Tytania – So long, and thanks for all the spaceships
26 episodes and I am still wondering too…
At first, I was led to believe that Admiral Hyulick was the main character, the catalyst, the plot maker. I feel so gullible.
Who is that Fan Hyulick anyway ?
Admiral Fan Hyulick, war hero, migthy defeater of Duke Ariabart Tytania, the most sought-after man in the universe. Tytania wants him dead or tamed, women want to cook for him, oppressed people look up to him as a beacon of hope, obnoxious smart-ass Chinese guys want him for their research.
But what does he want ?
Nothing. He just goes with the flow. At first, it’s all for the best : unwilling or involontary heroes are easy to like and to support. He has no particular ideology, he acts when necessary, he’s often full of surprises.
And along came Lira…
…trailing a cartload of clichés with her. A hot young girl with a cause, a rebel with a sad backstory, a heart-and-wallet thief, etc., etc. She disappears for a few episodes and then dies. To protect Fan. I’ve already covered that, so I’ll just say it was a terrible episode.
Then what ?
Fan suddenly gets all mighty admiral Freedom. He has a mission. Avenge her death ! Kill the bastard who did that ! Tytania beware, Fan is on your tail and he’s not pleased !
Or not. Once his revenge is achieved, it’s back to drinking beer and running away from Tytanian soldiers. Except this time he has a madmanvery angry Tytanian Duke on his trail. War breaks out wherever he goes. He goes in hiding in the desert and plays Fremen vs Sardaukar with Tytania. Since he picked the Fremen side, he wins, killing the Duke as a parting gift, and boasts about wanting to see a universe without Tytania.
Well, I hope the people who want that too aren’t in a hurry. Or else they’ll have to kill every girl he hooks up with to keep him going.
Now, why did I bother to watch if Fan’s behavior irked me so ?
Because Tytania rules.
There we go ! Politics, civil unrest, plotting, family feuds, tea, style and 3D spaceships. Thank you.
Four Dukes under a Clan Lord who holds all authority over half the universe is a situation with a very delicate balance. Everybody lies, everybody schemes, and the smartest shall win… or so I hope.
you just can’t get enough…
Clan Lord Ajman Tytania the Mighty School Principal is sadly underused in this series, often reduced to calming down the kids and agreeing to Jouslain’s ideas.
Jouslain is indeed the smartest of the four, as I have stated earlier. By the end we still don’t know what keeps him going. He just might be waiting for change.
Idris is the most ambitious of the four ; he wants the throne and the whole universe because his Daddy died of karoshi, Tytania being such a slave-driving conglomerate. He’ll use any method available.
Zarlisch is the warmongering enthusiast. He likes to blow things up. He does everything his mother asks him though, which is half-cute and half-sad for a grown-up Duke.
Ariabart is the one who’s just filling the fourth seat, really. He just does as he’s told. At least he’s smart enough to side with Jouslain, I’ll give him that.
That makes for a nice family picture.
Still, it wouldn’t be complete without the cute little sister, don’t you think ? Fortunately, Jouslain managed to steal a lively and lovely Princess eager to listen behind doors, to sneak into Uraniborg, to chase innocent animals and to choose the next Clan Lord (?) with all the innocence of a child… That would be a change. They took their sweet time making her relevant (way too much time in fact), but she got to me in the end.
I’d take Lydia as Clan Lady any day.
So, in the end ?
We were promised a lot of things and didn’t see much happening. It looked like a very long introduction to a greater story. I’d watch another season gladly, provided they cut a little money out of the 3D spaceships (yes, I’d go that far :D) and put it in character animation. At least, draw the eyes the same size and give everyone who’s not in uniform another set of clothes, please.