Friday, January 30, 2009

RideBack Episode 3

Tamayo wins, Rin crashes out due to a blown engine!

Ogata Rin is the Japanese Lewis Hamilton!

The day of the race has come and our girls have encountered different fortunes coming in. Tamayo, the defending champion was in top form and blew away the competition right from the qualifying stage up until the finish line. Rin, on the other hand, wasn’t able to use Fuego because of regulations, and was forced to use a less-powerful RideBack named Balon. She had trouble controlling the new RideBack but after its cumbersome ACS system was unplugged, she managed to control it easily. From 17th place, Rin zoomed into 4th by recklessly passing other riders, but her “Lewis Hamilton-like” style of riding was too much for Balon that she blew its engine. Meanwhile, the political establishment is taking notice of RideBack terrorists.

Once again, an excellent episode. I applaud the producers for not pulling any punches for this series. Some bits of character and plot development here and there, but the episode is mostly about racing. Rin’s competitive nature was a given but it is Tamayo’s that was developed. We saw flashes of it last week, and it was fleshed out in this episode. Also notable was her sportsmanship towards Rin. Two incidents indicated it. First, when she let the mechanic unplug the ACS system to make Balon competitive and second, by not considering the race as their battle, since Rin crashed out. I think she’s gonna wait for a clean, fair race.

The lesbo club member was quite forced though. I mean, who the heck gets drunk from the smell of alcohol. Well, anyway Tamayo won this time. Everything’s fine in the RideBack world… for now.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode!


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