Jormungand 2: I’m the Goddamn Batman
Our newest Jormungand provides more insight on the work ethic of an arms dealer as Koko and her crew are asked to sell weapons with two armies fighting over a pipeline. However, when Koko realizes that it would be a waste to prolong the fight when the fighting would only last for 2 days, will Koko find a non-violent alternative to the situation or will they go out all guns blazing?
We begin with the amusing van ride to their destination as Koko is distraught by the lack of reception in the area.
However, there are bigger problems at hand as the area they were negotiating in became a war zone where radio towers and several towers have been destroyed in an attack from outsiders, preventing any contact from outsiders who won’t know that there’s a war going on in the area.
Through being captured by armed security, Major Polluck wants to conduct business with Koko, but not before being greeted by Mr. Currie, the boss of the British CCAT, and some old friends, Mildred and Lew, the former wanting to coat herself in some of that Koko butter.
Major Polluck bought some Stinger missile launchers from Currie but he is in need of a radar system since theirs was broken in one of the attacks. Currie is under the assumption that Koko would know exactly how to get a radar system with all of the connections she has but she bluntly refuses by dancing around and singing the “No” song. When the situation becomes hostile, she insists that there’s no reason he needs the radar since he already has enough info to make sure that news on the war doesn’t get leaked out to the public.
Polluck insists that despite that, he needs to pay his soldiers and that he expects the radar, but that was one of the big mistakes that he makes, as once everyone leaves, Koko continues to refuse to give them anything as sources say they don’t have the money at the moment and will pay after the fighting is over, and Koko isn’t the type who does business on credit.
Not long after, Polluck tries to organize the deal by having two of his men escort Koko to a phone where she can call the HCLI on making the deal without any funny business. While his men certainly have no respect for arms dealers, Koko shows that she certainly has no respect for soldiers who have no experience with the products that she knows like the back of her hand.
When they reach the summit, they call up Tojo who they plan to meet up with alongside Valmet at a vantage point in the woods. Before that though, they are approached by some HIND helicopters that the crew must hide to avoid coming into contact with them.
Afterwards, Jonah is curious as to why Koko doesn’t want to sell weapons to these guys, but Koko insists that because these guys are fighting a war that would only last 2 days with Polluck running low on resources and the Russians not being able to maintain their battlefield or control their pipeline. While other arms dealers enjoy watching a war get milked out, Koko sees this as a lousy business venture that could go awry for anyone involved with it.
Meanwhile, Mildred loses her shit and decides to kill their escorts after they annoy her in a stylized action sequence. Needless to say, Mr. Currie is pissed that their main help for getting through the forest was botched due to Mildred’s desire to kill.
Speaking of escorts being axed, Koko has Valmet and Tojo pop out in the forest to tie up the escorts in the forest while the crew moves out but not before Koko is allowed entrance into Valmet’s fluffy mountains of the gods.
In a twist of fate, Koko’s team has to shack up with Mr. Currie’s team to plan how to get out of the mess they got in with the former’s team knocking out the guards and the latter’s team killing them. Mildred is more concerned about getting with Valmet which luckily for her might be possibly as Mr. Currie demands the two to be on guard outside.
This makes Mildred really want to fight Valmet, but while she’s preoccupied with her love for knives, she is heavily distracted by them and is blindsighted by Valmet who knocks the wind out of her. Even though Mildred wants more than anything to be like Valmet, she insists that she doesn’t want Mildred to share her misfortunes.
The plan was to have Koko and her crew pick apart the troops, but in a humorous twist, Koko decides that they’re going to disarm and let Mr. Currie’s crew take the fall for them as she tells the troops that the crew they are looking for is hiding in the shed while Koko and her team run like hell.
One of the cuter moments of the episode is here where they are all escaping as Jonah has the happiest laugh he’s had in probably years when he thinks about how great it is that they are resolving this conflict without the need to fire guns and kill. The crew shares this sentiment as the episode ends with them all heading to the airport where news reports say that the South Russian war has ended.
Overall, this episode was very enjoyable even without the need for Koko’s crew to go out all guns blazing. It does add some emphasis on the theme that this is a show about arms dealers and as such not every problem has to be solved Revy-style, opting for more of a tactical approach to resolving issues. In this regard, we get a better sense of where Koko’s strength lies in both wittiness and strategy, both enhanced with her eccentricities. Speaking of eccentricities, I do love the inclusion of the new character Mildred which combines Valmet’s deep rabu for Koko with more batshit crazy than anyone else around her is able to handle. Definitely looking forward to seeing what’s in store for next time.