After a bit of a hiatus, we dive back into this series. Once again, I come back to a Vincent centered episode that is largely self contained. Unfortunately, unlike "Angel's Share", this episode was nowhere near as gripping.
It starts off promisingly enough as Vincent finds himself wandering through a thick fog that was very reminiscent of Silent Hill. Vincent wanders to an abandoned bookstore. Again, there's some decent atmosphere as the place is dark and books are strewn about. After a minute or two of wandering, Vincent comes across an elderly gentleman who starts to talk with Vincent over tea.
The man is somehow able to put Vincent into some sort of hypnotic state and the episode turns into a trip through Vincent's psyche as he realizes what he is. I really feel like Vincent already knew that he was a Proxy. I don't know how many times that this can be revealed to him, but hopefully this is the last time.
For all the talk and exposition that this episode throws at you, not a whole lot is said. A lot of it is pseudo-philosophical rambling that really amounts to mostly nonsense. People just keep talking and talking and you really have no idea what they're going on about, but that doesn't stop them from continuing. It really makes it hard for you as a viewer to care or to become engaged in what Vincent is going through.
It's a shame because the premise is decent and you could have had a strong, character driven episode that really turned the tables by revealing new information. Instead, it's stuff that has either been covered already or doesn't make any sense.
The episode isn't completely without merit. There are some creepy moments here and there. The bookkeeper is effectively strange. Seeing Vincent pull a book off the shelf that had his full name on it was also a rather creepy bit. I'd say that that should have been the moment where Vincent said "screw this, I'm out of here", but by that point, the bookkeeper had him in his grasp so escape probably wasn't an option by that point.
As the episode ends, Re-L finds Vincent. While it was a fairly quick search on Re-L's end, this should consolidate the show's plots so that we aren't jumping back and forth.