August 26th, 2012
I’m kind of missing the island now.
Kind of a surprisingly lame episode considering that they finally went up against the BETA again. The exceptionally corny stills during the big critical moment didn’t help that at all. Dramatic music! Disobey orders! Front line all work as a team! Now put up a few stills of BETA and shake them! That’ll really get the audience’s blood boiling! The team of Soviet rapists didn’t get any less terribly written either, particularly when they all started taunting Yuuya right before the battle then lost their crap the moment he talked back. Or, might I add, that any of the whole schtick about Yuuya surviving made a lick of sense considering he was sitting way in back behind tons of guards and not really part of the battle in any particularly meaningful way.
Anyway, much of the rest of the half was consumed with briefing for the batle, which doesn’t mean that it actually stopped once the battle started either. I guess there was Kryska’s memory having holes in it for whatever reason, but I’m counting that as some futue obnoxious incredibly machinated excuse for melodrama. At least they went into berserker mode… sort of… for a few seconds. The Soviets in general are also being just a tad too obviously evil for no real discernable reason, just because they’re Soviets. And this is above and beyond after all the rapists, mad scientists, etc. Invite the UN and then try to passively get the entire program killed. And what’s the endgame here, exactly? Not a whole ton works when trying to also sell that the world is on the brink of destruction without the new tech and whatnot. But I suppose that’s probably not going to change with this show any time soon either at this point.