June 02, 2012

Falling Short is not the Same as Scewing Up

Leadership can be thankless.
Even if one does everything right...
Even if one has a superb staff, excellent kit, a clever and thoroughly solid plan that one executes admirably...

The enemy ALWAYS gets a vote...

Oh my.

Numerous people have remarked about the methodical pacing of Bodacious Space Pirates.
That pacing really comes to the fore in this installment. After last weeks action packed previews and the episodes rather jarring teaser the story switches gears abruptly to move at a quite leisurely clip.
Marika formulates her plan, there are character expositions and various background points are clarified. In any other show a build up this gradual would drag unbearably, yet here, every little bit of what seems at first glance to be padding is structure. Every bit of it matters, if not to the plot, then to the characterizations.

When it finally happens, the action is that much more satisfying.

Of course, I'm not sure if my high opinion of this kids show speaks more negatively of US television or me.

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It's not that Bentenmaru is almost too weak to be granted a Letter of Marque. It's that ships weaker than Bentenmaru got destroyed or their crews gave up.

It isn't law, it's natural selection.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jun 2 22:43:17 2012 (+rSRq)

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