Thursday, July 07, 2011

Jin season 2 eps 6-11

There were two and a half things that made season one so enjoyable. First was the quadrangle relationship between Saki, Jin, Nokaze and Ryoma with Nokaze and Ryoma being the fun characters to Jin and Saki's clean cut characters. Second was the MacGuyver + Iryu concept of this doctor struggling to practice modern medicine in Edo due to lack of equipment and medical supplies. Instead of Iryu's breaking through the boundaries of what a miracle surgery is, its refreshing to see someone struggle with simpler things. The half is Saki's mom who at the last episode reminded me that she is one stubborn jdorama mom who I just find entertaining.

In season 2, Nokaze and Ryoma were effectively removed from the quadrangle thereby leaving boring Jin and Saki to carry the relationship part of the story without them having much personality. Jin and Ryoma's relationship then changes into this brotherly relationship with Jin apparently having such a huge influence in Ryoma which is something I don't really buy.

I get the fact that Jin has shown Ryoma what no one would have thought possible but I'm not really feeling that bond, especially with Ryoma gone most of the time doing his thing. Its not like they were in some war and risked their lives together type of thing. They've been through a lot of stuff but there's just something missing. The best thing to connect them is Nokaze and she didn't need to be written out of the story.

That said I still applaud the writing for managing to tie everything up at the end. Nokaze got the end of her sort of character arc which really has been virtually non-existent in season 2. We get to see the answer to the question, can Jin save Ryoma from his famous death. We finally get confirmation of who the mummy guy is. The fetus in the head and voice talking I don't really get but most importantly they've got a nice time traveling explanation and left a cliffhanger for the last episode. In other words, despite -pacing issues, they've managed to tie everything up into little bows with some nice twists.

Jin season 2 is not as bad as Iryu 3 but nowhere is it an improvement or even on par with the first season and I would say it is not because of lack of trying. IMO, Jin 1 and 2 would have worked better as an 18/20 episode series so that the momentum from season 1 can carry the second half better and they could have trimmed the fat and show what people watch season 2 for, to see the resolution of the story.


LM said...

I think they tried to get Jin and Ryoma closer so that the end of Ryoma would be more dramatic (same with him getting closer with Saki). I thought the final episode was great. The only problem I had with this season was all the filler episodes (like the one with Jin and Ryoma arguing- what was the point of that?) it wasn't as exciting as season 1. I still loved it overall though and the episode with Nokaze's birth as well as the final episode made up for all the draginess IMO.

Anonymous said...

I've already ranted enough about this in the D-Addicts JIN discussion thread. If you want to know how the 'far-superior' manga version handled the ending, read all the spoilers in the last 3 pages.

Akiramike said...

Thanks, I'll check out the thread!

Jesus Christ Supercop said...

During the last three episodes I was skipping like mad. Every time there was a Big Speech or some navel-gazing monologue I just started hitting the right arrow key. It's amazing how much of that shit they managed to cram in. There's no moderation, no dramatic arc, these scenes just keep piling up one after another, a constant assault of overwrought melodrama. And they're all so redundant and repetitive that you don't even need to watch them because you already know what everyone is going to say. Because they've said it all before.

Season two just treads water and rehashes the same stuff over and over again. The longer it goes on, the more boring it gets.

atina said...

do you have anylink to download Dr Jin Season 2??
all the link have been deleted from MF or MU..tq
please reply me at