Alright, Light’s definitely crossed a line here. Up until this point, there’s been some gray morality regarding who’s the real hero of the show. Kira’s methods were, of course, extreme, but since he was only targeting criminals who were already on death row, you could still describe him as just a vigilante. Now that he’s killed the fed who was following him as well as twelve other FBI agents (!!!) though, I’d say he’s firmly defined him as a ruthless villain - - or, at best, an anti-hero. Before, you could make as equal arguments to sympathize with L or Kira, depending on your leanings, but, after this, well... you really have to root for the master detective with the one-letter name, don’t you?
That’s not to say there isn’t still some sympathetic points to Light. Actually, I think this gives this whole series a lot more complexity and the kind of maturity that doesn’t just boil down to the level of gore. The dinner table conversation with his father and the rest of his family was especially well done. The drama of this police chief breaking the dangers of his job to his family is so powerful and convincing, you forget the irony of it for a moment. Not only is this man chasing his son, who’s right across the table from him, but he’s voicing concern about his own safety when, out of anybody in the investigation, he has the least risk of dying. It’s brilliant stuff.
Ack! I hate to bring up another logic issue, since I already went on that screed about this show’s appealing freeness in regard to suspension of disbelief, but… seriously, what’s up with L’s agent? The police are getting into knots about L’s identity when they can easily interrogate or fingerprint this mysterious trench coat guy who’s standing right there? And how does he always manage to be in the shadows?
You can watch this episode, "Tactics", on Hulu here. And check out my thoughts on the previous episode here.