Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Black Widow

The movie Marvel Studios didn't want to make finally sees the light of day. Despite being the first female hero introduced in the MCU, Marvel seemed to have no interest in giving Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) her own film until the financial success of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel forced their hand.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Loki Card Trader Awesome Pack

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Monday, June 28, 2021

The Blacklist - Nachalo / Konets

It wasn't that long ago that I checked in on The Blacklist and found Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) obsessed with destroying Raymond Reddington (James Spader). The pair's love/hate relationship comes to a close in the final two episodes of the show's Eighth Season which also marks Boone's exit from the show. While the show never fully commits to delivering Elizabeth Keen the answers about her parents and Red's true identity in so many words, much can be gleaned from what is suggested in these final two episodes. In "Nachalo," Red delivers Liz into the heart of the Blacklist and offers more information about her mother. And in "Konets," the ailing Red decides to sacrifice himself by offering Liz all the answers she seeks if she kills him and assumes control of his organization.

Rick and Morty: On Society & War

Kung Fu - Isolation

Nicky (Olivia Liang), Henry (Eddie Liu), and Evan (Gavin Stenhouse) head into the Canadian wilderness on the single clue Nicky has to her missing aunt's last known location. Although she doesn't find who she was looking for, Nicky does find what her aunt left behind which may help fill in some of the gaps, answer some of her questions, and prepare her for what is to come. Elsewhere, Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) and Kerwin Tan (Ludi Lin) grow to trust each other a little more and agree to work together to gather the remaining weapons (including those Kerwin's father has already acquired).

Spawn's Universe #1

The oversized Spawn's Universe #1 creates a moment of change in the battle of Heaven versus Hell as Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and Cogliostro are captured by a new villain calling himself the Disruptor who has plans for the trio and is using leftover power from the Omega Spawn to wreak havoc across the world.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Loki - Lamentis

After a brief stop at the TVA, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his better looking variant self going by the name of Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) find themselves trapped on a world about to be destroyed in one of the apocalypses the female Loki had saved on her TemPad. "Lamentis," named after the doomed planet which the two Lokis have no way of escaping, offers an odd couple pairing as we see the various ways the pair are similar yet different from one another as they try one desperate plan after another to escape their fate. And in a reveal that shocks Loki, he learns that everyone (not just himself) who works for the TVA is a time variant (although most seem completely oblivious to the truth). "Lamentis" isn't the best episode of the series yet, but it does offer its share of fun moments involving Loki spending a little time with themselves. With the destruction of the world immenent, it's likely the series will shake things up yet again offering something new for its fourth episode.

Checkmate #1

DC's Leviathan storyline continues with a new six-issue mini-series. Mark Shaw has successfully taken control of Leviathan and crippled the world's various spy agencies. Looking for a way to fight back, Green Arrow, Kingsley Jacobs, Lois Lane, Manhunter, Mister Bones, the Question, Steve Trevor, and Talia al Ghul have come together to reform Checkmate and fight back.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Replacements

Given the damage to their ship, the Bad Batch (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) crash land on Ordo Moon. Their repairs are slowed by a Moon Dragon stealing one of the ship's parts leading Hunter and Omega (Michelle Ang) heading after the beast on their own. As to what the rest of the crew does in the meantime and why more don't go in search for the only thing which will allow them to take off from the barren moon before they run out of supplies and oxygen... that's not exactly clear. But, hey, Wrecker does build Echo her own room, so, you know, time well spent. The storyline allows Echo to act on her own, and prove herself to Hunter (which couldn't be done had the other members joined in the search), while continuing to foreshadow there is something special about this young clone.

Thursday, June 24, 2021


F9 is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. In a theater, on television, on the Internet, or in real life. Even for a mediocre franchise like Fast & Furious that is known primarily for hot cars, hot girls, car chases and explosions, and ham-fisted messages about family, F9 is a really, really dumb movie. Characters return from the dead, never referenced brothers are shoehorned into backstory, characters drive a car in space, a computer device capable of controlling the entire world (which turns out isn't all that well protected) falls into the hands of yet another evil version of our crew, and the only ones who can save the day are Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his friends. Let the insanity commence.

