I knew this was going to be one of those annoying episode in which we return to a battle already in progress but do no finish the battle before the episode is out. There is a reason I binge-stream TV and it is to avoid these such episodes! Regardless, I was pretty involved waiting for the oncoming arc resolution. Here’s where we are:
Black Lady is creepily kissing her father and literally no one has a problem with it. In fact, it kind of calms Sailor Moon into tapping into her power. All joking aside, this is the great thing about Usagi/Sailor Moon as a character: she is capable of such empathy. In Black Lady’s attempts to destroy the world, Sailor Moon sees a loved one in pain. She sees the errors of her own ways. She sees someone who needs her help. She activates her Legendary Silver Crystal that isn’t supposed to work in the future by way of the Legendary Silver Crystal of the future and she fights. The same can’t be said for her friends. The inner senshi, have been quickly subdued by the evil eye Wiseman lent Demande.
This evil eye also lets Demande see through Wiseman’s hypnotic suggestions. He quells his brother Saphir by, I believe, killing him. He tries to unmask Wiseman. Turns out the cloaked figure is just a corpse prop; the real Wiseman is fused with the planet of Nemesis itself and it crushing the Crystal Palace. Sailor Moon is holding steady, though.
Meanwhile, at the door of space-time, Pluto is in turmoil. She knows the senshi need her help and so badly wishes to fight beside them. Her oath to always guard the door keeps her in place. What a sweetheart, but come on girl, just go! Diana arrives to do one of the only useful things the felines have done in SMC and relieves Pluto of her duties at the door. Diana stands guard while Pluto joins the fight.
Only Sailor Moon can’t hold out much longer. Demande might be convinced of the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal, but Sailor Moon doesn’t think she can stave off Nemesis. She just wants Chibiusa back and doesn’t want to live in a world without her. She tells Black Lady her life is hers if she wants it; the Silver Crystals are hers. Tuxedo Mask snatches her Silver Crystal from her and kind of whacks her with the Cutie Moon Rod. Something has changed within him, though… the hypnosis is wearing off?
Black Lady gets her hands on both Legendary Silver Crystals only briefly, as Demande snatches them from her. In a sudden, but admittedly predictable, utterance, Pluto reveals that touching the two crystals together will destroy the world.
Cool. So, with high stakes, I’m expecting something heroic from the senshi! What do you all think?