Babylon Episode 5: Hero or villain

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Zen goes to meet a relative of Ai

It’s way too hard to keep track of who is who in this series, but I think the content itself is still great. This week’s episode digs more into Ai’s past as she builds herself up as the main antagonist. She definitely pulls off her creepy personality well. This series certainly handles its tension well, and it’s been a fun mystery so far.

Ai induces anxiety in her classmates

Honestly, Ai is seeming more and more supernatural based on her uncle’s description. I suppose pheromones do exist, but the science around them in humans is kind of sketchy. As I’ve mentioned before, I think that Ai becomes a lot more interesting if her ability is grounded in plausibility, but I think the show can work regardless. It’s more of what I prefer to see, if anything.

Zen muses over Ai's abilities

Listening to Ai’s uncle lust over her wasn’t the greatest experience of all time, but I guess it gets the message across. Ai is clearly meant to be an indomitable force for Zen to face. It does make me curious, though. Why wasn’t Zen affected by her from his interrogation. Was it just because he was never alone with her? Is that why Okuda was the only victim?

Hiasa wonders what Zen thinks about justice

I guess the end of the episode somewhat vindicates Hiasa, but I couldn’t help but feel suspicious when she started asking Zen about justice. I guess she seems a lot more straightforward that Ai was in her interrogation, but it was an unsettling question.

Kaika broadcasts another message

It’s crazy how much this series reminds me of Death Note. Many of the task force investigation scenes seem so similar. The shows also have the common theme of searching for someone who could basically be anyone. In addition to that, Kaika adds that extra layer by being a kind of stand-in on a TV broadcast. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.

Ai calls Zen

Ai’s conversation with Zen in the end is also pretty interesting, especially the analogy to the standard fantasy story. It seems to somewhat comment on the idea of people who readily accept the laws of the land, which could develop nicely as a theme for the show. On top of that, she kills another one of Zen’s investigators, which makes things difficult.

4 thoughts on “Babylon Episode 5: Hero or villain”

      1. I think the series does a good job of building up that paranoia. It’s actually reminding me of the beginning of Monster, where I didn’t know what was going on, but everything felt spooky.

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