TIME TO PARTY!
|WHO IS THE FEMALE TITAN? We still don’t know and we’re still being mercilessly teased at the end of the episode. Will we ever know? Will they just keep dangling that juicy carrot out of reach? Part of me laments the plot for crawling forward ever so slowly, but part of me is completely satisfied by watching a Titan-killing frenzy.|
Once again, we start off at a snail’s pace with a long conversation. It gets interesting as soon as we touch upon the subject of Erwin’s leadership tactics. His ability to make sacrifices and take responsibility for his choices without feeling guilt makes him an ideal leader. He’s a lot different from Jean, who panicked when he was alone with Reiner, Armin and only one horse. Jean has been traumatized by losing companions thanks to his decisions, and is unwilling to make any choices that put anyone in danger. In other words, he doesn’t want to take responsibility for people dying under his command. He’s got some ways to go before he can be as stern as Erwin, who is as clever as a fox.
I like that although they describe Erwin as a “monster,” it’s very clear that he’s not just sacrificing soldiers willy-nilly. He calculated that his plan would not work without soldiers dying, and therefore allowed that expenditure. However, he tells them to retreat when the stampede of Titans overtakes them because he knows it’s not worth the amount of elite soldiers he’d lose in the process. He’s a smart man. He can weigh risk without bias, as if he were simply choosing watermelons at the grocery store. I’m sure he feels bad somewhere inside, but he’s learned to harden his heart to those dark thoughts. He’s an exceptional leader, and it’s become quite clear why Levi is so obedient. Obeying sketchy commands such as “refuel, goddammit” can save your life. Don’t ask questions, just obey the almighty Erwin, for he knows all.
The only thing he doesn’t know is how to crack open that Female Titan, so it seems. As expected, she escapes. I did not expect her to screech like a banshee and summon an army of Titans, however. It was pretty intense to see those Titan reinforcements suddenly screw up all their plans and just go nuts. The resulting carnage – although just a glorified slideshow of still shots – was effective at showing the bloodbath taking place. The most frightening thing about Titans is how unpredictable they are, and the fact that they can actually meet up when they hear a fellow Titan is rather unnerving. The fact that they all have variable intelligence and dexterity is also quite terrifying, as some of them actually were learning how to climb. Yes, learning. As in getting smarter. They’re already dangerous enough, we don’t need them to pick up any other techniques to help them kill humans!
It slices! It dices! It kills Titans! Get your own Levi today!
After being eaten, the Female Titan (in human form now) escapes and sets out to kill Eren and his guards. I love how even now, Erwin forms secret plans without telling anyone. Yes, even Levi isn’t told anything – presumably because someone else could be listening or to avoid making him panic. The great part about all this is you can kind of tell that the Female Titan got away somehow. You can guess it, at least. I like how subtly they hinted at it without insulting the audience’s intelligence. The Female Titan going directly after Eren should hopefully mean that NOW we get to see her face. I’m as impatient as ever and I want to know who the hell would kill fellow humans, and why. We may find out those answers very soon.
Preview: Bad stuff happens, what else is new?