‘The White Knight Awakens’
I think I’ll have a hard time nailing down things to talk about. This episode shows that the series is going to be very action-packed and possibly hard to follow…
Lelouch quickly begins to learn about his power – it only works with direct eye-contact. Yay for limitations! Also, this:
* “My name is Alan Spacer.”
What kind of a name is that? Oh well, I’ll give Lelouch the benefit of the doubt; he was thinking on the spot, and God knows I can never settle on a good name when pushed for time.
I do have one comment though; I find it hard to believe that everyone can just automatically pilot a Knightmare Frame expertly. Lelouch jumps into his (actually someone else’s) Sutherland and knows how everything operates. I’m not sure, but I don’t think this is standard education on the average school curriculum. We can excuse Kallen because she’s driving a Glasgow that she (for all we know) has had plenty of time to practice with prior to these events. But the fact that then everyone can pilot a Sutherland so easily? I don’t think so. But whatever, plot flaw.
So anyway Lelouch is stuck in Shinjuku Ghetto in the midst of a *cough, cough* ‘planned urban renewal’. This means, Prince Clovis (fancy-man extraordinaire!) couldn’t stand the idea of being disinherited and ordered the massacre of everyone in the ghetto. Wow. What a douche. Sorry.
Now Lelouch needs to escape… so because chess is a universal metaphor for war, he gathers his pieces and begins ordering them around with the communicator he picked up last episode. This means Kallen and her gang – this being some guy with a perm called Ohgi and some guy with an attitude problem called Tamaki and a bunch of other people – are obeying a mysterious voice and managing to gain the upper hand in the battle… except, you know, my new best friend Lloyd has a special Knightmare Frame ready to deploy. Every second Lloyd is on screen I love him a little more~
Suzaku, as it turns out, is alive after all. Saved by a pocket watch – now that’s what I call ‘good timing’ ahahaha… no? – and Lloyd decides that he’ll be a good piece of equipment; i.e. the ‘devicer’ for his Knightmare Frame. This gets me too – yes, Suzaku has trained with simulators, and he ‘read the manual’ apparently (speed reading…) but he still operates a brand new Knightmare Frame perfectly. Oh, and the Knightmare is called the Lancelot. Hmmm, I’m sensing an Arthurian theme here for no apparent reason…
How do these Knightmares work? I mean, sure, there’s someone inside operating them… but they’ve gotta be wired up to the brain or something because every single move including raising their heads that the pilot makes, the Knightmare makes as well. I don’t get how. Especially when Suzaku manages to do his spinning kick IN THE LANCELOT (with an injury no less). Yes, that spinning kick seems to be another thing exclusive to Suzaku. And, he basically pwns Lelouch… or would have if Kallen didn’t rock up in her beat up Glasgow.
Oh, as Suzaku and Lelouch fall through the levels… does no one else think of ‘The Aristocats’? No? Just me? Oooookay.
And hello! Lelouch reveals himself to his big brother Clovis after forcing him to stop the fighting and have everyone treated (very nice of him, don’t you think?). Hold on though seventeenth in line to the throne? Uh… that’s not right. If Lelouch is the seventeenth in line to the throne, and a prince and… did he say his mother was a consort? Okay. I foresee familial problems…
All in all, I actually don’t have much to comment on regarding this episode. I guess I’m waiting for things to really pick up plot-wise, and to see who is who and motives and stuff like that. I still think I hate Brittania.