There's nothing as aggravating as a scientist who wants to show off.
What They Say
Joey can't stand after taking a serious hit from Kogorr. Heroman, seeing Joey in such a state, unleashes a power that hasn't been seen before. It's the power of him going out of control. Dr. Minami stands ready to stop the sphere, seemingly confident. But his aim isn't really to stop the sphere, that's just step one. With all the peoples of the world's fate on the line, humanity's battle with the Skrugg reaches its conclusion!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The two tracks the show is running on are moving right along at this stage as we have Doctor Minami working his deal to stop the spheres while Joey and his group are deep inside the Skrugg base. With Heroman and Joey tackling Kogorr directly, their powers getting put to the ultimate test at the moment, it's a nicely intent little battle since Kogorr has gone all super-Skrugg with his look and abilities so he has a nice boss level feel to him at this point. The battle picks up well from the last episode and Kogorr still comes across as a decent if fairly bland main villain.
The battle gets fairly intense as Joey is seriously knocked around and Heroman ends up evolving a fair bit in the fight because of what happens. It's obvious that his abilities are dependent on a lot of things and Joey may not be able to control it, but seeing Heroman go to a berserk level this early on is interesting. Even more amusing is that this form reminded me a lot of the Firestorm character with its flaming head. The bond between Heroman and Joey is going to be an area that I suspect will be explored a lot more, especially after the way the two deal with the fight in this episode. And it's one that they need to examine when it comes to their sense of justice in defining just how far they'll go to stop something like Kogorr and the threat he and the Skrugg possesses.
The finale to this part of the arc isn't that much of a surprise, either as an anime kind of closure or a Western kind of closure. The battle against Kogorr is good and there are some hints of what's to come, but I continue to despise the idea that stopping the leader ends up causing the whole base to fall apart. That's a really bad sense of design in concept and it's really just weak writing as well. Not surprisingly, they time what Denton and Joey are doing to stop the sphere's with what Minami is doing when it comes to his stopping the spheres, but at least it's fairly obvious that Minami hasn't done anything since all the sphere's stop at once. I'm still really not caring for the Minami character since his introduction and really have little idea how they're going to utilize him overall, though it's easy to see him becoming a villain character with a little bit of alien technology in his hands.
With the Skrugg being fairly powerful overall and having not expected any kind of serious resistance on Earth, it's easy to see them being somewhat cocky and overconfident since Heroman was definitely not in the cards. The opening nine episodes of the series have done a really good job of presenting an alien invasion storyline, though maybe my thoughts are a bit colored after watching War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave and seeing a really terrible invasion show play out. Heroman has given us a bloodless invasion to this point with the way mankind has suffered but there's a good sense of destruction and eerie calm when it comes to some of it, such as the way Center City is messed over as the launch point of everything. Though things are again somewhat understated as it gets towards the end here, it's exactly what makes this show different and it leaves me wanting to see more right away. There's plenty offered up by this episode and a lot of places it can go so I'm curious to see what direction it will take.
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.