Space Brothers episode 2 continues the pace of the previous episode. Mutta stays true to the character we were previously introduced in that his internal momentum is hampered by his negative psyche. While the reason for his detrement is still unclear, Mutta is gradually encountering his dream of space through the spirits of those around him and relearning the power of being a challenger.
“You have to make noise before you can make music.”
Sharon is a new face and welcomed addition to the cast for her history with the brothers and mature observational power. The large observatory at her place is lightly symbolic of her keen graces. Here, young Mutta would sight his dream of becoming an astronaut, while Sharon refined his education in various areas such as music and English. Sharon brings the passion of Mutta’s former self into perspective, recalling he was once an individual courageous enough to attack the most difficult challenges. In the case of music, it was the trumpet. The conversation has dual purposes, inspiring Mutta to take the JAXA exam and showing the audience young Mutta’s perseverance. He changed for some reason, becoming somewhat cynical, but I hope we see the course his life took and how he became such an adult.
“That’s one small step for man…”
The subtly of Sharon’s presence is remarkable in furthering the idea that Mutta cannot achieve his dream without the help [or guidance] of meaningful individuals. Mutta has received nudges from Hibito, his mother, and now Sharon. We may also acknowledge Mohri’s indirect guidance, possibly in ways beyond the meeting shared with the Nanba’s. Whether or not Sharon’s influence will extend into future episodes has yet to be seen, but I feel more characters may help Mutta along this new path. And I believe this is a necessary or at least sincere message of Space Brothers illustrating the human endeavor into space. It has taken the effort of thousands to achieve such a sensational feat. This was not the work of one man alone, and I would not be surprised if Mutta’s achievement is similar in that respect. 
The little twist during the interview was amusing, as were many other bits of the episode. Mutta is kind of a freak, but the interviewer’s trick, passed on from Mohri, was a nice way to shine some light on what makes the three individuals special. More than anything I think that kind of spice offers a glimpse into the person in ways questions and answers would never reveal. Taken figuratively, I think astronauts should intuitively deduce there is a problem in a given situation and attack it with hopes of finding a solution. Mutta’s action shows initiative even despite his apparent lack of motivation. Mutta is a challenger! He also headbutt his boss, so yea… Mutta! (Just saying, again.)
1 – Realizing his achievement has yet to be fleshed out. He may not become an astronaut in the end.