And there’s a promise of more friends from the past: we hear about a mysterious ship, the Silvius, perhaps a refitted Silvana. It looks to me as though they’ve retained the Silvana’s uniform, too.
PS., I love those toys. They’re just right for that time and that place, and a nice touch to give the world of the series a bit of added depth.
PPS., the aerial Obon candles were a nice touch, too.