Dancing vegetables. We have dancing, flying, bowling, strafing vegetables. This is getting surreal.
Let The Criticism Train Keep Rolling
Or not. I’m going to be serious (briefly)—if Comet Lucifer doesn’t get better soon, these posts are going to start getting shorter and shorter. And I don’t mean better when grading on a curve, like trying to pick out the
best least bad recent Adam Sandler movie. I’m talking about legitimately good, because I could spend an entire post detailing what’s still being done badly, but I don’t like to dwell on the negative, nor do I like to repeat myself. So I’m going to point out a few especially cringeworthy moments in this section, and get to what was actually better about this episode in the following ones. And if Comet Lucifer doesn’t shape up going forward, and negative is all I’ve got … well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, and Felia inexplicably levitates something past it.
Felia keeps using TK for mundane things. The dancing vegetables were surreal. Her powers are also ill-defined, since she can apparently turn a grill into fireworks. The mood was strangely light for a typhoon being on the way. The mood was strangely light throughout, and the tension was nonexistent when Felia was captured. The typhoon served no plot purpose other than to make them fix the roof, but who cares about that? And Roman’s mech was extra pointless, since they fixed the mishap off-screen during the commercial break. The antagonists say they need time to track down the Lima’s location even after they can see her on surveillance footage, but still arrive during this episode, so they didn’t need to make excuses. Roman is comically unlikable (he’s both arrogant and chauvinistic … yahtzee!), the wine is too purple, the sages mumbo jumbo was still incomprehensible and, more importantly, boring, and Sougo’s motivation (to find a red crystal) still leaves him with less personality than, literally, a rock. They also suddenly went to school for the first time in four episodes, and they all left Felia alone, though in Do Mon’s defense, he doesn’t know that Sougo & co have gotten mixed up in something dangerous—something he only remembers to ask Sougo this episode. Also, Felia’s limiter crystal came out of nowhere, and Roman brought a cow.
To be fair, some of those, like Sougo’s motivation and the wine, are elements I might allow if the rest of the show had been good. But it isn’t, so I’m not. That’s on Comet Lucifer—you have to earn your good will, or at least, not squander that which you’re given.
The Slice-of-Life Does Work
The part of the episode I started to genuinely enjoy was during the party, and to some extent, the
Amish communal roof fixing scenes before it. The characters aren’t entirely unlikable—except for Roman (asshole) and Sougo (void of personality)—and the more screen time we get for marginally interesting characters like Do Mon and Vee, the better this show would be off. Which goes to show that the slice-of-life elements can work, if they’re given time to breath.
The problem is the type of slice-of-life they were trying to use. For the purposes of my point, let’s say there are three types of slice-of-life: Pure SOL, partial SOL, and no SOL. For pure SOL, think of shows like this season’s GochiUsa. For partial SOL, think of something like Hanayamata, where there is a plot (in this case, a yosakoi sports anime), but a lot of it focuses on everyday happenings of a lot of cute girls (who do cute things). No SOL is self-explanatory.
The roof fixing, restaurant serving, and partying scenes were pure SOL scenes shoved into a story which cannot support pure SOL. Pure SOL scenes require no relevance to the plot whatsoever, because there is no plot. That means you can basically show whatever the hell you want, as long as you make it funny/calming/cute/whatever your show’s schtick is. But with partial SOL stories, of which this is a wobbly example, many of the slice-of-life scenes are going to need to in some way further, or at least remain relevant to, the plot. In Hanayamata, that meant preparing for a yosakoi performance in some manner or another, even if they took huuuuuge detours in doing so. In this episode of Comet Lucifer, most of the scenes felt like a giant waste of the audience’s time.
Looking Ahead – So I Guess The Antagonists Attacked
Truth be told, I think this episode was better than last week’s, though that’s more of a symptom of last week’s being really weird than this one being good. But when the antagonists came in and took Felia, I had no feelings about the event. There was no tension, not when we don’t know the stakes the stakes, since still don’t know why the heck they want Felia (other than maybe something from that opaque old cult mumbo jumbo, but no one should be expected to pay attention to that drivel). So, uh, good luck getting her back, Sougo. Or someone else. It doesn’t matter.
All I can say is, at least Kaon hasn’t been relegated to an unlucky childhood friend yet. That’s one of the lonely positive elements on this sinking ship we’re on.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The slice-of-life scenes were okay, even if the plot is still drivel. The dancing vegetables, though… *shakes my head* #cometlucifer 04
- Do Mon is running my kind of bar. Can we nix this whole Sougo story and focus on him and Vee?
- I do like that they’re pushing how Felia is an irresponsible kid who keeps using her powers despite being told not too. At least that’s getting less aggravating, since it’s in character by this point.
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