How is this show so consistently gripping? I'm in constant awe. It’s like it just plucks white knuckle tension out of thin air. There’s like four or five scenes that’ll put you on the edge of your seat in this episode, alone. Kira seemingly taking a TV station hostage…! That one task force member running to his doom…!! Chief Yagami suddenly smashing through the entrance in a van…!!!
Holy crap. I don’t even know what to say. I feel more than a little silly for being reluctant to watch this show in the first place. “It looks goth! The premise sounds silly!” I’m definitely eating my words, now.
Hands down, the best scene had to be when Chief Yagami’s walking out of the TV station to find a human barricade protecting him. No lie, I was getting goosebumps watching that. The notion of authorities refusing to negotiate with terrorists is sort of a stock line in these kind of stories, but this was one of the rare examples where you actually feel it. You’re really stirred by the police’s defiance of Kira. Actually, I’d say Chief Yagami’s definitely one of my favorite characters in this show. He’s putting himself on the line, enduring humiliating probes into his private life, giving himself heart attacks from stress and acting in the face of overwhelming danger to fight for this system he believes in. And his heroism (and his tragedy, really) is doubled by the fact that it’s son who he’s fighting against this whole time. The apple (pun intended) has fallen far from the tree, sadly.
Just powerful stuff.
There’s just something… mythic about this small task force going against this impossible, elemental force, like they’re taking on death itself. And there's something coldly compelling about how they're limited mainly by the number of bodies they have.
And there’s a second Kira now? That’s the girl from the opener! I was wondering who she was.