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Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6 – Primitive-Kun and the Bad Cop

Quick Summary of Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6

In Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6, “PRISON BREAK,” Chrome, having seen the traps that You Uei laid in anticipation of Senkuu’s assault, was bound and determined to break out and warn his friends about the trap. Fortunately, Chrome was able to convince his guards to talk him on a short restroom break, the indoor facilities being nonexistent. Unfortunately, he was only able to hide various weeds, some sticks, and a four-leaf clover in his pants on the way back. Can Chrome the science user make something happen with that meager inventory? Or is he doomed to watch the Steam Gorilla crash into You’s traps?

Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6: My Turn to Host!

Welcome to our collaboration review of Dr. Stone Season 2, Episode 6. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you play by play and color commentary on the latest episode. 

Before we get starting, do you have any opening thoughts, Irina?

Dr. Stone is clearly aimed at kids. As I say each week, I really like this series and I think adults can enjoy it just fine, but you do see the archetypes and structures which are meant for a younger audience, or maybe an all age audience. So I keep thinking that if I had seen Dr. Stone when I was little, it would probably have remained one of my all time favourites. Seeped in nostalgia and full of warm memories. 

I do think it has the makings of a classic shonen but it just doesn’t have the history. Ironic for a show like Dr. Stone…

Review of Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6

You Can Learn a Lot from a Genius

Have you ever worked with a genius? I don’t mean someone who tells you incessantly that he’s a genius, but you never really find any evidence for it. I mean an honest to goodness genius who just understands things and executes on a level that is breathtaking. I’ve had the good fortune to do that three times in my various careers. To the extent that I could keep my feelings of complete inadequacy at bay, I learned a ton. The experience helped me see problems from perspectives I would never have thought of. 

I don’t know. I work in a field that usually requires a doctorate in a scientific or engineering field, and a law degree. And my clients are researchers. So I am surrounded by ridiculously well-educated people at all times. I’m not sure that makes them geniuses though. But most of them could probably pull off Senku’s inventions, within the limitations of a real world environment.

I’m much more impressed by Chrome. It’s easier to come up with solutions when you have experience to base yourself on, but to dream up something you have never even heard of before, that’s ultra rare. 

I essentially work with innovation and new ideas and I don’t think I have ever seen a completely new invention ever. It’s always based on a previous model or a mix of two things that exist. So Chrome is definitely the genius of the show, in my opinion.  

Leveling the Playing Field

But there’s a problem working with geniuses. They tend to overshadow the people around them. I was really lucky. The geniuses I worked with weren’t particularly arrogant. But even then, there was just about nothing I could contribute. I could always busy myself in niches other than the genius’, but guess who doesn’t have that luxury?

Chrome.

Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6: This was Chrome's episode to shine.

This episode was Chrome’s turn to shine! And he took full advantage of it. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Chrome has been a great sport. No matter how inadequate he must feel, he pushes forward and learns everything he can. But we never got a sense of just how good he’s become. In this episode, that changed.

To keep it dramatic, the show introduced a new character to act as Chrome’s enemy: You Uei. He was the modern Japanese version of Dirty Harry, but instead of a .44 caliber magnum, he had carried a police baton with a side handle. Well, he did have a gun back in the day, and he was pretty free with how he used it. In fact, it got him kicked off the force. He actually said he preferred the new, less complicated world.

What’s you think of this character, Irina?

The Bad Cop’s Eye Patch

I liked his stone eyepatch…

Maybe there’s something I don’t follow. Tsukasa wants to eliminate adults because he blames them for the evils of the old world. But You was a police officer. One that had been on the force long enough to be in an independent sting operation and carry a gun. That’s not a rookie, this is an officer that has at least a few years under his belt. So he’s clearly an adult, right?

Why’s he there?

Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6: Cool design, but how's he fit in?

Very cool character design — but how does he fit into Tsukasa’s world view? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Very good question. I hope the show addresses it! Could show us something interesting about Tsukasa! 

You was wildly arrogant (and by You, I mean You Uei, not “you,” who aren’t arrogant at all). So when he caught Chrome trying to burn the ropes holding his bamboo prison bars in place, he berated Chrome for being so primitive that he thought rubbing sticks together could start a fire.

