NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 2 – Quick Summary
In NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a Episode 2, “city e[S]cape,” Lily led her band of human resistance fighters against the Machine Lifeforms infesting Japan. They had to fight hard for every scrap of equipment and supplies, and the odds were slowly crushing her and her team. Then a wave of Machine Lifeforms attacked. Can she keep her team alive while they retreat? Or will this be her last command? And where are 2B and 9S?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 2
2B likes to hear 9S’s voice. I wonder if she’s aware that she likes it? Or is it a programmed reaction? Both? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This episode didn’t feature a lot of frothy banter. It was too busy conveying the evolution of a species without exposition. That certainly counts as a good excuse! But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a quote worth celebrating!
2B had been unconscious (if such a term can be applied to a non-human intelligence, and I suspect it does, especially in this case). 9S had supervised her maintenance cycle, and he cheerfully welcomed her back to alertness.
She sat up and put her forehead on her hand.
“9S,” she said.
“Your voice,” she said (13:09). “It somehow puts me at ease.”
He was so shocked that he staggered backwards. His delight brought a smile to my face. But that’s not why I chose this quote. It’s because it fits well with my favorite moment from previous episode, where 2B showed clear feelings. This quote is another step in that journey, and I’m curious to see where it leads.
Favorite Moment from NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 2
I’m excited for the next episode just to see why Lily reacted like this! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Dramatized Exposition
I haven’t played the game, so I don’t know where the show’s going with the Machine Lifeform that decided to turn pacifist. But seeing his little friends die as they were watering the flowers was tough. Then seeing him die, as his red-eyes brethren overran his field of flowers, was even more tough. His eyes flicked to green just before he died.
Isn’t that just the way things work out?
I mourned his death. And I just met him this episode! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This episode had a lot of setup, in a good way. I liked watching the Machine Lifeform boot with yellow eyes. The episode let its/his evolution play out in action, not with an info-dump. Judging my reaction to his death, I think it was effective.
My favorite moment is in the spirit of that dramatized exposition. This episode introduced us to resistance leader Lily. She’s resolute, just as a leader would have to be in that situation. She’s also teetering on the edge of despair – also a trait a leader would have in that situation.
Delivery: Trusting The Viewer’s Intelligence
We saw her keep her people together after the attack. She also kept them cohesive as they retreated across the bridge. Even when the bomb didn’t go off, she didn’t panic. She rushed forward and tried to get a shot at the package in the hopes she could set it off.
You know how that ended: 2B and 9S arrived just in time. Their mechs destroyed the enemy detachment – including, unfortunately, our yellow-eyed friend who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Through all that, Lily maintained her discipline. It was only when 2B landed near her that her facade shattered. She looked stricken.
“N-Number two,” she gasped (18:39), falling to her knees.
What could make a hardened, field combat leader react like this? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
We didn’t get a flashback to interrupt the scene’s flow. No one stepped up to described their backstory. We just saw a stoic, disciplined soldier lose her cool at the mere sight of 2B. And I want to know more. To me, that’s the sign of an effective scene.
What did you think of the Machine Lifeform’s side-story? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
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