Build still remains the worst tokusatsu ever made, but it wasn't the sole reason the franchise has crashed since Ex-Aid was our early warning sign something was off. For two years in a row we have been wrongfully subjugated to this portal of hell called a mouth that talked with endless dialogue in a sad attempt to break rules, not realizing why those rules were there to begin with. 2018 felt like it is still going on despite us almost being in August in 2019. Now we have Zi-O, which is meant to be the celebration of the last 19 years (although it advertises 20) not unlike Decade (which was better than all the post-J rider series that came before it). Toei put out the stops for this, giving it the Timeranger treatment and motif, but does it work? Sort of. It starts off successfully ending Build's sad joke of a reign by tearing out its unique continuity by forcing it into the mold as if to fix it and the first two episodes easily brought that entire dark history of tokusatsu to its knees. Brilliant. Like when Google slaps a gag on right wing propaganda on YouTube and Ted Cruz throws his beloved hissy fit (Bet really needed to beat him). The next two episodes immediately found the detractor called Ex-Aid and made a better version of it by not having endless soap opera drivel. Ever episode did what it needed to: Focus on the effects and action. Every two episodes (much like past entries had so many) featured minor tributing with every monster of the week being the riders reimagined, almost as a meta commentary as Toei recycles powers onto successors. Every rider was getting their representation and Decade comes back as an anti-hero. And then came Kamen Rider Woz. Now we have two parters dedicated to three riders that don't exist. That would be six episodes of nonsense. This would be fine except it detracts from the tributes entirely and now the few that didn't get their fair share have to be shoved into the epilogue movie. And then there are these Rider Time specials, one for a non-existent rider and another for Ryuki of all things aka the first entry not to use the bug motif, shoe horn in slice of life trash, and failing to deliver things in series requiring supplementary material to show off everything promised (in Ryuki's case 13 riders). To make it worse there has slowly, almost out of the shadows, pointless talking has been seeping back in for no reason. Is Toei sabotaging itself on purpose? It had a golden opportunity to redeem this 48 year old franchise, but it distracts itself. This is like when Google wrongfully unbanned Black Pigeon Speaks or Pelosi failing to grow a spine and impeach Trump, there is no sense to it and doing so only worsens like a rot in the flesh by the bite of a brown recluse spider. Zi-O had an important job of bringing redemption, but that redemption has not arrived.