Alphonse attempts to warn Scar and the others that Briggs has been compromised while Edward tries to capture Kimblee despite Miles’ intention to kill him. Will Edward regret his resolve?
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 41) – The Abyss
Scar and Doctor Marcoh emerge from the mining tunnels on the other side of the mountain, far away from Kimblee. Now, they just need to trek across the snow to Fort Briggs where they will be able to hide until Kimblee has been taken care of. It looks like they might make it but then a muffled voice and a metal foot catch their attention. It’s Alphonse, buried in the snow.
Back in the mining town, the snowstorm has ended and the search for Scar resumes. However, Miles has decided to assassinate Kimblee. He’s too dangerous to let live and will no doubt do the same to them if given the chance. Edward doesn’t like it and has no intention of letting them kill Kimblee. He may have valuable information.
Miles gets his team in place and prepares to have a sniper take the shot, but Edward walks into the picture and demands that Kimblee talks to him. However, Kimblee is well aware of the snipers and believes Edward is trying to buy them time to set up. He creates a cloud of vapour from the snow and escapes into the tunnels, leaving his men, a pair of chimaera to take care of Edward.
Edward manages to defeat the chimaera using ammonia and races after Kimblee. He even manages to know his philosopher’s stone out of his hand. However, Kimblee had two and uses the second to blow the mineshaft to pieces. Edward wakes at the bottom, impaled on a metal bar. He has enough energy to save the chimaera that Kimblee left for dead and asks them to help him remove the bar.
What did you think?
As soon as they made a big deal about Edward’s conviction to not kill Kimblee, I knew it was going to be a valuable lesson for him. However, it wasn’t all bad. He may have messed up by allowing Kimblee to live, but his decision to save Kimblee’s men was proof that he has it right… most of the time. Edward needs to learn when a situation is hopeless or not, especially before he comes up against any of the truly strong opponents like King Bradley.
It was quite intense watching Edward try to remove the metal bar from his abdomen and then attempt to heal himself with alchemy. Obviously, the philosopher’s stone that one of the chimaeras found will no doubt come in handy once Edward is awake again. Only time will tell if Edward learnt anything from the meeting, but I think he’ll come back stronger from this. My only complaint is that it’s been three episodes since I was able to get a screenshot of Olivier Armstrong. What’s up with that?
What have you learnt?
The big lesson in this episode was clearly about learning the difference between an ideal and reality. Having ideals is a great starting point for a character, but it’s how they approach them in reality, especially when faced with evidence that they may have been incorrect or a little naive. Edward learnt a valuable lesson and I’m looking forward to seeing him bring that into his thinking. There will be a time when he will have to kill in order to move forward.
If there isn’t then this lesson was kind of redundant. That’s something to always be aware of when putting together a story. You’ll want your characters’ experiences to shape the way they act. It’s not impossible, but you would expect the character to learn from their journey and grow, changing things about who they are. As with everything, there are no hard and fast rules. These are simply things to consider and implement as you see fit.
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