Review: The Pilot’s Love Song, Episode 11: Love Song

Review:

This episode does a good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, and of preparing the series for a close. I thought it might last longer than this, but it seems like I was wrong. Is there more that could be explored? I’m sure. I doubt they’ll be reaching their goal next episode, but I don’t see how they could make the series any more dramatic than it’s already been. It’s a pretty tense episode that doesn’t give you much time to relax, as it seems that a character (or characters) you care about is/are in the hot seat at any given point.

In all honesty, I can’t think of a whole lot to say here. I think the tension was well done, and the action scenes were great. The episode’s end could certainly pave the way for more material if the writers cared to carry it on, and they leave us with one more cliffhanger for next week. Maybe they’ll surprise me and the series will continue past next week’s episode, but it certainly seems like they’re preparing to wrap this story up. The only thing I can think to say is that one character’s change of heart is kind of abrupt, and could have probably been teased out a bit more prior to this, but then again sometimes a dire situation can really make us gauge what we’re doing.

A Christian Perspective:

Lots of violence and some blood. If either of these is an issue for you, then you probably won’t enjoy this episode, as the vast majority of this episode involves aerial combat and explosions. There are only a few uses of harsh language, though there are also euphemisms, and a character (I’m sure you can figure out who) uses what I’ll call magic, because I don’t know what else to call it.

**Don’t read the rest unless you’ve watched the episode**

A good lesson from this episode is that of forgiveness. The theme has been briefly explored before, as Kal remembered his mom’s words from the past, but the theme plays out full circle in this episode. As the situation really seems to take a dire turn, Kal finally begins to consider what his mother taught him, and makes the decision to forgive Claire for what happened in the past. Kal’s forgiveness, in turn, allows Claire to once again use her powers, which ends up saving the battleship. As Christians, we are called to forgive, but let’s not wait until it’s almost too late. Let’s learn to forgive as quickly as possible–immediately, even–so that we’re not held in bitter chains for days, weeks, months, or even years of our lives.

Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (NIV)

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h**l”; 1 “d**n”; euphemisms

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: Battleships shooting at each other; planes shooting at another plane; a battleship is hit and a section of it is blown up; a plane is shot and explodes; a plane is shot at; there is a large explosion; a battleship is bombed and it explodes; a plane is shot and explodes; another plane explodes; more planes are shot (and, of course, explode); a battleship is hit with missiles; more plane shooting; more explosions

Blood/Gore: A character is shown with his hand missing, and his sleeve is torn and bloody; a character is shown with blood on his face

Other: A character uses something like magic (I’m sure you can figure out who)

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