Anonymous 01/13/2018 (Sat) 10:17:52 No.14557 del
So what did I think of it? Well, I found myself a little disoriented for most of the first half. The synopsis didn’t reveal much either, so I spent the first few minutes trying to work out what was going on. That’s probably the intended effect, though – you’re shoved into this story in medias res and expected to find your feet by yourself, all while admiring how beautiful the animation is for the tea Violet drank or the seawater in the port. That led to quite a few surprises on my part, including the fact that Violet is actually a war veteran who had horrifically lost both of her arms. What I did find useful, if you haven’t done so already, was to go back to this first half and watch it again in light of what you later learned from having watched the rest of the episode. Doing that makes it uncomfortably apparent, from the way Hodgins reacts awkwardly to literally everything Violet says when they first reunite, that Gilbert is probably dead. In fact, it looked like he was about to take out something from his pocket which might or might not have been the missing brooch, but then realised that she might not take the news of Gilbert’s death too well given how dependent his existence was (and clearly still is) to her very unhealthy mental state. So he held onto it in the end, all while feeling unsettled at how emotionally stunted this girl seems to be and not really being sure of how to deal with her. Hodgins really dodged a bullet in that first scene, I think. Violet conveniently interpreted his words (about Gilbert having asked him to take care of her) as being a confirmation that Gilbert is still alive, when in reality Hodgins has said no such thing. I suppose it’s possible that he’s still alive, as Violet should really have died too from the blood loss she sustained, but it wasn’t too clear exactly what sort of injuries he had.