- If Eren, as a titan, can pick up a rock heavy enough to block the entrance, why can’t another titan push it out of the way?
- If the wall was breached by the colossal titan once, why wouldn’t he just come back and breach it again?
But you know, that would be somewhat unsporting to do right at the moment, because after weeks of inertia (admittedly very loud inertia) we finally have an episode where something happened. Mind you it came after a three-minute recap, but at least it happened. And that’s definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully this means that we’ve run in place long enough to start the story moving forward again, this time for good.
I don’t mean it to sound ungrateful, but I don’t think I can discuss this episode without pointing out that it could easily have come at least 4 episodes back, with nothing lost in the change. It doesn’t seem as if anything has been advanced in the larger plot or any meaningful character development has happened since then. We knew exactly what was happening with Eren and with Trost, and as soon as we did it was pretty mich inevitable that the crisis would end pretty much how it did. As such, I’m skeptical that this is a return to form rather than an aberration, and next week (well not next week as that’s a recap episode – and how the heck do you recap episodes that were a mix of recap and time-wasting?) we go back to the same glacial pacing. The fact that this was a season-ending ep episode make me all the more suspicious that this is a sea-change rather than a one-time deal.
Be that as it may, this was a really good episode of Attack on Titan – and it’s nice to be able to say that. Everything that happened finally felt like it meant something – there was real suspense, actual consequences for characters that mattered (dammit, Marco was one of the few that really seemed interesting) and in the end, the story was freed up to finally move to the next phase. Tied in with that of course is the re-introduction of the Recon Corps, which on paper at least seems to hold the possibility of spicing up the character side of the story at a time when it really needs it. Plus, that “hairball” of undigested human bodies was a brilliantly gross and hilarious conceit – further solidifying my opinion that Isayama is writing this story with tongue very much in-cheek.
It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes next (it’s nice to be able to say that, too). It seems as if Eren’s dream of joining the Recon Corps is finally going to be realized, though Levi is apparently going to take it on himself to make sure Eren knows what a scum he is. Will Armin and Mikasa be following along? It’s hard to imagine the three of them separated at this stage. With the goal seemingly to retake Eren’s old village and thus be able to find the truth in the basement, there seems the hope of real progress – though my gut tells me that it’s going to take a long damn time to reach that basement, or that it’s not going to hold nearly as many answers as we’ve been led to believe.