Sword Art Online Alicization – Episode 6
There was a lot of talking this episode. Like massive amounts of talking. And a lot of it is that weird kind of technobabbly talk that happens when a concept really doesn’t make a lot of sense but the writers are earnestly trying to convince the audience that it does. Seriously, the more they mention fluctlights, the less believable I am finding the central concept. They really should just stop trying to explain and justify, just leave it at the ‘it is reading the soul, man’ kind of explanation, and get on with the story because all this talk just left me wanting to sit down and come up with a list of all the reasons why their idea is really unworkable.
However, unrealistic narrative conceits aren’t new for SAO so I’m not exactly going to let that get in the way of what has so far been a pretty interesting set up. The problem is, everything kind of felt like it screeched to a halt this week. Or more accurately, like they felt the need to consolidate all the kind of ideas we’d been given and just kind of lay out what has happened and a motive and objective and the best way they felt they could do that was by standing around and talking followed by some sitting around and talking. Basically, lots of talking heads.
Now does that mean the episode isn’t interesting? Not so much. Because in amongst all the babble, we get to see a copied soul/mind essentially self-destruct when being unable to come to terms with being a copy. We find out what the deal is with Eugeo and the others not being able to even consider breaking the taboos. We also realise why the company/government/whoever has gone to so much trouble with the project in the first place and the application they want for it and we get some nice foreshadowing that when Kirito finds out what they actually intend to do he’s probably not going to be happy about it.
But, I’ll be frank, it wasn’t enough. Twenty minutes of chatter and dodgy tech and medical terms being bandied about as well as questionable moral stances by characters just wasn’t compelling viewing. It is more something I’d expect from Index, and why I like Index, I don’t have anywhere near the love of it that I have for SAO. All things considered, I’m really hoping next week picks up again because I’ve now had just about as much set-up as I can handle.