Once again, I can’t help but think about how this episode’s going to be viewed by fans once the series runs its course. I’m not going to make any knee jerk judgments, but I’ll still say that it’s very easy to picture this as the “jump the shark” moment for the moment. It won’t necessarily be, mind you, but the concept of a nigh-invincible shape-shifter going on some sort of five-in-one rampage feels so far markedly removed from what the sort of sci-fantasy we’ve seen for so many hours so far that this is definitely some sort of breaking point.
Look, I love curveballs. I can appreciate how this show’s gone on a switchback turn taking it far away from the story beats I was expecting after these six episodes of set-up. There may have been some confusing leaps in plotting - - I’m not entirely sure how we went from “Truth” having his/her dialogue with Ao on Nirvash’s hood to playing mind games with Ao’s girl back in Okinawa. However, in terms of taking daring steps, this episode dared big. This incomprehensible threat coming back to Ao’s home turf, and then seducing his girl, packs far heavier emotional punch than anything we’ve seen before.
However… this villain really doesn’t feel like he/she belongs in this show. Ostensibly, all villains are supposed to have that sort of “outside threat” quality, but this one really feels like he/she’s hopped over from another show with a completely different concept and tone.
Suppose we better stay tuned to see if he’ll eventually fit into this?