First off, I'd like to say Monty Oum brought us a spectacularly colorful world, full of a multitude of colorful characters. You got the lively music, to emotional scenes at time that show that not everyone is a complete cardboard cutout.
That being Said, I did not like more than half of Volume 3. Or Season 3 if you prefer.
The first episode we see good RWBY material, hell, first six episodes really. Like, exactly what should be expected.
The focus was the start of the Vytal festival. Basically a competition between the four kingdoms. But... You don't see too many festivities. Hell, the only real festivity you see in midway through season two. The dance, which was a great segment mind you. You see weakness, strength and bonds being tested. In Season 3, you see very few scenes like that. Which is why the first few episodes of Season 3 are so endearing.
But, after "The Fall". You get to the biggest hitch and hole that just spirals into shit.
Here is where Spoiler territory is, you have been warned.
During the 7th Episode, Pyrrha is brought down with Ozpin and Glynda, where they talk about the story of the maidens.
Basically 4 Avatars of Nature and power. Okay, interesting story they give, but the problem is the idea is shoe horned in. Which... isn't even subtle. Nor explained well.
So, in the background, you see a girl in a stasis like pod who has her face cracked. "She is a dying maiden. If she thinks of her attacker, her power will be bestowed unto that person."
So they ask her to make a difficult choice. Which does not amount to anything later because she uncharacteristically becomes indecisive.
Following Episode, you see Cinder meeting Mercury, and Emerald.
Emerald was a thief who stole just so she can eat. Which works I guess. "If you come with me, you'll never live a day where you will go hungry."
She then meets Mercury, He basically killed his dad who was an assassin and burned his home down. Okay... You ultimately don't really learn anything about them. They just sorta band together.
Then you see the White Fang before they attacked Vale. In case you are not aware, Episode 8 is a Prequel episode. Which predates season 1's intro.
The White Fang are requested to work with Cinder. They decline.
So they sorta just leave and try to kill a maiden in the country side. And this fight is easily the most pointless one to show.
> You already know she lost based on the context of which you see things.
> The worst part is, she controls nature, there was no reason to lose.
So at the end of the fight, she is restrained by Emerald and Mercury where Cinder for some reason tries to absorb her power with a Facehugger Grimm. Which... Makes no sense. The Grimm are the representation of the absence of life. But... Eeeeh?
Either way, the girl was being drained before she was saved by a Drunk Qrow. (Ruby's Uncle.)
He never saw the faces because he was drunk. Draining was so Potent, the girl had to be placed in Stasis.
You also learn in the same fight that Mercury is mechanical from the waist down for the most part; his legs at the very least. This would be a more interesting development if we learned why.
At the end of that episode, you see Emerald using her illusions to confuse the minds of the medics to take Mercury out of the stage. For anyone who seen "The Fall", Yang beat Merc fair and square in the arena, for him to attack her in front of everyone. Yet... The Camera was hacked somehow by Cinder. All they see is Yang shooting a still framed Merc in the leg, causing bleeding.
The problem with this, is well... everything. Everyone in the stadium can see from every angle, and should have been more then capable of seeing Yang just defending herself. So the hacking make's no sense.
Either way, they leave, Cinder and Neopoltrian dressed as Paramedics and fly off.
Wherever their hide out was, you see Merc work on his legs.
The next episode there is some genuine drama.
The problem is, it goes against Pyrrha's character.
But before even that, Ironwood basically excuses Yang by trying to call her delusional in a manner of speaking.
Then you see Pyrrha with Jaune. She expresses her concern only vaguely. Her question basically asked if she would do something despite the odds of it potentially undoing who she is.
He responds with basically saying. "You'd do the right thing." Then she bawls a bit, and uses her X-Men Magneto powers to fling him into a wall because it was not what she wanted to hear despite it being the right thing.
If I am correct, there was a scene that was pretty racist against Asians. Ren tries to offer Pyrrha a drink to help her relax and be at her peak, only to have it be declined than drank by Nora who proceeds to vomit. My problem with this scene is, well... Only with an Asian character do you see this stereotype of health drinks and wellness to only get a negative outcome that benefits no one. Maybe that is just me being nit-picky?
Pyrrha decides to go to the Arena to Fight Penny as was assigned to do by the Random Number Generator.
To Ruby seeing Emerald in the Background... Remember how they just left? It was even stated in the same Episode they left. So Ruby uses her tingling plot senses to head to the Maintenance room. To see Merc standing there. Which... is the stupidest fucking thing you can do, which contradicts everything that Yang experienced.
Ruby kinda tries to fight him then leaves.
Then the next Episode Penny was destroyed by her own Weapons because Magneto tends to destroy and use metal against the user, in which case the user is a Android designed to look like a human. The problem is... You're expected to attach yourself to Penny at this point, but you really never her saw her passed... maybe more then for to five times with very little exposition or interaction. So her death carries weight for some characters, which I guess makes sense for them.
