So initially, nothing is really happening in this week’s episode. The only thing slightly off is that Reiko from last week is just gone…it’s not even too apparent either. But then a couple of things happen (that were actually not that huge). First, we’re introduced to these strange grunt workers. Saki’s father suggests that rebellion may lurk under the surface for these creatures, and I wonder if there’s some truth to that. He cites good reasons for keeping knowledge of them away from the children, but it could just be fear.
There must be some serious brainwashing if these kids don’t even care about Reiko disappearing…there’s no speculation, just acceptance and a fading memory. They don’t even give an explanation…nor do the children ask for one. The show’s going a bit slower than I expected. I wonder if next week will be when everything goes crazy. The hint this week is very enticing…the statement that everything was caused by Maria. The obvious question is whether Maria is simply the unfortunate one who triggers everything or whether she’s actually special in some way.