Ha! You know, I voiced my appreciation before about this show depicting Ed as he would actually be, rather than how leads are usually depicted in these shows - - that is, he’s a smug punk rather than some charming, plucky hero. The same comment applies to Al, because he’s just as gullible as a kid his age would be. Barry the Chopper psyches him out by suggesting he’s just a doll Ed created? And he actually gets him to consider wiping out his own alchemical symbol to see if that’s true or not? I love it. Barry gets into this kid’s head with an obviously transparent ruse. It reminds me of this one time in middle school gym class where a kid informed me that if my hand was bigger than my face, it meant I had cancer. Sure enough, I put my palm up to eye-level to inspect and, sure enough, he thwacked my own hand into my face.
Yes, 12-year-old Tommy P fell for that, so I can relate to Al’s, shall we say, lack of cunning here.
Who knows, maybe we’ll found out that Al is actually dead and this giant monster we see is just the manifestation of Ed’s memories of him. If that’s the case, then this is going to really start reminding me of SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING (those of you who go to Comic Vine, as well, will know what I’m talking about.) Still, considering that all three of the murderers-turned-haunted-armors started off as people, I continue to suspect that Barry just pulled that notion out of his ass.
And, speaking of asses and haunted armors, I have to feel sorry for whichever brother in Slicer got stuck with “riding bitch,” if you’ll excuse my French. I mean, which one gets to adequately gratify himself after they commit another compulsive murder?
Ah, my mind’s just in the gutter after this episode. I blame it on the Sins. Oh, and it was cool to see Ed learn a trick from Scar, here. The kid may be a punk, but he pays attention.
Watch this episode "The Fifth Laboratory" for yourself below and come to your own conclusions, then read my comments about the previous episode here.