DVD Review: FATE/ZERO - PART 2

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Marshall

Fate/Zero Part Two Review

REVIEW: FATE/ZERO – PART 2 / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: VARIOUS / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: MATT MERCER, KARI WAHLGREN, BRIDGET HOFFMAN, CRISPIN FREEMAN, MARC DIRAISON, JAMIESON PRICE, GRANT GEORGE, DAVID EARNEST, DAN WOREN / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Alliances have been made, broken and destroyed. Master and Servant alike battle with enemies old and new, struggles within and without, and demons figurative and literal. The fight for the Grail rages on, but, to borrow a phrase, there can be only one.

As expected, the first episode launches directly where part one left off, with Saber, Rider and Lancer attempting to destroy the eldritch abomination that Caster has transformed into, while Berserker interrupts things by swooping in astride a commandeered fighter jet and engaging in an aerial battle with Archer in his golden skyship.

As Assassin, the only Servant to die in the first part, was the least interesting and most underdeveloped of the Holy Spirits, his annihilation was not much of an event, while any significance was overshadowed by the manner in which it occurred. As things begin to draw to a conclusion, the inevitable death tally racks up higher with each passing episode, including the early and ignominious checkout of one character you’d expect to have survived longer.

The identity of the psychotic juggernaut Berserker is eventually revealed, and turns out to be a figure you’ll be familiar with but wouldn’t expect to be assigned such a designation. In retrospect, there were small clues to who he was, but far more significant are the implications of what happened to him to affect such a drastic change in personality and the repercussions these have for another character’s development.

Further exploration into characters’ motives are explored, most prominently with an episode devoted to Kiritsugu’s backstory, detailing the origin of his hatred of magic, his training as a mercenary and the true depths to which he is willing to sink in order to maintain the greater good of saving as many people as possible from the forces he fights against. Through the voicing of what he desires from the Grail, the limitations of its wish-granting abilities are revealed, and by extension the true worth of all the people sacrificed to attain it.

The moral stance of the more heroic of the Servants, who try to conduct the duels they have been summoned for with a modicum of honour, soon clashes with the scheming of their Masters who desire victory whatever the cost and will resort to any tactics to attain it. The combat remains as spectacular and inventive as the violence is brutal and uncompromising (including a slightly uncomfortable recurrence of women being strangled), and the colossal, almost apocalyptic extent of the powers some Servants have at their disposal comes into play.

The finale might seem somewhat muddled and more than a little metaphysical, but the series was slightly constrained by the requirement to maintain continuity with Fate/Stay Night, and in any case, the resolution ends things in such a way that the stories of both series combine into a single narrative. 

Extras: Trailers



Suggested Articles:
Justin Barber uses the world famous Phoenix UFO incident, when literally thousands of people saw a t
1931’s The Public Enemy is still at this stage one of the best gangster films ever made. James Cag
Although this collection is entitled Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 1 Complete Collection it actually contai
Blade Runner has re-spawned quite a bit since it originally limped out to mixed reviews in 1982. Suc
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

PHOENIX FORGOTTEN 21 September 2017

THE PUBLIC ENEMY 20 September 2017

YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL SEASON 1 COMPLETE COLLECTION 20 September 2017

BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT (4K ULTRA HD) 20 September 2017

KILL BABY KILL 20 September 2017

POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE: RISE - VOLUME 4 20 September 2017

FOOD WARS! SEASON 1 18 September 2017

GUARDIANS 17 September 2017

THE DOCTORS: THE TOM BAKER YEARS 17 September 2017

GRANNY OF THE DEAD 16 September 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner