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Ergo Proxy episode 15: Who Wants to be in Jeopardy

Title screen
Title screen

This episode gets points right off the bat for the wordplay that's present in the title. I was amused by it.

As you can imagine, this episode centers around a dangerous game show. It's a premise that's been done on other shows, but it works here. It also allows the viewer to get a lot of information in a short amount of time.

It comes at you quickly so you really have to listen and pay attention to this one because I get the feeling that a lot of this is going to come back later. I did find it odd how many questions were Proxy-centric. I was expecting some reveal that the questions were made specifically for him, but that never came about.

Vincent doesn't fare too well in those questions, though he doesn't do too well on the general trivia either. It's kind of amazing how he got rather simple questions wrong, but maybe the pressure got to him. In his defense, some of the stuff was really vague and it's unclear how any one is supposed to win with the clues given. That could be the point as the host is fighting for his survival just as much as Vincent is. Actually, the host was surprisingly OK with dying and ending the show. Heck, he even tries to help Vincent out from time to time, so points for good sportsmanship, I guess.

Re-L and Pino are largely sidelined, but do get to participate in one round. I did get a kick out of how Re-L wasn't having any of it. She didn't really have any skin in the game so you could see why she just sat there and refused to partake.

Not surprisingly, Vincent wins. We don't see the host die, but he does allude to it as the crowd gives him a round of applause. The episode ends rather abruptly and we're not given any sort of follow up to what has happened. I wonder if it'll get picked up in the next episode or if they'll just appear somewhere else as they did here.

In addition to the title, I did get a kick out of the little meta-moments. In the stinger, the last question before the credits play is "what is the name of this song?" (Vincent did get that one right for those curious) and later on when the game show cuts for a commercial break, so too does the episode.

The episode was fairly gripping, though that's more to do with the exposition dump than any sort of tension. It's surprising, you'd think that they'd play up the whole life at stake thing, but it's not as big a factor as you'd think it would be. It can be hard to keep up with all of the background information that's being thrown at you, but you get the general gist of it. Still, this is an episode that might bear a re-watch or two because it's pretty dense.

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