The final episode of this unpopular series takes another swift turn into a whole sci-fi blockbuster as reunited The Marginal Service and the returning Borderlanders must face the biggest threat from the outer galaxy that is accidentally brought to Earth by the government.
The Marginal Service Assembles!
We saw it coming, but still, it’s cool to see the entire squad including Theodore comes back as partners that support each other. They come to the UN’s hideout to help Zeno find his son and aid Brian deals with the sudden assault of MSS who apparently is revealed as the mastermind behind the children’s abduction and experiment, which ends up in a bad way.
As an idea, the entire complexity of the Gray Shock incident and its connection to Zeno’s son’s abduction can be said interesting and intriguing. If only the execution were a lot smoother and slower, the emotional conflict and confusion could have been more impactful and might make this series an underdog of this season, but of course, after excluding its animation quality.
Aliens VS Borderlanders
Apparently, the whole 10-year project of the MSS to extract the aliens’ spaceship results in calling their base spaceship and another batch of aliens to invade Earth. With another powerful being from the galaxy attacking Earth, the Borderlanders take their chance to shine and fight just like what they have done for humans ever since millennia ago.
We might never imagine seeing six Borderlanders who used to be depicted as the villains in the past would return as the saviors with noble intention of saving humanity. What makes Rubber Suit and the others’ appearance even more special is how every single crime that they committed is connected to their action in saving the day.
We get to see how every misunderstanding is cleared, and it even gives chances for the discriminated shape-shifters to fight for their rights and live side by side with humans. Once again, as an idea, this concept is really amazing and might even be jaw-dropping, only if the storytelling and scriptwriting for every episode that led to this moment were honed beautifully.
Saving Buddy & Protecting Earth
The problematic relationship between the two buddies, Zeno and Brian comes to a better term as Zeno acknowledges Brian as not only a mere newbie but his buddy whom he is willing to die with. Brian’s spry action to fly the spaceship and Zeno’s reckless support result in the safety of all people on Earth and a new bond between them.
Life may be full of suffering and sadness, and it may not feel worth it to keep living anymore, just like what Zeno said. But in the end, through everyone’s efforts and struggles, the world continues to live in peace, the Borderlanders have the right to live equally, the Marginal Service is back to their daily routine, and the buddies may spend their time together along with Zeno’s son.
Not going to lie, this episode is full of blasts from the very beginning to its end. It’s a shame that a big climatic ending like this one has to be delivered in only 24 minutes. It’s also a shame that the scriptwriting is kinda messy and not quite tidy to connect the dots from each subplot, moment, hint, and episode throughout the series. Another shame is obvious when it comes to the animation quality that somehow looks “thin” and uninteresting to see.
This series has great potential with its overall plot, complex substories, multiple different themes in every episode, grand message about equality, and numerous interesting characters. In the end, everything comes full circle and is concluded happily with a pretty thrilling and satisfying ending.