Even if they don’t know what they mean yet, we’ve got two kids now with lit crests. It’s slow progress, and the lack of any sign of what this upcoming threat is has dragged down any sense of momentum the arc is trying to build. Throwing Algomon back into the picture answers that nicely. Even without revealing the actual villain, bringing the original bad guy back creates the impression that everything is tied together and that we truly are building up to something big. Everything’s a little too simple to be truly convincing or compelling, but it’s still effective at kickstarting the story. It’s a good framework to build around, even if the actual action in the episode is a sad joke.
Instead of the reality of the show spinning its wheels, this tone makes Algomon’s sudden intervention feel like it’s genuinely interrupting something. Either way, it’s very welcome. Early on, Algomon was a force we sensed would be a recurring element. The swarm only reappeared during the tanker crisis and just sort of vanished once other more direct guardians took hold. It returns here in impressively intimidating form, swarming around Taichi and Algomon before unveiling its central form, one strangely cordial and eerily polite. Another neat vibe, adding just enough intrigue before it inevitably reveals its true nature and locks the pair into a fiendish trap.
Thankfully, the second failure is that Agumon actually cares about the penalty following a wrong answer. He doesn’t stop to consider how Taichi would respond in order to identify him. No, he considers it to realize that Taichi would just set off all the explosions, ignore the damage posing as a deterrent, and then free whichever one’s left. It’s authentic to their characters while also indicative of just how pathetic their characters are. WarGreymon’s ensuing curbstomp is an afterthought that makes us wonder why anyone should be threatened by Algomon anymore.
Once that nonsense is over, it’s back to the same foreboding tone setting that made the episode promising. Algomon’s mission was to confirm what they’re up against. It’s unclear how much intel it can gather from only one partnership, but it leaves satisfied with its findings. It remains cordial, telling Taichi that the end is coming to make the world vanish, because giving the greatest obstacle more information is always a good idea. Koshiro connects the dots and reasons that Algomon is the operation’s scouting unit. Not sure how consistent that is after it came off as the main troublemaker in two prior incidents, but the net result is the kids discovering relevant information and growing increasingly concerned about how powerful and organized the threat is. Paired with some ominous shots of Algomon and the great dark eyeball, it’s enough to propel us forward, which can be appreciated no matter how clumsy the actual content was.
My Grade: C+
- Patamon says the hot spring cured him right up. This is already the season of unrealized potential, but if that’s really all it took and it wasn’t some cosmic punishment for forcing an alternate evolution under the most desperate of circumstances, it might set a new low for a series already infamous for failing to capitalize on his best ideas. Patamon and Tailmon weren’t even factors in that hot spring episode!
- To give you an idea just how well the episode hid the fact that the show hadn’t been spinning its wheels, there’s no indication of where Taichi’s actually going, just that there’s a research crew giving him a lift there.
- Taichi is surprised that Algomon are present in the Digital World, even though it’s still clearly a Digimon and plenty of others have bridged the gap before.
- Remember last episode when we said the extended evolutions lent themselves well to the pace of the action? This is the opposite of that. Agumon laying waste to everything was quick and dirty and the evolution sequences should have reflected that.
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