Somebody needs to coach Mustang on his smack talk. Moron? Idiot? Those are the worst things he’s going to call this scumbag he’s burning with hatred for? If this were the second grade playground and nobody had learnt any real swears yet, that would sound natural, but these are bitter archenemies. He needs to watch some WWF to learn how to make some proper threats (and he should stick to only old school, though. When the wrestlers actually had charisma.) Then again, Mustang might just be a man of action, not words. Ed’s skeleton crew was struggling so hard with the zombies, hitting their unusual weak spot at the ankles, and then Mustang shows up to prove these supposedly-immortal monsters are just as vulnerable to fire as everything else.
Now, it looks like he’s going to scorch Envy from the inside-out and I’m realizing that he’s the one who’s actually getting the Alchemical Kids’ dirty work done. Al got the chance to squish Envy to goo in the palm of his steel hand and what did he do? He entrusted the dangerous little bugger to the 12-year-old with pigtails. Then he got plenty of time to snap Pride’s neck as often as it’d take to use up his lives and what did he do? He just sat there and tried to talk it out while the kid drummed on his head.
Amateurs. They’re amateurs. And Mustang’s the pro (even if he’s got bad mic skills.) I’m not really afraid that he’s going to fall off the deep end the way Scar’s fearing. He’s actually the only good guy who seems to take the homunculi seriously as threats.
All that aside, this episode’s whole radio dialog brings up my other enduring issue with this series. While the mythos is thoroughly realized, I’ll disagree with anybody who claims the world is air-tight in its consistency, because they’ve never really been able to neatly live up to the alternate history premise introduced in the first couple episodes. The assault weapons coexisting with crappy cars from the turn of the century being one example. In this case, you’ve got Mrs. Bradley speaking on an old-timey radio broadcast with a host who likes he just rolled out of NPR, circa 2011. There's some incongruity there.
Watch this episode “Flame of Vengeance,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.