As Ethan continues to suck up energy, the battle rages below with the Darkness energy is beginning to turn the entire sky and sand to black. The people from which the Darkness is being extracted are being transformed into drones mindlessly attacking X-On’s team, and almost all the shots featuring Ethan’s electric darkness are still frames. It’s lazy and upsetting to the point where I can say that even episode 26 of Evangelion did more with its still frames than The Reflection managed. Moving past the lack of actual animation in this animated TV show is tough, but there’s poorer storytelling that unravels slowly through the progression of the episode.
We are back to the action this week, which means we are moving along to the end of series (finally). It’s been a long, strange trip, but it seems like all our suffering has paid off in setting up Wraith’s very interesting plan.
Tari Tari is a great show, but not a great PA Works show. That sounds contrived, but think about another analogy- Jackie Brown is a great movie, but not a great Tarantino movie. The problems with Tari Tari are relatively few and in between, but when those issues do crop up, they are terribly obvious- the most standout being the second half’s pacing and dramatic shift in focus where the characters began to have centric arcs just before the season’s rising action/end.
This is the final episode of the visually beautiful Princess Principal, and though the show is able to wrap up it’s short arc cleanly, we are left with a lackluster ending way below the level of storytelling I’ve come to expect to this point. Of course, Princess Principal was largely episodic, so the ending here could be considered perfect, though a bit frustrating since it simply piddles off without a particularly impactful feeling (other than the melancholy of the show’s end).
Is it just me, or is The Reflection dragging its feet on its way to the final showdown? I want to give the show more credit by saying it’s incorporating multiple drama building scenes, but the places I can say that for are simply wasted uses of establishing unneeded geography of the entire mansion as Eleanor BAMF’s around. At other times, the show seems to be forcing in characters because the cast has become far too differentiated to maintain a cohesive story (namely I-Guy).
Episode eleven begins directly where we left off with Dorothy asking why plans have changed to killing the Princess. General reminds the girls that assassination was always on the table since the inception of Operation: Changeling, and though Dorothy attempts to convince General otherwise- the girls are ordered to begin the assassination plot.
Just like last episode, The Reflection manages to accomplish a whole lot of nothing in a long expanse of time. Unfortunately, I felt every second of wasted momentum this round which is a new feeling as the show hasn’t ever felt slow until now- just empty.