And, oh man, this is the hardest it’s been to wait for the next episode to come. What will happen now that the homuncu-zombi have been activated? My restraint will have to reach new levels, of course. It is really hard to believe we’re actually done to the final part of the story. Aren’t there still 12 or 14 more episodes left? That's hell of a length for climax et denouement.I sense that the thrust of this final part is going to depend on who gains control of the reanimated-and-created army. My initial guess was that it'd be Olivier, but the playing field's a lot less clear cut than I originally figured. It is fascinating to watch this country's inter-departmental politics unfold (definitely reminding me of the various coups and in-fighting in Nazi Germany.) Maybe Ms. Armstrong isn't going to get control of the goons, but I'm loving how she's handling her enemies. Even though she caps the one guy so coldly, I still prefer her approach to non-lethal solutions on the whole over Vash's - - it's a lot more effective and mean, not limp and wishy washy. C'mom... she totally maims that one guy! Zombie army or no, I think I've finally seen a proper heiress to Sarah Connor's title as the gal-you-don't-ever-mess-with.
Al, on the other hand, is increasingly looking like the chump-you-can-mess-with-however-you-please. I still can't get over how he's just letting Pride just mock him like that - - and it looks like a lot more than his dignity is at stake now. I'm pretty sure the kid's sending messages to Father in morse code through that thing.
We some cool street-and-pavement gunfights with Mustang's crew that recalls HEAT for me but, good lord, I'm having the hardest time keeping track of these tertiary characters in the army. It's been a long time since they've shown up and it's really hard to remember who they are when they don't have immediately noticeable ticks. What was Maria Ross' deal again? She was discharged, right?
We're running out of space, but it's worth noting that there were some surprisingly-touching character moments in this one. Mrs. Bradley questioning whether Wrath has forsaken her or if they’ve both been forsaken by the state, Hohenheim walking away with Lan Fan so he can get her to fess up to her feelings for Ling.... it's moving stuff!
Watch this episode, “Upheaval in Central,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.