「African Golden Butterflies phase. 2」
The second multi-episode arc ends and well, it’s just more of the same goodness really. There’s just the right amount of comedy mixed in with the seriousness, some quality character development, and some subtle philosophical musings to top it all off.
First off, I didn’t anticipate seeing Scarecrow this episode, but darn did he make this episode fun. At this point, it seems like the answer to my question from last week is: “Yes, we’ll continue using him for comic relief.” And well, I wouldn’t mind it at all, especially if he keeps bringing in memorable characters like Schokolade… who just might want to rethink her method of surveillance. Seriously though, the bathroom scene with Koko was just priceless and we also get Lutz and his arse grazing scene, as well as Jonah revealing he has a bullet in his own arse too. Definitely one of the more amusing episodes of the season, but as usual, there’s more than adequate…
…seriousness to back everything up with. Valmet takes the lead for the second straight episode and unloads on Karen, giving us the action scenes Jormungand has been noted for all season and some character development as well. For one, there’s Valmet’s development. We see clearly how much her past torments her, that much is obvious. But at the same time, we also see that she hasn’t entirely let that keep her from maturing in terms of skills and in terms of restraint, as she’s able to walk away from it all. Suffice to say, she still has her demons and loses to it from time to time, but she’s definitely fighting it and gradually getting over it as well. Still, I get this nasty feeling that her decision to leave Karen like that will potentially come back to haunt her later. Then there’s also Lehm, who’s responsible for bringing her back to her senses. I was half expecting Valmet to continue going bonkers, but the fact that Lehm took the initiative to come over and stop Valmet and the fact that Valmet actually stopped, demonstrates a lot about Lehm’s character. We’ve seen glimpses of his personality in the previous episodes, but his actions here really hammer in just how much he’s been through as a person, as few others can do and say what he does, as well as led the entire group.
Notably, there’s quite a few notable philosophical musings mixed in as well. Most of them are from Dr. Miami this time around and they highlight the view that “nothing good comes from involving yourself with weapons”. Notably, Jonah stated similar views earlier this season also. Combined with the other views of the other arms dealers and people we’ve been introduced so far and there’s really a lot of elements subtly inserted into Jormungand that can serve as quality topics for philosophical debates. There’s also the comment about how Dr. Miami’s robotics were meant to make kids happy, but ended up being utilized for weaponry instead, and this really just puts icing on the cake in showing how complex this series is. It also shows how when properly done, you can create an amazing series that allows you to choose whether or not you want to just focus on the action and developments, just the deeper philosophical views discussed, or on both. And heck, I haven’t even mentioned the concept of “weakness means death” that was mentioned this episode as well.
In any case, there were a few other interesting things this episode as well. For one, there were the quotes by Karen and Valmet: “Silence is golden.” and “Even the dead sing when blades dig into their flesh.” They’re pretty obvious notions and often used quotes, but they added quite the impact to an already crazy fight. There’s also the interesting fact that Dr. Miami seems to know Koko’s dream, but never actually mentions it. Continuing on from the other times where it’s been discussed but never actually mentioned and it’s definitely quite intriguing how the writer’s going to such lengths to conceal it. I reckon it’s probably too early to find out anyway and we’ll find out eventually, but he really knows how to build up the suspense for that reveal while not causing too much anger while doing so.
And so ends another great episode of Jormungand. I’ll catch you back next week, but until then, make sure you don’t get Koko drunk, don’t leave your expensive bulletproof car in Africa, and learn to properly take pictures if you want to spy on someone. Oh yes, perhaps the most important thing: Don’t hire random city guards to go up into the mountains and expect them to do well…