Romeo X Juliet – 19
Surveying the village with Juliet, Romeo tells her about how they need to grow their fields larger if they are to bring their families here. As Juliet is thinking about how Romeo opened up these people’s hopes and futures, he takes her hand, causing her to comment on how his hands have gotten strong. Romeo then kisses her, tells her that her lips remain the same, and promises to work hard since he believes that the day will come when they can life together. When it’s time for Juliet to leave, Curio tells Romeo that he had originally wanted to hit him, but he didn’t because he knew Juliet would hit him for it. Once they arrive back in town, Juliet gets ready for William’s play, and the curtains soon rise. Watching as Regan and Antonio take the stage for their leading roles, Francisco notes that this play features a princess whose family was killed and the boy she loves who is the son of the king who is her enemy. It is essentially Juliet’s story, and they hope that it leads people to coming to help the Capulets. However, at the point where Juliet is supposed to enter, William finds that she’s disappeared.
Juliet is actually standing on top of the theater wearing her Red Whirlwind outfit instead of her normal costume, and she jumps down onto the stage as the audience wonders if this is the real Red Whirlwind or a ghost. Declaring that she’s not a ghost, Juliet delivers a stirring speech about how her sword isn’t for cutting people, but how it instead represents hope for cutting through to a new Neo Verona. With the entire crowd now cheering Juliet on, William realizes that she intends to defeat Montague not as the daughter of the Capulet family, but as the Red Whirlwind. As word of the Red Whirlwind soon spreads through the town, Curio, Francisco, Conrad, and Antonio pledge to help her defeat Montague and create a new Neo Verona. Later that night, Curio finds Juliet in the garden unable to sleep and asks her if she’s okay with Montague being Romeo’s father. Since Juliet feels that she won’t hesitate anymore, Curio promises that they’ll follow her as the Red Whirlwind. Juliet then notices Curio’s wounded right eye and recalls that it was him who motivated her to become the Red Whirlwind.
Years ago, she had been unable to just watch as people were treated cruelly and had tried to do something, but she had fallen down after running into one of the guards. Seeing her in danger, Curio had tried to protect her, and it was then that his face had gotten sliced by a sword. Curio still blames it on his own lack of ability, but regardless of that, Juliet remembers how the frustration from that time led to the creation of the Red Whirlwind. The next day, Juliet and the others depart for Neo Verona via their flying horses, and word soon reaches Montague that a man who’s calling himself the Red Whirlwind and the remnant Capulet forces are coming. This causes Mercutio to worry about who the Red Whirlwind is since he’s supposed to be dead already. The Capulet forces meanwhile split up, and Francisco, Curio, and Antonio take a group of men to assault the enemy fortress that houses their flying horse forces. Without these reinforcements, Tubal is left to defend Neo Verona with only his contingent of archers. With the people of the city starting to revolt at the same time, the Capulet forces soon sweep through the Montague defenders.
Dressed as the Red Whirlwind, Juliet lands in front of a crowd of people and announces that she’s going to take the city back from Montague. Rallying the people to her cause, Juliet says that Neo Verona isn’t governed by the Duke, but rather by the people. During this speech, Tubal approaches an archer and gets him to shoot the Red Whirlwind. Antonio notices what’s going on, but he’s only able to call out Juliet’s name before the arrow gets fired. That arrow, however, only manages to hit the hat off Juliet’s head, revealing to everyone that she is the Red Whirlwind, and they continue cheering her on.
After what seemed like a long absence, Juliet and the others are back to challenge Montague, so this is hopefully where things will start to get really interesting again. I look forward to seeing Juliet kick some butt, and this is definitely a step in that direction, though I’m also waiting for Romeo to join the fray. Actually, all this and the fact that we’re nearing the end of the series has gotten me thinking again about how Romeo and Juliet are going to die (which I still assume they will). The original play has Romeo killing himself first through poison, but since this series has shown that it’s not following anything more than basic premise, everything’s up in the air. In any case, the preview shows that Romeo will be returning to Neo Verona next episode and that Juliet will be meeting with Ophelia again, so maybe we’ll learn some more stuff about Escalus too.