I’m kinda planning on dropping this show from weekly posts, but I feel oddly guilty about doing that, so I’m keeping a document open for any stray thoughts anyway. Let’s go adventuring.
0:39 – This is pretty adorable. White Light discourages all family-like fraternizing, so Renge’s desperate to hang out with the new friends she’s made, even to the point of disobeying orders. Kate’s style of actually appreciating her followers as people leads to much more reliable loyalty
4:03 – This is kinda interesting. “Dreaming big” is a pretty key concept in this show – Kate’s strength is her ambition, not any specific power. It works on the world conquest side of the equation, but it also works on the childhood side, and the show really likes to cross those wires – here, their opponent wants to keep things rolling in the “world conquest” frame, but Natasha’s already turning this into one of their silly childhood games. Again, the influence of the personal keeps exerting power over the political
4:58 – I would not have assigned these two to radio duties. But hey, that’s part of the fun – Natasha on the front lines, and this idiot screwing up the morse code
5:47 – Of course she is, she’s wearing a mask! Which in her case is more like taking one off
7:05 – We might actually be getting some plot this episode. This is about as close as White Light and Zvezda could get to a “war of ideals” right here – either stay at home having no fun or come join your friends on a treasure hunt
Also, Kate getting upset about the stones is adorable, but you don’t need me to tell you that
8:56 – Yep. Less about treasure than belief in one side or another
10:52 – Criminal masterminds
11:37 – I love their massive stealth walkie-talkies. And this episode seems to be making more clear than most how reliant the show’s shenanigans are on the characters just committing to them
12:13 – They’re always right, Kate. Because you never doubt them
13:54 – Oh man, we’re really going there, huh? A journey back to the same daydream reality where a Ukrainian girl can be left in the sewers, find a robot friend, and come back out in Japan
15:34 – Pretty great image. This is pretty much everything the fifth episode was lacking – it’s buying entirely into its own surreal reality where things like the smoking episode can just happen and then be promptly forgotten, and letting the characters and premise do all the work of keeping it coherent. It’s not crazy for craziness’ sake – it’s the craziness of a dream, where things don’t seem to make sense but they’re all warped, refracted versions of things that do
16:24 – This show’s cleaning up nicely
16:57 – Man, nobody in this organization trusts each other. If only they had leaders they could believe in, like… hm
19:16 – Well that’s interesting. True, according to the thematic read I’m going with here (truth follows conviction), but I didn’t expect Kate to articulate it
22:25 – HAH. Looks like we’ll be stress-testing what family really means, here. I wonder who his sister is?
…and then the preview pretty much answers that.
Sweet. That episode felt like a direct response to my concerns for the show – it leaned back on its strengths and demolished the status quo, even adding the promise of central drama to come. Happy to see it happen.