Somebody brought up that CC’s pretty much analogous to Ryuk in this show and, even at the risk of getting excessive with the DEATH NOTE comparisons, I’m going to concur because it’s simply unavoidable. We’ve maybe only seen one or two cards dealt from the hand she’s holding, but she nevertheless comes across as some kind of goddess or spirit who’s removed from these human affairs, yet idly curious about seeing what sorts of interesting things can unfold once she stirs the pot just the little. The major difference between her and Ryuk, conceptually, is that some of these events have already gotten too hot for her to handle. And there’s some definite sexual tension between her and Lelouch that doesn’t resemble anything that existed between Light and Ryuk (outside of maybe some skeevy lemon fanfiction. And I’m suuuuuuure there’s a lot of that somewhere.)
This is also starting to resemble the third quarter of DEATH NOTE when logic and motivations took some bigger leaps to accommodate what had been plotted. I really don’t see how the one Britannian officer went from wondering about some faceless dude on the battlefield to a pretty certain conclusion that it’s an otherwise unremarkable prep at a boarding school. It also just seems far too convenient that Shirley would get instructed to follow “Lulu” around and then get to spy on a major mech battle at the docks without being injured or discovered and then have a loaded pistol slide right next to her foot just as the object of her scorn falls about five feet away for her. To further the poker metaphor, that’s like getting a full house on the first dealing.
Also, while I’m not going to gripe about how I want the old theme song back, I’m going to cooly comment that this show’s crew seems to be consciously picking intro and outro music that doesn’t fit the theme of the show in the slightest. Intentionally low-fi garage rock might scream on its vocals, but it doesn’t scream “political-charged melodrama” to me.
Watch this episode "Shirley at Gunpoint" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.