Rainbow has kept pretty well to the serious side in its first three episodes, though the fire sort of makes it feel like it went a bit too far in order to move the show forward in a way. With Block 2 feeling the problem the most, most everyone has gotten out except for the characters we actually care about. Scam is outside hunting furiously for the key that will free them, though he runs afoul of the guard, while Sakuragi is doing his best to try and bust them out. It's a great moment when he arrives in the midst of the flames, apologizing for taking so long and acting so serious as the others are shocked by it while still believing they'll die soon.
Ishihara's cruelty as been apparent right from the start as he plays the bad cop role with relish, a little too much at times, and he doesn't slow down here. When he comes across Scam after he found the key where nobody can see them, he attempts to make a deal with him in order to cover up his own issues while essentially enslaving Scam to him for awhile. But Scam has hardened after what has happened between him and the others and refuses to let him be turned in this as he wants to save the others after what Sakuragi has done for him. The change in Scam may be a bit quick, but they're borne under special circumstances that can reveal the true nature of a man. Watching him taking the beating from Ishihara, and seeing Ishihara realize it doesn't matter as Scam will likely die in the fire trying to save them, it really does elevate Scam into someone that you can truly sympathize with.
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