Why do you have that gun Electra?! This betrayal is super weird. It’s basically just to allow an exposition dump but the problem is that Nemo already knows all this and Electra knows he knows it all too so why is this conversation even happening? Just really contrived. But on the plus side the washed out animation style for the flashback was really cool.
I preferred the form to the content, too. The way that the entire flashback sequence was presented in animatic form was a typically Anno-like method of saving time and budget while creating something interesting and unusual at the same time.
I've got to admit that the actual story presented in the flashback rather lost me, though. This "light" that killed the queen... What was it? Who caused it? Nemo? The rebels led by Gargoyle?
And then we see an angry Nemo being shot by one of Gargoyle's cronies, only to then somehow be wandering around free before running into young Electra. And how in the hell was he able to infiltrate the Tower of Babel and remove the Blue Water to trigger its destruction?
I also thought that the scene where Electra overhears Nemo's conversation was pretty clumsily executed on a technical level: there are only two figures seen in silhouette at the other side of the door, but three
voices are heard — and the unseen character has the same VA as Gargoyle! I had to watch the flashback again to notice that it was a three-man party who found Electra, and one of them is the Nautilus crewman who's been voiced during the series by Gargoyle's VA (except the previous time he cropped up, where he was voiced by someone else 😅).
Moving on from that, I was surprised to see the set-up for the "Island" episodes come at the end of a non-Island episode. 🤨
I was under the impression that they were just kinda spliced in, but... well, I'll confess that I've already watched the first post-Island episode and... I really don't think that skipping them is a very good idea for first-time viewers at all
. I feel like I've lost the thread somewhat now, and some notable things have
happened in the episodes I've missed. I'll soldier on in the meantime, but I'll be looking forward to going back and filling in the blanks.
As a less Nadia focused aside, I think @Professor Irony was correct earlier in stating this particular villainous trio trope can be traced back to Time Bokan
To this day, I still don't know the first thing about Time Bokan. I really need to finally get around to looking it up sometime.