Ah-ha. There it is. There’s that chilling Chimera incident I remember (along with a few other episodes' material for your money, as well). Seems like this version’s slicing and rearranging a few chapters like… like… like a chimera that’s been sewn together by so much unholy, perverted science!
Again, it’s been a long time since I watched BROTHERHOOD (I do distinctly remember Vic Mignogna practically shouting, “Holy shit! It’s a baby!” during Hughes’ wife’s delivery in that version, though) so I’m not sure how effective a point-for-point comparison would be here. If they have cut out the sad twist to the business with Nina, then that really would be one of the more saccharine, scarredy-cat clumps of “Hollywood horseshit” I’ve come across in any adaptation.
If that suckerpunch is still coming an episode or two down, though? If we’re made to grow even more attached to this innocent, little girl? Then these show’s actually a hell of lot darker at this stage.
I don’t recall there being any scene where Ed has to prove his alchemical abilities in BROTHERHOOD and, now that it’s been presented, it really seems like a no-brainer. What better way to test a fledgling alchemist's skills than to give him loads of raw, natural material to manipulate? And, correct me if I’m wrong, but BROTHERHOOD actually started with Ed already not needing a transmutation to perform his magic, right? While I’m having issues with how this version’s kind-of ambling along to its main arc, it is more effective to actually have the leads going through some kind of learning curve this early on.
Speaking of which - - it’s absolutely hilarious how this show makes no bones about presenting Ed & Al as the biggest nerds. You ever seen any heroes getting that excited about textbooks? C'mon, now...