There’s a couple of things I was surprised to hear overlooked in this episode (tho considering the extenuating circumstances, understandable), top among them the look on Gendo’s face as Naoko kisses him. It’s not just disinterest, he’s a hundred percent over it. That shot actually made me burst out laughing.
There’s a really quick line as the salvage attempt goes awry that shinji goes pattern blue - just line an angel. I suppose confirming that Shinji is still contaminated after the Sea of Dirac incident, unless it’s indicating some other bridge between angels and humans (with broken egos). Also consider that the water flame shinji contacts in the cockpit is always shown as blue, the red version being some other entity. And then they also say Shinji goes pattern green after that, and I don’t think we’ve heard that before? (Actually I think this is just in the version I’ve been watching, which is the old ADV Perfect Collection)
When we see the bandage wrapped Eva, I always think it looks like when you see a building when it has insulation but no siding yet. That definite look of industrial under construction / repair. Whether it’s bandages, restraints, or synthetic skin graft beyond that doesn’t really matter I imagine.
In regard to Naoko's end
Glad to see the method of her death addressed. Even if it’s just a technicality, the throwing yourself from a balcony onto your own super computer is way more dramatic suicide, but more than that it’s matching level of impulsive for what she just did to Rei compared to a relatively more calculated method of turning a gun on oneself. Plus I will say that the details of specifically landing on the mother-module magi is a great detail I missed. Great spot!
and whether or not it's earned
I don’t know if Naoko’s break is totally justified, but I think it deserves more credit than it gets given. Rei isn’t overlaid with her older self, it’s cuts of Yui. Naoko already saw the connection between them, so she’s not just connecting those words to Rei and Gendo, she’s hearing them from Yui. Naoko already mentions bearing guilt for wishing Yui dead so she could have Gendo for herself, so not only is she learning the truth of what Genodo thinks of her, but the fact bearing the guilt and leaning into her own ill will didn’t actually pay off is getting rubbed in her face by the ghost of the one she wished ill upon. So the full combo of 1. Gendo is ready to be rid of her 2. She doesn’t get to have Gendo even after leaning into what she felt guilty over 3. she’s learning all of this third hand from a ghost who sounds almost like they’re reveling in her misfortune. That last bit is unreal enough that I can buy her sense of reality snapping in a manic panic and going off on Rei and then herself like that. Plus (and I know it’s just giving the creators license to not put in the effort, but) this is all technically Fuyutsuki’s recounting, which could understandably be abridged or flawed.