An accident kills Gary and strands Little Cato and the rest of the crew in deep space for sixty years, forcing Cato to enact a crazy plan to call for a rescue that might end up causing all of them to die from a lack of power or possibly cause something even worse.
I love these alternate history episodes and, even with the pervasive humor of Final Space, this was certainly a bleak and desperate future for all involved. Seeing Little Cato wracked with guilt for six decades was hard and Steven Yuen really sold it with his vocal performance.
The truth is, if this episode did anything, it highlighted how damaged Little Cato actually is, even without the sixty year isolation. He’s got a ton of guilt and, despite his outward behavior, he’s haunted. I’m actually glad that he got this character study because now, he seems so real.
I wouldn’t say that this is the best episode of the series, but it’s easily the best of the season. A good humored sad character study that fleshes out the demons of an already established and loved crew member and leaves real consequences to deal with.
Plus, it’s always nice to see Avacato back in some capacity.