There’s little in life scarier than being trapped on the edge of the forest, angry bears pawing at the tree that you’re stuck in waiting for you to get down. Except in this case, instead of a pissed off bear, it’s several remorseless killing machines. It’s at moments like this, when highly-trained soldiers are at their most uncertain, that the weight and unpredictability of a situation really begin to sink i- wait, haven’t we seen these titans before? Like this exact same group in the exact same position?
Come on, Kyojin, you could be more creative than this. For fuck’s sake, you had Chevy Chase, Brian Blessed, and some truly sterling, if pot-bellied, specimens last episode. To reuse the same models in the same group is just lazy, even if they are just background titans.
If it seems like I’m stalling to actually get to my thoughts, it’s because the episode isn’t really substantial enough to warrant them. I like it, even if the cliffhanger is shit on rye fucktoast, but it’s nothing but a holding pattern, with characters debating the Recon Corps’ sudden off-course trek into the forest. It’s little more than characters exchanging “Why are we in this forest? What’s the plan?” and “I don’t know” with minor variations. When it’s finally explained why Erwin directed them into the forest, it’s such an obvious explanation that all of the previous speculation feels exceedingly pointless. However, it speaks well for the direction and pacing that I didn’t think it as repetitious and vapid as it really is. Then again, maybe Female Titan spinning that poor bastard by his gear wires went a long way toward my enjoyment.
Again, things certainly weren’t dull. Female Titan’s killings have certainly gotten more creative, which translates to more giggling from me. She’s no longer pussyfooting around the formation, killing only when she’s being attacked. Instead, she seems to relish letting soldiers throw themselves at her, only to pound them into mush, or send them flying across half a mile of open terrain. If the whole episode was nothing but Female Titan’s cavalcade of carnage, it’d be the best episode by far. The rest is kind of pointless in comparison.