Let me start this by saying that Scar has to have the best fashion sense of any zealot I’ve encountered in fiction. He may be on a deranged, murderous rampage, but the man still knows how to style his hair and make his clothes match. Usually those are the first things to fall by the wayside when somebody’s going over the edge.
We’ve met Lust and Gluttony, so I suppose this shape-shifter’s supposed to be what… dishonesty? Wait, that’s not one of the seven deadly sins. I’m assuming these nogoodnicks are part of a whole gang of sin-named villains who’ll get revealed one-at-a-time. So what does that make him, then? Envy? Maybe Pride? On the subject of these naughty people, I have to say I was getting an evil, cannibalistic Jar Jar Binks vibe off of Gluttony. I don’t have as much of a problem with Jar Jar as, well, basically everybody did, but there’s something about the bald guy’s eagerness coupled with his childish syntax that reminded me of the Naboo frog man… if he just happened to like to eat people.
Even though the state alchemists get their act together by the end of the episode, they really came off like this world’s Keystone kopps leading up that. Seriously… the fire alchemist had to be reminded that his powers won’t work in the rain? He’s a highly-regarded warrior scientist and he has to be told that water’s going to snuff out any flames he projects? Maybe this goes back on the discussion I had about there being different kinds of intelligence when I was reviewing the last episode…
Ed and Al might have gotten pretty messed up by this big man, Scar, but I’m wondering if the show’s setting him up to be in the right. Or, at least, misguided, with intentions that’d be heroic in other circumstances. That back story about the Ishbalan massacre doesn’t exactly make the state alchemists out to be the good guys.