Saturday, 20 July 2013

Space Brothers - Episode 66

After his delayed start to this aspect of his training, it's finally time for Mutta to take his first flight T-38 flight.  But why does he have to wear an anti-g suit when none of his fellow trainees are?

The answer, of course, is that this is because Deneil Young is his trainer, and he wastes no time in giving Mutta a (thankfully not literal) crash course in what these aircraft can do.  It's a flight that Mutta surely won't forget and its after-effects are obvious, but can he follow in the footsteps of his brother and jump straight back into the plane after that experience?

With that first flight over with, much of the latter half of this episode is a montage of Mutta's training, punctuated by his continuing thoughts about Aunt Sharon as he learns to fly using instruments alone, aerobatics and other such skills.  The dual concepts of using training to improve even in the face of tough situations, and the importance of pushing forward and doing what you can no matter what, prove to be the two key concepts as this training progresses.

There isn't a whole lot to say about this episode - to some extent it feels a little like it's going through the motions as it skips relatively quickly through Mutta's flight training, distilling things down to a few key moments and filling the rest with montages.  Then again, we clearly aren't at the end of this stage of Mutta's training yet so there's clearly still more to come, and thankfully the pairing of Mutta and Deneil is plenty entertaining in itself, so even if it does feel somewhat arbitrary at times it isn't hugely to the disservice of the wider series.

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