The 7th episode of Spiral Labyrinth follows on from Rosas’ suspicious death by looking at a number of people who knew him. Yang attends the funeral of Rosas and finds out more about himself than he would have liked. Later, the careers of the rest of the 730 Mafia are examined. Finally, Yang is called back in to normal service for a new assignment.
The first scene takes place at Rosas’ funeral. Most are there simply out of social and political obligation, as is clearly the case in Trunicht’s brief cameo. While Yang and Miriam did break the 4th wall in a sense with their discussion of reasons why people attend and whether the deceased really mattered in this case, the part I found interesting had nothing to do with that.
Yang seems to have an interest in Miriam, but his own words and actions can’t help but convey a man who doesn’t have confidence in what he wants to do. In his own opinion, he seems pathetic and is shot down when she informs him that she has a fiance on Phezzan. By the time of their departure he tells her that he went into this with nothing in mind and that he wasn’t searching for an individual behind Ashbey’s death.
At the end of the funeral, Attenborough makes his first appearance as a cadet in this case and heads to a restaurant with Yang and Cazellnu to talk about Ashbey’s death. They come to the conclusion that any attempts on the life of an ambitious military officer by someone in the government usually meant that the government was soon to collapse. Regardless, Cazellnu tells Yang he shouldn’t worry about coming to a conclusion on who wrote the letters as it could well never be made public. Instead, he could think of it as learning about life.
Yang’s habits of excessive formality in social situations and self-deprecation came to the fore here. I don’t know if there was that much of a point to it other than to serve as reminders. Remember Trunicht, he was that evil guy; or remember how Yang referred to Frederica as Miss Greenhill all those times. The conclusion to the conversation between Cazellnu and Yang was disappointing. Essentially it makes the point that the back story on Ashbey and the rest of the 730 Mafia wasn’t relevant to anything.
The End of the 730 Mafia
After Ashbey’s death, the remaining members of the 730 Mafia were broken apart and could never come close to the level of their former leader.
- Warwick ended up leading the Alliance fleets at a time of no battles and retired at 43. He then turned to politics and landed a role back in the government and was given the rank of Fleet Admiral. However, he spent most of his time there constantly dealing with scandals before dying of a heart attack at age 56.
- Jasper stayed in an active role for another 22 years during which he became a Fleet Admiral. He spent less than 2 years in an administrative role which he was not good at. That ended with his death on a vacation after he retired at age 61.
- Cope was promoted to Admiral 2 years later, but died at the Battle of Palantia at age 41. His tactics in the battle went spectacularly bad and he was blamed for the death of 300,000 men. Jasper arrived to the battle four hours late trying to save Cope, but the thought was that Jasper allowed Cope to die. As a result, Cope’s wife never forgave him.
- Fang was promoted to Admiral at the same time as Cope and ended up serving as Chief of Staff 5 years later. Eventually he shared that role with Jasper, though the 2 had no relationship outside of work. Fang retired from the post with a reputation as an able administrator. He spent the rest of his days alone feeding pigeons in the park before he died of a lung embolism at age 63.
Yang puts himself in the role of Ashbey to say that it is a reminder of the importance of true friendship. I think this was a clever attempt at trying to tie in the end of the series to this story. Without Ashbey ever coming up in the main series, it makes it hard to believe that the deaths of the men who served under Ashbey had any relevance to how the rest of the Iserlohn crew acted after Yang’s death.
Back to Work
Yang was preparing to move to the next phase of his investigation and talk to Bucock, but was interrupted by Cazellnu coming in and giving Yang his next assignment. The Alliance had a POW camp in mind for him where he would be the 3rd ranking officer in charge. Cazellnu tells him he would be covering for his superiors’ botches. Yang estimates that he would be there a year, but Cazellnu hopes Yang can be back in 6 months.
Thoughts: Token cameos from Trunicht and Attenborough in this episode, however it looks like it’s going back to the way it was before Ashbey’s story. I guess I could hope for some entertainment from corrupt officials or something like that. Still, there’s another 7 episodes of this and I’m afraid that the story of young Reinhard von Müsel can’t come soon enough.