"Terror Firma" is the continued adventure on what the kids term the "murder planet," on the account that it keeps trying to, well, murder them. While the planet's motivation for using visitors as sustenance remains an extremely thin and implausible plot point, the real purpose of the episode is to finally get Gwyn to become part of our ragtag crew rather than a captive who's still in the clutches of her single-minded father.
Meanwhile, we get a few nuggets of information as to perhaps why the Diviner so badly wants the USS Protostar (it has a miniature protostar as a part of its engine, making it uniquely fast and powerful) even though he has his own massive starship. The Diviner and Drednok arrive on the murder planet and provide the kids with a double challenge — escaping the murder planet as well as the Diviner.
The planet-based action scenes here are pretty good, but what makes this stand out a bit more are the interludes where Dal and Gwyn finally begin to break the ice, and become friends who realize they have a shared loneliness in this world. We finally see that Gwyn will finally become a part of the rest of this crew of outcasts. She's as much of a victim of the Diviner as anyone else. He calls her "daughter" but prioritizes her beneath reclaiming the Protostar, which he is obsessed with beyond all reason. In the episode's most crucial moment, he chooses the ship over her.
One thing I'm liking about this show is how it doesn't condescend to its target audience. For example, the moment when the Diviner chooses the ship over his daughter is actually his own hallucination; the ship he thinks he's choosing isn't the real one, because Dal and the crew are boarding it at that very moment. Editorially, it's a moment my 7-year-old didn't understand immediately, but is something parents can quickly clear up. By plotting these beats at a level that works for older members of the audience, they're actually doing everyone a favor.
The episode ends with a breakneck-speed starship pursuit and narrow escape where the crew learn how to engage the ship's protostar drive, and Gwyn gives the order to leave her father far, far behind. It's a turning point for the character and the season.
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