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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Season 2 Episode 1

Interlude Party

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jan 09, 2011 on Adult Swim
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Interlude Party
Hohenheim grapples with his own mind, searching for the answers to his doubts about humanity. Even in the darkest moments when he thinks about how fragile and weak the human race is, he receives a form of help reminding him that while humans may be weak, they always try their hardest to become strong. With the memories of his family to guide him, he continues moving toward a path brimming with hope.moreless

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  • Why have a clip show for a series that demands loyal viewing to follow the overall plot?

    So, the previous episode ended with Edward, Envy, and Yao trying to escape Gluttony's belly, Gluttony and Al going to meet Father with Scar and Mai following, Mustang and his cronies in trouble with the Fuhrer. All intriguing plot threads, all whetting the viewers' appetites for the next season, and do we get any follow-up in "Interlude Party?" Oh no, we get a much-needed (hahaha) exploration of Hohenheim's state of mind. Because all of us really wanted to know how Hohenheim feels while all this was going on. I can't figure out what the writers were thinking when they devised this episode.

    For one thing, who cares? For another, I thought the clip show as a concept had been ridiculed so mercilessly over the years that it's been taken off the table as a viable option. Maybe not in Japan? I won't even address that part of the show, it's stupid. Never mind that Hohenheim couldn't have been a witness to any of the events in the clips.

    Apparently Hohenheim doubts that humanity is worth saving. Yawn. Sorry, this is completely uninteresting. Why should we care what Hohenheim is thinking right now? He's only appeared in one episode so far, and that was just to warn of impending doom.

    And why is Pinako (a younger version we've never seen before no less) the character Hohenheim's subconscious grabs onto to plead humanity's case? Why not Trisha, his wife and the mother of his children? Honestly Brotherhood has downplayed her so much that her impact on the characters has been muted, and that's a shame. Never mind that Hohenheim's nature is still a complete mystery, although we get clues that he may be sustained by a Philosopher's Stone. It's not enough.

    I'm hoping something got lost in translation, because the English version is utterly banal and pointless. As bad as "Envoy from the East" was, at least it advanced the plot. In a thoroughly annoying way, yes, but it went somewhere. Skip this episode, there's nothing worth watching here. It sucks we have to wait another episode for resumption of the plot.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Young Trisha: We will change. We can change. I'm sure of it. Sure, we may be weak, but it's for that reason that we try hard to grow stronger. You may consider our steps to be futile, but each step we take, we are most surely building something up. So I'm sure we can change. Because we are weak. Because we die. We struggle to live and we become stronger. And if your mind still isn't made up... try to remember... the days we spent together in Resembool.

    • Young Pinako: You actually knew about this didn't you? Hohenheim... Why didn't you tell anyone? (he remains silent) Hohenheim!
      Hohenheim: Even if I'd told someone, would it have changed anything? I've been watching for a long time, as humanity repeats the same mistakes, over and over. How helpless they are each time, and can do nothing but run away. Humans are very fragile.
      (montage of human fragility in the past episodes)
      Hohenheim: People have neither an Ultimate Spear, nor an Ultimate Shield. Nonetheless, they get snared by the most trivial things, and are unable to bounce back from them. What do you think folks like that can do against the Homunculi?
      Young Pinako: Still we won't give up! (clenches her fists) The hell we'll give up!

    • Hohenheim Doppelganger: So weak, huh? They're afraid of the dark and won't confront it, instead trying to forget about it and run away temporarily like that. Humans are very weak creatures. Well, what do you say we make the most use of them as valuable resources? Eh, Hohenheim?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although credited, the following cast members do not actually provide any voice work in this episode:

      Vic Mignogna  (Edward Elric)
      Maxey Whitehead  (Alphonse Elric)
      Travis Willingham  (Roy Mustang)
      Colleen Clinkenbeard  (Riza Hawkeye)
      J. Michael Tatum  (Scar)
      Ed Blaylock  (King Bradley)
      Sonny Strait  (Maes Hughes)
      Todd Haberkorn  (Ling Yao)
      Trina Nishimura  (Lan Fan)
      Laura Bailey  (Lust)
      Chris Cason  (Gluttony)
      Wendy Powell  (Envy)
      Chris Patton  (Greed)
      Bill Jenkins  (Number 48)
      Jerry Russell  (Tim Marcoh)