The movie includes a staggering amount of flashbacks and dream sequences (featuring the acting-challenged pair of Vinnie Bennett and Finn Cole) to Dom's past to explain the sudden insertion of a long lost brother (John Cena) who turns out to be nearly as good a racer turned spy as his older brother. But evil! As with other scenes of the film, when the script tries for humor it often falls on its face, and when it attempts to be dramatic it produces some of the most unintentionally hilarious moments of the series.

Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One)

Warner Bros. Animation finally gets around to adapting the thirteen-issue maxi-series from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale which follows Batman (Jensen Ackles) over one year as he attempts to catch a murderer know as Holiday for a killing on every major holiday tied to the Falcone crime family.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Legends of Tomorrow - Back to the Finale: Part II

Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) is dead. Well, sort of. It's complicated. You see, on an alien world an evil scientist (Raffi Barsoumian) has cloned Sara and spliced in a little alien DNA as well. His plan is to create an army of hybrid Sara's to conquer the galaxy. The clone, it turns out, isn't so keen on that plan. As Sara works to escape, with the help of Rory (Dominic Purcell) and clones of her girlfriend, light years away her actual girlfriend grieves for her loss and her teammates prepare to do something stupid.

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Rick and Morty - Mort Dinner Rick Andre

Rick and Morty kicks of it's Fifth Season with an episode that introduces Rick's (Justin Roiland) arch-nemesis and prevents Morty (Roiland), once again, from getting romantic with Jessica (Kari Wahlgren). Crash landing in the ocean after their latest adventure forces Rick to deal with Mr. Nimbus (Dan Harmon) who rules Atlantis and the Earth's oceans. Throwing a dinner party for his foe leads Rick to short-cuts including aging some wine on world where time moves differently causing no end of trouble for Morty when trying to retrieve the wine across decades while becoming the legendary scourge the other reality will come together to destroy.

Adam Savage Meets Original Star Wars Props!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Batman: Soul of the Dragon

Batman: Soul of the Dragon leans heavily into 1970s style with a tale of Batman (David Giuntoli) teaming up with the other former students of his former sensei (James Hong) to prevent evil being unleashed in by the Kobra Cult. I was quite impressed with the first-half of the movie, although the straight-to-video movie reminded me more and more of Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which also started off quite strong but lost its way a bit in its second-half.

Bruce's former classmates are all modified versions of DC characters. We get the deadly Shiva (Kelly Hu), the angry Ben Turner (Michael Jai White), and Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos) who brings the foursome back together again. Kobra, and the "god" they plan to release from his mystical prison, turns out to be the weakest aspect of the story. However, there's quite a bit of fun with Richard Dragon putting the band back together and flashbacks to a young Bruce Wayne learning skills which would later be applied as Batman.

Usagi Yojimbo #20

Usagi Yojimbo #20 begins a new arc with the introduction of young swordmaster Yukichi Yamamoto who meets Miyamoto Usagi for the second time. The pair's first meeting is shown in a flashback in which Yukichi retells the meeting where the young pupil was too slow to recognize Usagi's skill with a blade denying a meeting for the rabbit ronin with Itsuki-Sensei. Now with his master dead, Yukichi travels to deliver Itsuki-Sensei's sword his nephew Daido.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Legacies - A New Hope

"A New Hope" is the goofiest episode of Legacies yet as the trio of Josie (Kaylee Bryant), Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), and Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), still tripping from the magic elixir they were dosed with, find themselves trapped in Lizzie's childhood fan fiction which turns out to be plagiarized mostly from the original Star Wars. Forced to work their way through the story and confront past anguish, the journey also leads to Hope coming to terms with her destiny (thanks in part to the follow up story she penned as a child after being hurt by Lizzie's version). Oh, there are also ninjas (because ninjas are cool!).

