Gangsta. Episode 2
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We root for the Handymen as the protagonists, but this episode of Gangsta reminds us that, you know, murdering people in the streets isn\\u2019t normal. While this episode isn\\u2019t as hard hitting as the first, there\\u2019s still a lot of good development and a great fight. Plus, we get more details about the Tags along with new information on the Handymen\\u2019s allies and a new antagonist.
Gangsta is a heavy show, but now we have a bright spot in this void of a city: Nina. This little girl works as a nurse at a clinic with Dr. Theo. The doctor seems to be responsible for Worick and Nicolas\\u2019 wellbeing, and in return the Handymen help them get rid of thugs that try to forcefully recruit the doctor to their gang. It\\u2019s fun to see Nina fret over Worick and Nicolas\\u2019 health. I also appreciate that Worick acknowledges how smart and adult she is for her age, especially in a city as messed up as Ergastulum. It was also nice to see that Nicolas has a soft spot for her, which serves as a great contrast for the biggest theme of the episode.
Nicolas and Worick are terrifying. They\\u2019re powerful, vigilant, and don\\u2019t think twice about the people they\\u2019re assigned to kill. In fact, they seem to enjoy it. Alex notices this. You can see her growing fear of the Handymen, especially Nicolas, peppered throughout the episode. Why shouldn\\u2019t she be scared Of course she calms down a bit after expressing her concern to Nina at the end of the episode, but it feels more and more like Alex represents the average person, an outsider tossed into a messed up city.
Even though the Handymen are mostly the reason she\\u2019s still alive, she\\u2019s not necessarily in a better situation than she once was, which she\\u2019s slowly starting to realize. At the end of the episode Nina tells Alex that even though she\\u2019s not comfortable with the violence either, that\\u2019s just how the city is. Even though it\\u2019s cool to see Nicolas and Worick waste the bad guys in cool fights, it\\u2019s good to know that this show is still grounded in reality.
This episode was great, but it didn\\u2019t quite pack the same punch as the first episode. The two follow a very similar format; we had our job of the week, got little bits of information about a core theme in the show, then ended with a new mystery, this case being the Twilights and the shadowy antagonist. I don\\u2019t entirely mind this format, but I do hope we see this get shaken up more as the series goes on so the show doesn\\u2019t start feeling too predictable. The boss of Nicolas\\u2019 Tag opponent seems to be ready to send more dangerous men after team Handymen, so I don\\u2019t think we\\u2019re going to have this formula for much longer.
While the handymen were dealing with relatively smaller guys this episode, we get some more setup to the main plot. In the first episode, we had an introduction to a gang that was being aggressive and getting out of control. These new guys in town are hiring these mercenaries to gain positioning and resources in the town.
Alex is the weakest link. So far she's less of a character and more of an audience surrogate, since it looks like a romantic relationship might be brewing between her and Nic. The narrative doesn't treat her badly as a woman or a prostitute, but I'd rather she do more than gawk at Nic. (That's my job.) Her best moment is in the first episode, when she discharges a full clip of bullets into her abuser's dead body once she's been liberated. Hopefully we'll see more of this version of the character going forward.
Honestly, if it weren't for the main dudes, I'd have trouble getting invested in this story. Gangsta. is weakly plotted. The second episode is redundant to the first in establishing Worick and Nic as badasses with not-so-secret teddy-bear hearts. The art design is middling. The character designs are distinctive and pleasant, but the show's backgrounds repel the eye. Most scenes take place in dirty brown hallways. C'mon guys, this is supposed to be atmospheric. Play up the European exoticism! The animation also has its rough points. While characters look nice up-close, distant shots are usually off-model. I can overlook sloppy animation if the story and art are decent, but there's not much slack for me to cut here. Something has to improve. 59ce067264