Recap: Daigo’s dad returns to help the Kyoryugers save Christmas.
Zigg‘s Thoughts: Not going to lie, pretty seriously underwhelmed by this episode. The biggest problem here is the revelation of Daigo’s dad’s true purpose in the story, which is…er, not a lot apparently. Sure, the show goes to great lengths to tell us how he’s ‘the King’ and that he can ‘hear the melody of the warth’ but what exactly does that mean? We’ve got absolutely no context for it because it has next to nothing to do with all of the powers or exposition we’ve seen thus far. They’re basically putting a big YOU’RE SPECIAL badge on the character without giving us context for why that is, and it’s super frustrating. In addition they pull the ‘Daddy abandoned you to protect you!’ twist. I think anyone who has any sense saw that coming, but it’s still a super lame payoff for that minor mystery. In particular, why continue to abandon your son (as you do again in this episode) now he’s a grownup with a team of lackeys and a sweet singing gun of his own?
This is partially compensated for by Endolf’s return, which is super well presented. It’s a real delight to have his snide villainy back again and the revelation that it was he, not Dogold, who engineered the plot around Nastysantah is an inconsequential but cool little twist. Part of me thinks that killing Dogold here would have added a lot of impact, but Candelia steeping in for the save is an unexpected move that could lead to some interesting places. It’ll also be intriguing to see how Dogold integrates back into the group now Chaos is aware of his treachery. It seems very much as though Endolf and Chaos are the big bads now, and the others have been reduced to glorified mook status.
There’s also too little Christmas tomfoolery in this episode for my liking, though that’s understandable given how far through the story arc they are. Still, dashing a bit more humour throughout would have helped with the festive mood, although I will admit the ending is pretty great. While not a strong episode overall, this one definitely had its high points, and took us in a new and interesting direction for the ramp up to the finish.
- Love the little costume bits for the three remaining Nastysantahs. Rotary phone, port drinking New York Nastysantah is boss.
- Luckiero and Candelia’s refusal to fight steers them ever closer to the side of the angels. Hell, even Aigaron might end up there, especially since the subplot about his dark side appears to have been dropped.
- Judging by the previews, it looks like it may be the end of Dogold next week.