HEROMAN's opening episode did a fast but solid job of introducing us to the world of Joey and his new inherited toy turned hero, as well as the romance angle and the barriers which stand in his way from a life of perfect bliss.
However, for a kid who has discovered that the broken toy he picked up is in fact a hugely powerful robot being, Joey doesn't really seemed too thrilled about the whole thing - Indeed, despite his saving Lina from her car accident, he seems positively scared to distraction by the power which has dropped into his lap. So, what's he going to do with the incredibly technology and power at his disposal? Such is the dilemma that eats away at our protagonist early in this episode.
Needless to say, Joey's hand is soon forced, as Professor Denton's message into space in the search for extra-terrestrial life reaps unimaginable rewards.... unimaginably terrifying that is. So, the alien race as the Skrugg set foot upon Earth to wreak havoc and destroy the planet, although not before they find out where the signal that drew them there originated from so that they can prove its source for information. It's here that Joey has no choice but to swing into action and employ Heroman as his last, nay only, line of defence.
As per that first episode of this new series, HEROMAN continues to hold what can only be described as a Saturday morning cartoon feel in terms of both plot and delivery, whether it's the aliens who have come to destroy the planet seemingly for no particular reason or Joey's place as the reluctant hero of the day. That said, the animation is reasonably polished, the soundtrack is excellent, and I had the sudden realisation that I was grinning like an idiot as Heroman was unleashed upon the suspecting aliens. I suspect that this was the same grin I wore as a kid when Optimus Prime arrived to do battle with Megatron, and I equally suspect that this is exactly the kind of reaction which HEROMAN is trying to evoke as some kind of old-school action show. If that is the case, then mission accomplished on this occasion.