I love these shots, a smiling Lelouch and maniacal laughter always provides entertainment.
Well as promised there was definitely a showdown between Guilford and Zero in this episode, as we resolve the execution standoff. However, there were also some heavy developments regarding Rollo mixed in with some minor mecha action and devious Lelouch. We discover some of Rollo’s past and what kind of person he is.
The episode opens with a scene from the past, where a young Rollo uses his geass to freeze and assassinate a man. We are told that Rollo has been an emotionless assassin for years, working for the Empire to kill off its enemies. His most recent assignment is revealed to be to pretend to be Lelouch’s brother and keep tabs on him, killing him in the event he regains his memories. He’s a bit reserved about it however, since he’s never had friends or a family. Back in the current time frame, Lelouch has been counting the time and has figured out that Rollo doesn’t stop time, but instead freezes it for the others around him. In order to avoid getting shot here, Lelouch offers Rollo C.C. in exchange for his life, and Rollo agrees and lets him go.
At the embassy, Li reveals to Kallen and C.C. that the ambassador has been removed and that Li plans to lay the blame on the Black Knights and they are forced to accept due to the circumstances. Meanwhile, Lelouch starts to think out his plan, Rollo tells himself how the mission is more important than the team, and Guilford prays for Zero’s appearance while looking at his decorative plate of Cornelia. In what is probably a scene from the recent past, Li confronts the Chinese ambassador as to why he was going along with Zero. Obviously delusional from the geass, the ambassador cannot give Li a satisfactory answer and he kills him.
As the time for the execution approaches, everyone watches with anticipation. Before it starts, Lelouch goes to a nearby building and uses his geass on a knightmare pilot who was aiming to avenge his father Dalton’s death. Meanwhile, Rollo has stolen the identity of Lord Kimmel so he can pilot the Vincent in this confrontation. As the Brittanian’s prepare to execute the prisoners, Zero arrives on a Knightmare from outside the compound and accepts Guilford’s challenge to a duel. As Guilford rushes in, a Brittanian technician geass’d by Lelouch sets off the settlement’s plates and tilts the plate the Brittanians and prisoners are on toward the embassy. Kallen leads the Black Knights in to defeat the remaining Brittanians and rescue the prisoners.
However, as Lelouch flees into the embassy Rollo chases him, intending to kill him for breaking the deal. However, as he closes in the pilot Lelouch geass’d earlier fires his rifle at Rollo who is unable to stop it in time. However, Lelouch slides his knightmare over to take the hit and save Rollo. Lelouch tells him he did it because he is his little brother, that even if the basis was a lie, the time they spent together was real. This breaks Rollo mentally, and when Guilford attempts to kill Zero Rollo catches the spear he threw to save him. At this time Li issues a warning to the remaining Brittanians, who are forced to retreat to avoid an international incident. As Kallen is reunited with the rescued members of the Order, Lelouch seemingly convices Rollo to join and him reveals to us that it was all planned. Lelouch plans to use him as a pawn to get Nunally back and then toss him away. The last shot is of Suzaku in front of Ashford Academy dressed in the school uniform.
I kind of saw this coming, the way Rollo acted around the Villetta intelligence folks seemed to be more his real personality. I’d have to say the emotionless shouta killer is kind of an overused character type and I was kind of meh over the whole thing. However, it was necessary to give such a seemingly important character some background, because it was clearly lacking so far. Good thing we get to see more batshit insane Rollo later on in this episode.
The always perceptive Lelouch catches on fairly quickly to exactly what Rollo’s geass was, and it was kind of as most of us were predicting at least as of episode 3. Some were able to give a pretty close explanation even after episode 2’s events, but it became really clear in episode 3. Freezing time for people seems much more mental and like the other geass abilities rather than teleportation or total time stop. Overall a pretty damn useful geass for killing people, albeit little else. We still don’t know who gave him the geass however.
Lelouch was also a pretty quick thinker to figure out a plan to get himself out of this. It’s pretty obvious he has no actual intention of selling out C.C. because she’s the source of his power, but Rollo is pretty gullible and believes him. What I don’t quite git is in the shot above he is looking at Rollo but the geass doesn’t hit him. The geass has worked on other geass users before, and his eye is lit up so why doesn’t it take him? And why would Rollo let him turn around and bring his eye on him anyways? Convenient plot hole I guess~
Why I find clumsy C.C. moe I have no idea. Maybe that’s because she’s always so deliciously devious and seductive that this sudden bout of clumsiness hit me hard. She’s getting awfully close to Kallen in my heart. She does quickly shift to composed and calculating C.C. when Li comes in. I was pretty disappointed here, I thought Li was going to charge in and start some shit with the Black Knights. Turns out he’s just playing political games for his own benefit seemingly. He just wanted to off the ambassador and use the Black Knights as the scapegoat. He slid down in my opinion this episode.
I laughed so hard when I saw this, Guilford has a freaking decorative plate of Cornelia. Man, that’s pretty pathetic I’d have to say, she’s not even dead yet. Guilford is a sad man, still hung up on a Princess who seems to have deserted the empire and has been gone for a year after losing to Zero.
