「New World phase.1」
To put it simply, wars have been a major part of human history—fought for a multitude of reasons. Even now, there are battles being fought as we speak, the omnipresent specter of war still present through the ages. That much hasn’t changed. But as a quote from Metal Gear Solid touches upon perfectly:
“War (itself) has changed”
It’s true. Weapons and methodologies have changed—getting more lethal, more controlled, and de-emphasizing the human element. More importantly, privatization of various aspects have also begun to rise as private military contractors (companies) begin taking on more roles (see Blackwater in Iraq).
As we enter what looks to be the climax of Jormungand, we’re finally seeing the entirety of what this series was about all along: a commentary on wars, the weapons that sustain them, and how its change effects the world.
And with Kasper’s unveiling of HCLI’s Hekmatyar Global Grid system, not only do we see HCLI’s plan… we see the ultimate example of the privatization I mentioned previously, as well as what I can only describe as a commentary on a future we may face ourselves. Needless to say, it’s some darn powerful stuff. I mean, the notion itself—the complete privatization and monopolization of war—is the definition of grandiose, perhaps to a point where one can argue it dabbles into megalomania. Furthermore, it’s a system that pretty much eliminates any possible competition in terms of arms dealing against HCLI and will forcibly usher in a “new era” of sorts.
tl;dr – HCLI was already in the sights of a variety of adversaries to begin with, but this pretty much puts them in the sights of every single military in the world, every arms dealer and/or anyone else that dabbles in anything relating to war. As such, people will now either want in on the pie (Trovosky) or die trying to ensure HCLI can’t establish (or maintain) the system. Combined with people like Bookman who want to take advantage of the system for himself… and it makes for some darn intriguing future developments as all these respective powers try to assert their domination over war (and in ways, the entire world).
And as we’re on this topic, I must say that this was one of those developments entire series can revolve around. But as Jormungand shows once again, it’s no ordinary series. Because in the end, despite this huge development, the Hek-GG system isn’t even the biggest aspect of this episode, let alone the series! Rather, this distinction goes to the plan that shares this series’ name: Jormungand. The specific details are tantalizing as usual, but as Koko and Dr. Miami say, the final stages are approaching. And considering how despite the scope of the Hek-GG system, Koko isn’t the least bit interested, one really has to wonder what could possibly top the former. Whatever it is though, it wouldn’t be a exaggeration to say that its proper development and execution could lead to one of the best endings of any series this year.
Looking forward, there’s just a lot to like in terms of potential, and it’ll be a damn wild ride coming up. I knew from the start the second season was going to top the first… but I never could’ve expected this! Sadly though, as per usual, another week puts itself in between us and the next episode, which can’t come soon enough at this rate. It will be a whole “New World” indeed.
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