Recap: Yuji helps a pair of brothers overcome their problems with each other and take down a Machine Empire monster too.
Zigg’s Thoughts: This episode is a great example of what makes the original Japanese sentai so much better than their bastardised western offspring Power Rangers. Whereas that show panders a kiddy-orientated, highly commercialized version of the story, this original has great character drama, edgy content, and dark and mature themes running rife through it. Can you imagine any show on American TV where they’d let a kid put a gun in his mouth? I thought not. This show has that, and that makes it better.
It’s a brave decision to centre what’s meant to be an action show around the interpersonal relationship between two brothers, but it comes off brilliantly. We get some great dialogue and real emotion from the two of them, plus a bunch of fantastic fighting to boot. Bara Cactus might be the scariest monster we’ve yet seen in this series and his ability to shoot golden sparkly pollen and corrupt the minds of ordinary people is truly terrifying. I love the super realistic props that the people start eating too, it’s a great riposte to those who say Super Sentai looks cheap all the time.
Of course, it wouldn’t be sentai without some awesome action scenes and this episode more than delivers on that front. The action choreography is second to none, the weapons as cool as ever and the special effects, pyro and explosions unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Again, it’s something you’d have to head to a movie theatre to see in the States.
There’s even a super dark coda to finish this episode off as the Bara Cactus brothers are mercilessly butchered by Emperor Bacchus. This show just continues to go from strength to strength with some of the best acting, action and special effects I’ve ever seen in a live action show. Can’t wait for more!