「支配者と調停者」 (Shihaisha to Chouteisha)
“Ruler and Mediator”
While this week’s episode may have been another gigantic exposition dump, I must admit that it wasn’t all that bad after a weeklong break. That and I appreciate the story taking the time to explain just how Cardinal was created.
Boy, there’s so many inconsequential things I want to say about this week’s episode that I’m not even sure where to start. Ignoring the whole fact that Cardinal has pieced together that Rath has some real dark reasons behind allowing Quinella to do whatever she wants, it’s actually somewhat interesting when you think about things from a different perspective. From outside the perspective of anyone inside of the Underworld, it must be rather amazing to see their creation evolve into something they probably never saw coming — especially when you consider that their end goal is to create artificial intelligence that can be weaponized. That said, it’s tough for me (as a viewer) to not see things going completely awry. As with most stories that revolve around the creation of AI, it’s tough not to assume the creation will at some point outdo its creator and end up doing something that’s irreversible.
Talks about rouge AI aside, let me change gears for a moment to bring up the plot point that came up two episodes ago that hasn’t been touched on since we saw it. For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, I’m specifically bringing up that awkward moment when we were back in the real world and a real sleezy looking scientist walked past Asuna. With the camera obscuring his face but making it painfully obvious that he’s someone we should all be wary of, you could say I’m a wee bit angry that there hasn’t been any development on that front in a while. And before people start jumping in saying that they don’t enjoy it when the story shifts back to the real world, it feels like jumping between the two during a giant info dump would have been the perfect time to do it.
Minor gripes aside, I can’t wait for the pacing to pick back up next week. With Kirito and Eugeo deep in enemy territory, I can’t wait to see what kind of fun they’ll have as soon as they retrieve their weapons. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we hopefully won’t be bombarded with an entire episode of exposition. See you then!