Ooooooooh… we’re down to the DEATH NOTE nitty gritty with these penultimate episodes. Once again, there’s just so much to cover here, I’m going to have to shoot these observations at you, rapid fire!
- Mello went out like a chump and, even though he checks out in an understated way, I can’t say it’s anti-climatic because he’s already been well-established as a mediocre mastermind. Seriously… he wasn’t thorough about strip-searching Takada (whom he suspects of having the deadliest weapon on Earth) because she got bashful? The bra’s the easiest place for a woman to hide things!
- L academy (or whatever it was called) learn everything about detective work, but nothing about girls. Remember how puppy-eyed L got after Misa kissed him? The evidence is there!
- My suspicions about Light being insincere with all his pronouncements to Takada were proven right. She was just another tool for him to use. And man…what a terrible end for her. Setting herself on fire.
- I’m getting some RESERVOIR DOGS vibes from this final confrontation in the warehouse. I think it’s fitting that this cliffhanger doesn’t hang on who’s going to be able to physically beat the other, but over who put in the right amount of “homework” in advance of this meeting. That definitely fits the tone of this whole show. It sounds like Light’s got the SPK dead to rights, but I know that Near’s has to have an ace up his sleeve. Or maybe, more appropriately, he’s got another doll in his toy box.
- What a great irony that Light doesn’t think Near is worthy of being L’s successor. He goes through all that trouble to kill him and now he’s missing his intellectual equal!
- And what happened to Ryuk? He's shown up so infrequently here, I forget he's actually part of the show sometimes and he's the whole reason this started.
Watch these episodes, "Malice" and "1:28" on Hulu here and here, and read my comments on the previous episodes here.