After spending the last week in L.A. for my vacation, I finally got around to watching episode 6 earlier today. Though this episode was a definite improvement over last week’s, thanks mainly to the fight scene, some parts seemed a bit too forced. While I understand and appreciate that the show is trying to flesh out its characters and plot, the actions they are taking to seem like they are coming a bit out of the blue.
Sion’s actions, in particular, seemed the most puzzling. His sudden acceptance of Miran’s suggestion to travel to Nelpha over the advice of his longer tenured generals was certainly strange, but his agreement to travel with Miran alone was even more so. Perhaps I misjudged Sion, but he didn’t seem like the type of ruler to condone, or maybe even order, the execution of the Nelphan nobles, or for that matter Toale. It would seem that Sion’s destiny is to walk down a darker path, as he alluded to in an earlier episode. It isn’t that I have a problem with Sion’s decisions, but this seems like a sudden change in his character. Obviously, Sion’s one scene of brooding over Fiole’s death was supposed to show why he is changing, but changes in character this dramatic are supposed to take more time if they are to be believable.
Unfortunately, the character development wasn’t limited to Sion, but it also opened the door for Ryner/Ferris shipping. As I mentioned in my review of Episode 5, it did seem like Ryner and Ferris were getting closer to each other, but I thought the two of them would remain platonic for the series’ duration. However, after viewing the last few scenes in this episode it seems possible that these two may become more of an item as the series progresses. My feelings on this possibility are mixed. As I have mentioned many times, Ryner and Ferris’ banter is my favorite part of this series, and messing with that chemistry may hurt what has made this show good so far. On the other hand, taking the series in this direction could open up the door for a more intriguing story.
While the fight scene was fairly enjoyable, I do question the amount of down time during the fight. Ryner and Ferris should find some other time to flirt, as there usually isn’t that much time to talk during a fight. Likewise, Miran’s inaction while this was going on is equally upsetting and disappointingly cliché. But that wasn’t nearly as disappointing as when he ran away from the fight when he clearly could have taken Ryner and Ferris. One interesting bit of info from this fight was that Miran’s ring, which I never had even noticed, is actually one of the legendary relics. I was a bit surprised that Miran was able to give Ryner and Ferris a good fight, as I thought the series true focus would never be on the relics themselves, but more on what use they will serve in some master plan. This suggests that the acquiring the actual relics will not be an easy task.
Since episode 7 comes out in a few days, I’ll keep the theories to a minimum and end the post here.