Further evidence that fangirls are terrifying.
|Last week, the Female Titan busted out from behind some trees and set off on a course for total destruction. It would be nice to know what happened after that cliffhanger, no? When everything can go wrong in this show always goes wrong (like Murphy’s law times ten) then you gotta stay on your toes. So what’s the damage this week? Not much, surprisingly.|
Sometimes Shingeki no Kyojin nails the exact right pacing for things. There’s usually a good mix of adrenaline, despair, and some downtime to make all of these horrors seem even worse. This was not one of those perfect episodes. I’m so used to this show being so dazzling that even a slight dip in quality makes me feel bitter. The flashback ate up so much time that I can summarize the present events in one sentence: they caught the Female Titan. After that crazy cliffhanger, they have the nerve to give us another one – just a few moments after the first. There was too much time spent recapping last week’s episode, showing us the flashback, and over-emphasizing what a difficult decision Eren had to make. Just about everything was dragged out to a painful extent.
I don’t like how this show tries to hit us over the head with the same points over and over. Yes, we know the Recon Corps is anxious about Eren and ready to kill him at any second – yet still wistful and protective of him. That has already been established. The flashback was quaint and showed us some cute (and creepy) Hanji faces, but wasn’t substantial enough. It felt more like a bonus – something that could have been cut or at least shortened. The only new message here is that Eren needs a goal to transform. In this case, his goal was picking up a spoon. Did anyone else burst out laughing at that point? I couldn’t believe they tried to play it straight the entire time, given the absurdity of the situation. The next thing we know he’s gonna go full Titan just because he needs to pick his nose. The more they tried to make it seem like we should feel sorry for Eren, the more I was rolling my eyes. It just didn’t work.
What I did like was Levi telling Eren how they’d cut off all his limbs and then making him feel like a baby for complaining. It sounds like an odd thing to say and I smirked at first. However it quickly became clear that losing some limbs that could grow back is a better position to be in than the soldiers that have to subdue a rampaging Eren. It was a grave reminder that the ones in danger here are the Recon Corps.
As scary as it seems to be constantly monitored to the point where your guards will draw their swords at the slight provocation, it’s nothing compared to what the Recon corps have to go through. They are literally pawns. Erwin strategically uses some lower level soliders as cannon fodder just so Eren can make it out from this whole ordeal alive. He’s the golden goose, and everyone else has to be ready to die to make sure they get that golden egg. It’s interesting, because I always felt bad for Eren and never stopped to realize how bad it was for people like Levi. It all naturally lead to Eren deciding to trust them, and being rewarded for it. It was a great, dramatic moment, although it came after a bit too long of a build-up to be truly worth it.
I bite my thumb at you, sir. Wait, no, I take it back!
After deciding to have some faith, Eren is rewarded. He gets away with the elite soldiers, minus Levi, who will make sure the Female Titan gets chopped up reallllll nice. Good to know Erwin actually had another plan aside from “trees = good for fighting.” I knew that couldn’t be enough, although I was way off with my guess. It’s a sound plan, although I’m scared she won’t be trapped for long and that next week we won’t actually find out her identity. I’m dying to find out the secret behind her, almost as much as Hanji is to touch her.
All in all, it was not a very exciting episode. It wasn’t bad, but certainly not up to snuff with the usual Shingeki no Kyojin standards that have been set. I suppose it’s good to learn about the other Recon Corps members, but I’m too impatient for that now. There are so many questions waiting to be answered and I’m hungry for the truth!
Preview: They try and cut the nape of the Female Titan to reveal her identity, but something happens…
NEXT WEEK: The Titan is actually a giant birthday cake and a hot girl comes out and starts dancing.