How The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Should Have Ended

We Are Lady Parts - Potential Future Spouse

In the show's second episode, Amina (Anjana Vasan) agrees to help the band try out in exchange for what turns out to be one awkward date with Ahsan (Zaqi Ismail). Momentarily believing she has landed a potential future spouse, Amina is over the moon (until the point he locks her firmly in the friend zone ruining her romantic fantasy). However, out of that pain comes our protagonist's first rehearsal with the band where she finds a new side of herself in helping to compose their next song. "Potential Future Spouse" continues its warm embrace of the characters' awkward human moments as the band members struggle with their relationships, even Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey) gets thrown by her boyfriend's request to become "official." While Amina hides the failed romance from her other friends, her experience helps her make connections with the band members and take a first step to becoming the person she was always meant to be.

Friday, June 18, 2021


Infinite is a half-assed sci-fi film about immortals reincarnated over the years. Mark Wahlberg stars as Evan McCauley, a diagnosed schizophrenic with anger issues and dreams of other people's lives. Arrested after a drug deal goes wrong, McCauley gets on the radar of two competing groups of immortals calling themselves Infinites who want what McCauley hid in a past life (a weapon capable of destroying all life on the planet).

The script plays to Wahlberg strength of being confused and annoyed by everything happening around him. The audience knows how he feels. The "good" Infinites include Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Toby Jones, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson. They are out to restore McCauley's memories and prevent the weapon following into the nihilistic branch of the group led by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor's character is exhausted of life and the countless reincarnations he has gone through. Since there is no way to prevent reincarnation (other than the process he invented to use on his enemies which would prevent his rebirth if used on himself...?) he wants to kill every living soul on the planet by making use of a magic egg.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

New Amsterdam - Death Begins in Radiology

It's been awhile since I've checked in on New Amsterdam, but the show's Third Season finale offers an opportune time to do so by providing separate vignettes centered around the various core characters of the show. The theme of love play a prominent role in each one of the separate stories, although I was partial to those involving Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) and Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) eventually finding their way to each other after dealing with their own frantic series of events (his missing wedding ring, her family drama back in England). It's about time.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #282

The Joes are called in front of a Senate Hearing to justify their actions in Springfield in saving Throwdown (AKA the new original Snake Eyes). What they don't know is that one of the Senators is a Cobra sympathizer (broadcasting the entire event to Cobra Commander) and another of the Senators is unwittingly a brainwashed sleeper agent who Cobra attempts to trigger during the testimony.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Luca, the Little Merboy

Set on the Italian Rivera, in an era before cellphones and the Internet, Luca is a fish out of water story. Literally. Living his life under the sea, the curious Luca (Jacob Tremblay) is drawn to the world on the surface despite his parents' (Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan) warnings about the monsters lurking above. With the ability to assume human form when stepping onto land, Luca can't help be curious about the humans whose bizarre garbage makes it way to the bottom of the sea. Meeting another teen sea monster who has been passing for human pushes Luca to exploring the surface further and leaving his life under the sea behind him for the seaside community of Portorosso.

The coming of age story may not initially wow you, but Luca has more going on underneath the surface than a first glance may suggest. The setting of Portorosso is full of great designs to frame the simplistic desire of Luca and Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) to get their own Vespa and travel across the world. Making enemies with the local bully, and befriending a local girl (Emma Berman) turns to duo into a trio with shared desire to win the Portorosso Cup which may allow for all their dreams to come true.

