February 18, 2017

RWBY Season 4 Ends

Well, we're two weeks late in our appraisal, but then, out of 12 full episodes, we managed no more than four other reviews this season as life's interventions caused a substantial delay in watching the show this time around.

Thankfully, it was worth the wait.

"See guys, it says here that we ROCK!"

At mid-season, RWBY's five disparate plotlines began to converge, but not as expected. Instead of having the groups all come together, the various plotlines converged in their tone, with 5 different flavors of existential dread being presented. These, counterintuitively, coincide with the show largely regaining its optimism.

Monty would be proud. 

The next season looks to be the last and this finale tees it up perfectly. My only complaint at this point is that we've got 8 more months to wait for it. 

UPDATE: Rereading the post, I should have mentioned that the ending of this season is not so much a finale, or a cliffhanger as a pause point in the story.

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1 Well, that ending was really annoying.

Posted by: Rick C at Sun Feb 19 20:07:11 2017 (ITnFO)

2 What was annoying about it?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Feb 19 20:25:58 2017 (KicmI)

3 Stopping in the middle of the story, which is almost as bad as a cliffhanger.
I mean, the story itself was good, what we got of it.

Posted by: Rick C at Sun Feb 19 22:42:06 2017 (ITnFO)

4 Oddly, my reaction was that there wasn't a whole lot happening, at least plot-wise, this season. It wasn't quite filler, but there was a lot of backstory and character bits. But in the end the plot boiled down to getting three of the four principals to the same town.

I'm also a little bugged that the grimm basically have a Borg Queen.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Feb 19 23:42:57 2017 (5Ktpu)

5 I don't think that's what Salem is, unless you meant someone else. Nonetheless, if we can get people to stop using that stupid "kill the queen and the army dies" trope, that'd be great.  I just saw a movie that used that so-called plot this weekend.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Feb 20 09:48:42 2017 (ECH2/)

6 Oh yeah, I am totally sick of the "Invading army comes with an Insta-win button" plot.

Posted by: Mauser at Mon Feb 20 23:10:38 2017 (5Ktpu)

7 I mean, I get that without that crutch, you can't just build suspense for an hour and 45 minutes and then set up a nice, clean ending in the last 5, but still.  How about a little originality?

Posted by: Rick C at Tue Feb 21 00:00:58 2017 (ITnFO)

8 I don't think that's even in play here. Salem is not the "leader" of the Grimm,

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Feb 21 16:56:34 2017 (KicmI)

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