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Season 4 Episode 9

Beyond All Blood

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Aired Sunday 1:30 AM Mar 02, 2008 on Adult Swim
9.4
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While Kai, David, Lewis, and Okamura go plant a bomb to prevent Diva's singing being heard world-wide, Saya is attacked by James. With his body made up of Corpse Corp body parts, the Chevalier proves to much for Saya, Hagi, and Lulu to handle. Right as things are looking grim for the three, an unexpected ally arrives to turn the tide of the battle.moreless

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  • James seeks out Saya to kill her once and for all. At the last posible moment, Solomon arives to save Saya, comits himself to be her chevalier, is mortaly wounded and dies. Saya kills James. David, Lewis, Kai, and Okamura plant bombs are tv station.moreless

    10
    Wow. This ep was freaking awsome. Generally, I have a preference for the Japanese dialogue, although I do like the English voice actors very much. But in his ep, the dialogue was definitely better in English. I think that the subtext in particular was much clearer. I give this ep a 10+ on the obligatory rating system - and I would easily add that this ep is in my top 5 Blood+ episodes. Without even going into the redemption of Solomon, the primary dichotomy, brought up again and again, is the question possed: What is Blood? Warning: I get the sense that I am about to go all existential as my stream of consciousness flows on in this post...so bare with me. Okamura, David, and Kai talk about it on the ferry ride; Nathan talked to Solomon, talked to Amshel as well, about it; Solomon talked about it at the moment he found redemption, confessing before Saya, Hagi, and James; and at the end, even Diva talks about it. What is Blood? Blood is what we make of it - it is our family, but it transends family ties, blood ties. Blood is the giving of one self for the sake of one's family. Diva states it poignantly, saying something like "I've never felt this way before when I look at my babies..." She continues with something like "there are two types of people, those who kneel at my feet and those who try to kill me" Now, Diva realizes that there is something more, something that transends herself. Now, it is not clear to me if this is simply a mother's intinct to care for her offspring, or whether she does feel something new, something real, perhaps as an epiphany, that she loves her babies. What a very powerful message and I am awe struck as I watch and feel for the characters. The engine for this message was the dialogue. Absolutely fantastic. Clear. Concise. And the emotional and social relevance is stunning. Nathan releases Solomon, presumably to save Saya from James, after he confronts Amshel. James scorns love, claiming that strength flows only from power and chaos, but such an empty sentement is defeated. Is Lulu right? Why did James get the thorn? Was Moses and Karman there is spirit? Solomon arives to save Saya, but he is different than before - he doesn't come saying 'I want you to be with me', rather in essence he is saying 'I want to be with you'; Solomon says he will now fight at Saya's side, he will be a real chevalier to Saya. One can tell that Solomon is earnest as Hagi does not react with defensiveness or jealousy. Mortally wounded, he leaves Saya...he now wants to live because he has something really worth living for. It was sad to see him die at Amshel's feel, being mocked by him. Here is a moral, spiritual question: Did Solomon do the right thing? Was his choice, the price of which was so high, worth it? I think that to Solomon it was worth it. Amshel would not understand, but Nathan does. Solomon expresses his love and not just his desire...and in his love beyond blood - or more poignantly understanding Blood through love - his life now has meaning. In the end, I found that as much as I hated the Solomon character, I was pleased that he was able to find redemption.moreless
Jeannie Elias

Jeannie Elias

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David Rasner

David Rasner

Lewis/Okamura/James

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Olivia Hack

Olivia Hack

Mao

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Lara Jill Miller

Lara Jill Miller

Lulu

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