One Big Plot Contrivance
Dr Stone Episode 5
I know fans of the show are going to justify this latest turn in the story by talking about subliminal messaging and body language and how Senkyu was so prepared and brilliant but I’m going to call it absolute bull. What is the actual likelihood of Tsukasa not just ramming the spear through Senkyu’s throat, snapping his neck sideways, of the million other things Tsukasa could have done to Senkyu while having still picked up Senkyu’s cue to aim for the neck that would have resulted in his death?
And when your entire plot moves forward only because of a contrivance too big to ignore suspension of disbelief gets thrown out the window and the viewer, in this case me, gets forcibly ejected from the viewing experience. Instead of focusing on the interesting look at Senkyu’s time prior to Taiju waking up (and that was actually pretty good) I’m left thinking about how idiotic that particular story development was.
Meanwhile, I’m back to wondering why they didn’t find some better way to remove Tsukasa as a threat than running around to make gun powder. Can’t beat him in a fight? Try poison. Set a normal forest fire. Annoy him to death with bad jokes?
Anyway, the episode does start with a cute game of ‘what if’ as Tsukasa remarks that if he’s met them back 3700 years ago they would have been friends. We see a montage of the scenes we saw last week only this time with Tsukasa in the story as well. And then we are back to reality. It is an interesting point but I’m honestly thinking they probably wouldn’t have been friends back then anyway. Tsukasa and Senku both seem to have the same problem of always thinking they are right and by nature they probably would have clashed sooner or later regardless of the time period.
On the bright side though, we do get to see that Taiju and Yuzuriha are a very good combo. They understand each of other well and manage to formulate a plan very quickly and with very few words that they pull off very effectively. It is the best showing of Yuzuriha yet, and it was probably the highlight of the episode.
I was enjoying Dr Stone and I still like the idea here, but I’m lowering my expectations of the narrative at this point. Hopefully it will remain fun viewing and we don’t see these kinds of plot contrivances taking centre stage in future episodes.
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Images from: Dr Stone. Dir. I Shinya. TMS Entertainment. 2019.