ATTACK ON TITAN #18 - - Watch & Learn

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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ATTACK ON TITAN #18 - - Watch & Learn

So we’ve got Eren, Armin and Erwin, now? Wonderful. They won’t be hard
to mix up in dialog, at all.

This episode puts a fine point on why I had less patience for the
amount of ‘tactical exposition’ we’ve had to sit through over the past few
episodes (and why I have less patience for any serious discussion of power
levels, in general
). Levi has an absolutely lucid strategy, here, luring
the female Titan into the forest. The 3D gear is all-but-useless on an open
field with nothing elevated to grapple onto, and the Titans have a much greater
advantage there, because they have plenty of room to move around in and an
unobstructed view to spot humans.

In the logic of the story, the team should have completely switched the
balance of this battle to their favor by changing the location. Instead, the show just junks that for the sake of the story. We see
the Female Titan continue to stalk our heroes with just as much as ease,
swatting guardsmen like flies and plowing through giant evergreens like they
were made of cardboard.

== TEASER ==

On the one hand, that bolsters TITAN as a horror. The Titans get the same kind of menace that Jason Voorhees and the Terminator exude when they
just shrug off any number of death traps that should’ve killed them.

On the
other hand, it makes it harder not to see how irrelevant all the screen time
devoted to 'shop talk' is. I knew that
when they were laying out all the attack plans for the last battle. You only
show the heroes succeeding, hypothetically, because you’re then going to show
them failing when they actually go ahead with it.

Well, I’ve already seen this trick before, so it’s harder for me to sit patiently while it's set-up a second or third time.

Watch this
"Forest of Giant Trees -
57th Expedition Beyond the Walls" here and decide for yourself, then read
my write-up on the previous episode here.

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