Blood Brothers Ep 5 was posted on October 21, 2015, and clocks in at over 11 minutes long. With that said, I’m Knightmare, and let’s get started.
The episode starts off with us…jumping back to two years ago? We see young Aidan and Cobalt talking about when their father is going to take them hunting, and Cobalt expresses that maybe their father doesn’t want to take them hunting. The two lay down to sleep, but Cobalt wakes up to hear their parents arguing—which begs the question, did this not wake Aidan up? If they went to bed just a few seconds ago? A quick fade out and fade in would’ve hinted at a longer passage of time and not made this scene so curious.
Cobalt overhears his father insisting that Cobalt is weak, and that he’s leaving because they’re all a burden that he isn’t responsible for. Here we see more of the mother, which is great since I felt earlier that she wasn’t a character that was used well enough, and we see how the sickness is influencing her. She actually coughs up blood, hinting at some sort of…internal bleeding? But then, how long did this go on? How long can you survive internal bleeding? This is honestly a question because I simply am not sure. Their father then leaves, and the intro plays. The new song fits pretty well, and I like that we always see the brothers’ process to get where they are—such as the places they’ve traveled to. In light of the most recent arc, it’s easy to forget that these young pups travelled alone for a long period of time.
At 2:50, we get back to the episode, where we see Cobalt’s mental health detreating (sp?). Aidan is attempting to ground him, to warn him against his blinding anger. I really love this scene because Aidan is trying so hard to get through to his brother, who simply isn’t hearing him. It’s a really interesting thing that a lot of people do when they get upset—they won’t hear what you have to say when they’re in a state of duress. After declaring that Slate must die, Cobalt runs off.
We see Aidan sitting alone by the riverbank, where he has a flashback to when the brothers were younger and still making their travel across the land. This is a small, interesting deviation from the actual plot, which makes me wonder—what’s the purpose of this scene? To illustrate that they’re brothers and have had good times together? I already knew this, and I already feel for their relationship, so I don’t really know why this scene is here. Especially since it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and we jump right back to Cobalt as he faces off against Dagger. Again, I have to make a nod towards Neon’s good use of music. The song that plays beneath their conversation, paired with the words and our clear understanding that Cobalt is suffering, really makes the whole scene feel unhinged. As Dagger says she’s made a promise to kill the two brothers, we make a sudden jump back in time to the previous night, where Aidan spoke with Hurricane on Cobalt’s fighting prowess. Their conversation overlays the actual fight with Dagger and…I dunno. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I guess I would’ve rather have seen the battle in its fullness and not have Aidan explain to the audience that Cobalt is actually pretty tough, when I already sort of figured that? Hmm. I’m really not sure if I like the handling of this scene or not. Also, when would the two of them hung out without Cobalt around? Odd.
With Dagger dead, Hurricane’s image comes to haunt Cobalt. She warns him against hate and vengeance, and he tells her to shut up as he leaves to go after more of the pack. Aidan arrives at the scene of Dagger’s death, and tracks his brother down. They speak, Aidan insisting he isn’t going anywhere as Cobalt expresses that he isn’t safe to be around anymore.
Now, there are a few things I need to say about this scene. First, I would believe Cobalt truly believes that everyone close to him dies if I would’ve seen more people get close to him and die. For goodness sake, his brother has been around since the beginning and isn’t even injured. Having their mother die, then his crush definitely isn’t a fun time, but he knew Hurricane for like, a day. So. This seems silly to me.
Secondly, the conversation is going fine but then suddenly, without warning, Aidan changes tones and inflections within two seconds. It’s really strange and doesn’t flow well at all.
After making the link between Slate and Cobalt, Aidan turns and walks away. It seems like the episode should end here, but we jump back into the past where we see the young pups and their mother, and Aidan asks when their father is going to take them hunting. We end on the note of Aidan and Cobalt leaving to go hunting together, and their sick mother looking on. This seems like another perfect end to the episode, but nope, we jump back to Cobalt facing off against his father, Slate. The music crescendos as Cobalt challenges his father to a fight, and the credits roll. Despite good setups for multiple endings, this one truly signifies the end, and I gotta say, I do really like this episode. I tend to be a sucker for anything that tackles mental health and the decline of the psyche, so I can’t exactly give an unbiased review. There were a few issues in the episode throughout, but I do really like this series, and I would say the positives outweigh the negatives. I’d definitely give it a look if you haven’t already.
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