Dancing the Dream – FFVII Ep. 41

Oh, hello. Welcome back to Save File plays Final Fantasy VII. Last time, I did some minor sidequesting, got some ultimate weapons, Level 4 Limit Breaks, and got my butt kicked in some regular old encounters. Now it’s time to get back to the PLOT!!

Let’s converse with the party on the Highwind!

MUSIC: Highwind Takes to the Skies

: I wonder why anyone would ever make an airship like this… ugh, ugh…

Is she just… puking into the workings of the airship? I’ve never really thought about that before.

: …I love giving out secrets more than anything.

: How are you feeling? You ought to rest a bit… don’t push yourself.

Shut up, Vincent.

: But I plan to live for 500 years and won’t stand for that type of thinking.

Huh… that’s oddly topical now, even 20 years later.

It makes sense that Cid would be concerned about that, so let’s go check it out!


When we arrive, it certainly seems like something is going on with the rocket.

MUSIC: Off the Edge of Despair

Townsperson: The Shinra serious ’bout launching that piece of crap rocket? But why now?

Old Man: Is my rocket… all right?


Don’t worry, old man! We’ll take care of it!

Ugh, these are the worst kind of people. The shittiest thing in the world could be happening, but as long as they’re getting their rocks off, they don’t care about the consequences. Also, this is about the point that Cid would force himself into the party, if you hadn’t already brought him along. Cid is required for this next bit. And I am totally okay with that.


MUSIC: Hurry!

I mean, terrorists is a little harsh, don’t you think?

Despite him saying EVERYONE here, only two of them attack. It goes as well as would be expected.

The commander joins in on the next fight and perishes as well.

: I’m outta here, Cloud! I’m gonna kick those damn Shinra right out of my rocket!


Oh hey, it’s Rude! We just kicked his butt down in the sunken Gelnika!

: We will eliminate everyone who gets in Shinra’s way.

I dunno man, last time you had Reno with you. This time you only have 2 nameless grunts.

On the other hand, you’re unable to target Rude until you take out the two soldiers in front of him. Also, his battle model makes Rude look like a GIANT. Everyone is around the same height, but he’s head and shoulders above everyone. It’s kind of ridiculous.

I take the opportunity to steal another Ziedrich from him.

And then promptly smash his face in with Cloud’s limit break

You should be glad to be alive after that.

Yes, indeed.

By the way, this is the Ziedrich. Halves all Elements, and provides some AWESOME defense, but has no Materia slots. I might still find some uses for it.

: Too bad. Those guys are over there.
Commander: Oh man… the Turks, being done in like that… But I won’t let you through!

Yep. That went well.

Mechanic #1: Hey! Just when I thought somethin’ was goin’ on, you come back!
Mechanic #3: Listen to me, Captain. We’re gonna launch this rocket!
: Huh? What are ya talkin’ about?
Mechanic #3: We’re gonna load a Materia bomb in this and blow up Meteor.
Mechanic #1: Our rocket’s gonna save the planet!
Mechanic #2: Urrrrgh. Man, this is so COOL!!


Mechanic #1: It’s pretty much okay.
Mechanic #2: But…
Mechanic #3: We planned to run it into Meteor on Auto-Pilot, but the most important device is broken.

Would that be… the auto-pilot?

Mechanic #3: Shera’s doin’ it…
: Oh, great! What a buncha wizards you guys are! She’s gonna take 100 years! I’ll take over, so don’t worry about the auto-pilot! Hey, go ahead! Tell everyone!
Mechanic #2: All right, Captain. Good luck.

: There are generations of knowledge and wisdom inside the Materia. We’re gonna borrow their powers and save the Planet from Sephiroth. There’s no way that we can lose the Huge Materia. You understand that, right?

The music changes here, which signifies that Cid is about to give an impassioned speech.

: But listen. I don’t give a rat’s ass whether it’s science or magical power. No, I guess if I had to choose, I’d rather put my money on the power of science. Humans only used to walk around on the ground, but now they can fly! And finally, we’re about to go into outer space. Science is a ‘power’ created and developed by humans. And science just might be what saves this planet.

: Now quit your worrying about what Shinra’s gonna do! I don’t want to regret not having done something later.
: But Cid…
: Shut the hell up!! I don’t wanna hear it!! All right, time to get to work! Anyone who ain’t involved, get the hell outta here!


Palmer: Hey-hey!
: Palmer! What the hell did ya do?!
Palmer: They said they finished repairing the auto-pilot, so I launched it!
: Goddamn Shera! Why’d she pick today to get fast!

Palmer: Hey-hey-hey! Almost lift off!
: What the?! No countdown?! It just don’t seem the same without it!
Palmer: Hey!!!! Hey-hey!!!! Blast——off!


Boy, I really hope that the party had time to strap themselves in.

Otherwise they’re going to be mushed into pulp from all the G-forces.

After all, isn’t that how physics work?

…oh. Never mind.

: Yup, it’s headed for a collision with Meteor.
: Can’t we do somethin’? We can’t just leave it.
: That damn Palmer went outta his way to lock the auto-pilot device. We might not be able to change course.
: …is this the end?