But... Then Cinder's speech. Basically goes "Artificial people. Haven has it worse than other countries. Don't trust Atlus with their Terminators." and so on.
Problem with this speech is, the town and stadium are attacked by Grimm and the White Fang attack Beacon itself. So by telling them not to trust the strongest artillery, and to turn on them? It kind of defeats the purpose when you... I dunno... Have an all attack on everyone? Torchwick is free again.
So in the next Episode. You have the most predictable shit happen. Basic unity, then fighting on all fronts.
It is just generic Marvel stuff really with some pretty okay fights. Though... Torchwick somehow reprograms the AI of the Drones from Atlus to attack, It.. Makes no sense for the drones to know who or what to not target with the reprogramming. I dunno... Ships are taken down due to this, people are attacked. You get the picture.
Then the worst thing ever happens. A Grimm Dragon burst from a mountain.
Glynda literally says "Oh no..." Implying she knew it was there the entire time. Which... is the worst thing ever.
Seriously, Glynda is potentially the strongest character by far. She can fix anything, like the destroyed City of Vale in Season 2. She fixed everything. She can lift, everything. Why could she not grip everything from the Debris of the Mountain, and impale the dragon?
The Dragon is also everything that... is just wrong. Like, even the Maidens feel... wrong.
These are just Final Fantasy beings thrown in at the last moment. Like...
The Grimm are basically Kingdom Hearts Heartless, fine, it works for a world filled with color.
But the problem is... It is basically just Sin from Final Fantasy X, where the Grimm are just Sin Spawn.
Yeah, there is no official explanation why Grimm generate, and it does raise a possible answer, but the execution of it is just bad. Especially since it raises the question of what created that.
Next Episode is just fucking terrible.
For one, the fight with Roman was pretty nice. But he was eaten by a large Grimm bird. Neo was beaten by her overconfidence and just Mary Poppins-awayed.
Then... More fights, Ren going out of character by getting saved by Nora despite him being one of the most agile characters.
And probably the most mixed scene in the entire Episode. Velvet's weapon. It literally just mimics everyone's weapon, and it genuinely felt lazy. Not to mention, everyone in the battle just waited on her solely to just fight it. I felt like her "Weapon" was wasted potential.
Then Adam comes off as an edgy shit lord. He is basically the Result of Kylo Ren and FF 7's lead Villain's love child.
He goes on a rant, stabs Black who suddenly had PTSD. This scene was terrible.
Yang tried to save her. And got her right arm cut off. To him going "Why do you hurt me so?"
Blake sorta teleports out with Yang.
Then Pyrrha tries to get the maiden's power by getting into a pod.
"Jaune, make sure nothing bad happens."
And then the maiden is shot and killed.
Cinder takes her power.
Then in Naruto fashion, Ozpin stares off with Cinder. Jaune and Pyrrha run.
Next Episode Weiss and Ruby decide to go look for Pyrrha and Jaune after not seeing them at the evacuation point.
You see a small fight with Cinder and Ozpin... Which was cool from what you see.
Then... You see you the dumbest move in the entire episode.
Pyrrha has an emotional kiss with Jaune before blasting him off in a locker to Vale where it is now a safer zone. He screams out in protest and calls Weiss and Ruby to save her from fighting Cinder.
Cinder of course wins without going into too many details on how she could have just said "Fuck youuuuuu!" to physics.
Her arrow literally bypasses magnetism. Which goes past Pyrrha's shield and into her leg.
Then she is killed by Cinder and fades just in time for Ruby to see before her Deus Ex Power activates and destroys all the Grimm present, and possibly Cinder.
Pyrrha could have killed Cinder with her sword fragments by the way. But... Ehh?
Ruby wakes up to see her dad. He tells her to rest, Then Crow basically goes.
"Your eyes are sorta a Deus ex Machina power."
And Ruby is sorta just unsure what to say, he leaves. But not before explaining whatever she did stopped the dragon. But only froze it, and Beacon is now a gathering place for Grimm. How people who saw the broadcast saw Atlus machines attacking people.
Ruby sees goes to see her sister who is upset by everything.
They talk. "Blake Ran away. Weiss was taken home." And that is the short of it.
With the team divided, Ruby leaves at first sign of snow. Jaune is waiting for him, as in Nora and Ren. This basically makes a new team.
You see some last women before the credits and she looks like a JRPG boss. In a JRPG area of dark crystals.
After the Credits, Ruby sees her mother's grave before she leaves with her new team.
Though I did not like most of the direction of this season, it could have easily been the worst finally.
Hell, I like the fact they are going to be finally exploring the world.
All, in all. Volume 3's pay off was better than it's investments past the sixth episode.
So....6.7 out of 10.