So we’ve got Eren, Armin and Erwin, now? Wonderful. They won’t be hard to mix up in dialog, at all.
This episode puts a fine point on why I had less patience for the amount of ‘tactical exposition’ we’ve had to sit through over the past few episodes (and why I have less patience for any serious discussion of power levels, in general). Levi has an absolutely lucid strategy, here, luring the female Titan into the forest. The 3D gear is all-but-useless on an open field with nothing elevated to grapple onto, and the Titans have a much greater advantage there, because they have plenty of room to move around in and an unobstructed view to spot humans.
In the logic of the story, the team should have completely switched the balance of this battle to their favor by changing the location. Instead, the show just junks that for the sake of the story. We see the Female Titan continue to stalk our heroes with just as much as ease, swatting guardsmen like flies and plowing through giant evergreens like they were made of cardboard.
On the one hand, that bolsters TITAN as a horror. The Titans get the same kind of menace that Jason Voorhees and the Terminator exude when they just shrug off any number of death traps that should’ve killed them.
On the other hand, it makes it harder not to see how irrelevant all the screen time devoted to 'shop talk' is. I knew that when they were laying out all the attack plans for the last battle. You only show the heroes succeeding, hypothetically, because you’re then going to show them failing when they actually go ahead with it.
Well, I’ve already seen this trick before, so it’s harder for me to sit patiently while it's set-up a second or third time.
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