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Review: Fairy gone Episode 17 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fairy gone episode 17, “Balance on Sand,” Free Underbar and Marlya Noel arrest Damien Carme and take him in for questioning. Between his private conversation with Dorothea Director Nein Auler and Free’s off the record conversation with Bitter Sweet (with Free going so far as to offer her amnesty if she tells him everything she knows about Gui Carlan), Nein realizes she’s sitting on a powder keg. Damien and Bitter’s testimony implicates prominent businessmen and government officials alike. Can she trust Damien? What about Bitter? Should she take this information to the Prime Minister? And what will the consequences be if she’s wrong?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

Marlya hit Free with the one attack he had no defense for: kindness. Capture from the Funimation stream.

I have a dilemma. I want to pick Marlya saying (22:04) “Ver isn’t alone! She still has me!” as my favorite moment. It fits so well with my Best in Show moment from the episode two weeks ago! But there was another scene in this episode that I thought was exceptionally well done. Care to guess what it was?

We got to see Klara make use of the goons she and Marlya had had to subdue back in season 1’s episode 6 (and might I say that Klara looked great in her fancy dress?). We got to see Nein arrest a high-ranking government official. Marlya and Free, too, had an arrest to carry out, but they had a few minutes of down time before the team was ready, so they had an opportunity to talk.

After a few pleasantries, Free mentioned that all he knows how to do is fight, so Marlya asks him what he fights for (16:32). He seems really dejected. He spoke to her about how he had originally fought for country, and now, he was just grateful Nein had taken him in. Marlya said that was nonsense. She told him he knew how to do a lot more than just fight, and she tried to offer as an example how he had helped her by bringing her into Dorothea.

Marlya and Free’s body language was just wonderful in this scene. They both just felt so natural and conversational. Capture from the Funimation stream.

He said, “And thereby dragged you into the fighting” (17:18).

She tried another approach. Reminding him that she used to think of herself as a cursed child, she said that now she was in Dorothea, she didn’t just fight. She had friends she could talk to and eat with. Their body language, especially Marlya’s, was fantastic! She looked so animated that just for an instant, I forgot this show was not live action. Free’s dejected expression carried into his body; he was slumped and appeared emotionally exhausted.

Sensing he was ready to hear it, she said, “I’ve found some dear comrades… That’s why I fight. Because I have everyone. Thanks to you” (18:24).

It was a simple moment, but it felt so authentic that I wanted it for my Best in Show moment.

What did you think about the drama in this episode? What was your pick for Best in Show? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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