Posted by psgels on 17 February 2011 with categories: Fractale



I expected more of this episode. I mean, it was one of those episodes that make me wonder why they were included in such a short series: the incredibly risky build-up episodes. They’re understandable for character and world building in the long running series, but we’re talking about eleven episodes here!

So, basically everything that happens here is that Clain does a number of chores and Nessa takes over the flying ship of the rebels and makes everything hot. The only really new thing that we learn is Phryne’s reasons for taking away Nessa, which could have easily been done in one fourth of that time. the major problem is that I don’t know whether the characters in this series are solid enough to actually make use of the time this episode spent on fleshing them out. Especially when this was supposed to be an interesting adventure series, and this episode entirely broke that flow and didn’t really contribute anything to this.

The way in which this episode was brought also was a bit lazy. There was a lot of expendable dialogue and characters trying to be funny while they weren’t. Oh, and unfunny underwear jokes. One examples of these kinds of scenes done partly right is with the currently airing Star Driver, which blends in random antics that are genuinely fun to watch, because they’re well delivered, are mixed in with interesting and well explored characters and despite the lack of balance it is consistently fun to watch. I’m really missing that with Fractale. We’re five episodes in already and it really doesn’t have time anymore to goof off.

This episode indeed showed some of the daily lives of the rebels; it did that right, but the way in which it showed this could have been done much better, especially when it gets in the way of a lot of other things in this series. Priorities, people!
Rating: – (Disappointing)

6 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    Damn, it seems the creators still haven’t realized the only saving grace of this show is its setting.

  2. Khal says:

    Disappointing episode, huh? Damn, and I was looking forward to it. :(

  3. conyo985 says:

    Yeah I was disappointed with the episode too. The perverted jokes are getting old. Also, I just want to slap some sense to the annoying girl because she always kicks Clain when he thinks about Phyrne or Nessa. Just deal with it and accept it girl!

  4. Taara535 says:

    This is unfortunate, but I can’t say I’m surprised. It felt like this series was going off a cliff last episode (right after they scaled the mountain of episode 3 and gave us a great view). Quite a shame that they are choosing to jump off so quickly though.

  5. Tan-Tan says:

    Huh. Really, I had fun with the episode. ESPECIALLY the underwear joke :)) I guess it’s a matter of choice but it did answer a few things with us like who Nessa is and Phyrne, and what will come soon afterwards.

  6. victor says:

    yes, I also think that this episode sucked and the jokes are so stupid… That Henri girl has serious problems accepting sexuality!

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:44 PM)
    @Vincent: I think when we have cases of thousands of people dying and whole cities ruined by preemptive synchronous canon-fire then it is probably pretty safe to assume that it was a factor.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:44 PM)
    @Bam Comparative history is an inherently sketchy endeavor. But my pursuit of it comes from my view of history as falling under the humanities whereas you treat it more like a social science. I’m merely using the analysis to illustrate how, despite the massive technological difference in both cases, things nonetheless went much worse for the Americans, and you have to look at the other factors to explain why.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:43 PM)
    The Spanish took advantage of rivalries and played them off against each other.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:42 PM)
    @afgm: I believe your competent enough to search the internet on your own and see the facts for yourself and then come play freshmen anecdotes with us, but here: James Lockhart and Stuart Schwartz, Early Latin America: A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:42 PM)
    @Bam It is different in Africa. But South America was a different story. Military power didn’t factor in early on in the invasion.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:40 PM)
    @Ninja: the thing about decisive factors is: you’re never going to find a single one. These things are always an amalgamation of various ecological, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors; but this is no excuse to write off the vast difference of military technology as not a major contributor.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:37 PM)
    So it seems that you both agree with my point that the African and the American campaigns were too different for one-to-one comparison.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:36 PM)
    @Bam Yes, I have read plenty of examples of European technology being used to devastating effect against pathetically under-equipped indigenous people. I have also read of many examples where that superior weaponry didn’t make a difference because the Europeans over-played their hands. Yes, the difference in technology was huge, but I don’t think it was the decisive factor in shaping the course of colonialism.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:32 PM)
    @adgm we are all educated about this.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    @Bam Africa is a vast continent and the people there were very spread out, with the exception being West Africa. So of course there would be little resistance. The resistance was thinned out.

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