Holy shit! Flamenco Girl totally cut a promo on the bad guy! She all but grabbed the mic and shouted, “KING TORTURE! WE COMIN’ FOR YOU, SUCKA!”
Now, calling him out like that didn’t exactly work out well for her in the end (give King Torture credit for living up to his name), but you’ve still got to applaud the effort.
Once the villain is directly addressing how his master plan has to fulfill a ‘predetermined quota’ - - and you have a whole episode named after that quota, no less - - there are no longer any points for guessing how far the story’s going to go with the ol’ deconstruction. I’m glad to see that even people within the super-sentai tradition are well aware of how wonderfully ludicrous it is for, say, Lord Zedd to keep sending human-sized monsters down to bedevil Earth, one per week, before eventually realizing that he should be using his biggest and most powerful creations.
Although, taking another step back, Sam and I noticed this with TIGER & BUNNY, but it seems like there’s always a level of affectation inherent to the heroes of tokusatsu. Samumenco doesn’t have much of an origin, nor any compelling reason to be doing what he’s doing. He isn’t an outcast being spurned by any part of society; he’s a famous actor/model in a very enviable position. And he isn’t trying to right any injustice, either.
Hell, even when Barnaby Brooks was supposedly motivated by his parents’ murder, it was more like it just was some business he knew he had to take care of, and not some life-ruining crime he had to avenge. All the rest of the HERO TV super-powers acted like they were just fulfilling roles, too, and now we have Samumenco literally just fulfilling a role. He’s become this character because he grew up seeing that there was always a Samurai Flamenco and, well… somebody’s got to be have that mask on, right?
If this isn’t left as subtext, if the show actually does go on and do something interesting with it… then SAMURAI FLAMENCO may actually go over the cliff and became some truly pointed commentary on this genre
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