Believe it or not, the most important part of this episode was probably not the time travel, but the exposition before it. The part where Cosmo explained how Yu-Gi-Oh and Seto came to be reincarnated. That explanation is the very reason for the existence of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. The first seeds of an idea for the series came to me back when I first watched the Waking the Dragons arc (which was only a couple of years ago, since I never saw it or the Dawn of the Duel arc as a child). When the Legendary Dragons where revealed to actually be knights who look like Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey, that got me thinking. Timaeus existed 10,000 years ago, and Atem existed 5,000 years ago (since I watch the English version, not the Japanese). That means that Timaeus existed 5,000 years before Atem. This seemed like too big of a coincidence. The original series never explained why there just happened to be yet another incarnation of Yugi and Kaiba, before even Ancient Egypt. So years later, I decided to take a crack at explaining this odd coincidence, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium was born. Speaking of the origin of the series, originally, the story arc we’re in now included no time travel at all. It would have just been duels with each of the incarnations. Time travel allows for a much better plot though. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time I’ve ever done more than one episode without a duel in it in a row. Of course, Yu-Gi-Oh is all about dueling, but the story I’m telling now require less dueling than normal (don’t worry though, there will be more dueling than there was in Dawn of the Duel).
Having escaped the doomed Earth and flown into space, Cosmo and Celestia now lead Yuni and Seto to an unnamed planet, on which is located a device of incredible power. This power could possibly mean the salvation of the galaxy.
And with this episode, just as it has for Earth, the beginning of the end has arrived for Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. It was a fairly simple episode, so I really don’t have much to talk about. Back before I started writing, when the entire series was still in planning, this was one of the original episode ideas I came up with. Of course, back then it was completely different. Cosmo and Celestia had yet to be conceived, and the plot involved no space travel. Really, the only thing that stick was Otto beginning his master plan.
Zenith leads Yuni and the rest of the group to a special lab in order to purge himself and Brutus of their invasive Mind Partners, but all does not go according to plan. Meanwhile, Trope leads a strike team of Chaos to rescue Cosmo and Celestia, but encounter more resistance than expected.
The first episode of a new season is always interesting to write. The combination of time passing plus whatever paradigm shift occurred in the previous season’s finale always lead to a unique writing opportunity. I must admit, my love of Star Trek heavily influenced this episode (for those of you keeping track, yes I like both Star Wars and Star Trek). I referenced the opening sequence and I used something that was suspiciously similar to the transporter. I couldn’t help myself. Anyways, this plot plays off two reveals at the end of last season; Zenith’s ulterior motives and Cosmo’s statement that the Yugohan Empire fell to invaders. This season, being the fourth, is meant to reference the forth season of original Yu-Gi-Oh, and as such I have already introduced my version of the Seal of Orichalcos (The Malevolent Soul Engine of Tyria) and one of the Dragons of Atlantis (the Chronoton Staff). There are sure to be more references to come.
That’s right, at long last Season 4: Invasion of Light is now out! Find this new story here!
In this season, Yuni and Yugi face a war on two fronts. On one side, the invading New Yugohan Empire, intent on conquering Earth. The other, an organization known as the League of Light, intent on destroying the Balance of Chaos.
In the first episode, a new threat appears. Celestia and Cosmo are abducted by aliens! Now it is up to Yuni to face off against one of these New Yugohans and rescue them.