In the season one finale, Riq’s survival wasn’t the twist that stunned me. His survival was fairly predictable, as it’s a common trope for stories like these. Meika’s betrayal of the team, however, was not something that I saw coming. It was the thing that left me floored and I still remember how I felt when I first saw that scene play out. She was my favorite character, and all of her actions throughout the season implied she was a good friend and a true ally. Seeing her walk out of the shadows like she did changed the show for me and made me love it as much as I do.
At the time, I assumed Meika had a bigger role in the Ringmasters’ organization. Their dialogue about replacing King with one of their own employees made me and many others think that Meika was the one who was going to be put in charge. Now, we know that didn’t happen – Pike was chosen to lead the RGP – and Meika has been doing relatively little work for the Ringmasters. In this episode, Pike finally calls her up to bat, and things do not end well for her at all.
I’m fascinated by Meika’s motivations. Dialogue in this episode implied that she and Pike used to work together long before she became a racer. How did she get roped up in all of this? How long has she been working for the Ringmasters? I’m curious to see if these questions ever get answered. But the big thing that happened in this episode is that the other characters caught her in the act. She was ordered to plant a device in Meelo’s room in order to compromise his security, and succeeded, but her cover was seemingly blown. This is what everybody was waiting for. The big reveal. The confrontation. And the episode just had to end on a cliffhanger to maintain the suspense. I’m not sure how it will play out, but I hope that they don’t just hand-wave it away and have Meika be instantly forgiven. She betrayed them. She betrayed all of them, but she especially betrayed Sonny. It will be very interesting to see how the next episode begins.
The race in this episode was fairly enjoyable. The setting was certainly unique and I liked how so many racers failed to finish it, but having Tamira get knocked out of the race right at the start made me think about how underutilized she has been this season. She doesn’t really hang out with the characters anymore and only occasionally shows up to talk to Meelo, which I feel is going to disappoint some fans as she’s one of the more popular characters. It’s also hard to feel like Pike is a legitimate on-the-track threat since he seems to lose so many races since the first episode, a fact that even Axle and King mocked. Pike needs to step up his game or he’ll risk becoming a joke villain. I can only hope Meika’s actions in this episode enable him to do something bigger. But I did like how Krom won the race, and his inability to understand the word “reciprocate” was pretty funny.
I still greatly enjoy Rimba Racer. The season started off a bit slower than I would have liked, but things have definitely picked up and I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode. If you want to watch this one, it’s up on Glue Studios’ official Rimba Racer YouTube channel, where they are uploading the episodes every other Saturday. The next one should be up on July 7th.The thread view count is 110