Wolfwood’s an eleventh hour member of the Gung Ho Guns?! Shouldn’t he have a title or something? Wolfwood the Priest? Wolfwood the Killer? Wolfwood the Chainsmoker? Maybe names and titles don’t really matter that much at this point, as his mentor (or whatever that guy was) shows up without much in the way of introductions. And their whole relationship was pretty murky. Was the big surprise here supposed to be that Wolfwood was a sleeper agent assigned to gain enough of Vash’s confidence to strike at him when he was vulnerable?
Just when I thought the costumes and gimmicks couldn’t get any more ridiculous, that patchwork desperado shows up with his fishing line sniper rifle. Yikes… you’d have thought that thing would’ve snapped off or caught on a cactus somewhere on that long, desert trek. Vash’s decoy fake-out was clever, but I’d say I was more surprised by a death in TRIGUN being handled with an actual measure of subtly. Seeing the bad guy’s ratty hat flopping about on his gun grave (pun!) was definitely more effective at getting the point across than actually seeing him blow his brains out would’ve been.
If this show's elicited some serious contemplation in me, it’s a renewal of my bemusement with people who claim not to be something when they’re clearly putting a lot of effort and enthusiasm into being that very thing. When I was doing MMA in college, for example, a lot of kids would insist that they “hated fighting.” And I’d say that they obviously didn't. Sure, maybe you don’t like picking fights on the street or such, but if you didn’t have a lot of physical aggression, why would you be investing all this training time into martial arts instead of some other activity - - like, say, ballet. I feel the same way about Vash’s gunmanship vis a vis his pacificism. If he's so against killing, what's with the shiny, lovingly-designed gat?
Watch this episode, “Paradise,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.