Was this episode guest-directed by somebody at Gainax? There are no bouncy boobies, sure, but the vision/hallucination/trip imagery sure seems their vintage, especially since it isn’t the generic dream imagery you see most times characters are receiving cryptic omens about the future. I’m not sure what Renton running from one occupied stall to another and then getting pushed into a giant flushing toiler bowl means (unless he drank a gallon of apple juice before going under,) but it was damn sure a creative choice.
Seriously, the last time I seriously felt like somebody else took over a show was when I saw that borderline-unwatchable episode of GURREN LAGANN and, sure enough, that was handled by a guest director (and, as I recall, he did a bad enough job to get fired.) Hell, even the mecha surfing action that I got a little dismissive about last episode got vastly more thrilling in this go-round. Maybe everybody at Bones had an off-week when they made the last one, but I’ve got an almost-certain hunch that there had to be something different about this one.
The conflict with the in-descript, as-of-yet-unidentified, bureaucratic bad guys ratchets up in this episode, as well, and we even see a little honor in these scoundrels when there’s some disagreement over whether it’s OK to totally waste Gekkostate. I still feel like it’d all be more effective if we’d actually gotten proper introductions. We’re 12 episodes in - - roughly four hours of screen time - - and I still don’t know what their deal is aside from the fact that’ll indulge in a massacre every now and then. Perhaps that’ll create tension and ambiguity for some. For me, it’s just presented me with probably the most notably boring “evil empire” I’ve encountered in any story of plucky rebels. They might as well be the IRS, as far as I’m concerned (which makes the colorful freakiness of Renton’s visions all the more appealing.)