Monday, February 25, 2019

Kamen Rider Zi-O! Episode 15 - Back to 2068. Summary/Review


A few story arcs behind but that's not stopping me from reviewing this series.  This is Kamen Rider Zi-O episode fifteen! (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)




Summary

This episode opens up with Sougo heading into the dinning room to eat some breakfast.  Geiz grabs Sougo from behind and holds a baguette to Sougo's throat, like if it were a knife.  Geiz reminds Sougo and the viewers of what has happened in the previous episode and what Sougo has to go up against next.  Geiz lets Sougo go and then shows off his new method for trying to stop Sougo from becoming Oma Zi-O.  What Geiz does is simply ask Sougo to retire from being Zi-O, saving not only Geiz and his friends but also Sougo as well.  Sougo refuses and then Woz comes in.  Our heroes are still mad at Woz because of what he did. Woz tells our heroes that there's something more important that they must focus on.  Our heroes go outside and they see that the whole city is being attacked by Oma Zi-O's giant robot army from the future.  (They look like giant versions Tom Servo from MST3K.)

Sougo explains to Geiz and Tsukuyomi that he had a dream about this attack as a child.  Also in this dream, a weird man went up to him and said that he was destined to be king.  Yup, we just got the origin tale about why Sougo wants to be king.  A time portal opens and out of it comes one of Oma Zi-O's henchmen, Kasshiin.  Kasshiin looks like if Scorpion from Mortal Kombat upgraded his outfit to look like something from Destiny 2, with his gold and black armor.  Kasshiin's goal is quite simple, he is out to eliminate Geiz and Tsukuyomi. Kasshiin does some damage but Geiz and Tsukuyomi manage to escape.  The TimeJackers have a quick scene but it's not an important one.  It's just them observing what is going on.



Sougo catches up with Geiz and Tsukuyomi.  Sadly, Sougo has come at the wrong time because Geiz has come to the conclusion that he has no choice but to destroy Sougo though force.  IT'S HENSHIN TIME, BABY! Geiz transforms into Kamen Rider Geiz and tries to kill Sougo.  This fight is cut short because Kasshiin interferes, trying to protect Sougo.  Sougo gives orders to Kasshiin to stop what he is doing but Kasshiin refuses.  Sougo has no choice but to morph into Kamen Rider Zi-O, so he can stop Kasshiin.  Zi-O tries to jump into the fight but Kadoya interferes and transforms into his Kamen Rider Decade form.

Geiz is getting beat, Zi-O is getting beat, all of our heroes are getting beat.  Zi-O is trying to convince Kadoya to stop but he won't and he just transforms into his Kamen Rider Build form.  Zi-O has a trick of his own and he uses his fusion transformation and combines the Build and Decade watches to become Kamen Rider Zi-O Decade Build Mode.  Zi-O finally gets the upper-hand, only for Kadoya to transform into Decade Mode again, where he out strengths Zi-O.  Kasshiin doesn't like this and rushes off to protect Zi-O.  Geiz begs Kadoya to help them stop Kasshiin but he refuses and the fight continues.  Kadoya and Woz try to convince Zi-O to ditch Geiz and join up with them, only for Zi-O to refuse.  (As you'd expect him to.)  A big time portal opens up and Zi-O gets knocked into it.  Don't worry, Tsukuyomi runs in after him. Kadoya drags Geiz out of the battle and into safety. Why? I don't know.



Sougo wakes up and it is the year 2068 and he is shocked when he sees the statue of himself.  Tsukuyomi explains to him about what this pee-pee soaked heck hole is like and Sougo doesn't like what he hears and storms off to go look around.  Meanwhile, back in 2018, Geiz questions why Kadoya and Woz are doing what they are doing, only to get no real answer, so he storms off.  (A lot of storming off in this second half of the episode.)  Back in 2068,  Sougo is upset with the future that he has created, it turns out that he is destined to wipe out half of the population on Earth.  (Heavy stuff.)  Out of nowhere, Sougo and Tsukuyomi are attacked by a character that I recognize, the red dragon from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight/Ryuki.  Well, by attack, I mean that it takes our heroes to another location, where they meet the much older, much more evil, Future Sougo/Oma Zi-O.

Sougo can't stand what he has become and transforms into Zi-O and tries to destroy his future self by blowing him up with rockets.  The attack fails and his future self morphs into Oma Zi-O and absolutely smashes Zi-O.  Oma Zi-O gives Zi-O the choice to give up the belt so that he won't become evil in the future.  This is where the episode ends, with Sougo having to make a choice that will make or break a future.



Review

A lot of story progression in this episode, it really thickened up the show and answered some big questions.  It also left us with many new questions and teases some ultra big things to come.  Makes me very curious to see what will happen in the next episode.  The writing in this episode is very balanced, there were no times where it felt like that they were spreading the plot thin.

A real surprising thing about this episode was that they didn't jump back and forward between locations and characters all of the time. Instead, this episode had what felt like two really long scenes.  This may sound dull but they were very interesting and time just flew by.  I like how we saw some more depth to Oma Zi-O by having him appear and send some of his army, really showing off how much of a threat he is.  There's also still a lot of mystery behind Oma Zi-O and I hope what we still have to see from him will be worth it.



There's a lot of action in this episode but it wasn't all that great.  I mean, the fight scene towards the end was good but the big battle in the middle of the episode had too much going on. (Quantity over quality.)  It was a messy fight full of convoluted plot twists and interferences, it was hard to follow.  The effects in this episode were very grand, much more so than the typical episode and it didn't look half-bad.

Overall, a pretty good episode that spices up the series.  I give this episode a seven out of ten.  Here's hoping that the next episode won't be disappointing.


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