See, I really wish more serials would do timeskips like this. Instead of plodding out every single step from Point to Point Z, why not hop over the less interesting stuff? Why not shake up the characters and the cast dynamic? Why not make it all killer and no… * GASP *… filler?
The contrast is all the more pronounced because I’m watching the ‘Chimera Ant’ arc at the same time as this. For a story that’s about three decades old, now, this really is a breath of fresh air (pun absolutely intended). The way the plot flitted around, non-chronologically, was exhilarating. I totally understand what the hype’s been about, this whole time.
I’ve read and watched more superheroic fiction than any sane human being should, and I can honestly say that this one episode does about three things I’ve never seen anywhere else…
- Jojo #2 earns, like, 3X brownie points for the way he meets Smokey. Not only does he forgive this scamp who’s robbed him, not only does he defend this scamp… he also goes on to brutalize the crooked cops who’ve been bullying him with the most hysterical overkill.
- Likewise, the way Jojo #2 solves the hijacking had to be the most manic character introduction ever. Jojo #1’s defining trait was the way he got stronger the more you beat on him, right? Well Jojo #2’s trait is to flip out at the slightest provocation. I love it.
- I love how this episode doesn’t end with a cliffhanger so much as with a “Shit yeah!” moment. You think we’re in store for another ominous stinger with the new, mysterious villain? Nope. Jojo’s going to march straight up to him, question him about his game and blast him with a Tommy Gun he just pulled out of hammer space.
Just when I thought the show might’ve been losing steam, it took a big breath, shot its veins with an electric dose of Hammon energy, flexed its bicep until they were a net of veins and then seized me by throat. Bring on Episode #11. Now.
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