We continue across the sea of stars, where Gee and Iro watch the seminal 1988-1997 Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA a few episodes at a time. Keep an eye out for this podcast between main installments of The GLORIO Chat as we work our way through the history books.
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Opening Song: Sea of Stars
Interlude Song: Fourth Battle of Tiamat (Bolero composed by Maurice Ravel)
Ending Song: Crossing the Bridge of Light (Orchestral Version)
This installment covers episodes:
- 55. After the Ceremony, the Curtain Rises Again…
- 56. To Earth
- 57. The Kunmel Incident
03:25 – Episode 55
05:19 – Coronation
09:43 – Wedding
14:10 – Julian off to Earth
16:35 – Building a new Empire
19:20 – Checking in on Operation Sherwood
23:27 – The FPA’s precarious situation
27:40 – Karin
34:00 – Merkatz
35:26 – Episode 56
38:28 – The growing disparity between Earth and Space
39:54 – Chill OUT, Poplan
40:30 – The Space Force
45:19 – Earth’s monopolization of political power
50:02 – The Rise of Sirius
51:59 – The Bombing of Sirius and the Bloody Night of Laglane
1:05:40 – The Black Flags
1:11:45 – Allegory and Applicability (Again)
1:15:32 – Reinhard’s Cabinet
1:16:53 – Gonna get hitched?
1:22:45 – Let’s visit Kunmel and be kind of disappointed with his dumb plan
1:25:45 – This is a raid!
1:27:40 – Come the fuck on, Kunmel
1:30:49 – Reinhard’s search for a new enemy
1:34:50 – Earth not in a great way
1:36:19 – Poplan back at it
1:38:40 – The New Situation
1:42:35 – Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency
1:46:00 – Housekeeping
And don’t forget that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is available for streaming on HIDIVE!
3 thoughts on “Legend of the GLORIO Heroes Episode 20: At Least Nobody Dropped a Colony”
In that line about “in the name” of Capitalism I saw the implication being that it really wasn’t capitalism that was the problem but the resultant cronyism. I hardly think you can accuse colonialism of a capitalist system, they inherently work by directing and regulating trade. But as you said, applicability instead of direct allegory.
Historically, the way it goes is that the colonies had the cheap raw resources and the slave/cheap workers that allow the capitalist to exponentially increase their profit. Capitalist have no problem with regulation as long as they get to set the rules. In addition the colony is an ideal dumping ground for finished goods sold at inflated prices because they naturally have a monopoly on the market being closed to others and back in the home country the colonial labour can be used to crush any worker rights at home citing “competitive market”.
The concept of free trade is merely window dressing akin to saying that everyone has an equal opportunity when we know for a fact that the capitalist has an overwhelming advantage in the market which circles back to a desire by capitalism to have free trade as this will inevitably result in the capitalist crushing all competition to seize a monopoly from which they can reap even more profits. The historical use of the idea of free trade is to make war upon other nations for not allowing the capitalist into their markets with their goods made from the blood of their workers.
In summary, capitalism and colonialism go hand in hand.
I liked the bomb plot because it was the most logical action for the Earth Cult. Take out Reinhard and the in-fighting will allow them room to grow. The FPA will be too weak to become the dominant power and just be content in being left alone.
Wahlen’s screen time in the past seasons start with him being the first of Reinhard’s hand picked admirals when he got a high enough rank. Next we see him beating one of the alliance fleets in the prelude to Amlitzer where he was with Kircheis when they broke through the minefield. He and Lutz got assigned to be under Kircheis in the Empire civil war when they went off to pacify all the other places aside from the fortress and beat that other dumb noble with his 50,000 fleet.
After that he’s mostly been involved as part of the main empire fleet with Reinhard like facing off against Bucock. His last notable screen time was getting his fleet beaten by Yang when he fell for the old exploding supplies trick.