Fate Zero Episode 11 – Bring Your Own Booze
Isn’t it about time all of the kings sat down, had a drink, and just talked about their views on the Holy Grail War? And isn’t it time for more Rider? Yes, yes it is.
This episode was… different. I’m sorry, but I really can’t shake the feeling that the writers are stalling their hearts out to get to that mid-series mark, while letting as little as possible happen. That being said, I still like this episode, because it finally gave some idea as to why some of the characters wish to win the War.
So, Rider invites Saber to a drinking party to discuss their views on what is going on with the war, and decides to invite Archer as well, to have all three kings present. Archer is his usual pompous and snobbish self, even going so far as to say he can’t comprehend the vastness of his own wealth. What an asshole. He doesn’t even get up when Rider uses his Noble Phantasm. Either way he really doesn’t do or say much other than making fun of Rider’s wine, showing off his liquid gold Patrón, and laughing at Saber’s reason for wanting the Grail. And that’s pretty much what this entire episode is about; Rider and Saber’s reason for wanting to win the war.
Although most people (and myself as well) assumed that Rider only wanted to win so he could conquer the world, he actually only wants to be able to live in the present as a human. It’s a rather normal thing to want, considering that the Servants really aren’t anything more than a magical manifestation. When Saber tells him how selfish his wish is and how she wants to win to save her country, Rider tears into her ass. It seems taht Rider tells her that a King who wants to protect their people so much that they act alone is not truly a King. He claims a King must honor his people and lead them, not take everything upon himself. Although this scene did kind of go on a little to long, it was still nice to see that Rider and Saber’s relationship evolve, or devolve rather. It was kind of interesting for Rider to disagree so vehemently with Saber, even to the point of claiming she isn’t fit to be a king.
Oh, and that Noble Phantasm. If Rider can truly use this whenever he wishes, I really don’t understand how he can lose. I mean, do they have like an SP meter or something? Can Archer just hurl giant swords out of another dimension whenever he wants? Please explain yourself, show. If it’s really and “endless” army, like he says it is, someone better figure out how to stop it, or all my money’s going to Rider. That desert thing was kind of out of left field though, but I guess it makes sense in the context of his power.
But I still want to know what’s going on with these back to back single scene episodes. Every other episode has gone back and forth between a few different story lines at a time, and though I was kind of skeptical about it at first, I think they’ve done a pretty good job at balancing all of the Servant/Master pairs, save a few. I don’t know, it just seems odd to stop having the episodes like they were so suddenly for no reason. Well, other than that the end of the season is getting near and they’re dragging things out.