For all of Mimi's tribulations in this episode, she really catches a break here. In spite of her whining about how humid it is and how she needs food and a safe place to rest... everybody else in the episode comes off as far worse. Except Palmon. Her infinite patience and sound wisdom makes her quietly awesome and really she doesn't get enough credit. Witness her calmly and effortlessly finding a way to the other island moments after Mimi says there's no way to get to the other island. Everybody else needs a kick in the ass.
We'll start with Sukamon and Chuumon, only because we have to. Like the Numemon in episode six, they hurl crap at Mimi until they are swayed by her feminine charms and suddenly want to date with her. While the concept of the moron twins is cute, they aren't really utilized here as Mimi doesn't need them and are dismissed quickly as a result. It's also far too soon after the Numemon incident to be going down that path again. I must point out that that's now another Digimon completely taken by her beauty, even though she's a different species, while the human boys in the group seem to consider her mostly a nuisance.
This is exemplified when Mimi shows up at the temple. Until this point, Izzy had sat himself down for another round of data crunching. If Tentomon was capable of facial expression, it would clearly be set at “Oh God, not this again.” His concern is finding the others, which as we've established last time, is not incorrect but perhaps a tad hasty. There's probably useful information on the walls. On the other hand, when Mimi arrives, Izzy's response is almost contemptuous. If he was capable of facial expression, it would clearly be set at “Shut up and let me work, woman.”
While Mimi could perhaps be doing something productive like finding food or exploring the rest of the island for clues, she sits there and watches Izzy decrypt. And then she snaps and gets in Izzy's face about it, which is where he really looks bad. He doesn't recognize that he's been making her wait impatiently for unknown hours and he's not even all that sorry about it. If Mimi had full-on slapped him in the face at this point, this episode probably goes up a full letter grade. Such is the power of a well-timed slap. This is utilized to great effect in season two.
Not that the episode's getting a bad grade. One of the neat things done here, and it's something the show rarely does after this, is teaming a kid up with someone else's partner. Mimi wanders the cave with Tentomon while Izzy keeps on hacking alongside Palmon. This tactic isn't all that successful in getting Mimi and Izzy to understand each other, so it doesn't achieve much other than preventing Tentomon from evolving when Centarumon shows up. It isn't until Izzy's hacking helps Mimi through the cave, and his getting up off his ass saves her life that the two sides are reconciled.
We're also finally treated to some information on the digivices, although by now we've mostly pieced together the part about them defending the light, and we see them in action against Leomon as a reminder. When Izzy sits down again to figure out the black gear in the room, Mimi kicks it and solves everything. If only she had done the same to Izzy.
My Grade: B-
- Izzy uses prodigious twice in this episode. Neither is correct. The genesis of a catchphrase continues.
- This episode contains the infamous reference to Mimi's phantom baby brother, a pretty forgettable line and an understanding error. Since we have yet to see any indication that the series was going to leave the Digital World and delve into everybody's extended family, it's surprising how much flak the dub gets for the line.
- Just how exactly did Izzy and Palmon break a stone wall with a couple rocks? And how did they know they were up to that challenge? They're not exactly the muscular ones of the group.