Monday, July 25, 2016

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - I Feel the Earth Move

Picking up where the last episode left off, "I Feel the Earth Move" boils down into basically two separate fight sequences with the Guardians of the Galaxy taking on Thanos (Isaac C. Singleton Jr.) who now has control of the Cosmic Seed. The first encounter in the Himalayan Mountains doesn't turn out all too well for our heroes (although it does allow them to temporarily remove Thanos from Earth), while the second encounter in New York City puts the entire planet at risk as the heroes not only have to worry about Thanos (whose power to create tentacle vines doesn't appear as threatening as it probably should) but also Ronan (Jonathan Adams) who plans to kill Thanos by destroying the planet.

As a climax to an extremely long arc, "I Feel the Earth Move" is something of a disappointment. Sure, there's plenty of antics from the heroes to enjoy, and the miniature Groots are fun, but the episode raises some serious questions the show makes no attempt to address (like how the entire world is at stake in the city where 99.9% of Marvel heroes live and not a single one shows up). The number of beats the ending steals from the movie also leads to the unsatisfactory conclusion to Star-Lord's (Will Friedle) return home.

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