What?! Oh, sorry.
I’m starting to think this show suffers from the same issue as COWBOY BEBOP - - namely that there’s a compelling core concept and setting here that’s better served by one-off romps instead of multi-part “mythology” episodes. The latter type of episode depends to be a lot more self-serious, and too dependent on what’s come before and what’s coming after it. Instead of something that stands strong on its own, you have something that devotes big chunks of airtime on material that sets up entertainment that exists elsewhere.
In simpler terms, this episode was pretty boring, and I was engaged enough to try keeping track of how it fit into the overarching story line. Seriously, here’s a superhero show with an entire episode dedicated to subdued janitorial intrigue. Not exactly the sort of material that’s going to seize your wrist and demand that you come back after the commercial break.
There is something interesting in how Hei’s undercover dealings with the scientist gal seems like poorly-concealed office romance to co-workers. And then how the relationship of power between the two has shifted because feelings have gotten involved. Hei’s flashbacking freak-outs were also good for a chortle-with-grave-implications, especially when he gets carried with vacuuming.
However, by the time they get to serial-killing contractor with the foot fetish and the 2001-style ambiguous hallucination/transformation at the end, I’d honestly checked out. Too little, too late; although, I’m not sure if it would’ve been enough even if the show had gone out the gate with it.
Even though I made such a point of my dramatic return to this series, the next episode is honestly going to be the dealmaker or the dealbreaker for me.
Watch this episode, "When One Takes Back What Was Lost Within the Wall (Part 2)" below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.