And now, back to plot!
Sora and Riku serve as very good foils for each other. Both are essentially after the same thing. All they want to do is rescue Kairi and go off on awesome adventurers with cool people.
It's fairly typical for this type of story, but it works. Their voice actors deliver solid performances and the script is pretty well-written. Their characters each go through specific character arcs and aren't the same Sora and Riku who started their journey.
Also, fun fact: In Middle School, I had a friend that called me "Big Ben". It's a long story, but fortunately the name never took.
At the end of this episode, we get back to the main plot, and get back to the real meat of this commentary.