That episode was pretty good. And if I could watch it right after I finished the 17th one, it would be just so much better. The two episodes go together very well. They both are sad, at least I feel that way. They show us how one by one the best fighters humans have are getting pointlessly killed by the force they can’t possible overtake.
Let’s think about it. How many new soldiers Recon Corps are getting each year? Maybe a hundred, probably less. They showed the recruiting process, and they got about 20-30 people from this year cadets. Now how many operations each year there are? I think dozens. And here, during this single mission they have already lost more people than they recruited. And they are nowhere near retaking the wall Maria or getting to Eren’s house. So you see why I said that the episode is sad. We are watching the decline of Recon Corps. One or two blows like this one and they will be no longer effective as a military force.
Well, I hope I am exaggerating. Let’s take a deep breath and look at something nice.
Now, as I said, the episode was good. And not only because it made me feel bad for the Recon Corps. It also gave us some ground for new speculations. Ok, why did Erwin make them go to that forest, even though it was obvious that there was some unexpected danger taking down the whole formation from the right? Why didn’t he make them retreat? Why go the forest, which is good for fighting but no good for keeping the formation and for communication?
There is only one answer, that I can think of. From the very beginning Erwin suspected that the moment they take Eren out in the open their opponent will make a move. That would require two thing. First, the opponent has to be intelligent. Second, the opponent has to have allies in the ranks of Recon Corps.
Now, what Erwin decided to do? He decided to take a walk outside the walls and see what would come. And if something comes, he made a plan, that consists of bringing Eren into the forest and thus making the thing that would attack them come there.
Was it a good plan? Well, kinda. Normal titans can’t do something intelligent on their own. So the attack would be lead by one of those who pull the strings behind this war. So, if the operation goes well they will start to uncover, whom exactly they are fighting.
That all is very dandy, but here is the thing. Why would he sacrifice so many people? If I was in his position I would have made it clear to people, that if they something that is too powerful to be beaten by 2 men, they should fire special rounds and go to the center of the formation. And everyone who sees the smoke should get away from the source, towards the center. That way they would have been able to deal stop people from fighting something they can’t defeat.
And the last piece of thought. Remember in the last episode, when they were discussing where Eren is? They revealed that they all had different information about his location. That is a standard tactics to locate a spy in your ranks. Giving every suspect a different piece of information, and then see what information ended up in the hands of the enemy. And now, who said that “Eren is on the right flank” (the flank that was attacked)? Reiner. See you next time (^_^)/
My recent posts on Shingeki no Kyojin:
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 17. Female titan and what it means.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 16.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 15.
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), episode 14.
All my posts on Shingeki no Kyojin – here.