Nothing is more awkward than calling on your personal hero only to have nothing happen.
What They Say
The island that Joey and the others are visiting is being overrun with a mysterious life form! Joey and Lina begin to search deep into the jungle to find Heroman and the rest of the gang, and they come across Heroman who's been caught by the life form and can't move! Joey's always been saved by Heroman before, but this time it's his turn to do the saving, and then to find the origin of this creature and face it down!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The island adventure continues in this episode from what we saw before after the kids did their round of scary stories only to learn that the place has quite a few monsters. Joey and Lina are out in the jungle itself and along with a new friend they end up running into some nasty little vine creatures with a definite Skrugg bent to them. As much as he tries to call on Heroman though, he gets n love and has to be a bit more creative in trying to shake off the creatures. That leads to him being able to ferret out some information from the islander they came across, who is actually a research scientist who informs them that this island is not a R&R location but rather a place for military experimentation of things not safely done elsewhere. And they're all essentially in the lab now.
While he's being told to do everything he can to get the hell off the island, Joey isn't going to do that while leaving his friends there to be caught up in all this craziness. And he's not going to be able to do anything without Heroman, so the trio sets off in search of him at the least so they have a fighting chance. Their journey leads them to seeing that the things on the island are definitely getting smarter and more evolved before they come across Collins and deal with her issues about giant crabs eating her sandals. What becomes more and more evident is that without Heroman, Joey's losing his confidence and is becoming more reliant on finding him so that he can be the strong person he usually is with him. It's not a surprising character flaw when you consider how things have played out since he first got his hands on him nor for this situation.
Slowly but surely everyone starts getting back together since Joey figures out the best way to save Heroman and that turns into a beacon of sorts. The return of Heroman gets things back on track for dealing with the strange research lab that's gone crazy from the experiments instead of focusing on the journey through the angry jungle. The focus on dealing with the things within the lab allows Heroman to do battle for awhile, which is good since his previous contribution to the episode was being caught up in tentacle vines that looked really bad for him. Everything has a rather neat and simple solution to it, which isn't a surprise considering how the show is formulated, and even if it's weak it still feels like it fits into the show in general.
I admit I'm somewhat hesitant to call this filler as it comes across more as a side story given more prominence than it should. Over the two episodes we had a simple island adventure that helped to break up the larger storylines where things are more serious and involved. It's a welcome break from that overall and I liked the basic designs of a lot of it since the creatures had a definite Skrugg feeling to them. It's also worthwhile as we do get some more beach time and that means bathing suits and fun for the gang. I can see easily why an episode like this would frustrate some but it's the kind of breather arc that I like, especially from my comics background, since it lets you relax with something not terribly important but may still have some use in the larger narrative.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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