The major episodes continue to roll out as the cast is put to the test in so many ways.
What They Say:
Scar’s mission to destroy those who slaughtered his people is fueled by justifiable rage. Upon learning the role Scar played in her parents’ deaths, Winry claims those murderous feelings as her own.
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As this show continues on, I really find myself amazed at how many key episodes there are with really big moments, both visually and in terms of story. And how many of these events take place within the same episode, revealing so much yet with the knowledge that there is still so much more out there to be discovered and played out. “Backs in the Distance” plays a number of angles, all quite well, while giving two characters a chance to truly shine and show us who they are and some of what makes them so well defined.
Ed and Al’s plan to draw out the homunculi has certainly gone off well, enough so that even King Bradley is getting into the mix. The opening piece is a beautifully violent piece, though only of little note simply because of the regenerative abilities of these creatures. Ling’s jumping into the situation is spot on and his direct back and forth with the Fuhrer is exciting as both have a certain calmness about them, even as the situation gets more intense. I’d say poor Gluttony, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him go through these motions in each and every episode. Ling is still a character that I’m not much of a fan of, nor the elements he brings to the story, but the first couple of minutes with him here does make him a more engaging character and one that certainly shows he can handle himself and has a good sense of who he is.
The bulk of this episode revolves around what Ed and Al have done, though not quite their original intent. While they wanted to use Scar to draw out the homunculi, they do have to deal with Scar himself. And that’s becoming more of a problem as the fight draws out. What’s thrown into the mix is the arrival of Winry after she finds out that Ed’s in a scrap again and she conveniently finds him just as he reveals what happens to her parents while dealing with Scar. This puts Winry in a very difficult and defining moment for herself, whether she’ll take direct action against him or whether she’ll freeze up over it.
Scar, for his part, is something of a man of honor as he gives her two very clear and understandable options. What’s really fascinating though, and that’s not to diminish Winry’s moments here, is that we see far more of Scars origins again and really get to see what happened when he was essentially created in the midst of the uprising. Everything he is and has become is completely within reason and his motivations, though violent, are not without merit. He is truly one of those grey villains that many can empathize with and understand, almost rooting for many times.
The deeper we get into the show, the more layered and engaging it becomes. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a lot to it, from the Ishval incident, the homunculi themselves, those hiding within plain site as well as the simpler moments, such as the episode title that involves what Winry sees in those around her. There isn’t a lot of wasted time here or pointless visuals and that provides for a lot of replay value, especially as new episodes reveal more and you want to go back and revisit past ones to see the ties more clearly. There are few shows I’m watching that are airing right now, but Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a must see show.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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