I was going to say this is a good episode — if a bit quickly paced — after last week’s debacle, but then this had to happen. No matter how many visual allusions to 2001: A Space Odyssey you throw out, I will not be swayed, Elyurias! Go away, you magical forest elf god! You are unwanted!
Seriously, though, I did enjoy this episode a fair amount more than last week’s if only because it acted as if the whole, “lol No. 6 is all about dat magical forest lol” exposition dump didn’t happen (for the most part, anyway; clearly, it will come up again, and I will be sad). The focus shifts back to the plan to bust Safu from the joint, which is kind of strange in a way. I get the Action Movie Logic of allowing yourself to be captured to complete an objective — it worked for Golgo 13, after all. (And that episode is fucking awesome.) Wouldn’t the mooks recognize Nezumi, though? Even if what the good folks of No. 6 are going to do to Nezumi is top secret, his face could be plastered on wanted posters and shit, and the soldiers could just be told to find him without knowing why. If there’s anything we know about Soldier Drones, it’s that they love having missions, even if the objective behind the mission is unclear. But I guess they can’t be bothered.
Also, they need to watch more action movies — if someone’s hiding his or her face under a hood, then that person has something to hide! Suspicious!