How bluntly Revy stated it made it all the more hilarious
Originally Posted by Light Lucario
A bit of a historical lesson - the Wehrmacht (the German armed forces during WWII) is a bit complicated. Because it was under the command of the Nazi's, there was plenty of ideological influence and also committed war crimes. However, not everyone in the Wehrmacht agreed with the Nazis, and there was resistance against Hitler within (the most well known being Stauffenberg's attempted assassination plot).
If the comments from the Captain was any indication, he was one of the officers who did not follow the Nazi ideology. So it comes of a surprise to some that he still was willing to carry out his mission to the end. It begs the question - Why?
The answer we get is that he wanted to defend his family. He wasn't fighting for a dictatorship or power - his goal was to save his homeland for his wife and children. Does it make him a good guy? No, but it's understandable - people tolerate the bad when there is greater urgency. Who can fault someone for being loyal to their kin?
It does tie in with another topic, the one the Captain asks the SS guy: Was the War a hopeless one? Was all that they did to fight was pointless?
Being in the present, we can certainly know that the Axis powers were the aggressors and committed many atrocities. Still, it's rather heartbreaking to tell someone like the Captain that his cause was a lost one. He fought to save his family, and the tragedy is that even with that good intention, he was fighting a for an evil cause.
Yeah, using anti-tank missiles against a single boat and having a leader right out of The Blues Brothers certainly cements the image of cartoonish.
I also should have expected neo-Nazis to show up after they went through a whole flashback to explain why they'd be going down to that sub instead of just having them explain it shortly before Revy and Rock went down there. Attacking them over a painting seemed really strange, but these are Neo-Nazis and most likely cartoonishly evil. Overall, I thought that the episode was pretty good. The flashback was handled well and it does a good job setting up the conflict for the next couple of episodes.
"Truth suffers, but never dies." - Saint Teresa Of Avila
“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” - St. John Paul II
Pro vita quad spes.