GUESS THE DUMB Week 4
This episode strikes me as the opposite of last week’s — the dumb is piled on heavy and hard from the start, but the actual ending is strong, even if the path to get there could not be dumber. I’ll give credit where it’s due, though: The ending elicited a genuine “OH SHIT!” from me, even if I felt terrible about it afterward. But I think this is yet more proof that I am remarkably easy to please on occasion.
(Spoiler talk after the break!)
So, yeah, I’m not totally ready to eat my words yet regarding Gai’s stupid resurrection, but his reintroduction is at least cool. That’s some Metal Gear Solid shit he pulls on Shu right there. Gai is like the Cyborg Ninja and Liquid Ocelot all in one now. I’d label Shu Revolver Ocelot, but that would be a grave insult to old man Ocelot. Shu hasn’t even double-crossed anyone, much less a triple- or quadruple-cross! But, yeah, I am actually kind of sort of interested in where the story goes from here. We all know Shu is getting the King’s Power back, and I doubt Inori is actually dead . . . but maybe setting things back up again won’t be so dumb? *cue laugh track*
Anyway, on with the show!
1. “Whoa, Shu, buddy, don’t you think you’re taking this a bit too far?” Shu bitching out his subordinates isn’t that dumb, because it was established last week that Shu has gone full douchebag. Yahiro calling him out on that, though? SO DUMB. “I created a system that institutionalizes discrimination, and I encouraged you to be hardline against the students, but throwing two guys into the dungeon? That is too far, my friend!” Jesus, what an idiot. This has to be Production I.G’s grand plan to make Shu sympathetic: Make everyone around him into utter hypocrites.
2. Oops, didn’t kill her! This is only kind of dumb, but I think Guilty Crown has lost the goodwill for these fake-out moments. Is there a soul among us who thinks Inori is any danger? Nay, I say! Nay!
3. Sigh. Guilty Crown has an off putting fascination with rape and rape metaphors. I want to think the show is actually trying to say something, but my gut feeling is that the show is desperately trying to be shocking by overusing something that riles up powerful reactions from people (for good reason). I mostly rolled my eyes at this scene.
4. Voids die when they are killed?! This continues to be soooooooooooo stupid. Shu’s leading you into a battle where you could be killed in a hail of bullets, and you’re fine with that, but the second you learn you could be killed if your Void is destroyed, you freak out. A bullet does not need to hit your spoon to kill you.
5. Coup d’e–what?! “I’m gonna get back at that meanie Shu by leaking our escape plans to the very people who are trying to kill us! They’ll definitely treat us nice!” what
6. Wait, Argo is still alive? More confusing than dumb — I thought Shu was all, “YES, I CAN KILL HIM BY SQUISHING HIS PRETTY LITTLE VOID” but then he keeps him alive and free enough to wander around Tokyo and grab Inori. k lol
So there you go. A bounty of dumb! Vote away!
And the results of last week’s polls . . . a very close match in the dumbest moment of ep16 poll, but Zombie Gai takes it by one vote over Shu fretting over the Voids. A magnificent victory for Gai. And the reigning champion of dumb: The F’s invading the hospital! An upset in my mind, but nonetheless a deserving champion. Who will come out on top this week?!