Joker Game Episode 2: Loyalties

Starting the episode off with some high-level propaganda, huh? "Don't even think about politics! Just do what you're told!" Maybe this is meant to explain why the lieutenant from last week's episode was so straightlaced.

Not a really great sign when we're about 5 minutes into the second episode and we've seen mostly scenes from the previous episode. That being said, I understand what the show's trying to get across about the stuff the spies were saying last week. I just really want to see how much of this situation was set up by the D-Agency (and whether it was done as a teaching exercise).

That's a pretty big tell, Gordon...then again, he's pretty screwed. Anyway, this basically solidifies the lieutenant (I guess I should start calling him Sakuma now) as the main character. He seems like he could be an interesting foil to the characters in the spy agency.

One of us! One of us! One of us!

Ahh...the classic "I'll wait until my significant other makes a mistake themselves before I tell them about the big mistake I made" line of logic. That never fails!

Well...he's not wrong. Making people think they've cracked an encryption when they really haven't is stronger than confirming to them that they haven't cracked the encryption. Still, I doubt it's as easy as changing the encryption. Small changes in a cipher probably cause messages to be wildly garbled if translated with a different cipher, so you'd have to send a subset of messages with false information with the previous cipher as well as changing the cipher for the real messages.

Pretty good detective work there, Sakuma.

You sent a guy to a spy agency and you're surprised he betrayed you? (I'm joking...that's a bit of a stretch)

Here's the part I don't fully understand. I get that the point of the scene in Gordon's house was meant to illustrate the fallacy in Sakuma's "kill or commit suicide" mentality, but I really don't understand how it was refuted by what happened. It seemed like Sakuma should have considered the imperial portrait as a hiding place from the start, regardless of whether he was acting like a spy or anything. Is the show trying to say that a spy would never even consider actually committing suicide and would instead devote all mental faculties to figuring out the situation? That Sakuma was ready to give up too early because of his pride as a soldier? I'm not well-versed in this type of situation, so it's hard for me to see Sakuma's side.

Oh hey...this is cool. I was actually going to ask why Sakuma didn't try looking for fingerprints on the cigarette case to identify Yuuki as the one who touched the case at the geisha place. I was going to write it off as "maybe they didn't have that level of sophisticated forensics at that time", but the show managed to explain it with Yuuki's prosthetic. I think it's cool that Sakuma was able to use this information to deduce Yuuki's prosthetic hand as well.

Alright, I'm convinced. I think this series is entertaining enough that I want to keep watching, so add it to the list. Looking forward to the next episode.

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