As busy as the show has been at times recently, it has been pretty quiet overall, which is about to change as the Skrugg make a new appearance.
What They Say
It's discovered that the recent incidents are all connected to the legacy of the Skrugg, so Joey and the others immediately start looking into the existence of the Skrugg remnants. However, the Skrugg's secret plan has already started, and they reveal themselves to mankind, by attacking the White House! Faced with mysterious plant-like creatures spreading destruction surrounding the White House, Joey and the gang prepare to fight, knowing that the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Since the end of the invasion by the Skrugg, things have been rather quiet when you get down to it as the issues have largely focused on human related problems, such as one cracked mad scientist and other issues. There have been a number of Skrugg tinged episodes, such as Lina's brother or dealing with the island where experiments went awry because of the Skrugg influence later on, but now there have been numerous incidents across the country that are popping up where Skrugg remnants are causing problems. You know it's getting serious as Will is making a new appearance and trying to deal with it himself before it gets too big, but seeing a sizable group of Skrugg wrecking havoc inside a military installation shows that they're gearing up for some serious trouble.
Attempts at a serious plan of attack for investigating all of this goes out the window pretty quickly, thankfully, as the Skrugg go big by taking over the White House once they get the little bit that they need from the bunker they've sprawled through. The feeling of something big returns easily when the Skrugg get into this mode and we see their particular tentacles moving all over Washington DC, but we have to get the personal side out with Joey first as Hughes is getting him ready for a trip to the capitol so he and Heroman can do what's necessary. Joey's all intent on doing just that, but he has to have some personal time with Lina first, knowing that there is even a slight chance that he won't make it back because it is an alien invasion force after all. It's endearing that the first thing he wants to do before going is to admit his feelings to Lina.
Corny, but endearing.
Though the action side isn't strong outside of the initial Skrugg incursion, there's a lot of setup going on here for things to go big soon. Joey and Lina's time is kind of awkward in the end as they have that whole teenage goofiness to them in how they interact with each other about things, especially as Joey is also thinking about what's in store for him. The flight to DC with Hughes is surprisingly interesting as the two of them get along rather well and Joey gets his hands on information about Project Thunderbird and all the simulations that have been run regarding him and Heroman that could make a huge difference here. And all of it is done while DC is under siege with the Skrugg tentacles all over the place, making it quite the eerie place to check out.
With new powers unlocked recently and the backing of the NIA, Joey and Heroman are set to deal with a ragtag element of Skrugg who have managed to swipe something of value from the bunker under the White House and have now captured that location. With Will making his appearance and Joey making his way there with some new tricks up his sleeve, things are building up just right for a big epic moment, though it's hard to imagine it measuring up to the fun and scale that the invasion had at the opening of the series. The character moments here go a long way again towards making me like the series as there's something simple and fun about Joey and Lina's relationship which makes me want to see more of it as the two figure out how to truly get closer. The stage is most assuredly set here and it definitely leaves me wanting more.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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