The return of Kogorr cannot be a good thing.
What They Say
The Skrugg's real aim was to resurrect their leader, Kogorr. Joey and Heroman bravely stand up before their greatest foe, reborn once again. But the rebirth of Kogorr is merely a prologue to the crisis that befalls them. At the same time, Denton and the others head toward the White House in the MR-1. With all the friends gathering together, Joey and Heroman put everything on the line to break through this worst possible situation, but... The story rushes toward its climax!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fact that Heroman makes a Close Encounters of the Third Kind reference makes this episode tops in my book right from the start. The series is attempting to hit its second high point with the end run arc by having Kogorr resurrected in Washington DC and things are going apace there pretty darn well as a massive structure has formed and Kogorr's form is definitely there and taunting them pretty easily even while he's still somewhat incapacitated. The setting for this is pretty solid as we see DC overrun with Skrugg growths as well as a large amount of regular structures that I continue to be impressed by how accurate they're making it look at the really key moments. DC definitely looks the best it ever has in anime form here.
Kogorr's quest for power and domination of the world takes an interesting route. The five sphere's have arrived in DC and one of them has already turned to liquid inside the main structure that's reviving him. It's giving him more of what he needs, but mostly he wants to just devour and eat everything. Which becomes very plainly true when Kogorr starts gobbling up even his allies, quite literally, in order to feed the burning need inside of him to become bigger, stronger and more powerful. It's that moment that helps to turn the show a bit darker and pust everyone on edge as his tentacles fly everywhere and grab at pretty much anything living that's moving that it can see. Kogorr's physical change throughout it is neat as well as he retains some elements of what he once looked like, but becomes much more elongated and in a way seems far more primal.
Everything from the series is definitely coming together at this point in a way that, while contrived on a basic level, fits in with the methodology of the show. Will's return, all souped up in an interesting way, reveals one of the key weaknesses of the Skrugg that Jeoy and Heroman can take advantage of. At the same time, Denton and the kids are getting closer to the action to help out by bringing in the MR-1 robot from earlier in the series which will give Heroman the energy boost he's going to need to for the fight to be brought to a true close. And Hughes is getting closer to the action as well as he's hit the ground running to try and coordinate things as best as he can while the world ends around all of them. Kogorr's base and the darkened designs of everything in this incarnation are pretty slick looking even as it plays him out as a general classic bad guy.
As the big epic portion of this arc, this episode does just about everything right. It may be predictable enough in certain ways, but it still manages to have that really good sense of fun and excitement to it that the opening arc of the series did. A lot of elements from the series are coming together for this final battle and it has the appropriate darkness and tension to it but still has a lot of the fun that I found in those early episodes as well. The visual design of the show is one of the strongest I've seen for something that doesn't take place in Japan where reference is so easy, and that's admittedly a good selling point here as it brings you into the show a lot more. This episode is definitely one of the stronger ones of the second half of the series and it's definitely been worth the wait with how it's all come together.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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