EUREKA SEVEN #9 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 9, 2011. Last post by zaldar 2 years, 7 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Online Now
Staff
You're staring into the eyes of a killer!
You're staring into the eyes of a killer!

OK, then. I sensed that'd be a dark backstory to eventually put all of this lollygagging into a more serious context, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be this intense.

Gekkostate was actually an extermination squad? Eureka was actually a mass-murdering stormtrooper? Her “children” are actually the orphans of innocents she murdered during what, by all appearances, appeared to be an ethnic cleansing? That all just pops the balloon we’ve been playing with up until now.

Look, this was actually a rather brilliantly-told episode. I re-watched the beginning to get a better understanding of why exactly Holland flips out on Renton like that, and the way they maintain suspense and subtly hint at the citywide firebombing that’s coming is truly deft. I mean, Renton’s enthusiasm about the unusually-primo “man made” canyons plays completely differently depending on what you know.

But… man… I can’t help but think that this revelation about Eureka went too far. No matter how winsomely she bats her eyes, now, I’m not sure if I can really sympathize with a love interest who, in sound mind, wasted whole towns of people. If she was killing noble rebels in combat? Fine. If she was doing this wet-work while brainwashed? Alright, that’d be a little better. I don’t know if this ickiness can even be washed away, even over the remaining 40 odd episodes.

Maybe Bones is just a cabal of diabolical geniuses when it comes to playing with expectations. They’ve lulled me into a false sense of pleasantry and made me see these Gekkostate champs as trifling slackers… then hit me with this nasty surprise (which matter-of-factly coincides with some long-overdue exposition.) Perhaps there's a lot more to this revelation that meets the eye? Perhaps I'll actually be doing a 360 on little Ms. Eureka instead of a 180?

Watch this episode, "Paper Moon Shine" 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 Wales (133 posts) See mini bio Level 21

There is actually some justification as to why Eureka did what she did later on. Although, I'd like to say that I should have called it since this series is never what it seems. Just wait till you get to episode 30.

Post by zaldar (1,239 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Yea. SURPRISE there is a darker story here most definitely and I am glad no one spoiled it for you. Was hard for me not to actually, when you were meeting the children. Unfortunately the darker story runs off the wheels toward the end in my opinion. Will be interesting to see what you think about it.

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

I've never finished Eureka Seven. The story has some touching moments and I really like the art but I hate Eureka and Renton's relationship. It reminds me of the most dysfunctional high school relationship with super sharp swings between love and hate. It just bugs me.

Post by EganTheVile1 (1,511 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I had considered mentioning Eureka's "kids" were the children of her victims in earlier W&L articles but did not want to spoil things, though do not jump the gun on thinking Eureka was just a human in her right mind back then just yet...

Post by zaldar (1,239 posts) See mini bio Level 15

careful Egan don't give to much away ;). What makes this fun is seeing other peoples reactions.

Post by EganTheVile1 (1,511 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@zaldar said:

careful Egan don't give to much away ;). What makes this fun is seeing other peoples reactions.

I will throw "human" in quotation and leave it at that

Post by WideEyedKitten (28 posts) See mini bio Level 9

I realy enjoyed this series to be honest. The way the story was told and animation was A+

Post by zaldar (1,239 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@EganTheVile1: *grumbles to himself about stupid posters*

Post by SoldierG654342 (16 posts) See mini bio Level 4

I may have to give this series another shot. All I really remember about my first stint into it (now that I actually remember that this series exists) was how much I wanted Renton to die in a very unpleasant way.

Post by EganTheVile1 (1,511 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@zaldar said:

@EganTheVile1: *grumbles to himself about stupid posters*

Only stating the obvious about a old series

Post by zaldar (1,239 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Its not that obvious if you haven't seen it yet and the writer here has not seen it. What makes this fun is seeing his reactions when he doesn't know what is going to happen and his analysis. Eureka's true nature is very important to the thematic core of the series and its themes..and is unfortunately where it falls apart. But lets not talk about it anymore.

Top Editors
Top Posters
zaldar
43 posts
LordTerminal
15 posts
paulunga
10 posts
earthwormjim
9 posts
zeroduality
8 posts
yllekkram
8 posts
EganTheVile1
6 posts
Niko
5 posts
Rxanadu
4 posts
RVonE
4 posts
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel