VGHS: Episode Eight (2012)

This week has been crazy for me. I have been sitting here for the last week thinking to myself, “where the hell are we going to go now one episode out from the season finale?” It’s been hectic, imagining what it would be like, and if it could be pulled off, and would there be a time jump, AHHHHHHHH!

But it’s all okay. This episode was just right to make me not worry about a season unraveling itself into distaste. Let’s forge forward!

Wowzers, that is one fancy recap of last episode. Comical, detached, and somewhat fitting to the entire story. It makes it hard to imagine the idea of this episode floating around someone’s head and then just blurting it out, “let’s make a mock opening of soap operas!”

So we’re back in Brian’s hometown, which also seems to be the same (or close) vicinity of VGHS. Confusing, or just lacking of space explanation, but I can forgive them. Fine… what was with the dramatic monologue in episode one, if he’s really close to home? Like Jenny has a basement, so she’s obviously in a house, not dorm, it get confusing. Especially considering the audience won’t all be from America, and though it may be a major holding in the audience, I think it holds a little justification into having episode two actually show us the rooms, and school/dorms rather than just cut to Ted and Brian as roommates.

Brian is a cross between The Fonz (Fonzie) from Happy Days, and Tony Montana from Scarface, while the other characters (and part Brian) show that sincere link to anime television programmes. I say this because first two as the obvious link to the hitting of the arcade machine, and the suit, but more so the natural feel I got from Brian’s character home.

He doesn’t play with the public like Montana, gives out money and is genuinely loved by the public as is Fonzie. So where does this episode lie in the whole scheme of success? I think it does quite well. The wording, and play on words is excellent, while explicit dialogue between Brian and Jenny is exactly what the audience is thinking.

You broke up with The Law?
That’s all you got out of this? That I broke up with The Law? You’re unbelievable.Reference

It’s exactly the key words an audience hears, and the perfect timing of Brian’s life. I also enjoy the lights, and array of colours in this episode since it a) reminds me of episode four, b) nicely taps into the world of theatre, and stylistic mood.

We know that film is influenced by the colours on screen, but this – as of the immediate beginning – is very theatrical in its presentation, which makes the scenes between Brian and Jenny that much more enjoyable to watch. It is as if we are focusing on a section of the “Brian’s” while all other characters are in view. And everything just feels inviting.

I can understand the dislike from some of the viewers and their arguments, but it is important to note the influential referencing to this episode that makes it the way it is.

I’m in sync with the whole time passing being inline with Romeo and Juliet (5 day ordeal), and am not a fan that Brian makes VGHS, and is kicked out, only to become owner of the arcade all within a week. I understand the basis is being that of a video game where each second is a minute logic, but it just feels like it’s lacking that real life connection that its yearning for being that there are, well people not animations involved.

However, this episode dent really hold that much content besides fun. It real does feel like a “filler” episode, since nearly all the actions and dialogue could happen in episode nine – being that Brian is allowed to play Field of Fire – and then making the happy ending to be play DXM with Jenny. While Ted and Ki can make up/out after they realise that their field of gaming is really suited for them.

I don’t know, this episode does hold some value to the series so far, but does seem as something to just make it nine episodes rather than eight. But somehow it does make me want to see the finale now – yearning maybe, or just hope of realignment to the other episodes.