The FrankenGangler disembiggens. Goche decides he needs more tweaks, but the Lups attack, hoping to steal the five Collection Pieces. But Noel realizes the five safes are connected and must be opened at the same time.
cap: <i>Noel also sees Goche has the Guéris le monde Collection Piece and he frantically tells the Lups to retreat immediately.
At the GSPO, Jim Carter says the FrankenGangler must be made up of several Ganglers mashed together. Commander Hilltop is in France to discuss what to do.
At Jurer, the Lups try to figure out how to get five people to open the safes. Noel has an idea. Next day, he goes to the GSPO and asks the Pats to help and work with them. The Pats say they should be taking the kaitous into custody, not work with them.
Noel says they should work together to open the safes, grab the Pieces and then defeat the FrankenGangler. Just like they did with Raimon. Keiichiro says it is not the same situation. He points out how the kaitous have let Ganglers get away and allow more people to die after they’ve already gotten what they wanted with the Pieces.
Noel grows angry and challenges Keiichiro to a duel. If Noel wins, the Pats will help the kaitous. If Keiichiro wins, Noel and the kaitous will turn themselves in.
Down in the underworld, Dogranio and Destra go to watch Goche as she finishes the tune-up of the FrankenGangler.
On their way to the duel, Keiichiro is firm on knowing he must use his power to protect people. Noel thinks to himself that he can’t afford to lose.
They both morph and battle. Keiichiro says their mission is to defeat the Ganglers as soon as possible and protect the love and peace of the world. Noel says they can do that while allowing the kaitous to continue stealing Collection Pieces.
Keiichiro says Noel can’t continue being both a cop and a kaitou. But Noel says it’s not about can or can’t. Unlike Keiichiro and “Red-kun,” Noel says he has chosen this path.
Meanwhile, the FrankenGangler starts rampaging downtown and killing thousands of people in buildings, so Tsukasa and Sakuya hurry over. They have trouble against the five safe-heavy Gangler. The Lups arrive and decide to join in.
Noel says he and the kaitous will bring back their loved ones while also defeating the Ganglers. Keiichiro remembers Kairi mentioning his reason for being a kaitou.
Noel wants to take advantage of a distracted Keiichiro.
Tsukasa, Sakuya and the Lups are about to be finished off by the FrankenGangler, but Keiichiro and Noel arrive just in time. They don’t say who won the duel, but Keiichiro has agreed to help open the safes.
The Lups and Pats work together and they are able to open the FrankenGangler’s safes which contain repainted Sentai phone morphers.
The Lups and Pats with Good Striker are able to finish off the FrankenGangler’s first life. Goche appears and embiggens him. Good Striker suggests they continue to all work together and they form Kaiser VSX to finish off the FrankenGangler for good.
Later at Jurer, Kogure is placing the phone Pieces into the book. But he freezes when they tell him about Noel recognizing Goche’s binoculars Piece. Kogure closes the book, takes the two remaining phones and hurries to speak with Noel.
Noel is at the Toei caves and thinks about what happened earlier. Turns out Keiichiro actually won the duel. Noel says he owes Keiichiro one in the future.
At the GSPO, Tsukasa, Sakuya and Jim Carter see Keiichiro must be hurting from losing the duel so they give him space. But Keiichiro is actually thinking about Noel’s revelation about the kaitous needing to collect the Pieces.
So, this was supposed to be another big episode as we get the two teams working together again. But this was not as good as Episode 25. And them mentioning it and defeating Raimon together just emphasizes how there has been no movement in the story since then.
The duel was pretty meaningless because you already know the Lups are not going to turn themselves in. And that’s regardless of who would eventually win the duel. It would’ve been just another way for the Lups (including Noel) to outsmart the Pats once again. That seems to be the goal for the series.
Noel says unlike Keiichiro and Kairi, he has “chosen” this path. Umm… last I checked Keiichiro chose to become a cop. And Kairi has chosen, in a way, to become a kaitou. And I looked at different translations of those lines. They all say the same convoluted thing.
We already know Noel’s situation, whatever it is, is different from the Lups. It’s not as simple as he wants to bring a loved one back from the frozen dead. He’s got a secret and as we learned before, it somehow involves and/or includes Kogure. So there’s nothing new with the sketchy behavior from Kogure at the end of this episode.
My hope is that whatever their secret(s) are, it absolutely pulls the rug right out from under BOTH the Lups and Pats. Otherwise, what’s the point. It would be very surprising if in this “VS” season, Noel and Kogure weren’t a separate faction on their own.
And I think I now understand some people’s feelings during ToQger when they said they were more interested in the villains’ stories than the Rangers. Because that’s exactly how I’m feeling here with LuPat. Especially with Zamigo being one of, if not my favorite character this season and he’s only been on screen for like 4-5 minutes total out of 32 episodes.
There’s a serious lack of character depth for both the Lups and Pats. Everything is so shallow and surface-level. You’ll get a good character episode here and there. But it’s really one step forward, two or more steps back. They’ll always just revert back to the caricatures and the simple set-up of the Lups being amazing and 100% justified in everything they do and the Pats being incompetent, bumbling idiots.