It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for RWBY. Episode 10, while uneventful plot-wise, brought some needed character development that has helped to set the characters up for further tasks. Although the method by which they got there was a bit convenient, Rooster Teeth acknowledged the need for a final resolution between Weiss and Ruby that is certain to be a strength in the future.
In short, it was clear that while the characters were able to put their disagreements away during their last battle in episode 8, there was still evident conflict that needed resolution. RWBY’s acknowledgement of this demonstrates a strong writing team, unwilling to simply take the easy way out (i.e. glossing over details). Instead, they dedicated the episode to this development, providing a convenient, but nonetheless believable solution. Furthermore, in doing so, it forces the characters of Weiss and Ruby to move forward personality-wise. Ruby is embracing her new leadership role and all that it entails, while Weiss is coming to grips with the fact that she needs to be nicer to others, and overall, trusting. These are not easy lessons, and thankfully, RWBY had the mentor roles of Ozpin and Professor Port to draw from to move this process along.
Additionally, episode 10 provided a brief, but meaningful look at Professor Ozpin. In addition to demonstrating his mediation abilities, his dialogue proved to be illuminating as well. In particular, he states that he has “made more mistakes than any man, woman, and child on this planet.” Although this seems a bit dramatic (not to mention ill-placed given that he is trying to say he didn’t make a mistake), it reveals a dark past to the character that will likely come into play later in the series. Also, it further established him as The Mentor” of the series. All mentors have baggage that they do not like to talk about (Dumbledore, Obi-Wan, etc.), and it seems Ozpin is no exception. This coupled with Professor Port’s assurance that he trusts Ozpin’s judgment makes for an intriguing combination.
Despite the fact that this episode was necessary, as stated, it did not escape the feeling of convenience. For instance, why would Weiss go to Professor Port for guidance? One explanation could be that she was looking for reassurance, and given that he had just praised her, she thought he would be supportive. That said, in such a heated state, people do not often seek council from those they view as authority figures (at least not at first). Additionally, Ruby just happening upon Ozpin right when she needed to felt a bit forced and contrived. However, as stated, it was a necessary development that needed to happen before the characters could truly move forward as a team.
Overall, episode 10, “The Badge and the Burden Part 2” was a welcome and essential addition to RWBY. Such a complex development is difficult enough in a 30-minute episode, so the fact that it was done in a mere 6 minutes further demonstrates the high quality writing. With the foundation firmly in place, RWBY is primed and ready to move forward.
Overall Score: 8/10
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