Friday, July 14, 2017

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Back in Black

"Back in Black" is notable for introducing Sam Alexander (Logan Miller) to the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Reprising the Nova helmet seen in earlier episodes (which turns out to have belonged to Sam's father), the Guardians go in search of the missing weapon only to discover the young teen has become Earth's new Nova. The first-half of the episode is pretty straightforward as the heroes clash before the Guardians attempt to both train and dissuade Sam from life as a cosmic super-hero. The former is more successful than the later.

There's some fun moments here including Rocket (Trevor Devall) continually trying to steal the Nova helmet even after the Guardians have called a truce with Nova and the Guardians (finally!) discovering that belief can be a weapon for everyone, and not just their enemies. The episode returns some familiar characters including Mantis (Jennifer Hale) and Star-Lord's (Will Friedle) father J'son (Jonathan Frakes), who it turns out is the head of the Believers. Offering same answers to the only question the young hero cares about, J'son tricks the hero in to releasing him from prison and disappears with Nova and Mantis into the unknown.

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