Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 12

SA: Tachikoma Runaway/The Movie Director's Dream; ESCAPE FROM

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jan 30, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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This episode actually has two parts. The second story links with the first, but they consist of different settings. "Tachikoma Runaway" The Tachikoma that Batou has been feeding natural oil to awakens before the other Tachikomas do and leaves the hanger to have an adventure. On the town, it meets up with a girl named Miki who is searching for her dog. "The Movie Director's Dream" While out on its adventure, Batou's Tachikoma found a cyberbrain that has something very interesting within it. One of Section 9's lab techs has become "lost" inside the device, and it's up to the Major to bring him back.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Tachikoma: This is amazing! My experience points are piling up!

      • Togusa: Batou, you pamper your Tachikoma like it's a pet cat. They're simply machines.
        Tachikoma 1: That's a discriminatory remark!
        Tachikoma 2: We demand a retraction!
        Tachikoma 3: Togusa's a bigot!

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Tachikoma: "Oh boy! It's full of information!": 2001: A Space Odyssey

        The Tachikoma's statement at the beginning of the episode as the door opens up and the light shines in is similar to that of astronaut Dr. Dave Bowman's final words in the book 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. In Chapter 39, "Into the Eye", as Bowman flies over the black monolith, it suddenly changes from a towering slab into an infinite tunnel. As this happens, he utters the final phrase: "The thing's hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God!—it's full of stars!"

      • "The Secret Goldfish": The Catcher in the Rye

        The story that Miki tells the Tachikoma is mentioned on the very first page of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The protagonist of the novel, Holden Caufield, tells the reader about his older brother D.B., who is a rich "prostitute" writer in California. While out in California, D.B. had written, "this terrific book of short stories, The Secret Goldfish." One of the short stories is entitled "The Secret Goldfish" which, "was about this little kid that wouldn't let anybody look at his goldfish because he'd bought it with his own money."

      • Tachikoma's screen: Hamlet

        The words that flash on the Tachikoma's screen as it takes Miki home are a reference to William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet:

        "To be, or not to be: that is the question:
        Whether 'tis nobler to suffer
        The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
        Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
        And by opposing end them?"

        In Hamlet's soliloquy from Act III, scene i (lines 58–90), he questions committing suicide. "To be or not to be", rather, "To live or not to live." In the beginning of the soliloquy, Hamlet asks what would happen if he chose to live, which would means to suffer through life, just as everyone does.

        Here, the Tachikoma is pondering what it means to actually have a ghost and be alive.

      • Theatre House: "A Perfect Day for Bananafish"

        One of the movie posters inside the "theatre house" contains the caption "GoSeeBananafish". This is a reference to the short story by J.D. Salinger entitled "A Perfect Day for Bananafish".