by netflix Esoteric Act three shows us that the tragedy is not over. Explosions either. Not by far.
What is Arcane?
Esoteric Act three is the third and final arc of this Netflix animated series based on the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends. Like all previous Acts, this one consists of 3 episodes of approximately 40 minutes. Still long, but still noticeably shorter than the episodes of the previous Acts.
Like before, Esoteric is the creation of Christian Linke and Alex Yee, who also wrote for the series. They also made history alongside Connor sheehy and Ash brannon. The opening theme is “EnemyâBy Imagine Dragon with JID. And of course, Riot Games and Fortiche Production are the production companies behind this series.
Esoteric Act three will air on 20 November 2021 at exactly midnight. It’s also a Netflix exclusive, so if you want to watch it you’ll have to fork over some cash if you don’t already have a paid subscription. Tencent Video will air this series in China.
Warning: spoilers for Esoteric Act three below. If you want to watch the tragic booms for yourself, stop here and come back after the very deadly fireworks are over.
Esoteric Act Three: Plot Summary
It turns out that the rival gang (called the Firelights) from the previous episode of Esoteric had kidnapped Vi and Caitlyn. This is the bad news. Good news: Ekko is actually the leader of the Firelights, so all is well. He even agrees to help them return the stolen magic gem. Sadly, they are arrested during a police blockade led by corrupt police chief Marcus. He shoots Ekko (who lives) and is about to kill Caitlyn to silence her, when Jinx inadvertently saves her in his own attack on the blockade, also killing Marcus in the process. This has probably increased the overall morality of the entire police force by a good 50%, but that’s a story for another day.
Vi helps an injured Caitlyn escape with the gem, while Ekko fights with Jinx. Ekko loses, but so does Jinx. Silco then shows up to save the mortally wounded Jinx, and also takes back the gem. It turns out that Jinx removed the gem from the container while no one was looking, so now Vi and Caitlyn have an empty container and no way to stop the looming war between Piltover and Zaun. At least not yet.
After the downer in the previous episode of Esoteric Act Three, Vi and Caitlyn attempt to sneak into Caitlyn’s house in Piltover. But are intercepted by Caitlyn’s parents. Luckily, Caitlyn’s mother doesn’t shoot Vi, asks her husband to heal Caitlyn’s injuries, and she even agreed to bring them to the Council to explain their position. Unfortunately, the meeting seemed unsuccessful and Vi comes out angry. She even abandons Caitlyn in the rain – gross. However, she goes to meet Jayce, whom she convinces to do some self-defense. Namely: against one of Silco’s Shimmer factories.
Meanwhile, Silco brings Jinx to a shady doctor and saves his life. How? ‘Or’ What? Well, apparently, Shimmer’s concentrated apps seemingly work like a Revive. Side effects include visual and auditory hallucinations, so I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone unless you’re literally dying.
Oh, and Viktor accidentally kills his lab assistant via his hextech experiments to save himself. Not a good look for his resume.
Later in this episode of Esoteric Act three, Vi and Jayce actually lead an unofficial and unauthorized police raid on said Shimmer factory. Things go smoothly until a cheeky kid sounds an alarm, which awakens Shimmer-enhanced Supersoldiers in fancy gas suits. They slaughter a group of officers before Vi and Jayce crush them for good. Sadly, this same cheeky kid is caught in the crossfire and falls to his death. Jayce has serious doubts about the whole offense.
Meanwhile, Caitlyn has a revelation about Vi in the shower and decides to pursue her rather than leave her alone. Unfortunately, she discovers that she herself is not alone. Not with Jinx for company.
After the death of this child in the last episode of Esoteric Act three, Jayce cancels the entire offensive against Silco. While also canceling his alliance with Vi. At least Vi can keep his powerful gloves on, so is that okay? Vi then goes in search of Silco’s 2IC. She finds her and beats her. Apparently that’s all she wanted to do. And then Jinx knocks him out, so it’s still bad.
Troubled by the violence and death he caused, Jayce decides to negotiate a deal with Silco. Piltover will give Zaun independence and full access to the Hextech magic portal (Hexgate). All Silco has to do is bring Jinx to justice. Silco has a long, drunken conversation with the Vander Statue about it, which Jinx unfortunately overhears (for Silco, that is).
Meanwhile, Viktor disperses the ashes of his deceased assistant in the local river. And then told Jayce to destroy his Hextech experiment, because apparently this Hexcore had developed a mind of its own and wouldn’t let Viktor do it on his own.
And then we come back to Vi, who is now a prisoner of Jinx with Caitlyn and Silco. Jinx is really demonstrating his mental illness here, somehow trying to win back his sister’s love through very uncool methods. Things got worse somehow when Caitlyn, then Silco, let go of their constraints. In the ensuing chaos, Caitlyn does not die, but Silco does. Distraught by the death of her slightly twisted father figure (even though she killed him herself), Jinx then fires a magical missile (powered by the stolen magical gem) at the Council building in Piltover. Jinx may or may not have vaporized from the backblast, but her aim was perfect. The missile not only hits the Council building, but it enters the Council Chamber directly through a window.
What is the missile used for? Well I guess that’s what we’ll find out in Esoteric season 2, because that’s it. Yes really. I’m as shocked as you are that they left him on such a cliffhanger.
Esoteric Act 3: The good
The story, characters, music and art of Esoteric Act three is still great. Maybe a little less in terms of story and characterization than in the previous episodes, but still pretty good. I always praise art and music.
The art of Esoteric is the best part I think. The cel-shaded animation style gives the whole series a unique look that sets it apart from other animated shows. Damn, he even manages to distinguish himself from the League of Legends game it’s based on, which is quite a feat. There’s a reason there are so many memes about the game to promote the series, after all.
And then there is the music of Esoteric. Act three has some particularly good music to add to the series, especially during the fight scene between Ekko and Jinx. In addition to the wonderful animation of this scene, of course.
Esoteric Act 3: The bully
My god, that cliffhanger at the end of episode 9. It’s easily the worst part of Esoteric Act three. This is also why I give it such a low rating compared to previous Acts. No closure of any kind. It leaves you hopelessly hanging there, enraged that they don’t show what happens next. That’s not cool, Christian Linke and Alex Yee. Not cool at all.
The other really bad part of Esoteric Act three is Jinx. I really, really don’t like how she works. She’s gone completely Scrappy now with her free terror attack on the Council building. I also really don’t like the way his mental illness is portrayed. As far as I know, she appears to be suffering from schizophrenia, due to, among other things, her auditory hallucinations and difficulty distinguishing reality from her hallucinations. I really don’t care how the story frames it and how the other characters treat it because of it. Perhaps this is a product of the context, since mental illness was not viewed favorably in the past. I do not know. I just don’t like the way she is treated as broken, incurable, beyond redemption etc. ; because of his mental illness. To the point where Jinx herself believes him. Your mileage may vary.