Whoa whoa whoa… slow down there, little miss. I can handle all the maiming and dismemberment without batting an eyelash, but you’re making me blush with each of those F-bombs.
Ha, I’ll give it to the series for flaunting its TV-MA rating with such aplomb. It’s maybe even a little cathartic for evil ol’ Ophelia to be going on that blue streak after twelve episodes that’ve been most free of cursing. You might even say it feels like… awakening.
I’ve got to say that it feels like there’s an added dimension for which Claymores awaken and which are corrupted by the switch-flipping. It seems like the girls who have an enthusiasm-unto-zeal for slaying Yoma and Awakened Beings (and for their own slaying prowess, too) are far more likely to turn than the more “mediocre” ones with even-keel personalities. Remember how much of a goody-goody Priscilla was before she became this Organization’s #1 adversary? Pride cometh before the fall, and all that, but it’s reminding me of how my class presidents were always the biggest troublemakers in secret. The kid whose Mom was the D.A.R.E. den mother (or whatever) was getting into drugs long before any other kids did. Here we’ve got Ophelia turning evil after what seems to be her first lost ever, while Clare’s got a handle on her awakening and is even getting her own Mr. Miyagi to teach her how to sharpen her new power.
Speaking of which… as engaging as these training scenes with Elena are, would it have killed them to cut it into a montage and set it to some upbeat power rock? Maybe something by Stan Bush or Joe Esposito?
And, man, even if those parts where Claymores reattach their own limbs and basically solder them back on felt a little excessive, I don’t know if I’m open-minded enough to get used to Clare missing an arm for the rest of the series. Claymores grow limbs back, lizard style, right?
Watch this episode "The Endless Gravestones (Part 2)" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.