|Title:||Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star|
|Episode:||26: Return to Space|
|Melfina has been abducted by Hazanko, who is using her to exploit the Galactic Leyline. Gene confronts him and demands Melfina's release. Hazanko scoffs at him, and insists that Melfina is nothing but a "tool" that is being used for the purpose for which it was designed. If Gene thinks of Melfina as anything more than that, he'll have to put his life on the line...|
SPOILER: I had to watch this one twice before addings my comments. Overall, a nice ending. Melfina is free of her obligations to the Leyline, she explains what it is (a "Machine God", the library of an extinct race), and Hazanko is dead (though I wish it had been made a little more clear what it was that killed him). Surprisingly, Ron MacDougall is not dead--I thought he'd suffered a fate worse than death in the last episode--and a computer program replica of the mind of Harry now serves as the main computer of their ship, the Shangri-La. Also, Gwen Khan seems to have gotten off scot-free, with everything he wanted. In other words, the end of this series seems designed for the addition of a sequel (and I found an Outlaw Star website which included tantalizing rumors that the series might be revived). I, for one, would be delighted--because Outlaw Star KICKS ASS!
My favorite line: "I came for my second-place prize" --Gene