As if we didn’t have enough mysteries and intrigue piled up from the past two seasons, we’re now adding yet more complications. Though, truth be told, this one actually looks like it could be kind of fun.
While I really loved the first episode of season 1 and most of the first half of season 1, by the end of it I was finding this story becoming a little too drawn out. Season 2 firmly enhanced that impression by meandering about adding in additional complications without actually touching on anything set up from the previous season and I’m going into season 3 very firmly of the opinion that if it doesn’t get back to some of the previous mysteries this will be my last season of this show.
That said, the first episode was pretty entertaining and I couldn’t help but get a little excited about learning more about Levi, watching Eren and the others interacting now that they are a little older and a little less idealistic and naive, and just generally seeing how messed up things have gotten. While there is no introduction for people new to the franchise, this just jumps straight into the story from where we left off only it seems like things are even more tense than they were.
However, despite the many positives this episode brings, including some very cool action sequences and enough squeamish body horror to remind us of what this show was built on way back when, I couldn’t help but wonder if I cared about all the intrigue within the military. Is it really necessary or do I genuinely just want to find out what’s in Eren’s basement and then be done? I’m sure people who have read the source material would have a bunch of reasons why this is relevant, but I know at this point I feel like the story is moving further and further away from the parts that initially intrigued me and those moments of jaw dropping coolness can only distract me from that for so long.
All things considered, I’m happy this is back and I’d really like it to be great, but I am fairly prepared to walk away from this franchise at this point so it wouldn’t really take much for me to decide I’ve invested more than enough time already for minimal payoff.
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