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BLADE & SOUL #6 -- Watch & Learn

This episode... wasn't so great.

Sadly, the praise train’s hitting another little bump with this episode…

One interesting quality in the previous episodes was the… beneficial irrelevancy of specifics of this universe. We knew our mysterious heroine was navigating a landscape thrown into conflict by an evil empire. We knew she was seeking vengeance against the leader of that evil empire. Whether she eventually found it or not was almost beside the point. The show was living more in the moment, with all the little one-off conflicts that Alka would intervene it.

I probably shouldn’t get any further with that. It’s an over-thought, as is. It’d be more to the point to simply say that the world building in this episode just didn’t work for me. It’s not that I was anxious for more action - - I just didn’t think that politics were coherently presented. The show’s done such a good job of putting characters before lore, so far, and yet this episode felt more like an exposition dump, without a strong point-of-view threading the events together too neatly.

Also, I think this outfit of supervillains with shadowmancy powers is still so far afield of Alka’s closer-to-Earth samurai action. Their side-by-side inclusion just feels a little jarring. The problem as simple as the show jumping straight into the huge, shadow monster set-piece a couple episodes back instead of gradually introducing it. Have one of the bad guys do a small shadow trick, then build up to the black-and-red monsters.

That’s a super-specific complaint, sure - - but that’s the point of these episode-by-episode write-ups. I’m still enjoying this series. The craft of filmic storytelling is still impressively engaging. Let’s just hope it can right itself quickly after this bump, so we don’t get bogged down in too much mumbo jumbo, too quickly.

Watch “Dream” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Kino88on June 4, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.
I kinda liked this episode for me it was a chance to catch up on the Bad guys a bit, however episode 7 is a real gut puncher, It gets pretty close to what I believe may be the show's central theme, Also that moogle boy is so adorable,
Marshal Victoryon June 4, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

Um the reason GONZO has to put characters before lore is simple. Their is not alot of lore to begin with. MMORPG wise its lite on lore from what I have seen. Where as The Secret World or The Elder Scrolls Online has tons an tons of world building lore.

An actualy now that ya point it out. Along the series every time they dip into the world lore its the weekest part of the story.

takashichea moderator is online on June 5, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

It was a nice change of pace to focus on the supporting characters than strangers who don't really build any sympathy from the viewers. Part of Blade & Soul's narrative reminds me of Supernatural (CW series) where they had 2 episodes from a stranger's point of view. Usually, these episodes were rated poorly. For Blade and Soul, if you're not part of the main cast, you had a high chance of dying. Every time, I see a new village, it gets wiped out.

It does give an interesting outlook on the world, but these characters usually don't win the audience's sympathy. I was wrong. I remember a worse episode than this one and last one. It's a future episode where you meet the girl from episode 1 again.

@Kino88:

Didn't know you were a Final Fantasy fan.

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