I desperately want to believe that somebody involved with this has played MVC3, and that thusly accounts for one of the games’ catchphrases being this episode's title. It feels like too much of a coincidence, especially since said title doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what happens in this one. Plus, the “Good Luck Mode” these dudes break out to beat the high holy hell out of the jewel thief felt like an honest-to-goodness Hyper Combo Finish. Taking a step back, if Marvel and Capcom’s characters were ever “amalgamated,” their amalgams would likely look a lot like these knuckleheads in Hero TV.
Pop culture musings aside, I hate to say that the effusive praise chain’s going to derail a little as this was a weaker episode. Focusing on character has been great and all, but having Tiger so concerned about cheering Barnaby up with a surprise party seriously pushes the guy’s dense good nature into real childishness. Previous episodes have balanced well enough on the beam between kids’ and grown-ups’ stuff, but this surprise party business really dipped that beam down into the Saturday Morning cartoon ball pit. Didn’t they just spend an episode stressing how these heroes are constantly on call and their duties dig into their personal lives? I half-expected Tiger to try to gift Barnaby with a 10-speed bike.
This tubby villain, though - - I liked him. Maybe not so much for his gimmick but for the curt and efficient way they introduced him. He’s fat, he’s rich, his skin turns diamond hard, he likes jewelry more than he should… and that’s all you need to know. I find that a lot more effective than some protracted origin that tells us about his abusive childhood or the time that his wife was tragically murdered. Plus, it gives the shattering of the dude’s armor that much more wallop as a punchline.
Watch this episode "Go For Broke!" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.