Didn’t… Smoker get his heart back? Sue me, I haven’t been keeping a score card, but I feel like there was a point a few episodes back about Trafalgar Law putting everybody’s ticker back where it belonged. I kind of suspect that the gag being set up here involves Law sneaking Caesar’s own heart of his own chest, and therefore, this creep’s been tricked into turning his last nefarious stab on himself.
That’s a kind of justice that’s a bit… crueler than what you’d expect from this show. But then again, you really can’t ever know what to predict with this show, right? I mean, I never thought I’d be see a worthwhile comparison point to ALIENS here, but the desperate escape through all the closing docks - - - in a facility that’s counting down to self-destruction, no less - - evoked that flick strongly enough that I was helplessly compelled to pull its soundtrack up.
I…I… I’m just constantly baffled by this show.
I’m always a fan of what I call “bonus level endings.” You know, the main conflict’s been resolved. The story has paid its due diligence to all the rules of plotting. And now we’ve got a few extra minutes to just revel in pure, cathartic release. Best example I can think of is CASINO ROYALE.
In this case, it’s Franky’s ridiculous duel with Doflamingo’s minions. There’s just a wonderful excess to it. Caesar’s been defeated. Our heroes are escaping from the crumbling wreckage of Punk Hazard. By all logic, we should be moving on to the next arc. Yet the show’s still going to devote a whole half-episode to this utterly absurd fight between characters who honestly don’t have much bearing on the greater plot.
There’s something sublime about that. And I had one of the biggest laughs ever when Franky throws his boomerang attack out because he feels like he should do something, and he can think of anything better to do. The show defies description… and I’ve learned to enjoy that.
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