Lord El-Melloi II Case Files – 11 – Going Once, Going Twice…

With its insistence on crafting the most intricate Swiss watch of a final mystery for Lord El-Melloi II to step in and steadily unravel, Case Files fell victim to its own self-indulgence this week, delivering what another possible owner of Kairi’s big rig truck would call “all hat and no cattle”.

That is to say, this episode is nothing but setup for a final reveal that seems to implicate Caules after El-Melloi reveals both the elements of the case Adashino had omitted so her deduction would stand up; the beginning of the presentation of El-Melloi’s conclusions, without following through.

In a show that has featured no small amount of pleasing spectacles, the whole damn point of the train, the Mystic Eyes auction, carries with it all the urgency and excitement of a rapidly deflating balloon. The auction room is nothing but an ornate but stodgy courtroom, where the bidding is arbitrarily paused not once but twice: once so El-Melloi can secure funding from Melvin; another so El-Melloi can state his case.

The murders in the past, as well as that of Trisha, were committed so the mastermind could collect the Mystic Eyes of the victims and use them at will. El-Melloi states that only one person could do everything the mastermind did and possess the all-important motive.

The credits roll just as Adashino moves to restrain Caules and the eyes in Trisha’s severed head, but there’s simply no time to revel in that revelation. After all, aside from caring for the injured El-Melloi, Caules hasn’t had much to do, and has been rather innocuously hiding in plain sight.

I’m glad El-Melloi knows who the culprit is, but this episode just confirmed that it wasn’t Karabo; it didn’t explain why it is Caules (if that’s who it ends up being). Thus the episode ends in an unsatisfying ellipsis, as the full measure of Lord El-Melloi’s conclusions will have to wait until next week.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Lord El-Melloi II Case Files – 11 – Going Once, Going Twice…”

  1. I have no idea how you came to the conclusion that Adashino is the bad guy here, sure she has her own agenda thats not completely in line with Waver but if anything the scene at the end is basically her figuring out who the culprit was since Waver all but cleared up most of the questions she had. If anything Calues is the one that seems to be the most suspicious, all the camera work seem to cut away from him at awkward times. In short she is casting a spell on caules because she figured out who the culprit is.

    1. Good question—I plead fatigue!

      Upon re-watching the last scene, your explanation of events is more plausible.

      Adashino isn’t the culprit, but simply looks to be acting preemptively to secure Caules/the Eyes.

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