Basquash! – 25
As Dan and company make their way to the moon on-board the star ferry, Iceman continues pushing himself in the competition. However, no matter what he does, he can’t max out the measuring gauge. When Team Basquash finally does arrive, they are greeted by a crowd that recognizes Dan, and Slash announces that Team Basquash is allowed to participate in the Legend League. Iceman is soon reunited with his old teammates, and he feels that Dan has to become the legend. Back on Earthdash, Regalia explains to his daughter that he and Slash were royal brothers, and Slash had gone to the moon to become king. Slash had gone missing though, and Regalia knows that it’s because Slash had tried to use a secret royal family rejuvenation technique with Ultinium. What he doesn’t know though is that his brother had done it because he believed that it would restore the thunder power.
Dan, Sela, and Flora meanwhile have arrived at the arena to face Iceman, Falcon, and Slash. As he watches, Miyuki’s grandfather, who had chatted with Slash earlier, remembers now how it was Slash many years ago who had proposed the idea of Bigfoots. Flora, on the other hand, senses the royal power in him, and she realizes that Team Basquash can’t win with her, so she asks Rouge to take her place. Before the match can begin though, Dan makes one more move: he destroys the monitor showing the measuring gauge because he believes that everyone should be watching the actual game instead. Unbeknownst to them, at around this same time, Yang and Thousand start preparations to fire the Legend Bullet with the Moon Cannon. Regardless, the match begins with Dan hitting the jump ball towards Rouge. Slash, however, demonstrates his Bigfoot’s incredible speed by stealing the ball and quickly scoring a basket.
For the most part, I enjoyed this episode, even if it wasn’t quite what I expected for a next-to-last episode. I thought there’d be more actual Basquash, but Dan gave some nice rousing speeches instead (he had a confident swagger to him the entire time), and it was good to finally hear about Slash’s past. For such a key character though, I think they should have spent even more time fleshing out his background and showing how he came to decide to do everything that he did. Maybe there’ll be more in the finale. It was pretty cool though that we got to see Miyuki’s grandfather, Thousand, and Yang when they were younger; Yang appeared so child-like and impressionable, in stark contrast to how he is now, while Thousand was surprisingly good looking. I was also very amused to see Flora’s clothes magically get ripped off of her out of shock when she saw Slash. That’s one helluva impression he made on her.
What I didn’t like about the episode, however, is once again how they’re developing the relationship drama. Or rather, in this case, how they’re not developing it since all Rouge did towards Miyuki this episode was help her repair a Bigfoot, and it was like the girls had suddenly come to a silent understanding with each other. It seems that every time they show some hint of a love triangle, like they did last week with Rouge staring at Dan and Miyuki together, nothing ever becomes of it. The thing is that I don’t see why they even bother wasting time on it in the first place given how clearly they’ve been setting Dan to end up with Rouge. The only way that won’t happen is if either of them die (which I’m admittedly not willing to rule out yet). On a slightly different note, I also think they’re overusing the opening song now. I love the song itself and think it’s fine if they use it once or twice to make a certain scene extra special, but using it three out of the past four episode makes it lose its effect.
Anyway, given how they didn’t cover a ton of stuff this episode, I’m a bit worried that the finale next week will be rushed, seeing as how Dan still has to show he’s the legend and how Yang still needs to be stopped, plus all the other loose ends they have to tie up. Hopefully that won’t be the case…