Are they even allowed on Japanese TV?
You know, I griped about the big jumps the plot took before and, even though you lunatics warned me that greater leaps awaited, I didn’t imagine they get this big. Somehow, we went from a cliffhanger where everybody was about to get carpet bombed to the stone age to an opener where everybody’s waking up, unscathed, on naked fantasy island. The flashback so crucial to this episode’s cliffhanger shows that Lelouch used (wasted?) the geass on Suzaku to command him to save his own skin, but that doesn’t explain how everybody else evaded fiery annihilation.
Even though I felt like I stumbled into an episode of LOST, I still enjoyed the premise of this episode a lot. It’s fun to turn business as usual upside down and team the kids up for immunity challenges... I mean... pair the characters together to interact in different ways. I don’t quite remember Euphemia ever being shown to suspect Zero of really being Lelouch but, let’s be real, he doesn’t do that great a job of disguising his voice. There are a lot of people who should have made the connection already. Suzaku and Kallen’s time together is alternately tragic, touching and utterly ridiculous, however. I suppose it says something about the cruel arbitrariness of war that these kids can be fond friends or hated enemies depending on the day and circumstances. However, it also makes make it that much harder to buy how they could all be going to school together and then fighting after classes without any of them even suspecting their true relationships.
I also thought it was amusing that the island they randomly woke up on just happened to have a new class of mech waiting for somebody to pilot it. It's kind of like finding a power capsule just waiting around for you in MEGA MAN X. Maybe there’s some greater explanation, but it seemed awfully convenient… even more awfully convenient than Kallen being the only one who had to get naked.
Watch this episode "Island of the Gods" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.