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Rolling Review – The Promised Neverland S2 – Episode 04

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Synopsis:

The children begin settling in at the shelter: training with their bows, hunting for and growing food, and keeping an eye out for demons who might be searching for them.  A human assault team from the Farms takes them by surprise, however, and they are barely able to escape, their new home already lost.  Meanwhile, the demons offer Isabella, currently held in a prison, a chance at freedom if she can recover all of the runaways.

Review:

Man, these kids just cannot catch a break, can they?

Like, just not ever.

It’s an episode that does answer a good number of questions about the world.  Mr. Minerva is a pseudonym, and is long dead, though his legacy of shelters (plural!) for runaways persists.  Earth and the demon world have indeed been separated for over a thousand years, and the deal to let the demons farm human children is real.

There is some physical location at which the children can, theoretically, cross over to the human side.

At the same time, however, a whole host of new questions have come up.

  • Have any escapees ever made it to the human side?
  • How did Minerva build a series of massive, stocked, fortified shelters around the demon world while still working for the demons?  Is there an organization of which he’s a part?  Are the shelters leftovers from the human-demon war?
  • How are the William Minerva pens being made and given to kids?  This group got theirs from Krone… but where did she get it?  And from who?  Maybe there is a Minerva organization…
  • How did the human assault force know where the shelter was?  They mentioned raiding other shelters of similar design, but presumably if they had found this one before it would already have had its hatch and security system destroyed. 
  • Escapees making it to shelters and trying to escape to the human world has clearly happened before, perhaps even frequently.  Why are William Minerva’s donated books allowed to persist in the Farms, giving Morse code instructions to new groups of kids?  Surely the demons and their human henchmen have figured it out by now!
  • Wait back up… there are armed humans working for the demons using modern day military equipment like submachine guns?  Where are they getting this stuff – local R&D and manufacturing?  Trade with the human world?

And perhaps most pressingly… where did you kids find lemon wedges?!

What, did this place have canned lemons?  I have questions!

I don’t think we’ll get the answers to all these questions, but it’s interesting to try and fit everything together in my head.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the second season seems to rely a lot more on luck to help our brave kids than clever thinking and preparation, which seemed to be the case in the first season.  Back then, both sides were clearly defined and had mostly known capabilities.  When Krone showed up, it was a huge deal because of how it changed the balance of power between the kids and the adults, and how it changed the kids’ approach to getting information and trying to escape.  Now, every episode features the kids stumbling from one situation to the next with little agency of their own – Get attacked by a monster, saved by a demon, hunted by the demon, saved by Sonju.  Hide in the shelter, get attacked by a bunch of armed humans, luckily escape without getting shot, get saved by a gigantic wild demon that luckily was nearby, luckily attacked only the adult humans, and luckily was vulnerable to arrows when bullets did nothing.

Now that’s just unlucky

It does a good job at emphasizing how dangerous and randomly lethal the outside world can be compared to the structured atmosphere at the Farm… but it also leaves me feeling like the kids aren’t really making any significant choices, they’re just having things happen to them and then reacting.  I find myself wishing the show would give them a chance to show off the brilliant minds that let them escape in the first place.

All of that said, the show remains very good, and a highly anticipated watch each week.  I’m pretty attached to them, and it was nice to see them get at least a small break before the next disaster.

Look at these two punks.  You kids are all right.

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