Would it have killed them to throw in some scene showing that Lelouch is at least sporadically involved in his school’s theater program? I can buy him having a super power that allows him to command anybody to do anything he wants (if only once, and provided that he make eye contact with them…) but pulling off a live performance in the street like that immediately makes me wonder if he brought the dude behind the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremonies in as a consultant. I don’t know: you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or a terrorist by his mask) but Lelouch hasn’t struck me as a young man with a particularly theatrical bent in his soul.
I could bring up more comparisons to DEATH NOTE here (blackmailing somebody, by cell phone, on a mass transit train… where have I seen that before?) but I’m seeing stronger similarities to the most theatrical of terrorists in this one. That is, V… of whose vendetta many have heard. It’s an interesting touch that Britannians aren't simply an evil occupying empire; they’ve also got a strongly Orwellian bureaucracy who like to manipulate their state run media in a way that’s more-than-likely going to hinder their own operations. Let’s just hope “Zero” doesn’t pontificate for as long as V was wont to.
Suzaku proves himself to be a valiant and honorable today. He remains loyal to his country, even when after they’ve betrayed in such an obvious fashion. While I do prefer the avoidance of padding and redundancies in a serial, I do wish they would’ve held off on this particular reversal of relationships a little longer. There was still some mileage to be had in putting Lelouch and this guy at odds - - as hated enemies - before having them reach out to eachother as potential friends. One battle gets the point across, sure, but it doesn’t feel like a satisfying number.
Then again, Suzaku does reject the whole “join me” offer, so there may be plenty of more conflict between them.
Watch this episode "His Name is Zero” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.