Now, I’m getting doubly curious about whether or not this business with
the owls has always been part of Ms. Mine’s back-story. The fun of
keeping up with all the different avenues of pop culture, of course, is that
sometimes you run into some wonderfully serendipitous coincidences. At the
moment, all the Batman books are in a cross-over entitled “The Court of Owls”
which is introducing a nefarious, owl-themed secret society into the Caped
Crusaders’ history. It’s a “retcon,” of course – - and I suspect that these
glimpses of owl people in Fujiko’s past might be a retcon, too.
At this point, we can only conclude that DC and FUNi are building up to
an epic mutli-media crossover that they’ve managed to keep an
astoundingly-tight lid on for all the time it’s taken to put it together.
== TEASER ==
Anyway, for a show that’s got a veritable landscape of naked breasts
parading in its intro, THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE actually deserves some
marks for subtly. For the first time since this series began, Fujiko wasn’t
holding all the cards. You can see her losing her touch throughout the
extended chase for the “Illustrated Girl.” Normally, she’s a pretty good shot,
but I don’t think a single round out of her near-constant shooting spree hit a
mark. Obviously, her obsession with the parallels of the girl’s situation and
the incessant, horrible memories they trigger is starting to unravel her
When the show started, I figured it was going to be COWBOY BEBOP REDUX
with a string of campy, episodic done-in-ones – - but now it’s looking like it’s aiming to paint something a little more incisive.
Watch this episode, “Love Wreathed in Steam” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.
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