long run? I suppose I’m really asking the wrong questions for a show like this, but I can’t help but wonder what I’m supposed to take out of this show.

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