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Jun 22, 2023Liked by Caroline Siede

Dylan McDermott is playing the president, not Dermot Mulroney.

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"We’ll see how the series handles it from here, but Maria Hill’s death is definitely bordering on a fridging. Especially on the heels of killing Talos’ wife Soren offscreen."

This struck me as well. Although at least Soren was killed off to further the story of a woman (her daughter) as much as Talos. I don't know if that makes it better or if I'm reaching.

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"Are we meant to assume Everett Ross has been a Skrull this whole time? Or that the real Ross is locked up somewhere? Or was it more of an opportunistic impersonation?" That was my big question, too. I know this episode was already a bit talk-heavy, but I wish we had a little more exposition about how the Skrull duplication works, especially for those of us who haven't rewatched Captain Marvel recently.

The bad Skrulls clearly have some humans locked up while their duplicates are running around, and there was that instance of somehow scanning one to download his memories or something, but Gravik cycled between several appearances in swift succession and ultimately landed on Fury while Nick was standing just a short distance away. (One of those sequences that looks neat but breaks down entirely under the lens of fridge logic. What was the motivation for changing his appearance out in the open where anyone in the crowd could have seen him? Why shoot Hill, and why then, and why looking like Fury? Isn't the whole point of the Skrull threat that they can impersonate someone you trust in an ongoing relationship, not for sudden sneak attacks?)

With such confusion, this episode leaned way more towards the disappointing Falcon/Winter Soldier end of things for me, but it feels like it could turn into more of the paranoid conspiracy thriller we loved in CA:TWS if they can manage to get the pieces working better. We'll see!

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I'm holding off to see how this plays out. Winter Soldier was a high watermark for the MCU, but I've always disliked the "Who's a secret Skrull" parlor game that periodically infects the comics.

Its the same reason why I groan whenever Mission Impossible uses the face masks. I've rarely cheered louder than when Ghost Protocol had the gag where the mask machine failed to work.

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Had fallen off the MCU bandwagon a little, but the cast in this one has dragged me back.

My partner and I had always had a running joke about Hill being the most hard-done-by character, *barely* significant in any of the movies but oddly notable enough to have a name.

So to begin the episode thinking she was about to get her get ‘Black Widow’ moment, then see her unceremoniously shot in order to fuck with Fury... my response was that of dark laughter.

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i’m sticking with it for now even though it was very boring and if i had to guess a secret skrull it would be the president. the twist also didn’t land for me but it was because of the subtitles revealing her name.

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Nice review. Not much to add, but I seem to have found this first episode even more dull than most. I don’t know that Secret Invasion was really a great comic series to begin with, and this adaptation retreading the Flag Smashers from F&WS and not doing anything big in the first episode to hook people on the “they can be anyone” premise doesn’t fill me with confidence. They can be anyone! Like this extra! Or that extra! Or even that extra!

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So glad to have you here, Caroline! I petitioned for this from day one of Episodic Medium 😁

I wasn't planning on watching this but you reviewing it has changed my mind. I'm not convinced about the show yet, though, but as your reviews managed to make my watching Iron Fist worth it, I remain confident that this will be interesting either way 😏

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Welcome aboard

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