Batgirl Origin Story: Who is Cassandra Cain?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #117

I do so love this comic. The battle of the bands is finally here as Jennika and her group put on a show so good that Bebop and Rocksteady admit defeat without ever taking the stage. We also get peace between the Turtles and Karai and the end to future Lita's time travel adventure as events are back on the proper path allowing her to return home (and take a couple of guests with her as well). And that future, it looks mighty bright.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Willy's Wonderland

What if the animatronic characters at ShowBiz Pizza Place or Chuck E. Cheese came to life and started murdering their customers? That's the basic premise behind Willy's Wonderland. Nicolas Cage stars as an unnamed mute drifter who accepts a job cleaning up a rundown attraction in exchange for repairs to his car not realizing he's actually the latest sacrifice to the evil robot mascots Willy Weasel, Arty Alligator, Knighty Knight, and the rest of their merry band.

Because you can't have a cliched horror flick without a bunch of dumb teenagers, Emily Tosta leads a group of one-note locals (Kai Kadlec, Christian Delgrosso, Terayle Hill, Jonathan Mercedes, and Caylee Cowan) who want to burn down Willy's Wonderland but first need to get Cage out. For reasons the movie doesn't go into, our protagonist refuses to leave and instead works to complete the deal offered to him even after the creatures attempt to kill him. The low-rent slasher is really only memorable for its odd set-up pitting Cage against various robot mascots. This leads to quite a bit of quick-cut action scenes as man versus machine sounds cooler than it looks on-screen (but is enhanced by lots and lots of demonic robot blood spray).

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Far Sector #12

Sojourner Mullein's mission at the far edge of space concludes in the series' final issue. The City Enduring is on fire, and with only a limited charge left in her ring the Green Lantern has to attempt to bring peace before the civilization destroys itself.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Loki - Episode 2

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) gets a job. For an episode that is mostly Loki doing office work, the second episode of Loki shouldn't be nearly as entertaining as it is. However, this is Loki we are talking about. If the first episode of the series was all about Loki learning about, and trying to escape from, the Time Variance Authority, the second episode of the series is about Loki's attempts to work with them to track down a different variant of himself who has been leaving a string of dead agents across time. Loki's attempts to prove himself have mixed results, but he does discover the other Loki is hiding at the horizon of large disasters allowing for the introduction to the episode's big bad.

Legacies - This Feels a Little Cult-y

Josie (Kaylee Bryant) tricks Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) into joining her to check-in on Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) at a witch's retreat. Josie's idea is to help Hope get over the loss of Landon (Aria Shahghasemi). However, the cultish nature of the retreat soon suggests that there may actually be danger to save themselves from. Sibylla Deen guest-stars as Andi, the witch in charge of the retreat who is revealed to have ties to Triad Industries and is gathering enough witches to complete a summoning ritual. It's fun seeing the three young women together again, as they have been separated by many of the recent storylines, and there's plenty in the witches getting drugged (including, at one point, believing they were all being turned into pandas).

The History of Schoolhouse Rock!

We Are Lady Parts - Play Something

The first episode of Peacock streaming's new series We Are Lady Parts is an unexpected joy. "Play Something" introduces us to Amina (Anjana Vasan), a young woman seeing the last of her single friends become engaged. A talented guitarist, but burdened with stage fright that ends in projectile vomiting, Amina teaches guitar to children while hoping to find a good husband. Elsewhere, the all-female Muslim punk band known as We Are Lady Parts (Sarah Kameela, Juliette Motamed, and Faith Omole along with their manager played by Lucie Shorthouse) begins a search to add a lead guitar player to the group. The two stories converge when Amina chases a cute boy straight into the group's auditions. Although I can see Amina's condition becoming something of a running gag that may get tiring over the series' run, the first episode is more clever than I was expecting the sitcom set-up to be.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Hardy Boys - In Plain Sight

As Frank (Rohan Campbell) and Callie (Keana Lyn) take part in the unorthodox testing for Rosegrave Preparatory School, Joe (Alexander Elliot) and Biff (Riley O'Donnell) attempt to learn something from the piece of fabric left behind at the brick factory. Only the final test of the day is notable, both for earning the pair acceptance to the school and in what Joe stumbles upon in their search. Each of the Hardy Boys learns something important as Frank discovers a hidden door in his Gloria's (Linda Thorson) house during the testing with ties to the symbol his mother was investigating, and Joe discovers the fabric left behind likely came from the coat of a police officer. Frank also meets his mother's high school sweetheart who may be able to provide some information about when his mother's search began.

