Three years ago a strange mist and light rained down across the world without anyone knowing why. Many people died from the this encounter, and many others have development mutations. Some people use these mutations for villainous purposes, some heroic.
Our stage is set in New York City, and just hearing that context can make you think of Marvel comics. In fact, all of The Reflection is reminiscent of Marvel-type comics. The thick lines, backgrounds, setting, and heroes all remind you of Inhumans (terrigen mists) and the X-Men(Magneto ideals, subjugating the mutated) comics.
As a show, The Reflection works on a few fronts. It is delivering a commentary on society as a whole as well as American culture. The stark, thick lines and simple animation make the show stand out in the current anime market where most shows look to be in the same vein.
It turns out that an episode of The Reflection isn’t complete without a good ‘ol town hop. This time the crew moves from New Orleans to San Antonio to Los Angles. Though The Reflection still has to learn that focusing too much on disposable characters halts meaningful progression- we are finally making way into the climax. This episode manages to keep a better balance between cast members, and remind us how little we really know about Eleanor who may become quite the key player toward the end of all this.
The Reflection pushes the story forward while harboring itself in the safety of the main cast. I get more and more worried each week that this show will finalize the season on a cliff hanger or a rushed end card. While a lot happens with main troupe of heroes this episode, Ian is the focus as we return to exploring his immature tendencies and selfish behavior.
The Reflection presents with another episodes that adds to a long line of static where the story fails to progress, but somehow manages content enough to fill all 20 minutes. Honestly, I’m disappointed with this episode because we remain stagnated as the creators “tease” information about the characters they are attempting to breathe life into. The best we can hope for is a good finale, but the ever approaching end of season has me worried. We are gearing up for the climax in a child’s roller coaster.
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.
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).
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.
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.