My sincerest apology for the lack of Kyoryuger posts recently. Hopefully we’ll be back on track from now on!
Recap: The Kyoryugers attempt to mop up the remainder of the resurrected monsters, but some old enemies have a plan to bamboozle them.
Zigg‘s Thoughts: After the big, epic events of the last few episodes, it only makes sense to have a silly, fluff filled filler episode to cool down from all of that. Thing is though, at this point we’ve pretty firmly established that the ‘filler’ episodes of Kyoryuger are arguably the best bits of the show, and this one doesn’t disappoint. OK, so we’re falling back on the ‘body swap’ trope hat pretty much ever Sentai show does like clockwork, but we’ve got a varied enough set of personalities that it produces some pretty entertaining crossups. Obviously the real standout here is Daigo/Amy, which goes for the most basic possible tropes (Daigo gropes himself, Amy is outraged by said groping) but manages to pull them off pretty well, simply through sheer bizarre factor. I must admit, I’m a little disappointed they didn’t do more with Nossan/Ian, which probably could have propelled an entire episode by itself.
It’s also a pretty good example of Kyoryuger going along with a cliche but messing with it just enough that it produces an entertaining spin on the traditional story. In this case, it’s the fact that, rather than the traditional ‘one guy avoids the swap’, it’s the fact that Souji and Utchy get hit with the swap but still function pretty well. In fact, the entire episode has quite a lot of fun with the whole idea, what with the team being swapped even more before the finale, and the out of place role call. It’s these little tweaks to an established formula that help keep the show entertaining.
Bringing back old monsters to save money is also a Sentai classic, but again it’s done pretty smartly here, and tweaked for maximum entertainment value. It’s great to see Debo Stricteach back, given he was one of the series’ standout monsters, and they’re actually able to cobble together a reasonably competent plot, at least by the usual monster of the week standards. There’s even one moment of genuine inspiration, as Stricteach’s plan to swap himself with Torin both makes sense from a plot perspective and is super clever, giving the baddies the upper hand for one shining moment. That the power of friendship wins out in the end is no surprise, but the fact that the result is ever in doubt is a testament to Kyoryuger‘s ability to make even the little moments count for a lot.
- The Torin/Souji subplot feels extremely forced and comes off as just really being there for the sake of having a moral rather than adding anything.
- Chaos’s absence is…intriguing. It may be a fair few episodes before we see him again.
- Best joke of the episode by far is Souji and Utchy’s complete confusion at how to dance
- I love that Debo Nightmaher wears hats on top of his hat
- I love love love Torin’s duck walk/air guitar transformation sequence. His bitchin’ guitar remix of the theme song is awesome too.
- Gigant Kyoryuzin on the other hand is super-duper lame. I know final form Sentai mechs always look like a messs, but they seriously weren’t even trying here. It barely looks like one robot.
- Dancing heroes of the week – Luckiero hand sock gang.