Maria Ross has been convicted of the murder of Maes Hughes. She’s adamant that she’s innocent, but then Barry the Chopper breaks into the prison and offers her the chance to run. However, that doesn’t go as planned either!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 17) – Cold Flame
With only her parents able to offer an alibi as to where Maria was the day that Maes Hughes was murdered, she doesn’t appear to be having any luck clearing her name. Strangely, all evidence to the contrary seems to be ignored. Even the local newspaper appears to have found out that she has been convicted of the crimes before she does. So much for a trial!
However, help comes in the most unlikely of forms. Barry the Chopper who has been under close watch by Roy Mustang’s men breaks into the military prison and frees her. He also breaks out Ling Yao when he finds out where he’s from. They flee from the prison but then run into Edward and Alphonse who have also just discovered the news. Barry tells Maria to run down that dark alley behind him while he holds off Edward and Alphonse.
Not long after leaving them, Maria runs into Roy Mustang. He snaps his fingers and produces a spark. Seconds later there’s an explosion and Barry and Ling run off. Edward and Alphonse find Roy standing over a charred body, Maria’s identification tags still dangling from her wrist. Edward is furious, but Alphonse holds him back.
After the body is verified as Maria Ross, Alex Armstrong apologises to Roy Mustang for his subordinate’s actions. Roy recommends that Armstrong take some leave. Once he gets back to his office, a clearly furious Riza Hawkeye puts in for some leave too. Then, Alex Armstrong arrives at Edward’s hotel room, punches him, and then tells him he’s taking him on leave to get his automail arm fixed… the one he just broke…
What did you think?
I think Barry the Chopper is quickly becoming one of my favourite characters in this series. He’s hilarious. However, I think the main purpose of this episode was to make you hate Roy Mustang. I’m not buying any of it. The fact that it’s Roy’s men that were guarding Barry, who then mysteriously went rogue and rescued Maria before returning to the safehouse tells me that Roy knew what he was doing. I also don’t believe that he did it for revenge, especially as Barry can confirm that she shot him.
He also burned her to a crisp, leaving her only identifiable by dental records. Of course, I also think the doctor is a part of Roy’s scheme. The way he ripped into him and Roy’s reaction to it was too casual. Then, the advice to Alex Armstrong felt too much like a hidden code. In short, I believe Maria is still alive and Roy has orchestrated a scenario where everyone he wants can get together in secret. Is he about to make a serious move?
What have you learnt?
I’m loving the mystery side of things in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood even if I think it’s a little too obvious. That said, it could quite easily throw a curveball at us at any time. I don’t think it’s done that yet, but it’s possible. It’s going to be interesting to see if Roy is up to something and whether he can get away from the constant surveillance that Envy has them under.
It’s definitely got to the point where I need to see the next episode as soon as possible which is a great thing. The number of episodes makes this quite the epic story and the fact that it was released as effectively one season just adds to that. I’m all for anything epic so I’m a little surprised at myself for only now getting around to watching it. At least, I’m changing that now.
Other posts in the series
- Series Review
- Episode 1 – Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episode 2 – The First Day
- Episode 3 – City of Heresy
- Episode 4 – An Alchemist’s Anguish
- Episode 5 – Rain of Sorrows
- Episode 6 – Road of Hope
- Episode 7 – Hidden Truths
- Episode 8 – The Fifth Laboratory
- Episode 9 – Created Feelings
- Episode 10 – Separate Destinations
- Episode 11 – Miracle at Rush Valley
- Episode 12 – One is All, All is One
- Episode 13 – Beasts of Dublith
- Episode 14 – Those Who Lurk Underground
- Episode 15 – Envoy From the East
- Episode 16 – Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms
- Episode 17 – Cold Flame
- Episode 18 – The Arrogant Palm of a Small Human
- Episode 19 – Death of the Undying
- Episode 20 – Father Before the Grave
- Episode 21 – Advance of the Fool
- Episode 22 – Backs in the Distance
- Episode 23 – Girl on the Battlefield
- Episode 24 – Inside the Belly
- Episode 25 – Doorway of Darkness
- Episode 26 – Reunion
- Episode 27 – Interlude Party
- Episode 28 – Father
- Episode 29 – Struggle of the Fool
- Episode 30 – The Ishvalan War of Extermination
- Episode 31 – The 520 Cens Promise
- Episode 32 – The Fuhrer’s Son
- Episode 33 – The Northern Wall of Briggs
- Episode 34 – Ice Queen
- Episode 35 – The Shape of This Country
- Episode 36 – Family Portrait
- Episode 37 – The First Homunculus
- Episode 38 – Conflict at Baschool
- Episode 39 – Daydream
- Episode 40 – The Dwarf in the Flask
- Episode 41 – The Abyss
- Episode 42 – Signs of a Counter-Offensive
- Episode 43 – Bite of the Ant
- Episode 44 – Revving at Full-throttle
- Episode 45 – The Promised Day
- Episode 46 – Looming Shadows
- Episode 47 – Emissary of Darkness
- Episode 48 – The Oath in the Tunnel
- Episode 49 – Filial Affection
- Episode 50 – Upheaval in Central
- Episode 51 – The Immortal Legion
- Episode 52 – Combined Strength
- Episode 53 – Flame of Vengeance
- Episode 54 – Beyond the Inferno
- Episode 55 – The Adults’ Way of Life
- Episode 56 – The Return of the Fuhrer
- Episode 57 – Eternal Leave
- Episode 58 – Sacrifices
- Episode 59 – Lost Light
- Episode 60 – Eye of Heaven, Gateway of Earth
- Episode 61 – He Who Would Swallow God
- Episode 62 – A Fierce Counterattack
- Episode 63 – The Other Side of the Gateway
- Episode 64 – Journey’s End