Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 2 Episode 1

Destruction's Right Hand

2
Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Feb 12, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.2
out of 10
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123 votes
5

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Following Mustang's tip, Ed and Al travel to Marcoh's village to ask him about the Philosopher's Stone. However, before they are able to learn more about the Stone from the Doctor, they are interrupted by the arrival of Brigadier Basque Gran, who arrests the doctor for desertion during the Eastern War. Ed chases after the General's car, determined not to let the General get away with another cover up. They are all surprised, however, when the car is stopped by the sudden appearance of the Scarred Man.moreless

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  • Scar murders the general...

    10
    If there's one thing I love about this show, it's Scar! And Ed. And Al. And Mustang, and Hawkeye, and Hughes... I love them all, OK?!? Blah, blah, blah... Ed and Al got a tip from Mustang, I believe it was, to go check out this guy named Marcoh who knows stuff about the Philosopher's Stone. Did you ever notice lots of animes use that name for a stone? I know Slayers uses it, and I think another one does too, only I can't remember which one it is. I wanna say Dragon Ball, I know that's not right. Anyway, they find Marcoh, who has become a doctor in a small town where he is hiding out from the State. Unfortunately, the Brigadeer General followed the brothers to Marcoh's hiding place and prepares to take him into custody. He loads him into a prison truck and drives away just as he is stopped by Scar, who kills the general in a gruesomely awesome way!!!!! He puts his hand on the dude's face and explodes his brains using alchemy!!!!! How cool is that?!?!? Shut up, my dad tells me all the time that I'm not very "lady like" and do I give a crap? No. I'm a tomboy through and through except for my crazy obsession with a boy at my school. Anyway, Scar prepares to kill Ed as well, but he and Al and Marcoh manage to escape, or something. Bye-bye!moreless
  • Season 2 starts with a bang. While Lior is in ruin, Ed and Al visit Dr. Marcoh, a former State Alchemist, about the Philosopher's Stone but encounter the mysterious Scar.

    10
    Season 2 starts off with an excellent opening episode, full of high-tension drama. My favourite opening, Ready, Steady, Go by Larc-en-ciel is introduced as well. Ed and Al visit Dr. Marcoh, a former State Alchemist, about the Philosopher's Stone. However, soon bigshot Brigadier General Grand bursts in to capture Marcoh and try and make him start making fake stones again. However, things get even worse when Scar shows up out of nowhere and turns Grand's brain in burger meat (yay!). Ed, Al and Marcoh flee but Scar corners them. Thankfully, Major Armstrong makes a triumphant entrance to take on Scar.



    Right of the bat, I was looking especially forward to this episode - why? Envy debuts! The walking palm tree has one of the best entrances, even if it is hardly focused on during the rest of the episode. Lust and Gluttony are welcomed back with open arms, as is Rose who apppears in a minor. It is sad though that Cray was killed.



    Moving to the main plot, the characters mostly talk throughout the episode, but the animation is superb. Good riddance to old rubbish, as Basque Grand has his head blown up Scar (woo-hoo!), even though in the manga he is a good guy. Armstrong makes his proper debut in this episode, which leads into the next one.moreless
  • This episode starts to name off the Ishbalan war that they had gone throgh six years ago and the newely forming war in Lior. Ed and Al finally meeet Marcoh and then they meet God's Represenative, Scar. They face off and in the process Gran was killed.moreless

    10
    The alchemy Scar uses is for good purposes only. his right arm is to destroy evil and to kill any State Alchemist that cross his path. The reason is simple, those alchemist had killed all he knew, his brother, and his family. He attacks people with deadly accuracy and speed which no other can find.
  • The Elric brothers collide with Dr. Marcoh, Basque Gran, Scar, and Armstong in a thrilling, unexpected at times episode that starts FullMetal Alchemist's more accomplished second season.

