「非情の選択」 (Hijou no Sentaku)
Things are escalating insanely quickly. I also have conflicted feelings about Quinella.
Overall, I really enjoyed this week’s episode for a myriad of reasons. Between advancing the war that the Dark Territory was definitely going to lose and changing the odds to be overwhelmingly in their favor and making me rethink about my rage and anger toward Quinella, this was definitely a weird episode.
Starting with the latter, I have to admit that I’ve been enjoying all these little glimpses of Quinella in the past. Based on everything that everyone minus Kirito and Eugeo has seen, it doesn’t seem like Quinella was all that bad of a dictator. Assuming she knew about the coming Final Load Test, her actions don’t seem all that crazy when you think about the notion of facing a battle you must win unless you want to be literally deleted. As they say, history is written by the winners and Quinella will probably be looked toward negatively till the end of the time, but it’s getting a little difficult to see her simply as a power hungry Administrator who wanted to find out just what exists passed the walls of the Underworld.
Moving back to the Final Load Test, I have only two things to say. The first being good job to the bad guys for figuring out a creative way to supplement their dumb as bricks forces and the second being how in the world do you not notice the FLA rate being changed?? While Kikuoka and team might be at a secondary console, I can’t imagine how no one would realize the FLA rate had/has been changed. That and if I’m being truly honest here, it’s kind of insane to think that a military vessel out in the middle of nowhere would have the infrastructure to facilitate such a huge amount of connections hitting it all at once. Like Yui herself said, the Underworld wasn’t made to facilitate adhoc connections and without the proper infrastructure to facilitate all those hits, I can only imagine the whole thing just falling apart.
Unfortunately, watching the Underworld crash would not be all that fun and I do appreciate the old group finally getting a chance to show up on screen so I’ll let the whole thing slide for now. Boy, I can’t wait to see what happens when we get to next week’s episode. Yui has managed to open the doors for help to come and with a ton of sleezy American players diving in to wreck some havoc, I hope we get an Avenger’s End Game level entrance with everyone coming to help. Anyways, see you guys next week!