Now, we’re gettingback to form.
I’ve cited TERMINATOR as a comparison point before, and I dothink the show is at its most interesting when it’s playing up the Parasites’ tone-deafattempts at mimicry – – how these creeps are only getting the nuancesof human behavior half-right. Shinichi’steacher always had an icy T-1000 vibe, and the parts where she handles her baby like luggage and forgets how to laugh properly are some of the most chilling scenes yet.
It’s interesting to see Migi going through something of acharacter arc, too, especially because a lot of the particulars are being leftto the viewers’ imagination. You’re never totally sure if he’s actually grownmore sympathetic to Shinichi, or if he’s just learned to say the right things toget him to cooperate. And the centerpiece lecture on the “selfish gene” actually makes youquestion how much distinction there is between the two options, anyway. If acreature’s acting altruistically, how much do the motivations behind the act matter? It happened either way, no?
Joe’s a hilarious, foul-mouthed counterpoint, too. It’dhonestly be fun if they made him and his host a regular part of the cast; andmaybe even added another half-installed Parasite to the mix. Turning thisconflict into more of a team-based effort, with more clashing angles of opinionand agenda, would be even more interesting as a cast dynamic. We’ve had plentyof time to see how Shinichi and Migi play off each other – – let’s put some new corners on the arguments.
Of course, if this series actually isn’t going to go beyondEpisode #26 or so, there probably isn’t much time for that. It’s an awesomedevelopment that the Parasite cabal has settled into a more reserved “coexistence”plan, but it comes with the sinking feeling that we might be in store foranother Iresolute Anime Ending here. Vengeful proclamations or no, what do youwant to bet this series concludes with Shinichi just walking away from the badguys and accepting the level of control they’ve achieved?
Watch “the Selfish Gene” and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.