11
Aug
08

Code Geass Ep 18

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

Death and destruction!

The episode begins with our epically betrayed Lelouch, who’s telling the citizens of Tokyo about the mass blackout and instructing his soldiers to attack the Britannian army; simultaneously ensuring that Rolo is on the way to rescue Nunnally. For all the technological advancements humanity has made, it’s nice to know that even during a blackout with enemy forces invading, people haven’t forgotten the simpler things…

...like a good old fashioned lantern.

...like a good old fashioned lantern.

Back to where the action is, we see every soldier killing their enemy, and high ranking officers trying to one up each other. And in between all this chaos and anarchy, we see Orange Kun…

...hiding his insanity under a thin veil of composure.

...hiding his insanity under a thin veil of composure.

Hidden motives are coming to realization as we see Jeremiah turning on Suzaku (only out of a misplaced sense of loyalty towards Lelouch), Guilford attacking his own fellow Britannians (only because of Lelouch’s Geass) and Rolo confirming to Lelouch that he has almost rescued Nunnally (only to kill her).

Shit is literally blowing up all over the place and we are sometimes overwhelmed by who’s killing whom and when the tides of the battle turn in favour of which side. Finally, Suzaku and Lelouch…

...meet on the battlefield!

...meet on the battlefield!

Through a weird series of events, Lelouch gets ‘almost killed’ by Suzaku, Anya (knight of Six) and then finally by the warmongering Vampire of Britannia. People like him, obviously can’t hold their own against someone powerful without the help of their minions. And just when he was about to (also) kill Lelouch…

...Kallen's new up-frucking-graded Knightmare pinballs her way to free Lelouch...

...Kallen's new up-fucking-graded Knightmare pinballs her way to free Lelouch...

...and literally melts the vampire to death!

...and literally melts the vampire to death!

Lelouch, after his miraculous save and knowing that Nunnally will be rescued any minute, goes all out and gives Kallen the order to kill Suzaku. Sitting back and enjoying the events of his victory unfold, Lelouch  looks as Kallen goes in for the killing move. And we see poor Suzaku…

...ready to embrace death...

...ready to embrace death...

…when suddenly…

...when suddenly the Geass kicks in!

...the Geass kicks in!

This is the moment when the pieces of fate start falling into place. That order Lelouch gave Suzaku to ‘Live’ using Geass in the first season comes back at the wrongest possible time. It is in his Geassed state, that Suzaku inadvertently launches the FLEIA device. Lelouch suddenly realizes what just happened and…

...watches helplessely as...

...watches helplessly...

…from the sidelines as…

...the 'space collapsing' warhead consumes everything.

...the 'space collapsing' warhead consumes everything.

Funny thing, fate is. Through all his scheming and masterminded plans of supreme glory, Lelouch couldn’t foresee that the seed of his own destruction was sown by him in an act of sheer kindness to save his best friend. Fate saw it fit to return this selfless deed by bitchslapping Lelouch to his utter demise.

He lost his sister, his love, his friends, his allies and any sort of ties with people, only to see that a bright future awaits his traumatized little sister in the shape of a better world. And it is in this moment of clarity, that…

...insanity starts to creep in...

...insanity starts to creep in...

…and he realizes that everything he ever worked for…

...has been brutally taken away from him.

...has been brutally taken away from him.

The ending sort of reminds me of the Dark Knight; that even though Good (sort of) won, Evil still reigns supreme. And on that unnerving note…

...see you next, deculture!

...see you next, deculture!


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