Well, my opinion about Mustang turned completely around. A full 180 degrees. I thought he was a major A-hole before, and now I think he’s one of the biggest badasses. Seriously, his return to save the day was a knock-out. It’s rare to experience a story where I genuinely can’t predict who’s going to bite it, but I was not calling any of the blows for this one. Couldn’t call Havoc’s death, couldn't call Mustang’s seeming death and I definitely couldn't call Lust's brutal death.
I'm not entirely sure how that last one worked out, actually. The homunculi seemed like they were this world’s answer to Terminators, with Lust being a very T-1000 style unstoppable foe (or maybe, more accurately, a T-X, since she used sex as a weapon.) I would’ve assumed the only way to defeat her was a stake in the heart followed by decapitation, dismemberment and the spreading of limbs to all four corners of the world before final incineration.
But Mustang just... kept... burning her. Either he exhausted and/or overwhelmed the philsopher’s stone, or maybe she just ran out of her lives (like a video game!)
I suspect that the weakness is unique to each scene. You probably can get Gluttony off your tail by throwing a bearclaw at him.
Despite myself, I think the show’s starting to hit its stride. I especially liked Al’s heroic stand and declaration in the face of certain death. Thematically, it’s interesting how he’s persisting, like he’s some mathematical remainder just barely hanging on to existence. And speaking of non-existence... I can’t believe I’m saying that I’m sorry to see Barry the chopper go, but - - damn it! - - the irascible serial killer warmed on me. I suspect his soul's just gone back into his body, though.
Watch this episode, “Death of the Undying,” below make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.