The spheres keep rolling right along towards various capitals across the world where they'll wreck quite a lot of havoc - unless Heroman can stop it.
What They Say
Joey's group is forced to retreat from the new enemies that suddenly appear in front of them. Meanwhile, Prof. Denton has analyzed the Skrugg and determined that the five spheres are heading toward different important world cities. One of them is the White House itself. At first thought to just be rolling spheres, it seems the Skrugg studied humanity well on how exactly to destroy the entire world. Realizing this, everyone is shocked and itching to do something about it, and as the time limit approaches, Joey and his friends become determined to head toward the enemy's base.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The sixth episode of Heroman raises the threat to a more international level, giving a bit of a nod toward the whole global aspect of things, while still keeping it very local. There's a lot going on in this episode as it plays with politics, the military side and the more personal level along with some basic investigative moments. All of it is tied together very well with a solid sense of the dramatic without going over the top in a way that makes it brash and full of noisy and fury. The understated nature of the show continues to be a huge selling point for me with it when it comes down to the sense of style that it's using in its approach.
The personal side of the show is nicely dealt with from the start as Will and Nick, now converted through Skrugg science into foot soldier/commanders for them, do their level best to take down Heroman. While they do deal with it in a fairly predictable fashion by having Lina's presence being something that has an impact on Will, it's not a quick change back to normal for the football star as he tries to deal with his Skrugg orders to kill and the underlying love for his sister. Nick, not so much, as he does his best to follow through with the soldier's he's in charge of. There's a really good sequence where they give Heroman a chase and you can see just how into it the Skrugg Nick is with it.
A good portion of the episode deals with the sphere's and mankind's response to it. They're continuing to roll all over the place and it's discovered what their destinations are as they're going to move across oceans as well. With various heads of government centers now threatened, it's looking even more grim as the military has not been able to penetrate the spheres at all. In fact, we're seeing just how ineffective they are against them as the spheres manage to do a lot of damage to any craft that get too close. That puts the nuclear option on the table as a good bit of time is spent at the White House and we see both the military leaders and the president grappling with their use and the implications of it all.
Of course, there's plenty of time spent with Joey and the others as the cope with what they've seen happen to Will and Nick while also trying to figure out how to stop the spheres. Denton is of course the go to intellect of the group, odd as he may be, but mostly what they pull out of his mind are obvious things that anyone who devours entertainment would think of if they saw such events playing out in this manner. Lina's brought nicely into the group through the issue with Will and while it's very much a Hollywood moment, this new core group works pretty well and struts their stuff. After half a dozen episodes, the only thing that really bothers me about this series is Psy's name as everything else has come together really well and I'm really enjoying how it's playing out.
As much as I enjoy this show, what has really stood out for me from a technical point of view is how understated the music is with it. The lack of music, or the use of very subtle pieces playing in the background during the big action scenes, really drives home a very different feeling for the series. Everything truly feels desolate out there as people have hidden or run away and nobody is around. The action scenes feel like they have more impact in general because of this understated nature as well. There's a lot to like with this episode as there's a good set of action, some solid intrigue and personal material and a really fun little bit just toward the end with a new character introduced that really could ramp up the fun and over the top nature.
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.