The northern part of the country is beginning to be explored and it’s definitely a cold and inhospitable place so far.
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The frigid northern borderlands become a battlefield when Kimblee finally closes in on Scar. Deeper into the frozen wasteland, Ed and Al's fight is against the bitter elements as they struggle to reach Fort Briggs.
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The journey north, seemingly done by most everyone at this point, hits its stride with this episode though not without some quiet time along the way as well. The hunt for Scar is the dominating part of all of this as he’s made enough noise to be tracked along his journey and now Kimblee is stepping in with quite a bit of glee about him as he sets to correct his mistake in not killing the Ishvalan properly the first time around.
There are two main tracks to this episode and a mild subplot serving as the third piece that will be more important down the line. The first track involves Scar making his way north on the train with a companion and he’s finally been targeted by the military with his location. That’s all Kimblee needs to go after him now and that leads to a rather fun and somewhat raw fight between the two on the train as it barrels through the snow filled landscape. The two men certainly have reason to go at it with abandon, though Kimblee is a bit more gleeful over it until he realizes that his time in prison has slowed down his reflexes some. Scar on the other hand has been fighting continuously for some time now and the man in front of him is directly responsible for the deaths of so many that he almost becomes unglued in how he goes after him. It’s a brief scene overall but it has some great raw emotion from Scar that continues to turn him much more sympathetic.
The other main track involves Ed and Al making their train ride to the north, on a different train thankfully, where they get to experience snow again after not seeing it for a long time and certainly not in this quantity. They have a really nice child like nature during this before they set out for their destination, which in itself is going to crush that nature. The way of the north is one where weather changes on a dime and before they know it, the snows are heavy and brutal and they’re under attack by what turns out to be a soldier. The introduction of the fortress at Briggs is really quite intriguing as we get a very different mindset for the characters that live there. The best is the introduction of Major Armstrong’s old sister, Olivier, who looks to be one of the fiercest characters that may appear in the series. The brothers have their work cut out here and the next episode can’t come fast enough to see how they’ll tangle with her.
Both of this arcs continue what has come before and adds new pieces to it. Scar’s growth has been slow but he’s becoming a much more interesting character as time goes on and he reveals more of himself. Ed and Al provide some comic relief at times but they also introduce what may become his best allies if this group is as disconnected from Central as they appear to be. The real meat of this episode may not be revealed till later though as the subplot involving May and Marcoh seems to hit at much larger possibilities as the good doctor is now going to seek his redemption in understanding what it was that Scar’s brother was researching. This is a good episode that covers a few different things and shakes up who we’re following after several Central oriented episodes.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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