In the Beginning (1&2)
In the first few episodes, the viewers get mixed signals from Ironeye. He's fairly clearly Kara's right hand man, handling organization, information, and the like—he's the one who knows what's going on. On the other hand, some scenes in the first episode show that he has a tendency to focus on his own thoughts over the events unfolding around him. When it comes to Hikari, he cheerfully explains to the kid why he (Hikari) wasn't left in the swamp with his throat slit, without any indication that murdering a teenager in cold blood would be a problem for him. On the other hand, he has a few moments where he shows kindness and warmth towards the new member of the team. Adding on to this mess is the scene where he's washing off a vial of what is strongly implied to be hydra blood, with no explanation given. In short, he's a bit of a mystery to the viewers—it's unclear how much he's lost in his own little world, whether or not he's got a moral compass at all, and what the hell he's up to.
Answering Questions...kinda (3&4)
Things get a bit clearer when we get more scenes with him that aren't focused on Hikari or the missions. No, he's not particularly in touch with the events around him, but he is quite capable of focusing on his work. He's probably
not a sociopath—he just has a weird sense of humor. The kindness is an act—because most of the team is so hostile to Hikari, he sees an advantage in getting Hikari to trust him. Above all else, he seems to be a seeker of information, always trying to learn more about what's going on.
A New Point of View (5&6)
As the season nears its middle, the audience gets to see a new side of Ironeye, particularly through a private conversation with Kara. Though he has so far come across as a schemer who fakes warmth to serve his own purposes, his insecurity and vulnerability come out when he has some time alone with his boss, in a reveal of his devotion to her. The end of E5 gives Ironeye his first bit of character development: he realizes that his kindness to Hikari isn't an act any more. Aside
The final bit in this section is Ironeye convincing Kara to lay off Hikari in E6.
Dropping the G-Bomb (7)
The next twist comes when Cody gets pissed off at Ironeye and decides to strike back by telling Hikari that Ironeye is gay. (There had been hints the entire time, but nothing explicit.) Hikari (as per Cody's intention) freaks out a bit, misinterpreting Ironeye's attention as Ironeye trying to get into his pants. This leads to an awkward scene where Hikari can't spit it out, while Ironeye tries to make Hikari feel comfortable saying what's on his mind by putting an arm on his shoulder, pulling him in close, etc...totally not helping, of course. When Hikari finally says what he's thinking, Ironeye explains that he thinks of Hikari more as a younger brother (a slight sorrowful pause here foreshadows the reveal of Ironeye and Kara's past in Season 2). When Hikari in confusion reveals what Cody said, Ironeye confirms that it is the truth (and files away the knowledge of Cody's plot—this comes back in Season 2 as well).
Out of Focus (8&9)
For the next few episodes, Ironeye is Out of Focus
, having gotten quite a bit of attention in 5-7.
Matrix Freaks Out (10)
The tenth episode features an infiltration mission—thriller material instead of action. At one point, Ironeye pulls a Fake-Out Make-Out
with Matrix so that it doesn't look like they're some place they don't belong for malicious reasons. While the two have Ho Yayed
it up before, it's never gone this far, so Matrix has a bit of a freak out. He just then figures out that Ironeye is gay (prompting a Flashback Cut
to blindingly obvious hints), screwing up the friendship the two of them have. The friction between the two of them endangers the mission as Ironeye fumbles through an explanation that though Matrix is quite attractive, it's totally not like that.
The Finale (11&12)
The season finale is pretty heavy on plot, but the one bit that is important for character development is that Ironeye and Matrix manage to patch things back up. Also, there are hints that Ironeye and Murky might actually start casually talking to each other.
- Kara: Revelations, but not much development
- Matrix: Development (but no revelations—this is pretty much what it looks like on the surface)
- Hikari: Revelations and development
- Murky: Hints at future development
- arks: Nothing of note
- Cody: Hints at future development
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.