Boo to the new timeslot this season, they seem to not be able to show blood actually spurting out like they could first season. It’s happened a couple of times, most visibly in the first episode when Lelouch ordered the Brittanians to kill themselves. In the first episode of season one you saw them shoot themselves, whereas this season you did not. This shot also has a bit of QUALITY to it, they saved their animation budget for the second half it seems.
Such manly flower petals! Ah I love his grand entrances, and I also found the various reactions to the situation from the prisoners to be amusing. Most amusing of course was Tamaki who is all rabu rabu for Zero.
Kaguya-sama sighting! We welcome you queen of all lolis. Now I’m not a lolicon like Impz and say, wildarmsheero, but I can certainly appreciate her charm as she is definitely adorable and infatuated with all things Zero. I also look forward to these “plans” Diethard spoke of that they came up with last year, probably preparing for Zero’s return.
Your first mistake when dealing with Zero you silly knight. War isn’t about honor and fair duels, war is about who wins and who loses, and boy did you lose. Did he actually think that Zero would go at him one on one considering his tactical skills and events of the past? Sorry sir, try again next time.
Pragmatism at it’s finest, if you worry too much about your own personal morality you may never achieve the best result in the end in his mind. Sometimes less than honorable means are required for the best ends to be achieved. I think this is a short and concise statement of Lelouch’s true ideals. He feels that in order to defeat a greater evil he must slug it out in the mud with evil himself.
An excellent plan in the end to crush and separate the Brittanians, one that obviously draws parallels to the end of the Black Rebellion. And our favorite darling guerilla Kallen leads the charge to save her comrades. I am quite disappointed in the failure of the writers to provide Kallen fanservice this episode. A mighty failure indeed. I also found the various deaths of masked Brittanian’s with one name to be amusing. BARTO!!!!!!!
Oh dear, what do we have here. Lingering rabu rabu for Ougi I see. Somehow I see this coming back to rear its ugly head later on in the series. After all she did do the naughty with a dirty Eleven.
Ssssslllllooooowwwwww mmmmoooottttiiiiioooonnnnnn…..Ah yeah I really didn’t see this plan coming. I was actually really surprised when Lelouch took the bullet for him, I just thought he had used his geass on that guy to kill Rollo. Ah but it turns out Lelouch is obviously more brilliant then I am because he’s got a hold on Rollo now.
Oh dear, unabashed yaoi fodder, this was that shot from last week’s preview. But oh man, he laid it on thick with the little brother mushiness, completely mind fucking that wacked out Rollo. Through his words and through the circumstances he triggered, Lelouch seems to have brought Rollo over to his side. Obviously that’s going to play a huge role in the future if he has possession of two geass and the Vincent. I’d like to see Lancelot vs. Vincent, but we all know Suzaku has Jesus plotarmor and would never actually die.
Speaking of Jesus, here he comes to be a douchebag and ruin the fun. Since he is shown in an elevator hanging out with everyone, including Lelouch, one would assume he is trying to figure out if Lelouch really got his memories back. Lelouch is pretty good at stringing people along, but Suzaku is a lot smarter than Rollo and wont be so easily deceived.
Overall it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped, but still an excellent episode. They totally pulled a fast one with Li, I thought he was going to fight it out with the Black Knights but it turns out he just did it for politics. I was totally surprised by how the whole thing with Rollo turned out, and I think it’s going to be a huge driving force for later plot. Lelouch’s plan this week was pretty awesome, I knew he was going to rescue the prisoners but I didn’t think it would be such a flawless victory. He not only rescued all of his comrades but he secured Rollo and the Vincent.
Crusader’s Impression (Drunk Angry Rant):
Well that was a freaking tease, Lulu bunts one again and Rollo proves to be a great failure. I was hoping that he’d be Ali but okay whatever I just have pin all my hopes on Suzaku to pile the main character kills. Kallen kills a bunch of guys with first names and little else. Fucking Tamaki lives to suck Lulu’s dick once again. I was so excited when it looked as if the Chinese were going to push out Lulu and his band of terrorist, but no they let them go… I just hope Rollo proves to be more of a problem as part of Lulu’s gang. If Rollo isn’t offing his new friends left and right I will be sorely disappointed. Man not a single eleven dies in the end. Damn it Guilford just rig your hostages to explode next time. You do not fight a dishonorable foe with honor, you do it by making him bleed by whatever means necessary. Rollo you idiot all you have to do is bring C2 to you masters and all will be forgiven, sadly the boy doesn’t seem to have much brains left…
Oh and Villetta still wants to get raped by Ougi…stupid bitch. As intel groups go Britannia has fallen a long ways from being MI6. It’s just not as fun so long as there is no real opponent for Lulu. For me Lulu winning everything every time is not satisfying he hardly works for it and we have to assume a lot for his plans to work. Honestly Rollo’s data wasn’t even protected at all. I just hope that Charles was planning to use Rollo as a sleeper. Such incompetence all around, it’s a wonder they got to be top dog in the first place…Well Suzaku will be back and much crying and whining shall be had from the Lu-Qaida. Cold comfort though…
Back to Ashford as there is a huge party of sorts with cakes, dancing and Suzaku. His two buddy Knights of Round have come along as well, fireworks will ensue.