Galactik Football Season 3 Episode 12 Recap
D'jok still refuses to tell them about this so called 'secret' method of scoring against Ahito and also complains about the whole teammates being cyborg issue, so
Back on the field, it's Rocket's turn first to take a penalty. He starts to prepare but his vision goes all hazy and he starts stumbling around, his foot accidently brushing against the ball. He's taken off but he's still considered to have taken the shot (and missed obviously). Micro-ice starts arguing with the referee robot (ah, just like in Season 1). It's to no avail. Tia is concerned about Rocket, Aarch is worried, Artegor reassures him. Someone from Team
I suppose this could be seen as a bold move- having the Snow Kids lose for once but this is just a random tournament (that I certainly don't care about) and it's obvious that they're going to win the actual GFC. But yeah, everyone is aghast that they lost, Lun-Zia appears to be comforting Tia (because clearly they've become best mates all of a sudden), Mark is there doing a randomly annoying face. Aarch is more concerned about Rocket's health and Artegor volunteers to speak to the team because he knows what defeat is like...sometimes, I think Artegor is the only good thing about this show this Season. Aarch pulls an angry face (so I guess they're still having problems) but doesn't say anything.
Sinedd finds the whole thing amusing and is gloating about the Snow Kids' defeat to his fake parents. Mei is unhappy and says that she had thought that he only disliked D'jok rather than it being about the Snow Kids in general. My initial reaction was 'oh dear, Mei, if you loved the SK so much, you should never have left.' But this is actually quite interesting- the fact that she highlights his annoyance with D'jok makes me think that she definitely bonded with him and chose him because of this hatred for D'jok that she herself had come to share. It would definitely suggest more of a rebound thing rather than any great romance...which makes the whole thing easier to believe. She must have known that Sinedd didn't exactly get on with Micro-ice (or Thran and Ahito to lesser extents) but she must have chosen to ignore this information. That's my theory anyway. She walks off in a huff.
Meanwhile, Simbai says that it would be better to take Rocket back to Akillian. Tia is upset + Norata and Keira are concerned. I kind of wish Norata would get his bitter on and start saying how this was all Aarch's fault, and football was cursed...but not such luck, I suppose his character has developed past that anyway. Aarch sends Tia back to the team (cold!) and she agrees but you hear her cry as she walks away. I'm so sick of her crying...give her something else to do!
Aarch soon joins the team and gives them a speech about how sometimes it's better to lose than win because you learn from it...blah...blah...Rocket wakes up and is devasted that they lost. Later Adium is being interviewed on the tv about whether Aarch's career is over. She says no and points out that Mei, D'jok and Sinedd are still in the finals and they were all his players. I don't think Sinedd should really count in this case...Artegor trained him for the majority of his career. She also mentions that all the other coaches uses Aarch's methods. This ego-boost prompts a smile from Aarch. I thought he'd forgotten what one of those was.
The parents and Artegor are hanging by the pool and mention they have a surprise for the kids when they get back. Aarch is like 'meh, okay.' The Kids are hanging on the beach talking about the loss. Lun-Zia sucks up to them all by saying what an honour it was to play with them. Show, I'm sorry but you're not going to redeem Lun-Zia to me, stop trying. Mark also makes a joke about how they are all legends but Micro-ice is the most legendary. Shut-up Mark, you're so irrelevant to this show that I only remember you exist when you're saying something, so please don't talk. One of the Lightnings kicks a ball into the sea and asks Micro-ice for it back. He then chucks it, it landing in Kernor's ice-cream. She is, justifiably, angry with him again. These random Micro-ice bits are actually quite fun. Poor Kernor, she can't even eat an ice-cream in peace...
The Snow Kids sneak back in the dark and Micro-ice falls in the pool. The lights then turn on and it's a surprise party.Lun-Zia has her claw around Tia when this happens...seriously show, they aren't best friends! Stop trying to sell us this. Mana-ice and Zoeleene look on in amusement whilst Micro-ice tries to explain that he just fancied a swim rather than it just being down to clumsiness. Rocket joins them. Adium also appears and she and Aarch exchange boring slushy dialogue (I think my shipping prejudices are showing here).
D'jok hears/sees the party from a distance and is sad...aww...poor D'jok...I actually do feel sorry for him. Vega reports back to this mystery person who says all is according to plan. We don't see most of his face...so it is supposed to be fooling the audience? IT'S HARRIS! WE ALL KNOW! Anyway, he laughs evilly and that's it for the episode.
Overall, it's not the most terrible episode of Season 3, there were enough interesting bits to make it not a complete chore to watch but it still has a lot of typical Season 3 things that make it not as good as any of the episodes from previous Seasons.