It looks like Fam has taken a downward dip, once again, with a return to Fam’s idealistic plans for the future; however, the episode was saved from complete shallowness with Vasant’s anti-Luscinia movements in both Glacies and the Ades Federation. If it wasn’t for Millia, I’d vote to focus solely on our side characters and the machinations of parties like the Federation and Anatoray-Disith.
Starting with the softer side of “Smothered Mate,” I actually thought that Millia would finally shed the veil of innocence that Fam devoutly touts and go through with her decision to eliminate her sister. Granted, Liliana will most likely turn out to be acting out of the interest of the greater good (somehow?) and her death would transfer Turan’s Exile to Millia, but I still can’t help but want some type of repayment for the obliteration of two nations. Luscinia obviously should bear the brunt of it, but no manner of excuse forgives Liliana for all the sacrifices that she has made in the name of peace. Millia’s change of heart ends up being much too harsh for tender Fam, resulting in a very hockey-reminiscent vanship race. That a simple race is enough to change Millia’s mind and bring her “back to the light” of bringing about happiness to all is simply laughable, but hey, that’s Fam for you.
Far more worthy of examination are the restless loyalties of a few choice Federation officers. The more surprising unrest is the scene between Ōrang and Sorūsh. As two of the five Ades Federation generals, they are among the last I would imagine questioning Luscinia’s tactics. They point out how Luscinia’s so-called justice has far exceeded the needs of any normal human being. His vision of peace seems to mystify even those closely around him.
Vasant follows through on her earlier promise, satisfying my expectations for her eventual rebellion. First, we see a curious scene between her and the last surviving Glacians, all that remains of the Winged Maidens, that hints at an alliance against the “true enemy”. Their share a mutual loss of home, as they are both all that remains of Glacies and Keios (Chaos?). Even more astounding is the later scene in which she appears to have convinced Queen Sārā Augusta of the unjust violence that has been dressed up by the war for peace. I find Vasant’s actions far more in line with the previous Augusta’s vision than those enacted by Luscinia and Alauda. I would be more confident in their seeming ceasefire, if not for the other still dormant Exiles. Luscinia, too, seems to have plenty more up his sleeve, which I expect will result in an all out battle featuring the as of yet unseen nation of Anatoray-Disith.