As always, please read the chapter before continuing.
In Chapter 4, we saw the aliens appear, with heroics by Tori to rescue an Australian pilot. Chapter 5 is the fallout. No plan ever survives contact with the enemy. Beaver Flight, barely a team, is fragmenting. Darcy has her work cut out.
Tori makes a point early. While the Beavers are on a military mission on a military base, three-quarters aren't military but civilian specialists. They weren't trained to be soldiers day-in and day-out. The other flights, except maybe Russia's Bear, are the same way. To be fair, even soldiers need down time in their day, time to bond with fellows without rank structure in the way. While Beaver Flight wasn't trying to emulate M*A*S*H, the TV series was an influence.
The appearance of Pac-Man was to have a bit of fun figuring out what video games would be like in 2128. It's difficult to kill a franchise. Popular characters will remain popular, with fan bile targeting the creative crew of a bad outing instead of abandoning the franchise. It takes an active effort on the part of the creators to turn off fans. Thus, the first-person eating game, Pac-Man: Ghost Hunter. The game is part of the world-building that could have used more work before starting.
The conversation Dom and Renée have reflects the issues of a long-term mission where logistics are complicated. Getting from the Earth to the Moon takes a lot of energy. Cargo is limited by mass. Necessities like food and water take priority over luxuries. Data is easy to send, though. MicroSD memory holds 128 gigabytes easily and is smaller than a fingernail. Given another hundred years, and data storage should boost the capabilities to the terabyte range. Regular entertainment runs that involved files, which includes everything from ebooks to movies and entire TV series, don't add that much mass. More ahem personal items do, and may have to pass through other barriers as well. Renée is also more open about her needs; it's the Quebec/Ontario divide.
The last scene is Darcy laying down the law. Darcy is aware of the building friction and knows she needs to shut it down. Tori and Renée, in particular, are always rubbing each other the wrong way. The threat of the ring may work, at least for the short term until routines are settled and personal space is found. The conflict between characters is good for drama, but there's an external threat that needs to be dealt with that takes priority.
Tomorrow, Chapter 6, "First Patrol".
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, managing expectations of adaptations..
Saturday, over at MuseHack, there goes Tokyo again, with the 2014 Godzilla.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of Lost in Translation.