Chrome felt furious, of course. He saw himself as a real user of science. But just as he was about to say something stupid, he realized this was an opportunity: He could play primitive and lull You and his cronies into a false sense of superiority.

And he did. 

Chrome Took the Opportunity

Overnight, someone slipped him one of the spare batteries that they’d brought from the village with the cell phone. Irina, any ideas who? 

I assumed it was Ukyou but I guess it could have been super handsome Taiju and beautiful Yuzuriha

Knowing fire would draw too much attention, Chrome remembered Senkuu using a battery in salt water to make acid. He worked out as hard as he could to collect his sweat, and after a ton of physical exertion, he had saved enough to try. Sure enough, the acid ate through the ropes. 

Chrome gave it his all.

Chrome didn’t have any salt water. So, he had to exercise to make his own. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

There was a bonus: He was able to use the bamboo as a weapon and a pole for vaulting. 

There was also a draw back. You, wildly anxious to impress Tsukasa, was dead set on using Chrome as bait. So, he pursued. He actually cornered Chrome at a waterfall. Things looked bad for Chrome.

I was really curious to see how Chrome would get out of this. Well, if you saw the episode, you’ll know that he used some of the plants he’d gathered to simulate coughed-up blood. He convinced You that he was dying of pneumonia, which is very contagious. He distracted You by blowing some of the fluid into You’s face, and then he used his bamboo pole to strike You in the…

Chrome Knows How to Use Bamboo

Well, let’s just say that the animators got clever by showing two broken chicken eggs. For a brief instant, I felt sorry for You.

Irina, what did you think of Chrome’s resourcefulness?

Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6: Chrome really sold his fake illness

Chrome really sold his fake pneumonia! Great use of berry juice. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Well, I think I covered it pretty well above.

I am more impressed by innovation than by knowledge. Then again, I live in a world where anyone with a smart phone and internet connection holds more knowledge than 1000s of libraries put together, so I might just be blazé. It is super impressive that Senku not only knows and remembers so much, but that he can summon up the required knowledge and put it to practical use. I’m just wondering what Chrome could do under the same circumstances.

Probably my favorite part of the episode happened when Chrome made it to the village’s camp. He knew which direction to go because he’d seen which direction Suika had gone when she’d seen him during her recon mission. 

Chrome explained what he’d done, and the back and forth with Senkuu was just fantastic. Senkuu actually seemed proud of Chrome, and Chrome called him Senkuu-sensei. 

Senkuu Gives Credit Where Credit’s Due

“Well done,” Senkuu told him. “Ten billion points for you.”

Senkuu was proud of Chrome

It was great seeing Senkuu celebrate not only Chrome’s return, but his accomplishments. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It was also cool to see how the village welcomed him back. I don’t know. Maybe politics in the States have me doubting if humans can actually be empathetic or supportive of each other (I mean, a Texas mayor just argued that Texans should just fend for themselves in the dark and cold, with no electricity and, in many cases, no water. The strong will survive; the weak will buy it. That’s the way ‘Muricans should be, right?

The USA is to the point where I look to Dr. Stone to give me hope in humanity. 

My brief foray into foray The Lord of the Flies aside (I was not aware that book was a how-to; all these years, I thought it was a cautionary tale), what’d you think of that ending, Irina?

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I can’t wait to watch the next episode.

Closing Thoughts – Community Helping Community

Chrome's community welcomed him home

Community’s important. Looks like Chrome’s lucky enough to be part of a supportive community. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

You know, Quebec had a huge ice storm a few decades back and it left a whole bunch of people without electricity for 2 weeks to close to 2 months in the dead of winter. It was a huge storm that affected Ontario and parts of the states as well, but Hydro Quebec had a lot of very vulnerable lines and it was difficult to get power back up. In the coldest days temperatures went down to well below -30 for a week (that’s below -22F for you guys). And the community came together. We had no choice. It was really deadly.

I hope the people in Texas get relief soon. We are sending you warm thoughts!

I remember reading about that storm. Maybe Texans could learn a thing or two reading about how you Canadians responded! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the next episode, too!

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3 thoughts on “Dr. Stone Season 2 Episode 6 – Primitive-Kun and the Bad Cop

    1. Dr. Stone continues to be one of my most enjoyable series. The characters, plus showing science in a positive light, just make it a lot of fun.

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