「今更そんなこと」 (Imasara Sonna Koto)
“It’s Too Late”
I’m trying something fierce to stop using calm before the storm when it comes to 86 – if everything is calm nothing is calm – but goddammit I think this episode counts as that! It was all buildup for Spearhead’s inevitable return to the battlefield, and while Lena was nowhere to be seen, don’t think we were lacking for tension. Pain is very much on the horizon for these boys and girls, it’s simply a question of who gets hurt first.
Much like last season excelled with, one of things I quite like about 86 is how pragmatic it can be when it comes to the personal side of war. It’s rarely discussed openly, but Spearhead’s desire to actually fight again is actually fairly common among discharged or furloughed soldiers. When you’ve spent years fighting and dealing with the many dehumanizing aspects of war, your outlook shifts, your opinions mutate, and you irrevocably change from your past self. Many are able control or otherwise paper this over, but many cannot; mercenaries for example are primarily recruited from this latter category, and Spearhead are another addition to its ranks. The difference mind you is that it’s not fighting for the sake of fighting – it’s to finish a mission they believe is not yet over. Once it’s complete they’ll concern themselves with peace, but until then peace of mind comes first.
Of course, one cannot concern themselves solely with the here and now, and that’s where Ernst and Frederica enter the picture. Ernst betrays quite a bit of his past life for example, for while he outwardly wants Spearhead to stick to the new life they’ve been living, he’s not naïve or ignorant enough to actually try and stop them; the guy definitely has a military past and uses that experience to push them onto a path which will provide the most benefit. Likewise Frederica openly blames herself for Legion being unleashed upon the world (even though she was nothing more than a baby at the time), but doesn’t beg forgiveness – she begs assistance and backs it up through a willingness to share in the hardships required. Combined these two serve as Lena’s opposite, a connection to what Spearhead possesses in body and mind, but whereas Lena links to the past Ernst and Frederica point to the future. Both sides are necessary to keep our motley crew grounded, and both sides will certainly have more to say when the right time arises.
And rest assured such time will arise, because where Legion is concerned, victory will be no cheap matter.