This episode starts off literally with a bang (of information) by Yuki as she fills Kyon (and the rest of the non-novel/unspoiled viewers) about the Intergrated Data Entities, herself & Haruhi and about the reason why she was sent to observe her. The trend continues on throughout the episode as Koizumi is introduced and the SOS-dan set out on their first club activity, with Mikuru-chan revealing her true identity as a time traveller from the future and Itsuki revealing himself as a ESPer sent by his Organization(Kikan), with all three of them saying that Haruhi has the power to change the world and Kyon himself is an important part of it.
Kyon is naturally overwhelmed by the triple whammy given to him by Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki (and I’m pretty sure the fansubbers for this episode will be too :), but still manages to retain his sanity, even managing to hit on Mikuru in the process ;).Considerably less moé overloads this time. *Meido* Mikuru-chan still wins though.
The weakness of having only 14 episodes for the Haruhi series is fully shown here in this episode, with the unmistakable “rushed” feeling of trying to finish off the revelation chapters of the novel in this episode. Still, they seem to have managed to retain most of the original material in the novels, even Kyon’s little question to Mikuru ;). I still feel that they could’ve went slower a bit and put Itsuki’s revelation the next episode. I’d wanted to see more of Kyon and Mikuru’s “little date” :P.
So it seems that they’re playing skip again with the episodes again, with the SOS-dan heading to a beach outing. I was expecting to see Yuki’s SQL chants, but then…. Haruhi and Mikuru in *mizugi* is a must-see too :).