OK… that was seriously demented.
If we’re talking about homages, this episode was definitely cooked up during some session of watching BATMAN RETURNS while listening to Pink Floyd’s DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (I wonder if all the parallels pop up like they do when you watch it to THE WIZARD OF OZ?) The result is much like the unholy love child of Donald, Goofy and Pluto we see in the animatronic parade - - something so weird that I almost can't even comment. This Pierrot the Penguin on acid, a cackling creature conjured by the trippy drones of the hypnotic soundtrack. Man... even the plotting of this episode felt like a nightmare. He just floats down from the sky and starts killing people, and Spike just happens to be in his way.
Speaking of that ass-kicking... hoo boy! I’ve seen aerial combos a thousand times, but I don’t think I’d ever see one outside a fighting game. The French dude racked up at least seven hits on Spike before letting him even hit the ground! I suppose that’s a "DEADLY COMBO" on KILLER INSTINCT's scale. I'm sure he racked up enough XP for his super-move after that one.
Too bad we didn’t get to see more of Edward in this episode. Even when she’s doing something as basic as hacking the encryption or calling Faye “Faye Faye” I'm... just... so intrigued by her. I don’t suppose you’ll ever see anybody else compare her to L but, for me, they both belong to a specific class of characters whom I'm so compelled to just watch and see how they react to things; to everything.
Getting back to what I was saying about the nightmare plotting, I love how this ending is so messy. What I really relish about serial fiction like this is that, the deeper you get into it, the more the experience is allowed to be visceral. It doesn't have to fit into the narrow boxes of plot structure and all that. I like how it’s just a simple hatchet job, how you don’t really even understand how Spike kills Pierrot and how all that drama about finding the weaknesses online ended up being wasted. It's so much more interesting this way.