Geez, that’s awfully fatalistic.,

: I’m not gonna crash into Meteor. Just watch. I keep an escape pod on the rocket just for emergencies like this. I deciphered the lock code on the escape pod. We’ll bail right before we crash into Meteor.
: Hey, wait a second! What’s gonna happen to the Huge Materia?
: … If you want the Materia, do whatever you want! The Materia should be there after you climb that ladder.

: …I dunno. I know what I said a minute ago. But maybe all that I really wanted was just to go into outer space. So, why don’t you all do whatever you think is right?

I love Cid. Look how quickly he realizes his emotion got the better of him. And how quickly he admits it. Just a very honest, to the point kind of man.


So there’s a lock on it, and you have to use the four face buttons to try and figure out the code.

If you screw up, a 3 minutes timer starts. If you don’t figure it out before the tiumer runs out, you miss out on the Materia. Cid gives you hints about the code every time you mess up. Things like “I remember this button was part of it…” “I think you have to use this button twice.”

But I remembered it on my second try (I had the strategy guide growing up).

: Yep, my great advice saved the day.

Aw, yisssssss

Now let’s cheese it to that escape pod!

Er, wait, that doesn’t seem optimal…


: Cid!!

It always bothered me that Barret, who is jacked to hell, apparently can’t lift this piece of debris. But then it occurred to me that he only has one hand, and it suddenly makes a lot more sense.

: …I can’t go without my friends.
: You moron! No time to worry ’bout other people!
: I’m gonna do whatever I can.
: You’re stupid. You’re really fucking stupid.

: Shera… you were right. But… this is the end for me.


MUSIC: If You Open Your Heart

: You stupid bitch! ….. Sorry…

With Shera’s help, the party is able to get Cid free.

: Hey, Shera! Does this pod really fly?
Shera: It’ll be okay. I’ve checked it.
: …then I’m relieved.
Shera: …Thanks.

haha, how cute! It really is a pod!

…shouldn’t they be floating all over the place? Zero gravity and all that? or does that little pod have it’s own artificial gravity?

: So long, Shinra No. 26…

The escape pod falls back to the planet…

…while the rocket continues on its path towards Meteor.

And hits its target.

It makes a big enough splash for everyone to take notice.

Unfortunately, it’s not nearly enough.

It was worth a shot though, right?!

MUSIC: The Great North Cave

: What a bust… But I kind hoped it’d work.
: We been botherin’ them as much as we can… But there ain’t no other way… Wonder if we’ve been wrong all this time?
: Makes you worry, doesn’t it?
: Don’t worry! Think!
: Hey! The girl’s right. You start worryin’ and there’s no stopping it! Things just start fallin’ apart and get worse and worse.
: You’re pretty damn optimistic! You up to somethin’?
: Yeah, I been thinking about this and that…

MUSIC: Cid’s Theme


: I been thinkin’ even when we were floatin’ in the ocean in that escape pod.
: I’ve… been thinking too. About the universe… planet… ocean. How wide and big… No matter where I go and what I do, it won’t change a thing.
: But I came up with something different. I always thought this planet was so huge. But lookin’ at it from space, I realized it’s so small. We’re just floatin’ in the dark… kind of makes you feel powerless. On top of that, it’s got Sephiroth festerin’ inside it like a sickness. That’s why I say this planet’s still a kid. A little kid sick and trembling in the middle of this huge universe.

: Ya follow me? That someone is us.
: Cid… that’s beautiful.
: Yo, Cid! You even got to me! Now what? How’re we gonna protect the Planet from Meteor?

Well… it’s a start!

MUSIC: Highwind Takes to the Skies

: Maybe it’s the Planet’s scream… or Meteor?
: Hey, how do we know that this is really the Planet’s scream?
: Did you forget? Bugenhagen told us.
: Bugenhagen…
: Let’s go see Grandfather! To Cosmo Canyon! I’m sure he’ll be able to tell us something that will be helpful!

We now have control back, and it’s almost time to end this one. Let’s see what everyone has to say, and then I have one last quick thing to do…

: I know it’s all for Wutai, but I can’t take much more of this.

: That Bugenhagen used to be a Shinra worker. He never bought any weapons or Mako though…

: Wrapped up in the Planet’s strange notions surrounded by Shinra-made machines… Science and the Planet lived side by side in that old man’s heart.

Shut up, Vincent.

: That Bugenhagen guy… He was a weird old dude. I used to think he was a naturalist, but he was all into them machines.
: Did Bugenhagen… tell you anything?

: All these switches and levers. They’re kinda gettin’ to me.

One last thing to do…

MUSIC: Off the Edge of Despair

Old Man: Hmph, I know. No matter how much I look, the rocket’s still gone. But I just can’t stop it. Just call it an old man’s folly if you will. Sorry to get you into this. For me, it’s a kind of hobby. But out of appreciation, let me give you this.

He hands over Cid’s Ultimate Weapon.

Old Man: I wish you’d take care of it and use it.

That I will, old man. That I will.


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