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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-07-16 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-07-23 13:39:00
Disc 5 in this series is called Buried Secrets,
and the title fits these episodes well. They remind me
of the second chapter in Book 2 of The Lord of the Rings,
"The Council of Elrond," in which the big meeting at Rivendell
reveals the history of the Ring of Power.
The episodes on this disc reveal much of the history of the
boomers and Dr. Stingray. We finally see what the evil
Mason has been seeking all this time ...
It marks a nice rebound from the previous disc,
which left me feeling a bit let down.
But these are chock full o' tasty scenes:
- Nene and Mackay get it out in the open
- Mackay's origin is revealed
- Leon and Priss go on a date! On their motorcycles, of course
- Sylia's father shows us how not to be a good husband and father
- a hint of girl-girl attraction between two of the Knight Sabers
(and no, it's not the two you expect)
One of my favorite moments is just a short little throwaway
shot: Leon's partner gives him a bit of bad news, which
puts him in a foul mood .... while his gun happens to be
sticking prominently out of his shoulder holster.
As Leon starts to lose his cool, his partner shakes his
head sadly, and then -- this is the good part -- without
looking, puts his hands over his ears. Why? Because he
just knows that Leon is going to blow off some
steam with a bullet or two. And, sure enough, a few seconds
later, Leon obliges. It's the sort of instinctive action
(not re-action, because it anticipates) that one might expect
from an old married couple, who know each other
inside and out. Like I wrote, it's a subtle action, and
if you blink you might miss it; but it speaks volumes
about the relationship between the two men.
That's the sort of writing I admire!
To continue the Tolkien analogy, having learned about
the past, our characters are ready to move forward
and face new challenges. There's a hint that some of the
Knight Sabers might not be so willing to continue working
as a team, but I expect that not to last. It's pretty clear
what the next challenge will be; but will this be the ultimate
test, or just a warm up for the final round?
I am looking forward very much to finding out,
and I would guess that you will, too.
Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, JVC 27-inch TV, stereo speakers, and a
half-pint of Ben and Jerry's "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough"
ice cream. Mmmmmmmm.....
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