Etemon, Etemon, Etemon... the idiot cousin of season one's major villains. Can you imagine him at a party with the other bad guys? Would Myotismon or Machinedramon even give him the time of day? Every time he appears, we're left stunned that they're actually serious about this guy and doing their damnedest to assure us that he belongs in the Evil League of Evil. At first glance, he ain't no Bad Horse.
We begin our adventures on Server, however, with the ever-familiar sight of the children wandering aimlessly through the desert. It's been a while since we've had the whole gang together and it took a bit to get back into the groove of having everybody journeying together. They hit all the notes though, including Mimi complaining. This time it's how much she needs a bath. They find a Koromon village, where Mimi hopes to get a bath. Instead of Koromon, they find Pagumon, who whisk Mimi away screaming. The ensuing rescue leads them into a remarkably well-furnished tower, where the trail of accessories leads Tai and Izzy to Mimi... who has gotten her bath. This was actually a pretty well-crafted scene.
Yes, the Pagumon, originally described as devious, are apparently friendly. Very friendly. Too friendly to Sora and Tentomon, who are suspicious of the lavish welcoming party. But they bite their tongues and indulge with the rest of the group. It's not like they've been burned by free food, baths and lodging before.
What a shock that the Pagumon are indeed deceitful and they decide, for some unexplained reason, to make off with Tokomon, who evolved yet again during dinner. We don't know what part kidnapping the weakest Digimon in the group plays in their master plan, but their Gazimon allies take notice and one sets off to inform the boss. What follows is a beautiful scene as we follow this lone henchmon as he travels by night to inform his master, finding the secret base at dawn. The music builds! The curtain rises! The smoke clears! It's... an Elvis-impersonating monkey. While it's nice to have a break from the tall, dark and ugly types, we could use a little bit of credibility here. Especially with such an awesome “first glimpse” scene.
The search for Tokomon runs into a dead-end thanks to Pagumon interference, but Agumon sniffs out the Koromon that are also captive there. The other two Gazimon are there as well, and during their fight Agumon is barely able to get out a couple puffs of steam through the waterfall, enough to get Tai's attention. It's a pretty clever bit actually. Everybody's rescued and reunited just as Etemon makes his grand entrance. Here's the kicker- while he looks and sounds totally ridiculous... this guy is a complete badass. He destroys the entire Koromon village and devolves the kids' Digimon using the power of Rock.
Etemon also creates a cave in, trapping the kids and Koromon behind the waterfall. Thankfully, this just so happens to be where Tai's crest has been hiding, and claiming the crest just so happens to open up a wall to the other side. While the crest seemed a little random and tacked on, the ending of the episode does illustrate something very disturbing: Etemon has a network feeding him information throughout the continent and the ability to do some nasty thrashing with it. He is absolutely a legitimate villain and a very real threat. That makes his appearance and quirks that much more insane.
My Grade: B
- Izzy has a sheet of paper that he's referring to as a map. Gennai transmitted a map of the continent to his laptop, yet this sheet of paper assures Izzy that they are on the best beachhead on all Server.
- Not only does Izzy see Mimi taking a bath, but she also fell on top of him at the beginning of the episode. Pretty good day for him overall.
- At one point, Etemon quips, “You say you want a digivolution?” This would be an excellent line if it weren't for the fact that this is an Elvis-impersonator making a Beatles reference. The gods of Rock frown on such behavior, and may be the sole reason he loses in the end.