Within the shadow of Connor’s feats also existed Feather’s capabilities. Connor may have been able to evade the Racer division and navigate through the asteroid field expertly but what Feather achieved was just as impression. Accelerating through the asteroid field at greater speeds than the Edens Zero, Feather too was able to navigate the dangers of region as if they were non-existent. Even if enhanced by her Ether Gear, what Feather displayed was an in depth understanding of her abilities and how it can be leveraged to achieve phenomenal actions. If not for the fast travel, Feather would have likely disabled and caught the Edens Zero.
Connor was sensationally impressive. For his first time piloting the Edens Zero, he was able to intuitively understand how to operate it and adjust its functionality to achieve his desired ends. He intimately understands a ship’s operations and how each component and mechanic interacts and integrates with one another. Such knowledge allowed him to bypass a ship’s standard limits and temporary raise its capabilities into something unbelievable. That fine line between destruction and escape was razor thin and Connor traversed it breathtakingly.
One curious development about Connor from his time piloting the Edens Zero is how he was able to view Hermit’s source code, analyse it and adjust it in a matter of seconds. Connor would have had to have known what to look for, what to adjust and how the update would have affected other elements of the code. That is not something normal for a ship pilot to know. Such expertise entrenches my belief that Connor has something to do with the creation of Ziggy’s Dark Stars. If Ziggy could have his factory produce Dark Star level robots, he would be doing it already but something has prevented him to only having four of them. Connor mentioned to Laguna that he served a role on Lendard that only a human could perform. This unique role could be the coding behind the Dark Stars which allowed for a normal robot to become more advanced and gain some form of living programming with their code.
Connor was able to change the source code of the Edens Zero, which raises an interesting possibility, couldn’t he do the same with the Four Shining Stars? If Hermit and Sister’s memories of the past are hidden away in their code, I suspect Connor could be the one to locate that information. Even the Edens Zero’s travel log from the past could be retrieved by Connor. Though, until Hermit and Sister begin to trust Connor more, he won’t be looking at their code anytime soon. I did love how Hermit reacted when Connor started messing with her source code. I know that feeling all too well when someone else looks at your code and starts editing in ways you don’t agree with. Code is an art; you develop it in ways that is both functional and constructionally beautiful in terms of its efficiency, legibility and accessibility. As a whole it is complete in your mind so when someone begins to tinker with it using elements and methodological that you don’t seem to agree with, it becomes a problem in your mind. When Hermit grimaced, I felt that. Once Hermit comes to accept Connor more, she will be more open with him updating her code and improving it. Connor is more than a pilot, he appears to also be an engineer.
The chase into the asteroid field was such a Star Wars moment for me. If the Force was a power system in Edens Zero, Connor would have some affinity with it. Because he honestly used the Force to evade those asteroids and understand how the environment can be used to trip up Feather, who was as well displaying a high level of Force affinity. Such a glorious moment that was seeing a space chase that incorporated high level of piloting skills. The lack of enthusiasm in the Racer squad tackling the asteroid field only generated more hype for those pilots that chose to wholeheartedly cast themselves into such an abyss. Connor and Feather were truly magnificent. Also the captain of the Feather Armada having Racer’s (from Fairy Tail) design caught me off guard. Well played Mashima-sensei, well played.
Holy being reintroduced was a pleasant surprise and her knowing the Edens Zero’s destination was quite the curious revelation. If not for the visit to Blue Garden, I doubt Holy would have such information hence why she is only acting now. It is almost confirmed that Holy has contacts on Blue Garden which she leverages for information. Considering Blue Garden is the home world of the Shooting Starlight Guild, it makes sense why factions would have contacts/spies there. A lot of people and information flow through there. I wonder who Holy’s contact is – Clarisse? Or another one of the Shooting Starlight guild members? As for Feather, while she failed to capture the Edens Zero, I suspect she will either continue being relevant in the current arc or will return to focus in the arc immediately following the current arc. Ziggy won’t be defeated in the upcoming encounter, so it will be fascinating to see how the story develops with the different factions colliding on Lendard. Very much looking forward to the next chapter.