Edward and Alphonse investigate the mysterious fifth laboratory and are attacked by a couple of guards in suits of armour. Just what is this place and what are they doing here? It’s supposed to be abandoned!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 8) – The Fifth Laboratory
Inside the laboratory, Edward finds evidence of human sacrifices and a large Transmutation Circle. Before he can examine, however, he’s attacked by a man in a suit of armour. When Edward fights back, he realises that the suit is empty and this is someone like Alphonse. The suit was impressed and reveals that he was a murderer who was sentenced to death, but instead of dying, his soul was bonded to this suit of armour.
Meanwhile, outside the laboratory, Alphonse has been attacked by another suit of armour. This one was a little disappointed at Alphonse’s reaction when he removed his head. Of course, Alphonse is no stranger to this and removed his head, prompting a freakish response from his attacker.
Edward soon discovers that the suit he is fighting is actually two souls in one suit and his only hope is to use the destructive skill he witnessed from Scar. Realising that they have been beaten the suit of armour decides to tell Edward everything it knows. That’s when Lust arrives and quickly destroys it. Envy takes care of the body and then incapacitated Edward when his arm malfunctions.
Lust destroys the laboratory while Envy takes Edward to Alphonse, Maria, and Denny outside before disappearing. They are no closer to the philosopher’s stone or understanding what is going on, but they have been able to confirm that something sinister is at play.
What did you think?
Well, it looks like things are far more complicated and connected than they first appeared. Now, I believe that Lust, Envy, and Gluttony are somehow connected to the military. Could they be the force that ensures that peace is never achieved, guaranteeing the military’s survival? It certainly looks that way. I’m also wondering what Roy’s angle is and whether he’s aware of things that are going on and working his way up to make changes or whether he’s just career driven.
Either way, it was a great episode. I loved the way Barry the Butcher got into Alphonse’s head and planted the seeds of doubt about his own existence. Of course, Alphonse didn’t want to believe it, but it’s going to be a nagging thought at the back of his head, especially as it’s something that would be almost impossible to prove.
What have you learnt?
So, we’ve learnt that the military is somehow connected to Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. We know that they are setting up a religious war and I believe they were probably behind the Ishval conflict too. All these extra deaths are going to be a great help in producing a complete philosopher’s stone. That seems to be the main goal here and it’s not just Edward’s dream.
They could keep using prisoners, but that would take too long. A war would give them what they need at a much faster rate and ensure that the military is needed. Ultimately, the goal of the military should be to make itself obsolete, but as we see with so many things, once someone has attained power, it’s very hard to give it up. Armstrong was right when he spoke of political implications in the last episode. This series is getting more and more interesting.
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