RWBY Thursday is here once more with episode 13,”Forever Fall.” With necessary character development, engaging dialogue, and an intriguing new setting, episode 13 is a welcome addition to Volume 1. Although the episode is not without its flaws, it succeeds in pushing the characters to develop, which in turn prepares them for events to come.
To begin, the episode included some interesting dialogue, particularly between Ruby and Jaune concerning leadership. Although this dialogue was characteristically peculiar, it did act as a tactful way of progressing the characters. More importantly, in the conversation, Jaune is forced to see himself as a leader, and all that this entails. Again, although this is oddly placed, it somehow works. It pushes Jaune towards the inevitable role of leader (mentally) that we see him take an additional step towards at the end of the episode.
This conversation also provided some insight into Ruby, a character who has become particularly scarce over the last few weeks. Her clear view on what qualifies one as a leader, as well as her confidence in Jaune, demonstrates a wisdom and empathy that was previously unexplored. While this development was a bit out of the blue, it did provide a new dimension to the character that should prove to be interesting in future episodes. Furthermore, it added a level of depth between her and Jaune that had not been seen since the beginning of the series.
As always, there were a number of faults for “Forever Fall.” Most significantly, there was the time skip. Although it was a wise decision to gloss over the trials that Jaune had to undergo, it made the plotline relatively pointless. By not allowing the viewers to go through what Jaune had been enduring, they are likewise unable to sympathize with the situation. Should the episode have been a montage of Jaune’s added chores? Absolutely not. However, including something more significant than an offhanded mentioning would have made his standing up to Cardin more significant story-wise. As is, Jaune’s courageous stand is important, but cannot be fully appreciated.
Also, as mentioned, Ruby’s conversation with Jaune, while intriguing, was a bit peculiar. In particular, Ruby seems to know a great deal about being a leader, despite the fact that she was in dire need of counseling several episodes ago for the exact same thing. One could argue that this counseling is what makes her such an appropriate fit for this particular mentor role. However, because Ruby has had comparatively low screen time in the last few episodes, this added wisdom seems unwarranted. It certainly was a necessary component to episode 13, however it required a bit more buildup to better establish Ruby in such a position.
Overall, RWBY episode 13, “Forever Fall” was an appropriate addition to the season. While there were certainly some odd or convenient moments, they served a viable purpose. Now in a new setting with its own unique obstacles to encounter, RWBY fans can be certain that there will be some significant action in the coming weeks.
Overall Score: 7.8/10
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