The series’ penultimate unveils many layers of the entire mystery in the series as Brian sets free Rubber Suit in order to locate Zeno and Isabella, while the rest members of The Marginal Service are dealing with a dilemma as the UN orders them to arrest one of their own.
One More Time for Rubber & Peck
It’s amazing to think that this underdog series can pull off something unexpected a few times in multiple episodes, and that is also applied in this one as well. We all probably thought that Rubber Suit is the big bad villain and the mastermind of evil in this series, but turns out everything he does actually have a good reason and purpose.
Letting Rubber appear again in the story as the key to solving the mystery is an unpredictable move, considering he is also portrayed as the important man who knows the real story behind the aliens and Borderlanders, which means he is locked away by the UN so the truth would not be leaked.
And let’s not forget to mention Peck who surprisingly gets an important role as well in this episode. Many of us might also perceive this squirrel merely as a mascot for the series. He previously had no real involvement in the overall story aside from episode 3. But now, he finally gets the chance to shine once more and lets the viewers remember him as an integral part of the team.
The Team in Shambles
While we may predict that Zeno will be rogue on his own to investigate his past with Isabella and Brian is trying to snap him back to reality, the causality of these members’ actions for the others was unknown until the UN orders them to hunt down their own comrade. This side-story for the rest of the members is extremely engaging and effective to build up the tension and staple toward the ending.
While the decision to attack Brian feels abruptly inserted and ended in the story, it is still understandable since the series is limited with each episode’s duration and the number of episodes. What is more important is how the rest of The Marginal Service takes a decision on their future as they finally see how the government treats them and Borderlanders.
Truth of the Strangers
The biggest reveal is presented in the story with a simple but solid explanation by Rubber Suit who knows anything related to Zeno’s son and other kids’ disappearance from a decade ago that connects to the arrival of a UFO in the same year. Turns out the Borderlanders’ terrorism orchestrated by Rubber Suit is an act of retaliation against discrimination and inhumanity done by the UN.
The United Nations in this series, is the one who kidnapped the children who are bestowed as “Alien Gifted” to take control of and gain advantage from the aliens’ spaceship. Once again, it’s unimaginable that the series suddenly takes a turn to make the UN the antagonist here. Now with the last resort to uncover all of the questions and give a happy ending to Zeno, we shall wait how things are going to be concluded at Minakami Mountain.
Although the shift in the plot is executed suddenly without any hints or heat, it may be the factor that helps the story progress interestingly, especially in the final 3 episodes of the series. Under the idea of not looking at or judging its poor animation quality, the story in The Marginal Service has succeeded in subverting expectations and giving new stuff in almost every episode. Now with the season finale left waiting to air next week, we must anticipate how well this mediocre series will close the chapter for good.