It's time to take stock of the situation, do a little cleaning and prepare for the future.
What They Say
Three months after the battle with the Skrugg, peace has returned to Center City. Joey's busy with his part-time work having doubled, and everyone is happily working on the reconstruction. Everyone except Lina, who lost her smile after having to part for eternity with her brother Will. Lina tries to get over her sadness by asking Joey out on a date. But just as it's hard for her to express her feelings, some people end up getting in the way!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Life is returning to Center City as three months have now passed since the Skrugg attack and the actions that Joey and the others took to stop the spheres and Kogarr himself. The world has paused to breathe a little and they've started securing the spheres where they stand since they can't be moved, which leads to some interesting structures. The one in Washington, DC is being used for research, not that anything can penetrate it yet, and a sizeable structure has been built around it (I wonder if it conforms to district codes?)
Though he hasn't been seen publicly, Heroman is a concern of many for different reasons. The government wants to know the truth behind him since they believe he may not always be on their side. Doctor Manami has ended up in Center City to help out with the reconstruction, even though he doesn't want to, as he believes that Heroman may be there and he wants to get a hold of him, either for research or to beat the snot out of him for stealing his thunder. Joey's putting Heroman to good use by doing things at night that involves rebuilding the city quicker than it would normally take as some activities are done in hours that would take weeks otherwise. There are some good moments like this that deals with the reconstruction and fallout, including a rather somber farewell scene for Will after he realizes he can't live among people like he is.
After all the seriousness, we do get some humor and fun mixed into this episode as well. Lina has definitely realized she likes Joey a fair bit and wants to go out with him formally now. She plays the typical male role here in trying to get his attention so she can ask him out and it's fun to watch her being frustrated by the way her efforts turn out. The silliness is also balanced by the basic seriousness that's in many Stan Lee creations about power and responsibility as Professor Denton has been working with Joey about building up what Heroman can do and their teamwork. Rather than rest on their laurels and just do reconstruction work, they're also working hard at increasing their teamwork and how Joey can work with Heroman, turning them into a very good pair in case an event similar to the Skrugg occurs again.
Heroman serves up a good transitional episode, the kind I like after a strong opening arc, where we see the fallout from the Skrugg invasion and get a clue as to how things may play out going forward. It's good to see that Joey is doing things right, both in training for the future and helping out by doing things to help with the reconstruction. Doctor Manami continues to be the weak link in the show for me but it's made up entirely by the subplot here about Lina doing her best to ask Joey out on a date. It's very cute and definitely fun to see the situation reversed from the norm in who is chasing who and asking the other person out. Add in a little subplot starting up involving the government and we get plenty of things here to chew on and look forward to.
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.