I can’t believe I’m feeling so bad for the dude with the ‘fro (I forget his name) but his exit from the task force was infused with some serious pathos. He’s been trying to do right this whole time, putting himself out on the line and, now, he has to leave with no sense of satisfaction nor dignity - - not even that stipend L might have given him. He’s let his dead friend down and, now, he can barely face his own family. What a powerful turn for a character who’s been basically a scenery- filler up until this point. What cruel humiliation L put him through. How many tests did he really have to go through to earn the man’s trust?
I’m loving the way L, Light and Misa play off one another - - it’s like some deranged sitcom. Light’s the straightman, Misa’s the quirky love interest and L’s their wacky, Kramer-style neighbor - - and his eccentricities are getting played up considerably. He won’t wear shoes, he won’t sit right, he’s got an insatiable sweet tooth and, when he fights, he only fights with feet. Actually, since we’re on the subject of the eccentric, here… how crazy was L and Light’s bullet-time brawl? It just came out of nowhere.
Actually, I think that might’ve even been the first fight scene in this entire series - - and we’re almost halfway into it! I have to say it’s very impressive that DEATH NOTE is as thrilling and suspenseful as it is without having had a single fight before this. I love as good action scene as much as anybody, but I realize it can often be a crutch. Then again, I suppose this might be a question of how strictly you define fights and violence, since Kira’s been killing scores and scores of people with the Death Note.