Okay RWBY fans; let’s take a look at this week’s episode, “Forever Fall Part 2.” Wrapping up a four-episode long arc with Jaune, episode 14 provided a handful of significant moments. Although the length once again restricted the series’ ability to reach its full potential, generally, the episode provided a satisfying resolution to Jaune’s dilemma.
In particular, this episode did well at resolving the Jaune plotline in a unique (albeit rushed) manner. Viewers have been teased with Jaune’s potential abilities since the character’s introduction. Episode 14 demonstrated this latent talent with Jaune’s defeat of a large Ursa. However, it is not this that proved to be the scene’s greatest strength, but rather Jaune’s motivation. By having Jaune showcase his talent in defense of his rival Cardin, it allows the viewers to begin seeing the character in a noble light. Although Jaune was previously seen to be entertaining and sympathetic, this honorable side of him was unexplored. This new attribute should prove to be a useful tool in the episodes to come, providing a more believable transition of the character into the leadership role.
Additionally, the episode did well at reconciling the relationship between Jaune and Pyrrha. Although it was unsurprising that Jaune ended up going to Pyrrha for help, the gesture was nonetheless important. In doing so, it recognizes that Jaune still has a long way to go in terms of his fighting ability, as well as his relationship with Pyrrha. That said, the episode also offers hope that Jaune may yet gain some consistent competency.
As mentioned, episode 14 certainly had its weaknesses. Most significantly, the length proved to be a larger issue than usual this time around. Although I am typically against rehashing this concern, the length butchered a great deal of the thrill that this episode should have had. The fight between the Ursa and Jaune was paramount in terms of its relation to Jaune’s development. Given that the character had been allocated four episodes for the transformation, this final battle that signified his change should have been allotted more screen time. Instead, it gave a handful of intriguing moments (e.g. Pyrrha’s intervention), but an overall anticlimactic fight.
Additionally, the episode conclusion functioned on a high level of convenience. I am not sure what it is about Cardin, but convenience seems to follow this guy around a little too often. Much like his overhearing of Jaune’s secret, is the viewer truly supposed to believe that Cardin is going to end his tormenting of Jaune, offer a compliment, and keep his deepest secret, all because Jaune recused him from an Ursa? Gratitude is one thing, but given all that we know about the character, this move seems uncharacteristic.
Overall, “Forever Fall Part 2” provided a rushed, but typically satisfactory conclusion to the Jaune story arc. While it may not have been RWBY’s finest contributions, it has paved the way for more engaging material in the future. With Jaune now seemingly getting fighting lessons and Team JNPR back together, fans can look forward to the final two episodes of Volume 1.
Overall Score: 6.8/10
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