I saw The Avenger’s: Age of Ultron over the weekend and while I enjoyed it, I just felt like there was too much going on. I find it incredibly entertaining that I thought the exact same thing about Episode 7 of Arslan.
Ecbatana has been conquered and the Lusitanian soldiers waste no time claiming the riches of Pars for themselves. In Episode 3 I mentioned how impressed I was with the gray morals of both Pars and Lusitania. I enjoyed not knowing which side to root for as the show gave me more and more to think about. This episode throws all of that out and decides to showcase Lusitania as “Team Bad Guys”. My disappointment grew exponentially when the king of Lusitania rolled into Pars (literally people…had his poor servants not been carrying him on that giant litter, he’d have to be rolled). Just look at this guy!
I’m not sure what happened in this episode but it seemed like the writers were contractually obligated to include every character we’ve seen up until this point. We get a precious few moments with Arslan’s band, some of Queen Tahameney’s backstory (she is by far one of the most interesting characters to date), more of Gieve being well….Gieve, the introduction of Exquisite Bow Wielding Beauty Farangis, Silver Mask and his loyalty to nobody, and heck…even that slave kid from episode 1 shows up! It’s like the biggest party ever! The episode struggles to find it’s purpose as we are thrown from one character to the next. All of the characters are still interesting and I’m looking forward to Arslan’s team coming together fully, but there was far too many points of view in this episode. In many ways this episode strives to be a Jack of all Trades and as the saying goes, it ends up being Master of None.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan is a show I look forward to but Episode 7 strives for too much and accomplishes very little.