“Wish… upon a star!”
I wish Shou had kept that line.
The writer for this series clearly knows their Super Sentai tropes, as they were able to carefully navigate the concept of bangai heroes to give us what seems to be a core team member but also still seems to be a bangai hero.
Not only is this series very well-written in the basic technical sense – continuity is tight, it is entertaining, there are no plot holes to speak of, the dark and light scenes are really well-balanced – they also clearly have the attitude that this is, first and foremost, a Super Sentai series. People describing it as being like a “knock-off” are absurd – this is the most Super Sentai-y Super Sentai series since Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger!
I really do love Shou Lonpou in general, now, not just his craziness. His hammer, scissors, paper trick on Lucky was just brilliant, as are his interactions with Kotarou. I find it hilarious how the whole team just accepts Kotarou’s presence – Hame was surprised to see him on ORION when she got back, but didn’t even really question it. It isn’t even an oversight in the writing, because Kotarou acknowledges its weirdness multiple times.
Stinger’s resting bitch face continues to amuse me, as I am an RBF sufferer myself.
The flashback with Supreme Commander Big Bear was a bit chilling. This series clearly has no fear to go dark, and dark series are often my favourites (Timeranger!), but when you go from very light to very dark very quickly, it can seem even more dark than it really is – and I am sure that was the intention.
And, hey, it let us finally know how Shou Lonpou got his awesome coat!
It strikes me that the Rebellion commanders could easily pass for commanders in the Space Police from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. I hope there is a crossover episode when the Space Squad movies come out, where we learn that that is, in fact, what they are – continuing to fight against Jark Matter from within once their sectors of the galaxy have been conquered. The Kyuurangers’ have already indicated a lack of knowledge of Earth, so that could easily explain why Shou Lonpou didn’t phone Doggie Kruger the minute he got to Earth for backup. And since Jark Matter is operating from multiple locations on Earth, we could also easily have the Dekarangers and Gavan say they’ll go fight them elsewhere.
Anyway. Awesome series. Probably my second favourite now.