Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 2 Episode 9

Created Human

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Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Apr 09, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.5
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Ed reaches the heart of the Fifth Laboratory and learns that it was used as a biological research facility for the military. There, he is nearly fooled into doing an unspeakable act. He manages to escape, but then discovers that Envy has taken Al hostage. Meanwhile, Hughes has ordered Armstrong and the others to find out what is going on in the Laboratory.moreless

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  • This was one of favorite FMA episodes, as Ed is confronted with the power to create the philosophers stone.

    9.6
    In Lab 5 tucker shows Ed that he can create the philosophers stone. Ed decides to do it, as Scar and Al are still fighting Lust and Gluttony. Right when Ed is about to create the stone an explosion from above drops a group of prisoners to the floor. Ed realizes that in order to create the stone, he would have to sacrifice their lives. Even worse is that the Homongulus show up, and threaten Al's life so Ed can create the stone for them. It is one of my most favorite of episodes from the series, and one that makes this show so great.moreless
  • In this episode, Ed goes to Lab Five to find a way to create the Philosopher's Stone. After meeting the Homunculi, he finds out how you make a Stone, and is horrified. He refuses to do it and escapes with Alphonse.moreless

    10
    This is probably one of my top 3 favorite episodes of FMA. Pretty much because Envy is in it a lot of the time. He really brings out his evil side in this one. I love this episode also because of the interaction between Ed and Envy. The two had such in-depth conversations and if they took the time to get to know eachother, they'd find a lot more in common. :]moreless
  • The climax of the Laboratory 5 sequence doesn't disappoint, indeed it’s an undeniable gem. Ed is pushed to the brink, and given the opportunity to achieve his goal of obtaining the Philospher's Stone, but at what price?moreless

    9.6
    One quick note regarding the title “Created Human”: I actually misinterpreted it before seeing the episode. I thought “created” was an adverb and “human” an adjective, but actually “created” is the adjective. It describes a homunculus, a “created human.” Just a slight curiosity.



    “Created Human” begins sensibly, with a reminder that Lab 5 is located in Central. We haven’t seen the military characters in more than an episode, so it’s nice to see them mobilizing. It’s also crucial to prevent the ending from seeming too much like a deus ex machina. Personally if I were Mustang I’d be extremely suspicious after the phone conversation with Hughes, since he didn’t gush about his family at all!



    One complaint about the second part of the teaser: I wish the writers didn’t try to lend “A Forger’s Love” any sort of significance. I don’t want to be reminded of that piece of detritus. Never mind that Lust’s reference is vague at best.



    Tucker continues to persuade Edward that he should create the Philosopher’s Stone, arguing that it’s too late for the people whose lives were used to create the incomplete stones, and he should use the material. The manipulation is wonderful, and would have worked were it not for Kimblee’s interference. It’s ironic that a psychotic action saved the other prisoners, well except for the guy he transmuted into a bomb.



    The screws really get tightened after this though. Tucker reveals he was in league with the homunculi in order to try to resurrect Nina, which makes perfect sense. There’s a great continuation of Al’s identity theme when Tucker claims he can restore Nina’s soul from his memories of her. The homunculi appear and demand that Ed continue despite his awareness of the consequences. Lust’s dispatching of the elder Slicer brother is cold-hearted and drives home her point that they mean business. Edward only considers proceeding when she threatens Alphonse with the same fate.



    This is a true climax in that Ed is forced to make a crucial decision, and it’s clearly one he must agonize over, yet he lacks the time to think about it. Still his inherent good nature wins out and he can’t continue despite regretting that he’s reneging on his promise to Al. Scar allows him an escape, and the resolution is sensible. Amplified by the red water, Edward starts to lose control of his alchemic ability, and it’s clearly no longer safe for anyone to be around him. It’s unfortunate that Ross finally saves him by hugging him, because although it’s certainly noble of her to risk herself in the situation, hugging seems like an awfully simplistic way to resolve it. The more cynical would call it a cheat. I suspect the writers wrote themselves into a corner here. It’s a minor complaint at most, and thankfully the series doesn’t dwell on it.



    Despite rather stretching credibility in its resolution, this episode works wonderfully overall. One of the best dialogue scenes of the series so far is the one between Ed and Lust which reveals just how complex and brilliant the homunculi’s plan was. Although this is largely explanatory in nature, it never ceases to be fascinating. This scene ties up many loose ends and references the significant episodes from earlier in the series wonderfully. It also answers one important question: Why do the homunculi need to manipulate alchemists? Lust also reveals why she wants the Philosopher’s Stone: She wants to be truly human, the final step in being “Created Human.” Envy’s counterargument to Al that you need to spend life to make life is certainly as he puts it, basic alchemy. It’s superlative how well this all ties together, and becomes a highlight of the entire series.



    “Created Human” is also noteworthy for the little hints, morsels if you will, of later revelations and plotlines to come. Kimblee meets Greed’s newly formed gang in a very brief scene, Envy seems to have a problem with the Elrics’ parents, the Fuhrer’s secretary is in league with the homunculi, and the question of Alphonse’s true nature is still dangling out there, and indeed seems to be given more weight thanks to Tucker’s statements. This is a fantastic episode, a FullMetal Alchemist highlight.moreless
  • This was such an awesome episode! I had already got Envy\'s secret by then. A lot of secrets are revealed and deception comes to the surface.

    10
    At the begining, Hughes organizes a squad to infiltrate Lab 5, where Ed & Al are. Over there, Al meets up with Scar and there\'s a 2 on 2 battle battle between them & the homunculi. Elsewhere, just as Ed was about to (perhaps) create a Philosopher\'s Stone, he found Tucker out due to Kimbley\'s interference. It turns out that Tucker is linked with the homunculi too. Then, the Fuhrer leads the military to Lab 5, Scar falls into Greed\'s cell and Al gets his body eaten up. Then, Envy finally reveals himself to Ed, and is later joined by Lust & Gluttony. Lust explains the situation as it really is t Edward and then after finishing No. 48, threatens to kill Al. So, Edward is forced to attempt to create the Philosopher\'s Stone. But, he just couldn\'t take the lives of all those prisoners. Just as Envy marches forward to kick his ass again, Scar interupts and busts a couple of the red water containers. Then Ed decides to get Al and leave, but accidentally steps in the red water. (AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!) A powerful reaction occurs, and Ed becomes a mindless Alchemy God. He dosent exactly have control over what he was doing and his alchemic power was growing rapidly, so Lt. Ross stops him by just holding him close. Then Armstrong carries the Brothers out to safety and the homunculi escape again.moreless
  • Fullmetal Alchemist ROCKS...A review from an Artist.

    10
    Ed is still in the area with Shou Tucker. In the mean time Lust and Gluttony are in a room with Al lust is telling him that Humunculi are real and she is one when hes up against a wall Gluttony brusts in and bites down on his metal. Gluttony's bite is acid so Al's aurmor started to decinegrate as he chomped. When Al is just barely alive they hal him in front of Ed saying that they would kill him If he didn't kill other people but luckily Scar comes and Tells Ed to get out. Ed starts to have something happen and Maria has to save him. This is my masterpeice.moreless
Bill Jenkins

Bill Jenkins

Number 48 / Slicer - Elder Brother

Guest Star

Jim Foronda

Jim Foronda

Sgt. Denny Bloch [not credited]

Guest Star

Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell

Envy [not credited]

Guest Star

Chris Cason

Chris Cason

Gluttony

Recurring Role

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

R Bruce Elliott

R Bruce Elliott

Envy/Brigadier Basque Gran

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