Now, we’re getting back to form.
I’ve cited TERMINATOR as a comparison point before, and I do think the show is at its most interesting when it’s playing up the Parasites’ tone-deaf attempts at mimicry - - how these creeps are only getting the nuances of human behavior half-right. Shinichi’s teacher always had an icy T-1000 vibe, and the parts where she handles her baby like luggage and forgets how to laugh properly are some of the most chilling scenes yet.
It’s interesting to see Migi going through something of a character arc, too, especially because a lot of the particulars are being left to the viewers’ imagination. You’re never totally sure if he’s actually grown more sympathetic to Shinichi, or if he’s just learned to say the right things to get him to cooperate. And the centerpiece lecture on the “selfish gene” actually makes you question how much distinction there is between the two options, anyway. If a creature’s acting altruistically, how much do the motivations behind the act matter? It happened either way, no?
Joe’s a hilarious, foul-mouthed counterpoint, too. It’d honestly be fun if they made him and his host a regular part of the cast; and maybe even added another half-installed Parasite to the mix. Turning this conflict into more of a team-based effort, with more clashing angles of opinion and agenda, would be even more interesting as a cast dynamic. We’ve had plenty of time to see how Shinichi and Migi play off each other - - let's put some new corners on the arguments.
Of course, if this series actually isn’t going to go beyond Episode #26 or so, there probably isn’t much time for that. It’s an awesome development that the Parasite cabal has settled into a more reserved “coexistence” plan, but it comes with the sinking feeling that we might be in store for another Iresolute Anime Ending here. Vengeful proclamations or no, what do you want to bet this series concludes with Shinichi just walking away from the bad guys and accepting the level of control they’ve achieved?