Steins Gate 12 – when in doubt attack!
June 24, 2011
Steins;Gate episode 12 includes some more disruptive hints, a change of heart, and the death of a major character.
So here’s something I find interesting about Suzuha, our part-time warrior. She has appeared to have information from the future, but we still don’t know the details. In this scene Suzuha (once again) confronts Christina, accusing her of being a SERN spy. Instead of saying that she knows this because she is from the future, she says she knows because of prophecy. One theory about Suzuha is that she was the pilot of the time machine that crashed in episode 1. Another theory that is consistent with the “prophecy” angle, is that she is the recipient of a time-leap, but this would seemingly contradict her being the pilot of the time machine. I have also previously suggested a third theory: Suzuha is being manipulated by someone who either has access to future knowledge, or at least has a grudge against Christina (possibly both). Why doesn’t Suzuha reveal that she is from the future, if she truly is?
Christina finishes the modifications to perform the time-leap experiment, but Okabe unexpectedly decides they will not perform the experiment after all; instead they will turn over the research to a reliable institution. Okabe’s decision seems to be founded in part on his fear of what might happen to Mayuri. When he received the doll’s head threat, he kept muttering “Mayuri”, not “Christina”. Also, this episode begins with a vision ? dream ? memory ? of Okabe talking with Mayuri in the distant (prehistoric!) past, in which Mayuri dies. Why does Okabe consider the target of the threat to be Mayuri specifically?
Just as everyone is having a good time, Moeka busts in with a bunch of armed thugs, and kills Mayuri. All Mayuri ever wanted to do was have fun with her friends. So in addition to some obvious questions (e.g. why is Moeka working for the bad guys?), we have to wonder, did Okabe have some sort of premonition of Mayuri’s death? What about Mayuri herself? Why did she suggest she was leaving practically MOMENTS before she was shot to death?
Well, you can’t expect easy answers at this point in the season. If they had a brilliant cliff-hanger, this was obviously the time to bring it out. Steins;Gate has been consistently building its world, and developing a sense of dread about the potential forces of darkness (REALLY dark, since they control black holes). Those forces have finally shown themselves directly, and we already have tragic results. I am very much looking forward to the next portion of the story.