This episode of Flip Flappers gave me a sinking feeling fairly close to the start.
While part of me just kept hoping that Flip Flappers would actually do something noteworthy other than the visual spectacle the final episode overly relied on the power of love and friendship (without offering anything interesting thematically about either) and pure coincidence. No answers about who funded research into Pure Illusion, where the weird cult came from, who is funding Salt and his group now, who is looking after any of the kids even though clearly the weird cult was responsible for raising them and has now been destroyed, and no real answers about what gathering the shards would have actually done given apparently none of it mattered at all.
Let’s just narrowly focus down on Cocona, Papika and Mimi and not give Mimi any real character. She’s either evil, controlling Mimi, or sweetness and light Mimi and neither side of her has any more depth than that. The one moment I genuinely enjoyed in this final episode was when a second Salt appeared and more or less echoed evil Mimi’s words from a few episodes ago but Salt wasn’t having any of it and just shot his potential evil twin. Just think how much better off Mimi would have been if she’d done similar.
And that was the best moment to get you thinking in the entire episode as everything else was pretty visuals and frantic energy but little substance. While this series is still very enjoyable it is definitely the biggest disappointment for me this season. I’m going to give myself some time before reviewing it because right now I’d be pretty negative about it.
For most of this series I’ve found Flip Flappers to be a confused mess of imagery and ideas and there was always some kind of hope that coherence would be found. Episode 11 attempted an info dump to try to somehow make sense of the senseless and it did, kind of, but at the expense of the wonder and mystery or anything that may have actually been interesting.
Episode 12 takes us to the nightmare after the dream, almost the moments before waking, where all the ideas are mushed together and we are running from set-piece to set-piece revisiting images we’ve seen before but in a new and horrific light. Which sounds kind of interesting until you realise that in the entire episode Papika and Yayaka chased after Cocona and Salt walked to the cult base and may or may not become relevant next week.
All the emotional screaming and calling out of names amounts to nothing. The undoing of the transformation sequence before an instant new transformation (Princess style no less) amounted to nothing. Yayaka finally getting to transform just allowed the running around to go on for longer because this story feels the need to never allow Yayaka even a single moment of glory without punching her in the guts right after. Yep, Mimi is our final boss (unless you count Cocona’s own uncertainty which is probably equally to blame at this point), but only evil Mimi.
There’s good Mimi as well from time to time. Sorry, but evil Mimi with overly possessive parenting tendencies is just not enough after all the build up this series attempted. It does link most of the ideas together but it just isn’t satisfying. We’ll see what the final episode delivers but at this point I’m really not expecting much.
Any hope I had of Flip Flappers coming to something resembling a satisfactory resolution was dashed to little pieces (or rather exploded in a flowery mess) after watching this episode. While as visually tantalizing as ever, Flip Flappers essentially info dumped the whole plot up to now into one episode (and in the process eliminated the need for at least 60% of everything we’d seen prior) and then set up for an action-type show down in the next episode.
Or maybe it will be a battle of wills. Either way Cocona fighting her mother for control of Pure Illusion or her body doesn’t seem like a particularly interesting way to end this. And that shady cult turned out to be worse than useless. They don’t even serve as a red-herring to the plot. More like the Team Rocket of the show when all is said and done and that really isn’t a compliment.
I think the worst part is Mimi herself. Seriously, the way she ditched Salt at the drop of a hat on three separate occasions just kind of makes me really dislike her as an individual. Even if she did deliberately give him the amorphous as part of some attempt for her non-evil personality to help out in the final round, she did it by stabbing him through the hand.
Oh well. It will be over soon and at least it has the ‘ooh, pretty’ factor to sell itself on.
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