Angels of Death 1×11 Review: ’cause you are my God, Zack
In the last episode of Angels of Death, Father Gray had sentenced Rachel to be burned at the stake as a witch. “’cause you are my God, Zack,” begins where the last episode left off, with Rachel in the precarious position of being on a cross, surrounded by flames. With Zack mostly out of commission, Rachel was going to have to find a way to get out of this situation on her own.
Father Gray tells Rachel in “’cause you are my God, Zack” that he believes she intends to sacrifice Zack for her own purposes which she quickly denies. She also refuses to confess that she’s a witch. Father Gray upsets Rachel further when he tells her God does not exist. That he is the God of this building. This episode really shows Rachel completely break down even more so than some of the prior few. Everything she holds to be true about herself and God is shattered by the things that Father Gray tells her. Rachel feels like she doesn’t truly know anything anymore. She has a bit of an existential crisis (by means of hallucination) in which she comes to the conclusion that Zack is her God. She wakes on the floor, no longer surrounded by fire, with Zack’s knife in her hands.
I think “’cause you are my God, Zack” is an excellent illustration of how fragile the human psyche can be. Rachel finally realized that everything she saw on Father Gray’s floor was an illusion, but she came out of it making Zack her God, purely because he promised that he would kill her. There isn’t any logic to be found in her thought process. She finally gets the medication she had spent so much time looking for from Father Gray to help Zack. She said she wouldn’t kill Father Gray as long as he stayed out of her way because he was of no use to her. This only reiterates her disregard for human life and how she only cares about people in terms of how useful they are to her, or if they are in her way or not.
It’s not clear whether her concern for Zack is because she actually cares about him, or because she has made him to be her own personal deity. It is fun, however, to finally get some interaction between the two of them again after they spent most of the previous episode apart. One of the more amusing parts is where Zack demands to know what the hell she is saying and called her a freak in response to Rachel telling Zack that he is her God. These kind of interactions were always the most fun for me when I was playing the computer game. Rachel always freaked Zack out. And now, it’s really evident that he wasn’t wrong to be disturbed by her in the slightest.
“’cause you are my God, Zack” ends like many of the others, with a conversation between Rachel and Zack in their unnaturally long elevator rides to the next floor. Rachel asks about how Zack got all of his burns and he divulges that his mother’s boyfriend had set him on fire. This information will become more relevant in the future. But for now, it does explain why Zack is completely wrapped in bandages. His mother did that to him before dropping him off at that awful illegal orphanage. Rachel didn’t really react in any particular way about him answering her other than to be satisfied that she got the answer to her question and was able to learn more about him. At the end of the elevator ride, it becomes evident that Rachel wants to tell Zack something, but doesn’t manage to actually say it. What could it be and what is she so worried about? I’m sure we’ll find out soon!
Author: Jessica Halladay
Jessica primarily reviews comics including Nightwing, Deadpool, and Tart. She also offers insights on various other comics, movies, books, games, and other geeky topics.
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