The brawl between Jet and Udai in this episode had to be the meanest, nastiest fight I’ve seen in anything lately. I love it. It’s genuinely hard to make a villain who’s this stone cold menacing, so I seriously glommed to his no B.S. attitude - - even if he is a rat bastard. Seriously, who else was hooting over that part where the one jackass convict’s saying “Who’s going to step up?” and Udai just calmly steps up and ends him? It’s a real shame that he ends up getting taken out in this episode (and in synch with the gunshot punctuating the flashback! Virtuoso!) because I think he’d make a much better recurring bad guy than Vicious.
Seriously, I close my eyes and all I can remember about Vicious is that goofy silver hair. This guy? He’s got that steely glare, he’s got the slight-of-hand punch dagger, he’s got little patience to suffer fools… he’s memorable.
Seeing as this episode’s about one of Jet’s skeletons getting dragged out of the closet (and shattered to dust? How do yo resolves skeletons in the closet?) it’s worth discussing the guy’s character. I’ve commented in the past that his voice reminds me of a sitcom Dad (more Carl Winslow than Leo Huxtable) and the name really fits because he’s probably the most mellow intergalactic bounty hunter I’ve encountered in fiction. I don’t know if “lack of imagination” is the proper term for him, but it’s notable that he gets payback on the man who stole his arm and it really isn’t something he’s necessarily obsessed over. He’s a world away from, say, L or Kira, who’d spend every waking moment plotting ways to settle the score.
Even when he was getting to put his ex and her boyfriend in their place (and, really, that's the most vindicative of situations,) he really didn't relish the opportunity. He'll still go through it, sure. He'll take it seriously when it's on his lap, but it's very "out of sight, out of mind" with him. Anybody agree with me?