GOSICK – 18
「漆黒の列車はいくつかの嘘を運ぶ」 (Shikkoku no Ressha wa Ikutsu ka no Uso o Hakobu)
“The Jet-Black Train Carries Several Lies”
Well, now that this whole arc has ended, I suppose it’s time to gather the facts again before we head into the final few arcs. So after reviewing THE ENTIRE SERIES, I’ve attempted to piece together the “chaos” that is GOSICK, so hopefully this may prove enlightening.
The main artifact that was made to be all the hubbub this arc was a mysterious “box.” We knew this box was important and that everyone wanted it, but only through this episode do we learn that this box is of Jupiter Roget’s, with information containing that he is also a gray wolf. This information would undermine his authority over his Science Academy, which makes it kind of an old-fashioned enemy intel, which is why they desperately want it back. Of course, the Occult wants it for themselves, and Roscoe wants it for himself, making three opposing forces.
Now, in 1914, Roscoe sought to help Roget after WWI had already started at Beelzebub, providing the devices he had such as the one capable of projecting a mirage in the sky. In episode 06, Victorique mentions that Cordelia “escaped” from the encapturement of Albert de Blois before the first war began, so it can be inferred that when Roscoe went to help Roget in 1914, he had already teamed up with Cordelia. So what’s the real reason he busted out Cordelia? Probably because he wanted to know the location of the memento, and Cordelia knew exactly where it was. According to Mildred the afro nun back in episode 07, Roscoe invested in the village “10 years ago,” which also happens to be 1914 considering their current year is 1924. The investment gained him access to Cordelia’s house, where he was then able to take Roget’s memento box, and for some reason, chose to aid him in the war afterwards, perhaps as part of a promise to Cordelia. For example, he exchanged the info of the box for revenge against Albert, and his words of, “I’ll never forgive Albert de Blois” may just be Cordelia’s. I’m not sure why I thought Roscoe was a halfling, because he’s definitely full gray wolf as well, so he could just be compassionate about how Albert used Cordelia.
So fast forward ten years, the box is still at Beelzebub, and all three opposing forces head there to retrieve it. Before Roscoe’s team can get it, the Academy grabs it first, which consists of the Orphan, and the Knight, who only appeared this episode. While Hunt did work for Albert, he was also killed by his granny cronies, either due to him already fulfilling his purpose of setting up the bomb to the water gates, or because he was too much of a lover of science. Regardless, the Orphan possessed the box first, but during a timed blackout, Scarecrow from the Occult stole it, but the Knight went and took it back. Woodcutter, who was blackmailed to work for the Occult by the kidnapping of his sister, poisons the Orphan to retrieve the box, but is met with retaliation. Orphan heads up to the engine to foil any attempts of stopping the train so they can suicide bomb over the bridge and destroy the box along with them, but eventually dies due to the poison. Maybe I’m missing some huge connection here, but her “code” words about her being an orphan may have been true, and her adamant nature on “no one getting the box” was the only purpose she had left after failing to find what she wanted at Phantasmagoria.
“Solve the riddle, then demonstrate your power so that you may live.” Considering the whole gun scene, maybe the power is the ability to do anything by simply understanding it. Maybe it’s that “wellspring of wisdom” that’s actually just super intelligence, but the inner workings behind it is “an ancient power of the lands.” As for the riddle, the answer is that Roget is a gray wolf, and with the dialogue between Cordelia and Roscoe, that information is apparently the trump card in the upcoming war to keep Victorique safe. While she did give back the memento, she kept the proof of Roget’s true origins, which implies that the Occult have no idea what it actually contained, and that means, neither does Albert de Blois. So why did Roget turn his back on his brethren to pursue science? Probably one of mankind’s prime weaknesses. Failure in the possession of love. D’oh!
And thus ends my reconstruction. I’m glad I did this, because now everything that will happen from now on will actually mean a lot more to me (and now, you too!). But holy hell, GOSICK does not make it easy to understand everything when important facts are only spoken ONCE and never again until a finale. You’d seriously have to take notes and review them before a new episode or spend about an hour piecing together info like I just did. I guess that’s the result of cramming in nine novels worth of story into 24 episodes. The next episode feels like a change of pace, and I actually miss the rest of the cast after being surrounded by murderers for the past few episodes. With only about six episodes left, I don’t expect development to slow down, and I’m sure as hell curious about the finale now.