Review: GANGSTA.: Episode 9.5 – “Special 9.5”

GANGSTA. is set in the city of Ergastulum, which is a shady placed filled with all sorts of criminals, cops that aren’t on the up-and-up, as well as “women of the night.” The series focuses on two “Handymen” named Nic and Worick, who take on the jobs that no one else wants to touch. Nic is deaf, but he’s very adept at reading lips and taking down enemies with his swords; he’s also a “Tag,” which appears to give him extraordinary strength. They are joined by Alex, a prostitute they saved from a gang they took down in Episode One.

Episode 9.5 isn’t an actual episode of the series. Instead, it’s a special that shows how Alex joined up with Worick and Nicolas, provides character profiles and an explanation of what Twiliights are, and a very rushed recap right at the end to explain what’s happened in the story to where it is at around Episode 9. After watching this special, I only learned two or three things that I hadn’t quite picked up on when I watched the first nine episodes of the series. Outside of that, it was all information I already knew, so I found this special to be rather boring to watch and almost felt like I’d wasted about 24 minutes of my day.

Personally, I think they waited until too late in the series’ run to air this special. With some slight tweaking to get rid of information that was revealed in the past two or three episodes, this could have aired right around the halfway point. And to be honest, I think this kind of a special would have made more sense at the halfway point. Waiting until there’s only three episodes left makes this feel more like a waste of time than if it had aired earlier. Sure, I’d probably still be frustrated by this kind of a special if it was aired earlier, but at least I’d better understand why it was being shown.

All I can say at this point is that Episode 10 had better be worth it after having to waste this week with what basically amounts to a recap episode with some additional information thrown in.

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