Unless the show throws some massive curveballs at us over the remaining episodes, I suspect this installment will wind up serving as a tidy distillation of ATTACK ON TITAN’s uneven qualities on the large.
For the first half, I couldn’t help but compose some mental notes in preparation for a pithy write-up dismissing this as the worst episode of the series. With barely-distinguishable secondary and tertiary characters taking center stage for some awkwardly-overlong monologues, it sure felt like filler as it’s defined by most circles of fandom. Sure, the notion of having an ensemble cast large enough to represent an army at war sounds great on paper. In practice, though, it leads to an awful lot of scenes with barely-established characters whom you really don’t care about.
Now, having written that, I’m starting to wonder if the writing staff’s deliberate M.O. has been to bore the audience at key points (or to “lull them into a false sense of security,” if you’d prefer more charitable phrasing) so they’re that much more stupefied when the excitement suddenly ratchets up. I phrase it that way because I’ve had this exact experience with several episodes throughout the season, going all the way back to the first, and it’s really starting to seem like a high-rolling cardsharp’s bluffing strategy.
And I’m not talking about a guy simply trying to minimize the emotions expressed on his face. No, I’m talking about the ones who’ll intentionally make themselves look like idiots or jerks in cold, calculated performances intended to confound their opponent’s expectations.
I say all that to set a proper context for how much better the second part plays than the first. Of all the ways that the Female Titan’s identity could be revealed, I truly can’t imagine a scene more tense, tight and thrilling than the botched ambush Annie avoids in this episode. It’s so excellent, in fact, that it seems almost incompatible with the rest of the episode.
So you see where I'm coming from?
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