I think it only right to warn all of you that Episode 12 is a Kyoko Sagiyama episode. Who's Kyoko Sagiyama? She's a fairly prolific writer for several tokusatsu shows, and also wrote Magical Princess Minky Momo. She went on much later to work for Capcom with some other tokusatsu writers, and most notably co-wrote the scenario for Resident Evil 2. Her storylines can go off the deep end a bit -- she works in extremes and occasionally nightmare fuel. I recall that several of her episodes involve killer plants. I know one in Winspector does (later), and that one episode about the killer flowers in Zyuranger? The creepy one with the toothy flowers and Mei and stuff? Yep, that was Kyoko Sagiyama.
Some people don't like her, some people do. I just figured I'd get that out of the way.
This episode is about a friendly robot! It's a robot programmed to be a boy's best friend! What on earth could possibly go wrong?
|"The natural evolution of any non three-laws compliant robot." - starseeker|
I have only a few notes for this episode, and they are both from the same scene:
This is the first episode where someone actually points out that Bikel has a weird Nagoya accent. Robo describes it as "incomprehensible". Bikel, of course, takes offense.
The second is Walter's attempt at negotiation. He actually uses a phrases that is semi well known or famous from post World War II Showa period police dramas, like late 40s, early 50s era. It's not really used much anymore, and Walter doesn't really use it appropriately. The phrase he uses would be appropriate, for example, if they knew there were a ring of thieves, and they caught one of the thieves. They would negotiate with him saying, "If you tell us where your accomplices are, we'll be more likely to go easy on you."
Bikel notes that the phrase is positively ancient and that Walter must be studying some super old regulation manuals.
I have to admit, I don't dislike this episode. It's actually a pretty good watch, and it's one of the few actual tokusatsu style fight scene episodes in the show, if you like that. Hope you enjoy this one, though, because next time... NEXT TIME... it's goin' down for real.