The fate of the world is still at stake as two different approaches are employed to stop the Skrugg spheres.
What They Say
Faced with the extinction of the human race, the President is coming closer to deciding to use nuclear weapons. But before him appears the mad scientist, "Dr. Manami." He claims to be able to stop the sphere without using a nuclear attack. Back in Center City, Joey and the others are infiltrating the Skrugg's base, and in order to cause a diversion they split into two groups. The newly re-brainwashed Will and Nick appear before them. Joey has a plan to undo the brainwashing, but...
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The sphere's continue to roll across the lands and the citizens are getting more and more frustrated over losing their houses - when aliens are invading. The government is getting closer to a solution though as the President has come close to deciding on using nuclear weapons in a remote area that the sphere in the US will be going through, but the sudden visit by Doctor Manami from Generas Industries slows him up some as that company is very big into military grade weapons development programs and may have something that will help in this situation. Hopefully.
On the Skrugg front, Nick and Will have been reprocessed again but there are definitely some issues to be had with it. Kogorr and his staff contemplate the difficulty they're having in controlling Earthlings because of their varied and strong emotions which leads to some unstable warriors. Nick is very easily controlled by the program since he lacked power and wanted it while Will is fighting against it. His latest programming attempt has him remembering his past with friends, his football time and more. The whole process is proving very difficult for him and he's resisting it fairly well. There's even a moment where Kogorr asks both of them their status and Nick is completely in love with everything Skrugg while Will just looks on at him like he's over the top and slightly deranged.
Professor Denton and his group are doing their best to solve the problem of the spheres as well by using the approach of causing trouble at the source. While Denton and Psy head off to find a way to really shake things up, Joey and Lina along with Heroman are hoping to be the big distraction and attraction the attention of Will and Nick as they want to save them. Though Kogorr of course goes for the somewhat traditional bad guy move of sending just those two to deal with Heroman and the others, we do get a pretty good fight sequence overall with strong production values and another subtle but strong score associated with it. Watching how both Will and Nick deal with the situation and the power they have is predictable but it's nicely done and fits well with what's come so far and stays essentially in character. There are some really neat action moments here and some decent drama associated with it all as well.
Heroman is moving right along with this episode and has managed to again not feel like it's rushed while also taking its time in telling the story it wants to tell. The political side takes the backseat here though but we do get some intriguing moments at the start with the introduction of Doctor Manami and what he has in mind, especially in playing up to the power potential of acquiring a sphere. The bulk of the show is spent around the Heroman group making their way into the Skrugg base and trying to disrupt things there, but even that focuses more on the inter-character drama between Will and Nick and the rest as they fight off their conditioning to varying levels of success. I'm still finding this to be the most enjoyable of the new spring simulcast shows and one that I look forward to eagerly every week. I'm very curious where this will all go.
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.