It’s all about the atmosphere again as there is a surface level tension throughout the entire episode.
What They Say:
Even as his subordinates are scattered, Mustang finds he still has allies - unfortnuately, so do his enemies. The Homunculi unleash one of the Ishvalan War's most notorious killers to deal with Scar and Marcoh.
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With some shows, there is a certain beauty in watching things come together even if there isn’t a whole lot really going on. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has had a number of these episodes where events do move forward, but it is laced with subtlety and nuance rather than in your face moments. This can be frustrating when you watch it an episode at a time as opposed to a collection, but it also lets you think about it all more as that single episode is all that you have to work with for a week, while trying to tie it back to earlier things as well.
There isn’t any single defining story arc throughout this episode but rather several smaller pieces that connect throughout. Roy Mustang manages to once again cement himself as one of the coolest anime men out there as he deals with the way he’s been cornered in his game of chess against his now known enemy of the Fuhrer. With all of his subordinates making their way out to their assignments, he’s finding himself without any real allies that he can count on. Or at least that’s how it appears until he reaches into a secret line of communication upon visiting a bar where there are numerous women who seem ready to fall head of heels for him. It’s really fun to watch him in this kind of environment since it’s not his norm and yet he’s so entirely comfortable there. And it’s also a nice nod towards an angle that the series will likely play up as it gets more serious.
Mustang also gets to play well with Ed as their relationship continues grow and change as well. With Ed knowing as much as he does now having spent time with Hawkeye, he has no issues in laying that card out for Mustang to see. That’s one of the few moments of uncertainty we see from Mustang as he’s not sure how to process Ed’s knowing of these things. And Ed is having enough trouble with it himself as it does make him openly admit to being a child with having to cope with all that he’s learned. It’s an interesting growing up moment for Ed for him to realize it, though they don’t spend long on it before refocusing themselves on finding Scar so they can deal with that.
There are a lot of little moments that make this episode very good, from having Lan Fan confronted about her failure to some of the intense dialogue scenes between Scar and Marcoh over what has been done and what Marcoh must now do for him. Scar has accumulated an interesting little band around him in order to achieve his goal, which is a long way from when he was working all by his lonesome. The best moments of this episode though comes at the end when one certain Mr. Kimblee finds himself finally being let go and ready to rock the world again for those who have helped him get out. Kimblee has a really slick look about him which coincides perfectly with his personality and sets him to be the next dangerous character to really trouble the brothers. Though a relatively slow episode, there’s a lot to like here and it’s raising the level of tension as it’s building upward again.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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