Green Lantern #3

The Central Power Battery is offline, leaving Green Lanterns stranded across space without the use of their rings. While much of Green Lantern #3 makes use of John Stewart on a planet in the Dark Sector making due without the use of his ring, the rest of the comic catches up with other Lanterns taking us to Oa where Sojourner Mullein has returned from her mission in the Far Sector to try and rally what remains of the Corps.

The Flash - Good-Bye Vibrations

In a season that has often felt like both writers and characters are going through the motions, "Good-Bye Vibrations" puts larger storylines on hold, taking a welcome break from the Forces storyline, to say farewell to Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and to a lesser extent Kamilla (Victoria Park), as the couple prepare to leave Central City behind. The episode doesn't go crazy with flashbacks, but does offer a few callbacks as Barry (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) put on such a brave face that Cisco begins to wonder if his friends will miss him at all. The karaoke final scene fits the group well, and its intersting split on the most long-running members of Team Flash sticking with Vibe on his final night while the Citizen crew say goodbye to Kamilla.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Invincible Red Sonja #2

Red Sonja's return to Erkhara as the protector of Princess Zaria doesn't begin easily. Not only does she have to protect the princess against attack, but Sonja's return hasn't gone unnoticed by the kingdom's wizard who has put a bounty on Sonja's head as well. On the eve of the wedding, we also get an attack on Zaria's life and the theft of the crown jewels of the city. It doesn't appear things will get any easier for Sonja in the days to come.

Suicide Squad #4

Things go to hell pretty quickly for the Squad in issue #4. After the team returns with Red-X, Waller attempts unsuccessfully to break the new recruit up until he breaks free revealing he actually wanted to be taken captive.

Loki - Glorious Purpose

The new Loki follows the adventures of the version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a "variant" from the normal passage of time, created during Avengers: Endgame. However, from the perspective of Loki, the events of his new series take place immediately after the events of The Avengers. This is an important distinction as this version of the character hasn't had the growth of over the years as the one seen over the remainder of the MCU. Loki is almost immediately captured by agents of the Time Variance Authority tasked with preventing branches in time and resetting variants such as Loki. Despite the TVA's plans to reset Loki, one agent sees the mischievous and untrustworthy character as a potential ally who they can use to track down a much more dangerous variant who has been killing members of the TVA while working towards some hidden purpose.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Black Cat #7

Black Cat #7 wraps up some long-running storylines concerning Black Cat's heist over the past couple of years and her rivalry with Odessa Drake and the Thieves Guild. Betrayed by the Black Fox, the Black Cat goes to extraordinary lengths to break her mentor's deal with Guilded Saint.

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Legacies - One Day You Will Understand

"One Day You Will Understand" offers a glimpse into the past of Cleo (Omono Okojie) to help explain her recent actions while Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) clues Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) into what he's been up to since his death and return from Malivore and the prison world, and Josie (Kaylee Bryant) offers Finch (Courtney Bandeko) a tour of the school. The result of the three stories will add a new student to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted while two other characters will make their leave searching for ways to destroy Malivore.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #4

The four-issue mini-series comes to a close as Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm's time on the hidden island ends but not before Scarlett Santiago fights for the fate of the world by battling the raised vampire Vesperra who the ancestors of the island's current inhabitants locked away centuries before.

