The 93rd episode of Legend of the Galactic Heroes marks the true beginning of Reuenthal’s rebellion. The events on Uruvasi effectively force his hands, though his own pride hastens the process. At the same time, there is reaction on Phezzan to the events, while Julian writes his own thoughts on Reuenthal. Also, the time alone serves to heighten the amount of hostility Reinhard holds toward Reuenthal.The episode begins with Reuenthal receiving a preliminary of the events on Uruvasi. He was momentarily befuddled by what to do for a second before he ordered ships to find Reinhard and protect him, because it was the only order he could give. The situation became worse for Reuenthal when he found out that Lutz had died. Rather than being forced to go to Phezzan and be treated like a traitor for something he had no involvement in, Reuenthal told Bergengrün that he felt he had no choice. Bergengrün is asked where his loyalties lie, because if he is loyal to the Kaiser he should kill Reuenthal, but he says he is determined to take him in front of the Kaiser to prove his innocence. Reuenthal justifies his move by saying that as much as he would like to go to the Kaiser unarmed, he would likely be killed by Oberstein or Lang or anyone else who would want him dead. He then asks Bergengrün to bring Trunicht to him because he has an assignment for him that has to be handed to him quickly. Bergengrün says Elsheimer will have to be told, but Reuenthal says he would do so later. After Bergengrün leaves, Reuenthal thinks to himself that while Yang would have handled peace well, it is cruel that those who cannot handle peace are left to live on.
To be fair to Reuenthal, this probably is the only thing he can really do, unless he really wanted to be assassinated or serve the rest of his life in prison. He has a vast army and men loyal to him, so why not take a shot at seizing power?
Reuenthal then thinks of his mother’s death and his father’s words telling him he was born to make them suffer. He then thinks of Mittermeyer and Evangeline being happy in marriage, but unable to have a child and the time he said his family line would end with himself. He apologized for it in his own way, but he couldn’t help but see that having a child when he didn’t want to and his treason are quite similar in circumstances. He then remembers the court life as a child and how he associates it with being unwanted. When he learned of Reinhard’s thoughts about the nobility he learned the difference of the great from the average when it came to ambition. He then remembers the great times he had with Mittermeyer tinged with sadness because Reuenthal knew he would never have another drink with him, but a combination of pride, Lang and Oberstein meant that he would have to fight Reinhard to the best of his talents. Back at his office, Reuenthal begins laughing confidently at what he is up against.
This flashback serves as Reuenthal’s own internal justification for his actions. At first he makes it seem as though he has no control over his destiny, making it seem as though everything that happened to him up to this point had been an accident. His friendship with Mittermeyer now lowered to that level despite the great times he’s had with him over the years, Reuenthal can then say that his own pride and need to act now are more important than something created by chance.
On Phezzan, the news of Reuenthal’s rebellion shocked many of those in government and the other admirals. On the other hand, there were others who were not so surprised that Reuenthal’s ambitions would match his position. Mittermeyer, though, refused to believe his friend would do such a thing, but Bayerlein said that Reuenthal should have been responsible for the Kaiser. After calming down, Mittermeyer focused on the task at hand and securing Reinhard’s safety.
Back on Phezzan, Trunicht is brought before Reuenthal, who then asks him whether the way he governed was to foster republican democracy and serve as a warning. Trunicht sarcastically commends Reuenthal for seeing through his motives before saying he was only acting in his own best interests before. Reuenthal then has him arrested seeing that he only feeds off of power, but not before calling him a rat that speaks something like human language.
Reuenthal then asks Bergengrün to send a message to Iserlohn. It says that if they can stop the Imperial forces from advancing through the corridor, then they will have the control over all of the former Alliance territory. Reuenthal says that his real goal is the Empire, so he shouldn’t hinder himself by fighting on multiple fronts. He also says they can offer the head of Trunicht if they want it. Bergengrün is shocked by the request, but ultimately complies.
I guess I loved the insults thrown at Trunicht more than anything else from this scene. The giveaway of the territory makes a lot of sense as well. His goal is to defeat Reinhard, so he makes outrageous offers to outsiders to try to make this easier and make those on Iserlohn incredibly motivated to win.
Julian then narrates that as talented as Reuenthal was, that the one position he should not have been given was the head of the Neue Land. If he had held any other position, he could have succeeded in ruling the Empire at a level much higher than many of the Goldenbaum emperors, but for Reuenthal, the capital would always be Odin. In that sense, Reuenthal was unlucky to be living in the era of the founder as a preserver. Julian left his words there, not knowing how much logic they would have later on.
Meanwhile, the Brünhild had completely cutoff communication with the outside as they tried to return to Phezzan. Reinhard learned of Lutz’s death from an intercepted communication. Though he said Lutz wouldn’t want it this way, Reinhard promotes him posthumously to Imperial Fleet Admiral.
On Uruvasi, Grillpalzer intervened militarily and seized control of the planet quickly. About 2,000 soldiers died in the invasion in combat or execution, but the real revelations would come as they investigated Winkler, the commander on Uruvasi. He had disappeared, but had shown symptoms of drug addiction in the days leading up to the event. Even stranger was testimony of soldiers saying they were ordered to kill Lutz and Müller because they had fallen under the influence of the Terraists. However, Terraist paraphernalia was found on at least 10 dead soldiers. However, Grillpalzer never reported this at the time.
There was a part of me that knew this was yet another Terraist plot. It’s a shame that it really had to be so transparent though.
At the end of October, Wahlen’s fleet discovered the Brünhild. The 3 weeks in isolation and the loss of Lutz had seemed to destroy any leniency Reinhard may have had toward Reuenthal. Just as Julian had thought, history would be taking yet another turn into the abyss.
Thoughts: An interesting episode that really sets the stage for the fight between Reinhard and Reuenthal, with each being motivated almost exclusively by pride. The offer to Iserlohn should provoke an interesting response from Julian and company as it effectively means the wars of the last several years have been fought for nothing if everything reverts back to its previous state. What happens to Mittermeyer and Hilde upon Reinhard’s return though?