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Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall Episode 7 Review

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This is a recap and review of episode 7 of Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, available on Hulu and Disney Plus.     

In this episode, there’s baseball, robots, a library, and scavenging! I couldn’t help but be reminded of Fallout 4.

Spoilers to follow!

 

The episode starts with a short clip from ten years earlier. Charlotte and Colonel are having some father-daughter time playing catch in the apocalypse. Aww!  

Back in the present, Blake Trike is sick and can’t repair herself. As such, it’s scavenging time! 

At the dump, Empress finds a baseball and Colonel, seeing it, broods more about Charlotte, explaining that she loved sports.  

Square-headed robots (Gigantes) show up spewing toxic arche (which is fatal to humans and composed of out-of-control nanobots). Unfortunately, to be operational Black Trike needs some rare metals that they haven’t found yet. 

Monika finds out that there is metal at an abandoned library!  Dead Master stays behind with Black Trike while the rest of the team heads out. 

Not only do we get my favorite post-apocalyptic location, but the team also meets a cute robot (Andy) at the library!

Monika and Andy check out the server room. Monika uses Andy’s records to search for info on Colonel, discovering that his wife Jessica was a scientist and may not have been just a civilian. Before she can learn more, Colonel surprises her. In her shock, she falls into a pit. Inside, a feral infantry drone wakes up, but Colonel arrives to save the day. Andy appears as well and is sad about Colonel disabling the drone. It’s clear he’s lonely, as he’s created a baseball team out of refuse. 

Meanwhile, Empress does research on why the A.I. went rogue, and Andy explains they were required to pass ethics testing (namely, the trolly problem). 

 

Before she can understand why this relates to the A.I.’s rebellion, she is distracted upon learning that Lighthouse No. 8 has been shut down. 

They leave Andy alone at the library, but Black Trike is fixed. 

As they drive, Empress has flashbacks about when she, Strength, and Dead Master were friends. The episode seems to end on a nice note, but then Andy is approached by Charlotte, who calls herself Avenger (and not the Marvel kind, presumably), who destroys the poor, lonely robot. RIP Andy. 

 

Overall, I really liked this slow, thoughtful episode. It was a great change of pace from the previous all-action we’ve been getting, added more depth to Colonel, and suggested that there might be more to Charlotte than being captured by the Education Institution. 

 

The next episode airs Dec 7 on Disney + and Hulu. 

T. S. Beier is obsessed with science fiction, the ruins of industry, and Fallout. She is the author of What Branches Grow, a post-apocalyptic novel (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2020 Kindle Book Awards and a semi-finalist in Hugh Howey's 2021 Self-Published Science Fiction Competition) and the Burnt Ship Trilogy (space opera). She is a book reviewer, editor, freelance writer, and co-owner of Rising Action Publishing Co. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, two feral children, and a Shepherd-Mastiff.

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