EUREKA SEVEN #27 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Feb. 2, 2012. Last post by LordTerminal 2 years, 7 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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If only he'd used a cardboard box as camo... he may very well have survived.
If only he'd used a cardboard box as camo... he may very well have survived.

For the record, this new intro isn’t that inspiring compared to the previous ones. On one level, it’s good and audacious to have it just be this simple, symbolic scene that abstracts Renton and Eureka’s rather desperate relationship, but the scene’s kind-of boring, the song isn’t that popping and the final image actually looks an amateurish Photoshop collage in a fanart gallery. Too bad. I liked the last one.

On to the episode itself…

The quality I’ve come to enjoy the most about this show is that it actually leaves a lot material to the viewer’s inference. That manifests in small strokes like how this episode opens with Moondoggie handing the kids food, gear and weapons, but no explanations for why they’ve been kept in solitary. It’s so much more effective to leave the reasons unsaid and let you figure out, on your own, that they’re being kept there to prevent them from escaping for their own protection during this looming assault.

It’s also manifested in the broader strokes, like how so much of the mythos and the backstory has been kept to the background and only gradually parceled out when the circumstances call for it. Like this very bitter showdown between Holland and Charles - - it’s a lot more effective that we’ve only gotten glimpses and teases of their relationship. We don’t know why they had a falling out. We don’t even know how they got involved with eachother in the first place. And, because of that, every little line and gesture carries a lot more weight because we’re essentially experiencing it from Renton’s perspective as he looks and listens for clues to piece together.

That’s a very difficult tight rope to walk. You need a lot of room to set it up properly and, even then, you're running the risk of turning off viewers because the earlier episodes of this did, indeed, feel very sketchy for all their gaps in exposition. Or, worse yet, you run the risk of coming off like the “mythology” episodes of COWBOY BEBOP with the thin-unto-cliche Vicious feud sub-plot

But it’s paying off, now, for sure.

Watch this episode, "Helter Skelter" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by zaldar (1,269 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Yes and the show you quit because it moved to slow for you...Steins Gate...did this same thing. May not have done it as well but for me at least that show worked out better overall than this one did.

Post by paulunga (18 posts) See mini bio Level 4

I like the opening because of the Anemone part (yeah, the two seconds or so) and the newly-found focus on her, her servant/Nega-Renton and mister "How-could-anyone-think-I'm-NOT-evil" this season has. And I think the more rocking, high tension music fits compared to where the story was in the last season with not a lot of fighting and more introspective episodes. That said I actually like all the opening themes unlike some other anime series that had a lot of ups and downs.

This is also one of the parts where I felt like there were too few episodes about Renton living with the Beams. In my mind it couldn't have been any longer than a week or so and yet there's so much attachment there with how out of sorts Ray is about Renton pointing a gun at her. I know, tragic past, she really wants a kid and all that, but still, she's supposed to be a coldblooded killer just like Holland and Charles.

Post by RVonE (8 posts) See mini bio Level 6

One of my favorite episodes of the show.

Post by LordTerminal (68 posts) See mini bio Level 6

The next two episodes are really going to take a toll on Renton, let me tell you that right now. It's also where he gets another jump in development too.

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