right, first thing i just wanna talk about is asami’s narrative agency. apart from the boat scene (which she was awesome in), asami’s development in this episode was ridiculous.
even in an asami centric episode virtually all the decisions surrounding her company are made by people other than her. mako is the one that just drives her plot forward. she doesn’t figure out any of conspiracy stuff, mako comes up with the majority of the sting operation, mako is the one that tries to convince her to ~keep going~ (after she said her company was about HER family) and then the last scene is her being blatantly manipulated into signing over her company.
and then of course there’s the kiss. for some reason they are reviving the love triangle. because you know, two people can’t have an emotional connection without wanting to smack their faces together. it makes asami look bad and emotionally compromised. it’s an astonishing plot line that serves for no observable character development or motivation. it was quite frankly ridiculous.
in season one asami was a barely concealed romantic plot line toy, but she seemed to have broken through that at the end of s1. now it just feels like an even worse regression. in her own plot she does little to steer the narrative, relying on other characters to either motivate or manipulate her. her one moment of pure agency in the episode was kissing mako. brilliant.