I enjoyed this episode, but generally it's in spite of Stinger, not because of him. His personal quest for vengeance (and desire to do it alone) just isn't very interesting. Which is a shame, because it doesn't have
to be this way; if it were handled differently, it could have been genuinely captivating. But oh well, at least it's nearly done, and in the meantime we still have the Melon Prince.:p
Kotarou is definitely the highlight of this episode. Normally I loathe kid actors, but so far the writers are doing well with him, and he has yet to disappoint. Unlike Stinger's plot, his plot is actually interesting, partially because of his relationship with Stinger (a good supporting character, I lousy lead, I suppose) and partially because he's the only Earthican of the group. So his shame at his fellow humans and his anger at Stinger feel natural; in fact his age probably is a benefit here. Also, when he's fighting untransformed, I like how they're using his size and agility in an interesting manner. The kid isn't really a stunt fighter (that takes training), but he's got some moves. However someone needs to teach him basic first aid: you don't administer shots in the back (unless it's the lead kind), you administer them in the keister.
One thing that has caught my eye in this series - and especially this episode - is that the writers haven't been afraid to portray the locals in a bad light. In a normal Sentai series, even if they can't fight they're at least supportive. However here, the show is taking the time to showcase how petty and hostile the people are. They even threw a rock at a kid!
Finally, I thought the Moraimaazu fleet was supposed to instantly wipe out the Earth? It's the end of the episode and the Earth is still standing.:p
takenoko wrote:There's a KyuuTama that just exists to record video? That's dumb. I can't believe how lazy and unimaginative this show is sometimes.
They have 88 of these to show off. We're going to get a lot of stupid ones.
(Seriously, who the heck thought 88 different collectable widgets was a good idea?)
Oh and Take, this thread needs to be moved to the Kyuuranger section of the board.
Edit: Meanwhile, stolen from Reddit