Another day, another series-redefining twist, huh?
The boon and the bane of watching a show unfold, week to week, with no prior expectations, is that you get plenty of time to speculate on where things will end up. Water-cooler talk is a big part of the fun for a viewer, obviously, and it’s nice to be pleasantly surprised when a series turns into something better than you anticipated. However, sometimes you can project a lot on a show based on the earlier episodes, and it can be… mildly frustrating when the show goes in a direction that doesn’t resembling your conjecture.
In more specific terms, I’m a touch disappointed with this revelation about the Hideauze/Whalesquid being evolved/semi-evolved humans. I guess I was just so taken with the notion that this series would be about Ledo having to adjust to a context completely removed from space opera, and I’d rather all the fantastical stuff be left as matters of fact. Now that we’re learning the terrible secrets behind this world, GARGANTIA's leaning a bit towards and OUTER LIMITS episode and, while that isn’t bad necessarily, it doesn’t feel as fresh as the ‘summer job’ angle.
(My black heart, I’ll confess, was also tickled by the prospect of this show having some sort of brutal, snarky “NUKE THE WHALES!” message).
The show’s still doing splendidly in the larger game - - this isn’t that much of a criticism, actually - - and we’ve got a quarter-season left for any number of additional twists to pop up, of course. I’m just hoping GARGANTIA doesn’t continue down a path that might turn it into another heavy-handed morality tale instead of the genuinely novel, lower-stakes allegory it was shaping up to be.
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