Things are closing in around Joey and Heroman which means the secret can be kept for only so long.
What They Say
Joey and Lina are on that all important "first date." Both are young and innocent, and they have fun going shopping and playing on the beach. But from underneath that smooth surface lies a bunch up to no good. Psy, Denton, plus Joey's sister Holly who came to break up the date, all hang over the proceedings like dark clouds. Joey does his best to get through the various difficulties and let Lina have a good time on their date, but...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After trying for quite awhile to express her feelings, Lina managed to do so and has now scored her first date with Joey. Amusingly, Joey looks like he's wearing his usual attire, complete with a couple of tears, while Lina actually gets out of her cheerleader uniform and manages to wear less - and tighter - clothing. Like any couple of good high school kids, they kick things off at the mall and then stroll off into town. Unfortunately for the pair, they're being followed out of concern by their friends and relatives. Not only are Psy and Professor Denton going all high tech in watching out for their friend, but Holly has suspected something and is out following them as well. She at least puts on a pair of sunglasses on top of her standout outfit.
The date is pretty cute as the two definitely get along well, even as tentative as Joey gets at times. They spend a good part of their day at the beach which is most assuredly difficult for Joey since Lina is clearly quite attractive and outgoing, and that has plenty of people watching her. After all that's happened, it's good to see the two of them having some fun and the show in general doing a bit of lighter material considering how serious it's been. Those that are following them adhere to traditional sitcom material formulas by getting involved once in awhile, being overly protective and then causing even more trouble by being seen. It's an unfortunate thing since it'd be far more interesting to see Lina and Joey going on a date without any of this following them.
Also unsurprising is that there's an action sequence to be had in the episode as Dr. Manami has decided to try and draw out Heroman again so he can have his revenge. Faking that the mecha he's created is going out of control at the reconstruction zone, Joey brings Heroman there to try and help out. It's all a trap, but it's one that goes worse when a helicopter is shown on the scene and everything gets broadcast to the world. This has been the weakest angle of the show to date though because of the way the world works today, and has for a couple of years now, with everyone having some form of camera on them at all times. For Heroman to have gone without being captured on film up until now has stretched the believability of certain parts of the show, but if finally gets taken care of this time around and it'll lead to some changes in the show I'm sure.
I really like the relationship that's forming between Lina and Joey. It's seeming like it's progressing in a way that a lot of shows don't and it's fun that Lina is aware of what Joey is really doing with Heroman and is already growing into a supportive role when it comes to it. It's hard to not draw parallels to the comics work that Stan Lee has done before, but there are plenty of parallels to be found and I'm still very much enjoying the groove and flow of this show, more than most other new shows I've been able to stream legally this season. The action scene here is likely to have greater consequence in the long run, but in the short term the episode shines because it's a good date episode between the two characters that avoids a lot of the big misunderstanding issues you often see in them. Matched or not, the two have fun and look good together, making you want to see more of it play out.
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.