I could have sworn it was a regular sword, but I haven't seen it in a while as well.
Yeah, I just checked the video. We only saw it from the handle.
It was probably the best that we could expect for a Kevin episode. There was no point to really have Bulk and Spike today. Also nice to have Deker back.
Najee is my least favorite actor out of the entire cast so I expected this Kevin focus episode to disappoint me. However, it didn't. It was nice seeing them revisit Kevin's past as a swimmer and how he is still dealing with the issues from putting his life on hold. Although I wish they would have mentioned his team earlier in the series. I also wish they would have done something more with Deker's return so it didn't feel so random. It was good seeing Serrator go behind Xandred's back to get Dayu and Deker on his side, but still, it would have been better to make his return stand out a little bit more. But despite those problems, I still enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed certain throwbacks to previous episodes such as Kevin saying he should stay away from his swim team to keep them safe, Antonio referencing Kevin as the guy who is good at dealing with the megazord formations, and Mike still having a picture of Kevin in a skirt on his phone/samurizer. Overall, I thought this was a "good" episode.
This was about the average Samurai episode. For any other season, it'd be one of the worst episodes. But for Samurai, it's very average.
--Dayu's sexual allure to her harmonium is incredible. She's willing to work with the guy who damned her just because he'll do a little fix-up on her guitar.
--Kevin's sudden re-longing for his past would be a lot more believable if we hadn't last heard about it...uhh...30 episodes ago?
--Let's just put aside how boring and anti-climactic Deker's return was, but since when did Serrator create the Uramasa?
--Not only did Deker return today, but so did Jennifer L. Yen! That's how horrible and monotone Dayu's voice work was today.
--So they get the Samuraizer back because it was in Rofer Lite's arm...but nothing else is saved? Not the bench, bike, nothing? Just the Samuraizer, magically?
--The answer for Shogun Mode has been revealed! It's only used for when Jayden feels like dressing sexy.
--That was an impressive transformation by Kevin: ineligible swimmer, jeans, & hoodie to swimming master, swimming shorts, & goggles all in about...5 seconds?
Today's episode did nothing overly offensive, and nothing overly good either. It was just Samurai. Bulk & Spike were once again unmercifully forced into the episode for no apparent reason as they continue to bastardize Bulk's character and intelligence. But hey, on the bright side, only 14 more episodes left and we can finally call it a season.
I really enjoyed this episode. Kevin's "choice" referred to the choice he made to be a Samurai and the choice he made to help both his teams this episode; nice episode title. Najee's acting has really improved lately, though he still had some wooden moments. He played his character as passionate about swimming but genuinely sorry he had to leave the team. It was a good callback to "The Team Unites," where Mike learned he had to put other pursuits away to devote himself to the Samurai. It highlighted the difference between Kevin and Mike: Kevin, who was completely willing (however regretful) to put those things aside, and Mike, who had trouble fully committing himself to the Samurai. We also saw it, to an extent, with Mia in the last episode, where her brother said she'd left to "do the Power Ranger thing."
The Dayu and Deker alliance was a pleasant surprise, and a real shocker that they're working for Serrator. It's interesting to see that the key to breaking the curse lies in repairing the gifts they gave one another on the night of their wedding. Without reading spoilers, I hope for a happy ending for Dayu and Deker where the curse is broken and they can live, as the expression goes, happily ever after. Yet I don't trust Serrator and his motives for Dayu and Deker. And it appears he's going to be working against Xandred.
I could have done without Bulk and Spike, but I liked the throwback to MMPR when Bulk and Skull were lifeguards. Next week appears to be a Bulk/Spike focus episode, so hopefully there will finally be some major character development for them.
I expected Kevin would get the Super Samurai Mode today, possibly even Shogun Mode. Oh well. The Gigazord looked a little awkward. I was expecting it to look more like the RPM Ultrazord.
"Kevin's Choice" gets a resounding 8.5/10. Getting better, show!