October 31, 2013

Two Questions Have Been Answered

...in the latest episode of RWBY.  For one thing, we now know that at least one of the promo trailers is canon.
'...and then the bastards robbed our train!'

Of course the episode poses more questions than it answers...like what the HELL is going on with "Penny"?

Strange new character is...strange.

There are the usual technical issues with this episode and the voice work seems off (OK,Weiss seems off), but the story is actually pretty interesting and has grown beyond the super hero team/school show it looked to be at first.
The episode itself was not the action fest everyone was expecting. A quiet walk through town brings team RWBY in contact with a couple of wacky characters who engender a discussion that later turns heated. and threatens to break up the team. Along the way our heroes encounter some allusions to previous episodes....the larger plot is coming together. We also get a bit of insight into Weiss's background and why she's such a shrew.

An episode with no physical action, this was, nevertheless, fairly dramatic and interesting.

It looks like next weeks episode...the season climax..will be a quiet conversation over tea.


From the comment discussion with regard to Penny:

She is giving off quite the robot vibe, however....

She seems to have fangs and she came in on the same ship as that Wukong did. The team assumed that he was one of their competitors so it's likely that the school she's from is known for having lot of faunus students.

Are these Fangs?

It would make sense if the faunus, being a bit different, tended to be socially awkward around humans. Perhaps their brains work in such a way as to seem like high functioning autistics to humans, unable to "get" social subtleties.(and perhaps humans seem the same to them). This would explain some of the societal problems and why a group of exotic and attractive sentients are aggressively (rather than passive aggressively) discriminated against.

Of course this is tenuous speculation at best...Penny might be a robot, an alien, a dust golem or a really lonely ginger who is into planking.


A further thought about  Weiss and what she witnessed at the hands of White Fang. Towards the end of the (rapidly deteriorating) conversation, when she is becoming inchoate with rage, she specifically mentions the loss friends and relatives.
 Remember that bit in episode 11 where she said she always wanted bunk beds as a kid?

She's been referred to twice as the sole heir of the Schnee fortune.
The implication is that she's an only child.. So, who would have been in the other bunk?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:19 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Penny is giving me that "android" vibe.  Perhaps she's a dust-powered automaton?

Posted by: Siergen at Thu Oct 31 21:03:13 2013 (c2+vA)


Ah.  Wasn't just us, then.  Penny hadn't uttered five words before Darling Daughter #2 interjected with, "Is she a robot?"

It'd be shame if she were, as that's too easy. 

Posted by: Tiberius at Fri Nov 1 11:19:30 2013 (97M8h)

3 Based on Penny's hair ribbon, she might be a cat-girl robot, which makes her slightly less common.

Posted by: Siergen at Fri Nov 1 20:32:10 2013 (c2+vA)

4 Far from unique, however.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Nov 2 09:50:48 2013 (+rSRq)

5 All good points. See Update.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Nov 2 12:54:51 2013 (DnAJl)

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