Jormungand Episode 2

Dance with Undershaft phase.1

One more week late episode, which is something I’ll strive not to become a trend in the future. After all, we all prefer to read others’ impressions right after we’ve watched the episodes, am I wrong?

Anyhow, episode 2 was what we could call a flashback episode. There was so much of the characters’ past packed in it, I was quite impressed the developments and revelations didn’t feel rushed, forced or cheap. In this kind of things, I guess it all boils down to execution, and as expected, White Fox didn’t let me down on that regard.

The revelations of R’s, Bookman’s, Koko’s and Hex’s pasts not only were quite important for character development, but had a huge impact, as they tie in tightly with the current situation. When someone’s past s presented just for the sake of it, it feels often disjointed, especially if such is done with recursion to flashbacks. However, this episode is definitely not an example of that, as it showed the character’s reactions and personality traits we could actively relate to the past events that shaped them.

When talking about last episode, I questioned about R’s words about Koko, as he said she had change, hidden her true self, after he joined her personal squad. One of the possibilities I pondered was if it could have been the death of her comrade or some consequence of it that triggered such behavior. Well, it seems I wasn’t exactly right, but neither was I too far of the mark. It appears it was his words before death that changed her. And I believe that fascinating guise she puts up won’t wear off any time soon.

About R himself, we get to see how he became a CIA agent, and also how kind-natured he is. That made me really torn over the situation that’s presenting itself. He’s a mole, but he seems an honest guy who’d follow his beliefs anytime, so his reactions were interesting to watch. Especially to Bookman’s plans of using both him and Hex to achieve his goals. Hex might be a wildcard, but she’s a powerful one at that, nonetheless, and the fact that she’s not set on killing Koko right now makes her quite the useful resource for Bookman, to such an extent that he’s willing to sacrifice a less important piece of his game.

Speaking of Hex, her past is certainly not a pink one either. Having total faith in her country and being betrayed by it several times, not to mention her husband having died on the 9.11… Well, there are some batshit insane people in Jormungand, but at least they have good reasons for their mental instability. I can’t wait to see how things will play out next episode, now that she’s making her move to target Johan.

Which I’ll see in… a couple of hours, probably. Whenever the subs are available.