Another week, another… 3 episodes of Gangsta?!
It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to catch up on Gangsta, the only currently-airing show I am watching at the moment. Summer has brought real life to my doorstep, but I haven’t abandoned the show! This article will be short reviews of the latest three episodes of Gangsta and then I’ll be back to regularly-scheduled meandering rants next week.
Episode 5: Sanctions
Man, how could I not immediately want to watch the next episode after the cliffhanger of episode 4?! Well, the show wasted no time reminding me how stupid I was and got right into the action before introducing a huge new aspect of the world.
The action scenes this episode were pretty top notch. It’s always cool to see a fight like this in a world full of “normals”. You are immediately given the impression that these guys are a cut above the rest, and that Nic is especially so. Some of the choreography is nothing new, but on the whole it’s good action with some brilliance mixed in (a rooftop scene in particular). A bit of story dropped into the action is that Nic is apparently overdosed on a sort of steroid, which I liked because it adds an explanation of why Nic is so ambivalent about pain.
The episode then moves on to explain that the tag Nic is fighting is part of “The guild” (of Twilights I’m assuming) and is breaking one of the three laws. My first thought was Asimov’s laws (right sci-fi fans?… anyone?), and when they explain it’s… in fact exactly the three laws of robotics:
- Never harm a human.
- Twilights must obey a human’s order, unless it conflicts with the first law.
- Twilights must defend themselves, unless it conflicts with laws one and two.
That’s interesting for a number of reasons, the first of which is that Twilights are treated as sub-humans, and that this changes the status of Twilights for the viewer. The only problem is: these laws have clearly been broken in the show before. Nic has killed more than his fair share of humans, and these laws should be made in order to prevent technicalities like Worick ordering Nic to kill other humans. On the whole I don’t know why the world would need these laws, but it is an interesting twist. I just hope they don’t introduce and then immediately ignore them; it’s better if they actually discuss what it means for the world.
Episode 6: Thorn
In the sixth episode, we get more back-story on Nicolas and Worick while also exploring the cause of Ally’s PTSD. This was a more straightforward episode, but it was fantastic to see the development of Nic and Worick’s relationship as boys while the anti-twilight movement escalates around them. I think the payoff for this will be good, considering how much abuse they show the young boys going through. When Nic gets his revenge on both their fathers (one can only hope), I’m sure it will be a great moment of victory. It’s how they handle the fallout that will be the most interesting.
We also see some more development with Ally’s PTSD, and the good Dr. Theo tells us why it’s been so bad. A drug used by pimps, called TB, makes the women who are their slaves more submissive, and Ally is suffering withdrawals; which means hallucinations and panic attacks. There is great moment between Ally and Worick where he wakes Ally up (albeit hurting his himself in the process) and the hallucinations momentarily stop. I hope this serves as a good development for their relationship and a turning point for Ally.
Episode 7: Birth
Alright so we finally get a resolution to the back-story of Worick and Nic. Worick gets blinded by his father when he catches him with cigarettes (jeez that guy had issues) and Nic flies off the handle. He not only kills Worick’s father, but the entire rest of his family as well. Worick of course loses it and orders Nic not to die; he’ll have to suffer far more before he does. It’s an interesting development, and I honestly thought Worick would tell Nic to kill them, not have it happen spur of the moment. Then we see Worick struggle with what to do with Nic afterward and we get the first hint that he still may harbor some resentment. I’d like to see this continue because it’s a new direction for the characters, and could help the relationship seem less static.
We also get more hints about the Twilight killings that have been happening, and even a four fathers meeting about the events. It’s a great look into the criminal underground and we also get to see that these people that are taking out Twilights are in fact taking out ones that are at Nic’s level. I can sense that there are going to be some great fights coming up.
Well that’s it for Gangsta episodes 5-7! Sorry it’s a little long, I’ll be back next week with a review of the 8th episode.