We’ve reached that sweet spot in any epic series - - any good one, anyway - - where you’re so caught up in all the separate sub-plots that even the slightest intersection between them is exciting in and of itself. I’m sure any new viewer would be absolutely baffled if he or she started watching with this episode, but man… each thread feels strong enough for its own feature. Like I could see a whole movie about Mustang or Ling or Scar on their own. I think the last time I enjoyed something in this specific way was when I was watching THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies wayyyyyyy back in the bygone day of 2003.
The big intersection in this episode is, of course, between Scar and the Crimson Alchemist, who'se already proving to be quite interesting to watch. He's investigating the metro zealot so methodically, treating with the matter with such so cool rationality, it's almost like he's solving a math problem. He reminds me of an evil L. But why... why why why... does he have to swallow and throw up the stone like that? Doesn't he just need to hold it? Maybe he just enjoys, like Greed enjoys wearing his pervo suit.On the other side of the equation,it ’s an odd flip seeing Scar as an ambivalent anti-hero instead of the out-and-out villain like he was before. It's actually leading to some inconsistency. I'm not talking about his personality. He's growing, he's redeeming himself a little. I'm talking about how he used to just shred through soldiers and alchemists alike but now he's running from them, because he's sympathetic and we need that kind of tension.
Maybe he's just getting soft?
I'll probably discuss Selim in a little more detail next time, but I'm actually pleased by his inclusion. Most adventure fiction relegates most of their leads to convenient singledom when it'd actually make sense for a lot of them - - even diabolical bastards like King Bradley - - to have families of their own.
Watch this episode, “The Fuhrer’s Son,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.