Downfall of the Crumbling Planet
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| Sonic X episode #68|
"Downfall of the Crumbling Planet"
|Written by: Kiyoko Yoshimura|
|Directed by: Mitsutaka Noshitani|
|Production no.: 068|
| Original airdate: April 8, 2005 (FR)|
February 18, 2006 (US)
Upon the Destroyed Planet is the 16th episode in the second season, and the 68th overall episode of Sonic X. In the English dub, it is known as A Revolutionary Tale.
As the Crimson Egg makes its way through an asteroid field, it happens upon a battle between Pale Bay Leaf's forces and a group of humans. Dr. Eggman sends Shadow to destroy the Metarex ships, and Pale Bay Leaf retreats. The humans live on a nearby planet that is shattered and barren from having lost its Planet Egg. Their leader, Molly, compares Shadow to a legendary hero called "The Black Wind," but Shadow denies being a hero.
Eggman's goal of collecting the Chaos Emerald on the planet is at odds with the humans' hopes; they have been fighting the Metarex for generations, and Eggman's help could bring their struggle to an end. When Molly, Shadow, and Rouge set out for a nearby mineral mine to get the Chaos Emerald, Leon, another member of the resistance, asks Molly to bring back a disc from the mine. They find the Emerald, but the locker allegedly containing the disc is booby-trapped. As soon as they escape, the Metarex arrive; they have told Leon that they will spare his planet if he hands over Eggman.
Indeed, Molly is the last human left who still believes in defending her home planet. This affects Shadow and Rouge deeply, and they try to convince her to come away with them, but she lacks the mental fortitude to carry her dream all alone. She attacks the Metarex herself, and dies when they return fire. In response, Shadow removes his limiters and completely annihilates Pale Bay Leaf's fleet (though Pale Bay Leaf himself survives.)
Later, standing over Molly's grave, Shadow notes that Molly was not quite like Maria; Molly was clinging to the past, while Maria was hopeful for the future.
- The music used in this episode includes Fakery Way from Sonic Adventure and 3 Black Noises from Sonic Adventure 2.