Huh… interesting theme of victimization and culpability being riffed on throughout this episode.
Noriaki tries to psych Jotaro out by blaming him for the nurse’s fate - - even though he was the one who forced Jotaro into the situation, and it was his Stand who actually injured her. You get a great sense of satisfaction when Jojo shuts this liar up and slams some nasty comeuppance down on him. However, we later find out that Noriaki was actually just a mind-controlled pawn of Dio’s; and that throws us right back into the same conundrum. Should Jotaro feel guilty for killing this unwitting patsy, now? Was Dio entirely in charge, or did Noriaki have at least some complicity in all this cruelty? Oh, the questions…
The Stands continue to entertain me - - ever so greatly - - as one of the most clever super-powerful gimmicks I’ve encountered. Whether Jotaro’s demon is saving him from a fall by grabbing a branch, or Jojo and Noriaki are dueling-yet-not-dueling in the hospital room, it’s all just fundamentally fun to watch.
‘Fundamentally’ is the right word to use, in more ways than one, actually. The introduction of the Stands fundamentally changes the whole dynamic of the show, doesn’t it? Hammon suddenly seems a bit irrelevant when you’ve got these guys in your corner. And it seems like it’s being used like an X-Gene catch-all explanation for every possible kind of power in this world, isn’t it? There’s nothing likening voodoo puppetry to flame throwing, is there?
I do like how this so fundamentally this separates this arc from the previous two, but doesn’t it also raise the question why the Stands never factored into the battles against the Pillar Men?
Watch "Who Will Be the Judge!?" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous batch of episodes.