Well, kudos to this episode for going full-out Gran Guignol in its final moments. Phew…
I might question the semantics of Satsuki declaring herself to be in open rebellion against this matriarch after she’s just gruesomely crucified the old bag in front of a stadium of innocent bystanders - - one might question what’s left to rebel against, that is - - but nobody should really act surprised if this arch villainess just shrugs off the skewering, right? The show hasn’t exactly shown itself to be interested in letting the consequences of ultra-violence ever get in the way of a shocking twist.
(Though I suppose this all showed what the point was in showing… whatever it was that happened between Satsuki and her mother in that bathhouse flashback last episode).
We might be at the point so many of you have anticipated for a while, now - - when Ryuko and Satsuki formally team up. In the broader scope of things, it’s put an iconoclastic spin on the familiar shonen formula where the heroine’s first foe eventually turns face and joins the home team. In this case, of course, it’s pretty much all the bad guys we’ve seen so far who are getting co-opted by our lead, and I appreciate the sort-of Snake-Eyes-leading-COBRA novelty of that.
The question still does remain about who’re the bigger bad’s that they’ll take on. I suppose we could have another ten odd episodes where everybody rallies against our evil Strawberry Shortcake?
Again, though, it’s really hard to tell where the show could be going because it’s awkwardly straddling the line between farce and drama. I might speculate on how this botched Life Fiber harvesting at the stadium could lead to something, but the show’s demonstrated that it obeys no rules. It can just keep pulling rabbits out of the hat.
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