I don’t know why, but Valerio’s creepy smile juxtaposed with the somber faces surrounding him made this scene way too great not to screen cap. Anyway, due to Scamp’s continued traipsing around the continental United States, I’ve been asked to fill in for this week’s thrilling episode of Total Eclipse, on the grounds that I’m apparently the only other person on the site still watching.
So the good news is the BETA are back in all their disquieting, awkwardly computer generated glory, and they’re hungry for more meatbags to jam down their gob holes. The bad news is the writing is still on par with a middle schooler’s, in that its idea of subtle plot development and character introduction is borderline sexual assault on Russians by Kazakh and Georgian pilots. The low point of the episode is an unpleasant attempted rape that goes uninterrupted for way too long, a sloppy attempt at showing the animosity in the Soviet forces toward their superiors that quashes any hope that I had of the story getting back to its alien fighting roots.
I’d like to make this into a work of art ala Scamp’s last post, but what the fuck am I supposed to do when the plot isn’t as goofy as the Shuffle! beach episode retread arc, instead aiming for a device as reviled and hackneyed as inexplicable rape? It’s just unpleasant to watch, think, and write about, and what’s worse is there’s nothing else in the episode worth delving into at all.
That’s not to say that rape can’t work in a plot, but there has to be some reason for it that isn’t just the people committing the act being complete bastards. For instance, as gleefully immature as Mirai Nikki was, it hit the mark for pulling off the act fairly well without feeling gratuitous when dealing with the cultist girl’s back-story. It was horrible, and may have been nullified by the rape back-stories/near rape that followed, but due to the story’s of twisted logic it at least made some sort of sense.
The act in this episode of Total Eclipse was just three minutes of pure unpleasantness, completely meaningless and serving no real narrative purpose except to introduce the base commander. I mean I’m not expecting this to be the next Legend of the Galactic Heroes as far as writing goes, but fucking really? What’s worse is I think it could have somehow come across better with more thought put into it. But then again, maybe asking for more thought to be put into a Muv-Luv story is a little much.
Since I’m probably getting too worked up regarding a show that could have been cobbled together from the remains of any storyboard writer’s refuse bin, and I’m nowhere near qualified enough to talk about this in depth, have a picture of a BETA awkwardly pawing at a tank to reach the sweet human filling, which is by far the most pleasant thing in this episode’s 24 minute run. Hopefully there’ll be more, instead of forced drama.
Fuck this show.