Uh-huh. I absolutely expected PARASYTE to tie off with a non-ending. No surprise there. Nothing to get angry about. I didn’t expect it to be this uneventful, though… woof.
The last, oh-so-meaningful shot of Planet Earth might as well be a big, circular Morse Code symbol – – representing the sound of a rim shot – – because the show’s final moments are that much of a punchline. I was laughing hysterically. By the time the coffee shop rock started playing over the closing credits, my cheeks were getting sore.
You look at the timecode, and wonder how 22 minutes of screen time can be filled up by so little. What happens? The first third is eaten up by the most meandering and nonsensical graduation speech. Shinichi and Migi have a long conversation about nothing, asking insipid questions like “What is humanity?” – – more desperate to be taken seriously than the kid who grabbed all the lowest-hanging Emerson soundbytes for his senior quotes.
Things get a little more exciting when the serial killer re-appears, but all excitement is quickly doused when he and Shinichi engage in philoso-babble and start punching the “What is humanity?” bell in the hopes that somebody will be impressed. Please don’t be fooled. Even when the show throws in the Discovery Channel montage, their conversation somehow manages to mean less than Shinichi’s vapid monologue over Goto’s corpse last time. When he muses about whether he should “impose human values on other species,” you aren’t hearing the thoughts of a three-dimensional character who believably evolved after he avenged his mother’s death.
No, you’re hearing pseudo-insight on level with the filibusterer a high school student padded his Philosophy 101 essay with in order to make the due date after a cram session. I hope somebody else comes along and rips this show off so the premise can actually be explored to its fullest potential. This show listlessly slept it off.
Watch this episode and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.