archer9234 wrote:I still think the episode robbed them from killing the 3 generals. They first freeze them, then use the car to blow them up. Just throw them in the air, then blow them up. What danger was it to the people. Not to mention how the thousands of people magically surviving that nuclear bomb esque explosion. Plus, the suits seem way too strong. Even after all those direct hits, Fire 1 never powered down or the suit showed any kind of damage. Why did the monster have to leave? That seemed like a cop out.
It is still a show aimed towards little kids so the storyline is heavily influenced by this audience. The writers knew little kids would have cheered if the 3 Jakaen commanders were eliminated and used this expectation to present a lesson. Having no casualties from Ukaen's powered up attack is simply a concession to helicopter parents. This isn't super sentai so expectations about getting hurt don't have to apply. People can still get hurt even if the protective gear shows no damage. Football players get hurt all the time but their uniforms don't show it. We still don't completely understand how Ukaen's new power works so it is hard to determine why KachuuEn left. All we know for sure is that Ukaen doesn't need to find a source of fire to create a Flame Demon.
To me, Tatsuya is not only hot-headed but dense as well. Taiga spends a lot of time trying to teach him that he can't always act without thinking. This might explain his slow development as a character and thus lack of appeal beyond someone little kids can relate to. Usually in toku, these characters manage to save the day through the strength of their conviction. It seemed like Tatsuya would follow this trope as well. Before this episode, the only time Tatsuya's behavior caused big trouble happened when Rescue Striker was severely damaged. After that, he has enjoyed a long string of victories. Maybe Tatsuya lost sight of his primary responsibility because his winning streak made him overconfident.
The strange part for me, with respect to the storyline, had to be the little kid conveniently showing up at the bridge where Tatsuya was with the soccer ball in tow.
I'm excited to see that a story arc is starting now that the Sky Team has returned from New York. I wonder if there will be any references to Ryukendo since the archaeologist came across that dragon thing in the ruins.
The weird electric spoon the archaeologist used to stir his coffee was so random.