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RAGE OF BAHAMUT #6.5 - 8 -- Watch & Learn

Why does Rita have to wait for her turn outside?

A lot of fans roll their eyes over clip shows. I honestly think they can be helpful sometimes, especially in a show that’s as steeped in lore as this. It’s hard to keep track of all that world-building, week to week...

While there isn’t a clever in-story framing device for the clips here (like the Seele “project review” in a EVA), it’s still much appreciated. The clip show also stresses, once again, that I’ve basically been watching two shows here. One is a compelling story about a quartet of three-dimensional characters trying to make their way across hostile territory - - barely getting out of one dire situation after another with wits alone.

And the other? It’s a heap of confusing mumbo jumbo concerning some poorly-defined hierarchy of angels and demons. You can just feel the crew’s strain as they desperately try to steal more screentime for the former, and are forced by licensors to give equal space to the latter.

Seriously, this show would be far better if we didn’t know anything about Bahamut aside from him being a terrible dragon that Amira might unwittingly awaken. We didn’t need the framing scene at the beginning to see him in action, and we definitely don’t need to see all this politicking with Azazel and… ahem… Lord Satan. Not only is it just poorly conceived, it actually dilutes the perspective of the show. Wouldn’t it be more effective if we just saw all this from the perspective of our three leads? Expand this universe more slowly? Have them learn its secrets at the same time we do? It’d make that scene with that moss dragon a lot more interesting, for sure.

Hell, how ridiculous is it that Rita's been pushed aside for all of this, too? She has so much potential, but she isn't been given time to develop, because we're hurrying to build this world.

Watch this show and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous batch of episodes.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.

I doubt we are going to get something on Rita because they have been focusing on the main trio: Favaro, Kaiser, and Amira's involvement with the world going to total destruction. Those characters have a huge role, and their backstories are interwoven into those roles. Rita's backstory was pretty much revealed. This series is 1 cour, right? There is not much time to put Rita in unless you are going to kill her off for some heroic sacrifice.

I didn't see 6.5 since HULU doesn't stream recap episodes often and even crossovers.

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

"Why does Rita have to wait for her turn outside?" ... Zombie girl smells like zombie would be my guess.

zeemod155on Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:16 p.m.

A recap episode appearing 7 episodes in seems a bit unnecessary. Most of the plot bomb drops happened after the recap episode anyway. I hope they don't do an episode 13.5. Also I agree with the story/universe development being far more interesting if kept to the perspective of the main cast, it's consistently the more interesting part of the show.

zaldaron Dec. 13, 2014 at 3 a.m.

Can't talk about this show much except to say I don't mind worldbuilding and love lore. But then I read ... wheel of time, game of thrones, and such. And if as said above this is only seven episodes in then wow ... I mean yeah people have short attention spans now (though I thought you were better than this Tom ... doing three things at once maybe?) but wow this is just ridiculous that's like what a little over two hours of show? Seriously you can't keep up with that much?

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