Kung Fu - Destiny

Kung Fu continues the show's tradition of a goofy set-up involving Nicky (Olivia Liang) helping someone in trouble while saving its best moments for character-driven scenes outside of the contrived set-up. The person in trouble this week is Chloe (Chelsea Clark) who disappears from Althea's (Shannon Dang) bachelorette party when she's blackmailed by an old friend (Richard Harmon) from her troubled past. Nicky and Henry (Eddie Liu) eventually track down the bling ring crew and stop them from robbing the Soong home as the main storyline ends with the show's only fight sequence. The bachelorette party, including Althea attempting to appease her mother-to-be, offers it's share of moments (as does the look-in at the groom's bachelor party), but it's what is happening with the Shen family which delivers the episode's best moments.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Money Plane

Money Plane is your typical B-movie action flick about thieves forced to take an impossible job. After the movie's opening heist goes bad, their backer (Kelsey Grammer) pushes the group into robbing a casino plane full of criminals wagering on anything dumb and/or repulsive. Led by Adam "Edge" Copeland, the team consists of Katrina Norman, Patrick Lamont Jr., and Andrew Lawrence with Thomas Jane as back-up. The modest budget and odd plot twists (some of which make absolutely no sense) are, I guess, to be expected from a movie called Money Plane.

When low-budget films work it's often on the charisma of its cast or the cleverness of its plot helping to overcome other deficiencies. Sadly, the cast gets no help from the screenplay. Some of the casting works. WWE Superstar Edge does all right for himself in the starring role, and his size is an advantage to several scenes (including the close-quarters fight inside of the plane's cockpit). I also enjoyed Norman as the team's resident ass-kicker. And Grammer is obviously enjoying himself playing the film's heavy. Sadly, the rest of the cast is mostly forgettable.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

How It Should Have Ended Kaiju Compilation

Marvel Vice Opening Titles

The Nerdist offers up some Miami Vice-style opening titles for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Black Widow #7

Black Widow #7 works as a transitionary issue moving the comic further from the opening arc and setting up a new group of fierce females (despite Black Widow consistently telling Yelena Belova that she's not interested in starting their own version of the Red Room). While offering Lucy, AKA Marigold, sanctuary, Widow hits up Anya Corazon to infiltrate Apogee.

Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of A Jedi #1

Set between the events of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, the first issue of the four-issue mini-series offers a solo mission for Luke. The series is an adaptation of the young adult novel and the first issue puts Luke on the surface of the planet of Devaron pulled by a calling in the Force he doesn't quite understand after being shot down by Imperials.

M.O.D.O.K - If This Be... M.O.D.O.K.!

While Marvel's Cinematic Universe has been a tremendous success, Marvel Comics' attempts at animation have fallen far short. With Marvel's various animated projects falling somewhere between middling and truly awful, with a few exceptions, DC has had a decided advantage in the animated space for the last three decades. Into that space comes Marvel's M.O.D.O.K, delivered on Hulu rather than Disney+ for the more adult nature of the stop-motion series centered around the bizarre character of the same name voiced here by Patton Oswalt. In the first episode we see M.O.D.O.K. nearly bankrupt his evil organization A.I.M. forcing him to sell out to large tech company GRUMBL. M.O.D.O.K also has trouble at home where his wife, now a successful mommy blogger, is looking for some space from her husband.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Reyders of the Lost Ark


Batman: Black and White #6

The latest volume of Black and White ends with a quintet of stories featuring Batman from different writers and artists in black and white. While the issue doesn't include a stand-out story, perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is "The Abyss" in which Hugo Strange interviews three different people with recent interactions with Batman who are all left with decidedly different impressions of Gotham City's vigilante.

Cleopatra in Space - Akila Says No

There's a simple premise to "Akila Says No" as Cleopatra (Lilimar) and Brian (Jorge Diaz) try to convince the always agreeable Akila (Katie Crown) it's sometimes okay to say no. From time-consuming chores to a trip barter with space scavengers, it's a chore to get their friend to finally refuse to do something (a lesson she learns which backfires on the group after making it safely away from the scavengers). The episode's epilogue is also notable for introducing Cleo to Pharoh Yosira, foreshadowing more interacts to come.