    9.0
    "Destruction's Right Hand" marks several firsts for FullMetal Alchemist: the first great episode to follow another great one, and the first teaser not to feature the Elrics. The teaser instead returns to Lior to show the military crackdown on the unrest in the town. It's a welcome return for Rose, and finally a look at Envy's "real" form. The manipulation already evident from this sequence will only build in later episodes. This episode also features a memorable sequence which plays scenes in Lior while a voiceover describes atrocities committed in Ishbal. This connects Ishbal and Lior, a concept that will be developed later in the series. That the writers are thinking this far ahead is highly laudable.



    There is one section that is subpar though, that's the section in which Ed and Al talk to the villagers about Dr. Marcoh. The shots are all in longshot and none of the characters move at all. Undoubtedly this was a cost-saving measure that is hardly unusual for TV animation, but FMA is rarely this obvious about it. Even the characters' mouths don't move here.



    One of the major strengths of this episode is Dr. Marcoh, introduced here properly. His confrontation with Gran is worthwhile, especially as a study in contrast. Marcoh is sympathetic and remorseful, while Gran is his usual caustic and haughty self. The shot of him turning into a multi-gun emplacement is awesome and terrifying, especially since the Ishbalans around him are armed with only hand weapons. The parallels with this scene and Tucker's arrest in "Night of the Chimera's Cry" are obvious, so much that the flashback seems unnecessary.



    Scar's involvement in this episode ratchets up the excitement, and his attack on Gran's vehicle is great. The harrowing sight of his first victim's body in this town gives the early going an undercurrent of menace. I would be lying if I said I wasn't inclined to cheer when he blew out Gran's brains, after all Gran has been the most visible antagonist until this point. When he turns on Ed and Marcoh though, the blindness of his vengeance quest is palpable. Clearly it was merely fortuitous that he stopped Gran from returning Marcoh to the military's fold. His invocation of God in his quest is reminiscient of Arab terrorists, a parallel that is surely intentional. All of this turns the viewer against him quickly, since he's revealed to be more of a cold-hearted murderer than his mercy killing of Nina-Alexander and his dispatching of the villainous Gran would have otherwise indicated.



    Armstrong's introduction is also handled well, he's mysterious and somewhat suspicious until he arrives in the final scene to help Ed and Al and informs them that Hughes ordered him to protect them. His attack is impressive, and his vocals are memorable. If it sounds at all familiar, that's because he's voiced by Christopher Sabat, aka Kuwabara on Yu Yu Hakusho, in a different style, but he's still recognizable.



    One noteworthy aspect of the Elrics' fight with Scar is that it's really the first one that features a worthy opponent for them. Indeed Scar is arguably more powerful, and the events of the fight suggest that if they were completely flesh and blood, the Elrics would not have survived. This is a risky move for the series, but it definitely pays off. The final eight minutes are the most tense of any in the series up to this point, except the very ending, which allows the audience to breathe before the credits roll.



    This episode keeps the series running on a high level; as stated earlier, it's the first time the series has produced two consecutive top-caliber episodes. Further consistency will help build FullMetal Alchemist into a great series.moreless
  • Scar attacks the elric brothers and other stat alchemist to redeem what happens to his race of people ages ago. and he does some very key characters in as well as mess some up pretty well. But arkmstrong's first major (pun hah) appearance is a good one,moreless

    10
    I thought this was a great episode, it opened up the plot and was the first one to make you think hard about what really happened in ishbal to make this man so angry. The bloody action was cool though on adult swim they had to cut alot out it seems because it was a bit over the top with how scar killed the brigadeer general. But you have to feel sorry for marcoh, he was trying to make up for his sins by being a doctor and then the army just comes in and takes him away to make another philosopher stone or twomoreless
Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Rose Thomas [uncredited]

Guest Star

Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell

Envy

Guest Star

Andy Mullins

Andy Mullins

Sir Cornello

Guest Star

Christopher R. Sabat

Christopher R. Sabat

Alex Louis Armstrong

Recurring Role

Wendy Powell

Wendy Powell

Envy

Recurring Role

Brice Armstrong

Brice Armstrong

Tim Marcoh

Recurring Role

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