Now, this is the sort of procedural detail that’s actually worth sitting through...
Instead of a long-winded speech (or three) about tactics that are ultimately interchangeable, we get a dialog between characters reasoning out the details of the fantasia in their world like rational people actually would. I don’t know if this episode was specifically shaped by Tetsurō Araki’s contributions as the director, or if it happened to be in the original manga, but it pleasantly reminds me of the times in DEATH NOTE when L would use his brilliant mind to deduce Kira’s moves - - however abstract to reality they were.
Amusingly enough, it seems like TITAN might also be slyly deconstructing an anime character trope along the way, as well - - literally ascribing Eren’s Titan power to his hot blood. Here’s a character whose relentless determination has been continually reasserted as his strongest trait; and now we know that his greatest weakness lies in that fire ever being burning in an unspecified direction (anger without purpose, in other words). Tie that up with that fact that his Titan power works out to him instantaneously manifesting huge amounts of steaming, sanguine flesh, and the subtext seems a bit more literal.
Lastly, while Levi’s scheme to bait the Female Titan into an ambush was rather shrewd - - and I suppose it was worth doing in order to test Eren’s mettle - - his eccentricity as a captain honestly seems more like flawed leadership here. Play it as cool as you want, but it’s still a horrible idea to intentionally withhold important battlefield information from your men. Unless he was seriously thinking that one of these guardsmen was going to freak out and turn his horse away (which really wouldn’t happen), then all he was doing was intentionally raising their anxiety.
Then again, we already know the guy’s a sadist, don’t we? Lest we forget how he treated Eren in court...
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