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Recap / Final Space S 2 E 4 The Other Side

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Little Cato drives the Crimson Light through a time shard that leaves him and part of the group stranded in a Bad Future scenario without Gary.


  • And I Must Scream: Little Cato gets stuck in his half of the ship for sixty years alone and believing he killed Gary. By the end of the ordeal he has gone insane.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Gary and the rest of the crew rescue Little Cato from the time anomaly. However, Little Cato still remembers every moment he spent alone and is emotionally scarred by the experience.
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  • Bottle Episode: Most of the episode takes place inside the Crimson Light.
  • The Bus Came Back: Avocato makes an unexpected appearance via hologram despite having died in Season 1. It's actually a machine that projects an Avocato hologram and says whatever Little Cato types into it, either for him to reassure himself that he's doing the right thing or to validate his own self-loathing.
  • Closed Circle: Little Cato, KVN, Clarence, Nightfall, Hue, AVA, Mooncake, and Tribore are marooned on the ship for sixty years due to a time shard cutting the ship in half.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Little Cato.
  • Foreshadowing: There were early hints that Little Cato was insane and alone in the ship:
    • Little Cato actually mentions to have gone insane while talking to his father's hologram.
    • Nightfall says that what HUE was offering killed Ash and Fox, but the first flash to the other side shows Fox and Ash weren't even on Little Cato's side of the Crimson Light.
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    • Mooncake uses his powers on the approaching Titan, but back in Chapter Ten, Lord Commander had already depowered him of his abilities. Little Cato, having been stranded long before that, had had no knowledge of that happening.
    • KVN is one of the members to have gone insane (though nowhere near the levels of Tribore) in spite of being an insanity avoidance companion note 
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: What happens to Little Cato.
  • Happily Married: In Little Cato's side of the Crimson Light, HUE and AVA marry each other after spending so much time together in the ship.
  • Killed Offscreen: Ash and Fox have apparently died years ago in Little Cato's side of the timeline.
  • Mood Whiplash: The episode opens with a pumped-up post-victory Gary blaring "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins over the ship's speakers while the rest of the crew react with everything between horror and joining his impromptu dance party in the hallway. The song is interrupted by the ship crashing into a space-time breach trapping Little Cato for sixty years.
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  • Sanity Slippage: Tribore (actually Little Cato) becomes demented due to being trapped in the ship for so long.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In Little Cato's timeline, Mooncake speaks for the first time while using a translator.
  • Real After All: While Little Cato using a text to speech hologram to pretend to talk with his dad could be assumed to be another thing he dreamed up in his insanity; the episode ends with the reveal that said device was the only real thing in his time alone. He decides to put it away.
  • The Reveal: Little Cato is alone on the other side of the ship, having gone insane in the 60 years on the ship. When the others embrace his wounded, older self, they fade to reveal that he was pretending the whole time.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: For Gary and the rest of crew, not much time has passed when the time shard collides the ship, but on the other side of the shard, Little Cato spends sixty years all alone.

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