Father and son reunite once again and past feelings continue to dominate Edward.
What They Say
A sinister voice rings out from the shell of Al's armor, and Ed and Greed find themselves under attack. As the Homunculi use the darkness to their advantage, a face from the past arrives to join the battle.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a lot of potential brought up in the last episode with the way the show should be going and the kind of intensity it will have, I'm not surprised that we get a mild shift in direction with this one. The last episode focused on some big idea aspects with how the Promised Day will play out and the scale of events involved with the armies and homunculi as well as Father. Here we narrow things down to just a few characters and follow their story for a bit as another key moment is finally achieved to much satisfaction.
The meeting of Ed and his father after all this time is an important piece, especially now that he's working with Greeling and the chimera to deal with what Bradley and the other homunculi have in store. Ed's got an obvious and believable chip on his shoulder with him that when the two are together he's pretty antagonistic towards him, even though his father tries to be plain with him at this point. Much was changed within his father after he spent time with Al and he's now trying to repair that bridge. What allows it to happen, in quite a good fashion, is when Ed passes on his mother's last words to him and Ed gets to see some real, honest and true emotion from him. Ed's turned him into something in his mind, a monster, that can't feel, so seeing him this way alters his perceptions pretty significantly though it'll take time for him to process it.
There are a couple of minor moments of really neat material here that changes how you view events, particularly a tiny moment where Miles is understanding what General Grumman is thinking, but the bulk of the episode focuses on some action material. While Ed has agreed to work with his father on this, much as he's working with Greeling, their efforts aren't going unnoticed as Pride arrives in the taken over form of Al in his armor. Pride's an intriguing villain because his human form is so disarming, but watching Greeling's reaction to him is priceless as the times we see true fear in the series overall is slim and even less so for a homunculi. With the chimera in tow and Pride throwing all into darkness we get some tense moments as uncertainty is cast everywhere.
Admittedly, after the events of the previous episode, I wanted more of the big action pieces and the epic feel of events moving forward. I did not get that here but I did get some really good character moments. The time between Ed and his father and Greeling's reaction to the arrival or Pride really made the episode memorable which helped a lot. There are some tingle moments to be had here and the action is decent but it's an episode that again feels more like cleaning out a couple of things and doing more staging. Good staging but staging nonetheless.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.