Zyuohger has been a very enjoyable treat to the point I'm not that excited for Kamen Rider Ghost's next episode (I'd watch Kamen Rider Kiva over it). I'll admit, this week's episode was The World's redemption but we're yet to see him officially as a sixth ranger. When I looked at the first episode he made his appearance as some human experiment by Genis (Flashman shoutback?!), I think about some other episodes in Super Sentai. Super Sentai anniversaries tend to throw older fans years back at times. Gaoranger had returned several veterans for its crossover. Boukenger had an encyclopedia. Gokaiger had a lot of cast members resuming their roles. While I don't expect Gokaiger's feat and glory in Zyuohger but I'm expecting a couple more throwbacks to different eras.
I'm just launched back to 1984 when the concept of a sixth ranger was still experimented on. Bioman had that episode where Shota Yamamori (played by Hideaki Kusaki) was tested on. I guess Toei wanted to try him out if he had a charm to become the Metal Hero Jaspion. The experiment worked and Kusaki proceeded to play Jaspion. The Bioman episode involved New Empire Gear collecting magnetic meteorites to create a new super suit. The plan was to create an army of humans and Shota happens to have that prowess to become their new warrior. Farrah tricked him into becoming Magne Warrior. It was also that time Kusaki met his future wife the late Yuko Asuka. The scene in Zyuohger involving Genis' experiments feel like it was modified from something that wasn't so easily brought up. It's almost like older Super Sentai seasons where you see humans being experimented on to help the enemy in their invasion attempts.