Can you handle the truth?
I know some people have been feeling the blues over the pacing of Steins;Gate, but I promise you that this episode is different. Last episode I had the feeling something big was going to be sprung on us soon, and it’s certainly shaping that way. But you’ve already seen the episode, so you know that episode 5 was a lot more eventful, right? If not, GO WATCH IT NOW!
Instead of being greeted with Okarin’s visage at the start of the episode, we see Suzu staring at a gold coin-like object in her palm. We don’t really get to know what it is because she tucks it away again when she hears Okarin and Kurisu struggling with the IBN 5100 outside. She acts normal until she recognizes Kurisu and suddenly adopts a ninja stance as if she would knock Kurisu’s head off any second. She doesn’t, of course. Mr. Braun calls her to come and actually do her job and the redhead is let off the hook for now.
Daru takes a look at the IBN 5100 which is prehistoric next to his computer, and he’s going to need some parts if he’s going to get any hacking done. He sends Okarin out to get parts while Mayuri happily clings to Kurisu and shows her around the dinky little lab. She almost calls the police when Mayuri says she’s Okarin’s hostage until she adds a very important amendment “I’m his hostage by my own choice.”
Suzu bumps into Okarin (aka stalks him like a crazy mofo) as he’s buying computer parts and helps him pick the right ones. They chat a bit by some vending machines about how Suzu knows so much about computers. Apparently she knew someone who was good with IBNs, but he’s dead. Suzu apologizes for acting like a rabid wolverine earlier and tells him to look out for Kurisu because “she doesn’t know anything yet.” And if you took any of that with a grain of salt, you won’t after she freezes like a panicked squirrel and loses her mind over a helicoptor.
So as I was saying, Kurisu is bad news. Trust me, Okarin, I-
BOMBS! WE’RE BEING BOMBED! QUICK OKARIN, IF YOU CROUCH THE BOMBS WON’T HIT YOU.
For everyone else, it’s an eventful festival with fireworks and yukatas. For Okarin’s group, it’s time to crack down and try to figure out SERN’s coding system. Mayuri heads home after having charmed Kurisu enough to keep coming to the lab each day, leaving the two of them to sit and wait for Daru to finish his job. Interesting tidbit: Mayuri is Okarin’s childhood friend. Do you guys think Okarin was normal as a kid?
Waiting for Daru means Okarin and CHRRRRRISSTIIINNNAAAA moments galore. From posing with labcoats (I assure you, lab coats never drape on your body like that. They are not figure-flattering!) to playing a board game and making Kurisu cry, their antics never let up. Kurisu puts up with everything until the moment of the big reveal, where they all flock to the computer screen to see what SERN has in store for them.
SERN made the IBN 5100 specifically so that it would be the only computer available to crack the code for this specific project. Hmm, must be important. Kurisu translates directly from english, having come from America, and starts reading about SERN’s main motive…to create a utopian future. They’ve been working on creating this time machine by using a black hole from the LHC and a lifter for 40 years. Kurisu can hardly believe her eyes when she reads through the plans and gets to the fatal last step: human experimentation.
The fine details are written in the Jellyman report, which they all decide to finally open after nervously considering stopping right here and now. Remember the HYU-MAN IZ DEADO. MIS-MACHI from last episode? Well, apparently this happened to not one, but 14 people who they tried to transport through space and time. They ended up as a gelatin skeleton (it rhymes!) in random locations. All failures.
On the bright side, free Jell-O for everyone!
Okarin goes to buy a drink after hearing this terrible news, and is found on the rooftop sometime later by Kurisu. After staying up all the night, the sun is rising, and Okarin is clearly even more delusional from a lack of sleep. He bursts out laughing and decides that he’ll make his own utopia by finishing his time machine before SERN.
Bonus Database Images:
Well, at least it was harder to crack than the PSN
Doctor Pepper – so good it makes your mouth disappear so that you can just absorb it through your eyeballs.
This is not cute, she is trying to tell you that you’re morbidly obese and disgusting.
Are you kidding me?! I need at least, like, TWO bananas, okay!?
End Thoughts: I think most of us had our “crazy” sensors go off for Suzu by now, and that’s pretty much proven in episode 5. Whatever her link to being a soldier is, it makes her react aggressively to Kurisu and even to things as simple as helicoptors. Judging by her stances, those aren’t just empty movements…that girl might really know how to kill and fight like a soldier. Even though she says to be wary of Kurisu, I don’t feel like she’s on the same side as Okarin. I don’t trust her at all, poking into his business like that. The rest of the hints this episode are still largely shrouded in darkness: her dead friend who knows about IBN’s and the gold coin-like object she was holding in the beginning. Of course, leave it to Steins;Gate to give you enough information to classify someone as a threat and then hide the end of those spider threads away from view.
For what we didn’t learn about Suzu, we sure did learn a lot about SERN. Human experiments all resulting in successful time travel. As successful as you’d call turning your transportee into Flubber, I suppose. The moment of the reveal was one of those “oh snap!” moments where you realize how serious things are getting. I loved how I felt that they were really onto something beyond being a rag-tag team of losers with nothing to show for their meddling. Looks like we’re starting to get knee-deep in conspiracies and actually getting that time machine to work. Okarin probably won’t do anything too stupidly drastic if he does make a proper time machine, despite his disconcerting laugh. He’ll probably just try and stop SERN. But that’s later on, first thing’s first – fixing that microwave!
I try to do some mini research on whatever they talk about each episode, as I have a genuine interest in both physics and looking like I know what I’m talking about. Nothing I learned was really useful to give me insight on what might happen in the show, but was interesting nonetheless. Hopefully I’ll have a good science nugget of some sort next time. For now, I guess we have to wait to see what Okarin does next with the knowledge he has. It might be another set-up episode next week, but as per usual…my curiosity is piqued. I’m willing to wait as long as I get answers. El Psy Kongroo.