SYM-BIONIC TITAN “A New Beginning” Review

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SYM-BIONIC TITAN “A New Beginning” Episode 20 – While this final episode of Sym-Bionic Titan didn’t wrap up every open story line, it did a great job of wrapping up this most recent plot line with Octus, Ilana and Lance.

The battle scenes in this episode were absolutely epic. The animation throughout was impeccable and it looked like no detail was spared in movement or design. The battle between General Steel’s troops and the G3 forces reminded me a bit of the battle on Galaluna with people on both sides being hit and falling over a pointless battle. In the middle of such an intense scene, it was a funny touch to watch Lance and Ilana easily obliterate the massive fighter jets but only in a way that would allow the pilots to escape without harm.

General Steel looked particularly ugly in this episode. His wrinkles and sunspots seemed darker and more hideous than I had noticed previously and his teeth seemed like they needed a good brushing. “The Hammer” jokes return with General Steel in his H.M.E.R., although they’re more subtle than they were last week. My favorite Steel line this week was when he shouted at the Mutraddi monster “You can’t touch this!” which instantly got the M.C. Hammer song stuck in my head. Thanks for that, General Steel.

General Steel, G3, Lance and Ilana decide to put their battle on hold to fight the Mutraddi that had landed in San Francisco, Paris and Sherman. The H.M.E.R., which rather easily destroyed the Mutraddi last week, was defeated in mere moments against this creature. Never one for strategy, General Steel immediately orders all munitions be fired and consequently destroys half of San Francisco while giving the Mutraddi a little boo-boo.

While everyone was distracted by the simultaneous battles, some unknown person on the G3 base had taken the opportunity to work on fixing Octus’ system. We never find out who this person is exactly, which just opens up more opportunity for theories. Whoever it is, I’m happy that they showed up. When hope seems lost for Lance and Ilana, Octus returns and their happiness is restored. The three immediately form Titan and Lance and Ilana comment about how they feel that the Titan is more powerful than it was before. I’m not sure if it’s because their emotions have filtered into the Titan or if in repairing Octus, that mysterious person added a little upgrade to the system.

With Titan back in the picture, the Mutraddi had no chance. Every minute watching the Titan effortlessly slice through the evil alien attackers was pure joy. Titan was a total butt-kicking samurai robot, splicing the Mutraddi with minimal movements and fluidity. For something as huge as the Titan, it fought as though it was light as a feather. Seeing it move so gracefully in such perfect form brought a somewhat solemn emotion to it’s fight scenes that left a lasting impact even after the monsters were grotesquely impaled and sliced.

As obnoxious and thoughtless as General Steel is, he’s no coward. With his “Hammer” and weaponry destroyed, he pulls out his pistol and stares the Mutraddi in the face ready to die fighting. Lucky for Steel, the Titan swoops in and cuts the creature down covering him in purple Mutraddi guts providing a hilarious and humiliating ending for someone as proud as General Steel.

With all three of the Mutraddi taken out by Titan, and Octus happily reunited with Lance and Ilana, the three head home to resume their previous lives on Earth. Octus sends Kimmy a text letting her know that he’s heading home and she breaks down in tears out of relief. It seems like Octus/Newton and Kimmy are back on.

This was a wonderful episode of Sym-Bionic Titan and I suppose it was the best I could have hoped for as the sudden final episode of Sym-Bionic Titan as well. For the most part, I’m left feeling satisfied. Lance, Ilana and Octus are reunited and I imagine that they’ll go on about their normal daily activities. I’m happy for them all being together again.

There is, of course, a bigger picture that I’m still curious about. I feel like I can’t close the book on the story of Sym-Bionic Titan until our heroes have saved Galaluna and punished Modula. That said, with the way this episode ended, I can comfortably put the story on hold for now and hope that someday I’ll get an ending that will make everything feel complete.