Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - Episode Eight

At last we meet the famed Governor Pizarro. Honestly, what are the odds of landing the Solaris on the exact beach where Pizarro's armies are stationed? I thought the intention was to get away from Gaspar and Gomez, not sail right into their home port. Given that Mendoza is a navigator, and Zia seems to know a fair bit herself, there's no way they could have not avoided Lima if they wanted to.

This episode is full of accidental brilliance on the part of Esteban. Even suddenly stopping from his fear of heights probably saves him from getting crushed by the lowering drawbridge. He also comes face to face with a prophecy concerning himself for at least the second time. At least he doesn't let it go to his head, though it'd be nice if he could catch a clue once in a while.

It seems like they save a new trick of the Solaris' for every episode. This time it's a light focusing laser beam which somehow even chooses its own targets. I love how Gomez seems to think his tiny little ship will be able to damage a ship the size of the Solaris. Of course, the first mistake was Pizarro not stationing guards on the ship in the first place.

Favorite parts:

Mendoza showing Zia what the Spaniards are likely to do to her if she does not agree to decipher the golden quipu for them. He really does have a heart, even if she doesn't see it.

Tau explaining that the lever Esteban accidentally pulled was right next to what amounts to the ship's self-destruct button.

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