Well, it’s a treacherous good news/bad news situation, ain’t it? I’m not even talking about Eren’s “escape or persuade” predicament, either.
See, on the one hand, this episode actually centers on an emotional dilemma that - - wouldn’t you believe! - - is actually applicable to the human experience. Lord knows, I can think of plenty of times where I was in spot similar to the one Armin’s in here; realizing that his self-image is much lower than the one his friends have actually been perceiving as all this time. When he digs deep inside himself, finds his confidence and then steps out to potentially put himself in harm’s way, that all felt like it’d been written by somebody who’d actually experienced something similar - - not somebody who was basing it all on a bunch of trite platitudes.
I’m really hoping that this is the last of internal monologues we hear in this show. To be fair, it would’ve been really difficult to convey the emotional drama adequately without this particular device. At the same time, the monologue really could’ve certainly been more concise. As I’ve said, the boon and the bane of these shows is that they get plenty of time to linger on ideas that would’ve been briskly passed by in tighter, feature-film running time. The boon’s obvious, but the bane is that the lingering can get excessive rather easily. I can’t point to any specific lines that should’ve been axed but, boy, did I get the point long before the plot moved on.
Commander Pixis’ intervention at the end was quite pleasingly sensible, at least. While you can appreciate characters acting stupid in the context of a story, up to a point, you really do need some characters to be thinking as reasonably as the audience after a while.
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