The Skrugg have landed and they're spearheading a fairly decent Hollywood style invasion.
What They Say
The giant saucer that appeared in the skies of Center City begins sending tons of Skrugg down to the ground. Even with the military in wait, they were no match for the onslaught, and the people could do nothing but escape. After Joey stands in shock watching the neighborhoods being destroyed, he and Psy head to Joey's grandmother's house. However, the Skrugg show up and get in their way. Joey steels his determination, activates Heroman, and stands up, ready to face the enemy himself.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After Professor Denton put out his open call to the universe, which was picked up by the aliens, we saw some of the recon team arrive in the previous episode. That group unfortunately came across Joey with Heroman and it led to a fairly good take down of the invaders before anything could really happen. What was neat was rather than spend the rest of the series focusing on Joey and Heroman hiding their secret and dealing with a secret war against the Skrugg, the aliens flat out decided to reveal themselves and begin their invasion. Their goal, at least as stated so far, is simple conquest and subjugation of the populace. No apparent grand designs or anything else, which gives it a nice change of pace from something more complicated than it needs to be. The only downside is that the Skrugg continue to remind me of the Bugrom from El Hazard and they've arrived in classic silver saucers. But that's also a lot of the charm for me since both of those elements can be fun if done well.
Another element of the invasion that's proving to be fun is that the lead characters are kept out of a lot of this episode as Joey and Psy try to make it to Joey's grandmothers house. The actual invasion scenes are pretty calm as they aren't filling it with huge sweeping moments of music and grand action, but rather calm and deliberate destruction tied to some creepy and almost oppressive music. When Joey and Heroman do get involved in the fighting, it still doesn't get all overly huge and sweeping with its tone, but rather continues with that serious oppressive aspect. Considering the setting and Stan Lee being behind it, it could have easily gone all big and patriotic with brass music and a lot of jingoism. That t keeps it pretty straightforward and serious is a huge boost to it, though it does remove some amount of the overall excitement that a show like this can infuse into its action scenes.
There's really not a lot going on in this episode which is a surprise for a third episode, but the calm and more deliberate nature of it is really quite engaging. There's some good stealthy moments, there's action material that's restrained but intense and we get the solid clear announcement from the Skrugg with their intentions after they make it known that they are the rulers of the universe. The one area that's intriguing for me is seeing what Lina's brother Will will end up doing as he comes across as though he may either turn to the Skrugg for power or become more of a man in dealing with everything as a true protector. His character could go a few ways right now and I'm curious to see what will happen. I love the odd nature of this episode in how it plays out and can't wait to see what happens to this world next week.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.