A crash course on human civilization all in one episode. All hail the Mediator Queen!
Stranded island, a human with power and multiplying workers. What do those entail? Right, the birth and inevitable decline of humanity. More specifically, the birth and decline of civilization but seeing as the Fairies are just too hard to describe in concrete terms, humanity is just fine. Or the rise and fall of Mediator’s reign. I do have to note that Mediator isn’t totally tyrannical or thirsts for more power. It saves her as she keeps her usual cool and social commentaries to within a safe range — because she’s aware of the potential mistakes. But not even the most sarcastic remarks trump the Fairies’ tendencies to be completely in your face. How about a communist shoutout and clouds of gloom for good measure?
As I was watching, I didn’t expect Mediator to get over in her head and turn materialistic. For a split second, her demands sounded quite uncharacteristic of her but it turns out that she is more than willing to sacrifice lesser needs for higher priority’s sake, and even reward her growing Fairy population with sweets. (But with the shift in plans after the damages have been done, i.e. the trees.) She would make a pretty awesome queen but even the best of them face adversity. Hinted at all episode, the rain clouds that magically appear make for a compelling trick to keeping Mediator trapped until her new nation falls apart. I almost expected forty days and forty nights of flooding but I’m kind of glad it didn’t go in that route. Still that would have made for an interesting concept for “inventing religion”. Seriously, that’s one of the better ideas proposed to advance this new nation.
It sounds like I say this a lot but this is probably one of the better episodes because of how true it is, or has been. Humans preach learning from mistakes but still tend to repeat those mistakes, and whether Mediator would have tried again is something I’d bring up in a discussion. I personally don’t think she would go that far because of how collected she normally is and continues to be. History is a funny thing and this episode takes a jab at how a humanity can rise just as fast as it can decline. It only took just over a week to see the gloom in the Fairies’ spirits.
Great little allegory, irresistibly adorable and charming, and most importantly, entertaining in every little way, episode nine is my favorite episode so far. There’s quite a bit of historical references that I found fascinating and kept me attentive for details.
GO Rating: 4/5