Midvalley the Hornfreak? An evil jazzman with a weaponized saxophone? I have to believe that TRIGUN was plotted with tongue firmly planted in cheek - - or, at least, hope - - because if it wasn’t, the show somehow just got cornier than I ever thought it could be. I’m all for mixing humor and drama, the serious with the ridiculous, but there’s got to be some consistency of tone. And when the tone of the episode is morose, with soul-searching conflicts about killing and the threat of innocent supporting characters getting gang raped, a bad guy exclaiming, “Oh no! You took B-Sharp away from me!” stands out like, well... like a flat note.
And hey… let’s rewind a little. Wasn’t the bald evil priest guy gunned down by Wolfwood in the previous episode? Didn't he already die? The wheels are really falling off this runaway train.
My earlier question about leadership got answered, at least, with it now being abundantly clear that Legato serves Knives and not the other way around. I hate to keep ragging, but I haven’t liked Legato since the first episode that hinted at him. His voice actor honestly speaks with the breathy, sort-of monotonic voice Trey Parker uses for every “overly serious bad guy” in SOUTH PARK - - except this guy, of course, is playing it straight.
The psychic domination power is still a pretty cool gimmick and the kids seeming to know things they shouldn’t know about Vash's predicament was a good fake-out. Though, honestly, it probably wouldn’t be that far out of the realm of possibility for some smartass kids to be that precocious and rudely forward about a man's inner turmoil.
Hey... only two episodes left? That’s not much time for Vash and Meryl’s understated flirtation play to be fulfilled.
Watch this episode, “Sin,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.