Metallic Rouge Episode 3 – Quick Summary
In Metallic Rouge Episode 3, “Marginal City,” Naomi and Rouge headed for their next assignment. They needed to investigate rumors of a member of the Immortal Nine hanging out in a Nean settlement called Marginal City. But the two of them argued (what was Naomi thinking, giving Rouge’s chocolate away?), and now Naomi can’t find Rouge anywhere. Where did Rouge go? What kind of trouble can she get into? And why was Naomi so happy to get a replacement artificial bird?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Metallic Rouge Episode 3
At least she had the decency to regret her brutal words! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I like Naomi. I like Naomi a lot. But when he called Rouge a tool – “just a piece of equipment, really” (07:11) – I could have smacked her. Well, I would certainly have glared at her mercilessly. There was no call for that!
I mean, seriously. What was she thinking?
At least she seemed to think better of it. She knew she’d gone too far. She even admitted it, out loud, to herself. My favorite quote was the result of her self-analysis. She said (13:45), “I guess I’m still pretty immature, too.”
And as if that wasn’t enough, we got a quick shot of the shopping bag full of chocolates that Naomi had apparently just purchased. I’m guessing she intends to use it as a peace offering to Rouge. I hope that’s the case. She surprised me with the whole “piece of equipment thing,” so who knows?
Favorite Moment from Metallic Rouge Episode 3
Rouge’s reaction to Juval made me feel sad – she was shocked to think of herself in such a positive light. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Juval Wanted Rouge’s Help – In an Unorthodox Way
I’m kinda not happy with Naomi after the stunt she pulled with Rouge. I don’t understand why she did it. I have theories, and I think the narrative will have an explanation, but Rouge just wanted her chocolate. Naomi taking it without permission, then saying such cruel things to Rouge, was just not cool. I’m beginning to regret saying I liked Naomi’s courteous snark!
My favorite moment helped me understand why what Naomi said bothered me so much. Do you remember Huey from the previous episode? Apparently, Huey had seen Rouge turn into the red Gladiator. Since Huey knew Juval, the leader of their movement, that earned Rouge an introduction.
Even though Juval had been constructed in the form of a child, he still projected strong leadership. He was wise, well spoken, and considerate. He took Rouge to meet some other Neans, and as he did, he described their situation. It was bleak, as we’ve suspected based on how we see humans treating Neans. They’re not only treated poorly, they’re denied basics like self governance.
As they walked towards a hidden meeting area, Juval explained they weren’t allowed to govern themselves. The scenery evoked a feeling of bleak hopelessness. It established the mood for what was to come! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
A key problem, Juval explained to her, is the Asimov code. It meant that they could not harm humans. It also meant they had to obey humans. He mentioned a group of Neans, called Alters, who had somehow overcome that limitation.
Rouge, despite Naomi’s opinion of her, was still on mission. She suspected that the Alters might be her target. But when she asked Juval to give her more info, he told her that’s not why they had asked to meet her. It wasn’t her strength – the strength of the red Gladiator – that they were after.
Delivery: Rogue’s Value as a Free Person
“It’s your free will,” he said (17:25), visibly shocking Rouge. Compounding the shock, he said he had noticed she wasn’t bound by the Asimov Code. Moreover, he saw that she interacted with humans as equals. Quite a contrast to her last conversation with Naomi, isn’t it?
My favorite moment was when he told her (17:37), “Even just knowing that a Nean like you exists and walks in step with us will give many Neans hope.”
You could see Rouge’s shock rise in intensity through the entire scene. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Rouge did a great impression of the “Mind Blown” meme.
This is my favorite moment for two reasons. First, just thinking about how Rouge must have felt hearing Juval talk about her like that is inspirational. He said the kind of things Rouge had wanted to hear from Naomi – and right there’s why Naomi’s action pissed me off.
But every bit as cool is the idea that Juval wanted to fight for freedom using the power of positive role models. He didn’t see a need for violence. He saw the potential of instilling hope. That’s powerful. Too powerful, as it turns out. Just look at what happened to Juval at the end. The idea, though, that freedom is attainable through means other than brute force really appealed to me.
Now I just hope Naomi is a) actually regretful and b) knows how to act contrite. I’d hate to have to downgrade her from “courteously snarky” to just snarky.
What did you think of the Marginal City? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
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