I said I had something different planned in one of my comments the other day, and here it is. I assure people this is purely experimental and also purely for fun and there’s no real meaning or symbolism behind the songs I chose, though I tried to match words and situations. I’m just looking to try something new so here it is. Code Geass R2 Episode 17: The Musical
The Day The Music Died Hasn’t Come Yet:
You Could Say I Lost My Faith In Science And Progress, You Could Say I Lost My Belief In C.C, You Could Say I Lost My Sense Of Direction, You Could Say All Of This And Worse, But Suzaku If I Ever Lose My Faith In You There’d Be Nothing Left For Me To Do
The Deception With Tact, Just What Are You Trying To Say? You’ve Got A Blank Face, Which Irritates Communicate, Pull Out Your Eye Piece, You See Dimensions In Two, State Your Case With Black Or White
But When One Little Cross Leads To Shots, Grit Your Teeth You Run For Cover So Discreet, Why Don’t They, Do What They Say, Say What They Mean, One Thing Leads To Another…..
Whine whine whine bitch bitch bitch, my needs are not being met this shows writing is terrible blablabla same old same old…..
Actually no. This episode was a definite improvement over last weeks rather boring and overall slow paced build up and it puts us back where we were during the Black Rebellion, only with a few changes. First of all Suzaku obviously knows who Zero really is now and it seems all this time that he’s been looking for a)answers as to why Lelouch chose the course he did and b) a reason to reconcile and work together with him towards creating a more peaceful world. I think he’s realized, albeit a little to late that his superiors and fellow Knight of Rounds aren’t the type of people he’s meant to be with and that he’s actually closer to Lelouch on an idealogical ground.
Suzaku sort of comes clean this episode when telling Lelouch that if he is going to lie then to keep on lying, but make them for the purpose of doing something good. This seems like what Suzaku has been trying to do, but he knew it wasn’t working and that he can’t be like Lelouch in order to bring about change like he thought he could, going back to the Karen Refrain incident of course. He also seems to blame Lelouch for this course because he’s unable to play the suicide by retribution from his people card he’s been trying to play all this time because of the Live Geass. So from an idealogical standpoint Suzaku has reason enough to hate Lelouch as much as Lelouch has to hate Suzaku for turning him in and betraying their trust, but they are smart enough to realize they need each other. Of course Schneizel knows this too and has Suzaku tailed and arrested and now it seems that Schneizel doesn’t quite trust Suzaku anymore as a Knight on some levels.
Like Prince said (okay several of them actually) this whole episode revolves around the theme of trust. Who do ya’ trust? Apparently like the X-Files you trust no one. The Black Knights don’t trust Zero much anymore, Diethard doesn’t trust Ougi, Lelouch doesn’t trust Suzaku or Schneizel, Schneizel doesn’t trust Suzaku. Nunally doesn’t trust Suzaku, Rohmeyer, Schneizel or anybody in her court, and nobody trusts the goddamn emperor who’s currently sitting somewhere with plans of his own called Ragnarok. Judging by the display on the screen it doesn’t look like he’s planning to throw a party for the world either. More like bring about it’s destruction as Bartley hinted with his “greatest crime ever perpetrated against humanity” deal.
So now Lelouch thinks again that he can’t do the trust thing he tried to start up again with Karen’s talk way back in episode 07. And without anybody to talk him out of blowing the crap out of the Tokyo Settlement (no Nunally, C.C, Karen, Suzaku, nobody) or to stop any of his ambitions it looks like he’s about to become the Demon King. His plan as I take it was to have his men ready their positions and hold out until he could activate the Gefujion disturbers he readied way back in episode 13 to take out Britannia’s infrastructure and while it’s the oldest most simple trick in the book made easy by Laksharta’s technology, it seems to have worked. Not of course before the Black Knights suffered some casualities at the hands of Britannia’s Knight of One and his Excalibur.
I’ve gotta disagree with people that he’s anymore overpowered then his title should imply. He’s mastered his Knightmare Frame, knows the ins and outs of combat and he’s fighting soldiers who have orders to stay on the defensive until advised, of course he’s going to do some damage. I’m actually surprised that Li held his own against the guy so well and I guess it just goes to show again that Li isn’t all talk. Also I was right about Li and Bismarck being the matchup for this. I wonder if I’m going to be right about the other ones as the Black Knights begin their probably invasion of the Tokyo Settlement next episode.
Also of note is that Guilford seems to have flown the coop with Lelouch in what many think is a retroactive explanation as to how Lelouch had Geassed him. Though if people were paying attention last episode they would remember a quick seemingly insignificant scene where Guilford got a phone call from somebody portending to be Jeremiah asking him to meet at the warehouse. where of course Lelouch gave him the Cornelia Geass. I’m wondering how long it’s supposed to last though and how Lelouch plans to keep Guilford with him once he reaches the Black Knights again.
Speaking of paying attention, if you look at C.C during her one quick scene in the episode I swear I noticed a smirk of recognition and it had her playful theme playing again in the background. It’s almost as if she’s still there and is playing some sort of game with Lelouch or her memories as C.C are slowly resurfacing. Don’t quote me on it, but I just find that scene suspicious.
So all in all the 2nd Black Rebellion is underway now and you know, having the intention of actually trying to enjoy this show when presented with valid reason to instead of trying to find reasons to bitch while watching it and ignoring the good stuff and all of the things it constantly gets right we have another enjoyable episode on our hands. As it stands things are up in the air and it looks like Nunally’s about to be rescued, though it was Rolo that Lelouch sent to do it. I have this feeling that Sayoko is probably going to be along for the ride too though, or at least in the shadows and being Nunally’s personal maid I doubt he’d let anything happen to her if Rolo tried to make a wrong move. So the war is now a race against time on multiple fronts and failure is not an option for either side. This is make or break it time for both the Britannian Empire and the Black Knights and what happens in Japan will inevitably shift the course of popular support around the world in the victors favour. It’s a zero-sum game, just like real war and I love it. If only there were more anime like this. Anyway, we’ll have to see how it unfolds next week.
Rating: Nine Out Of Ten