Tuesday, January 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: Peacemaker

Peacemaker: Season 1, Episode 4 “Chapter 04: The Choad Less Traveled” (B+)

I like that we’re getting to see a lot more of Vigilante, who thinks that no one knows who he is even if he has the same voice and the same pinky toe injury that the masked man in the truck did. Thanking Peacemaker for letting him be tortured felt like a stretch, but he lives to be in service, and after Letoa manipulated him into getting himself arrested, he committed to antagonizing Auggie. Asking them to go around the table and say what cultural contributions they were grateful for from Black people was a humorous way of getting them riled up, but Auggie didn’t take the bait, and now Vigilante isn’t in prison to take him down. The neighbor telling Peacemaker that he’s probably not a superhero got him very upset, as did those disturbing flashbacks to his childhood training where his father encouraged him to kill someone. Leota’s pescatarian non-killing streak might be over thanks to her quick and apparently unnecessary action during Peacemaker’s big rematch with Judomaster. I’m still waiting for the moment that Leota is revealed to be Waller’s daughter given the horrible way everyone keeps talking about her. For now, the big shock is that the emotionless Murn is apparently that way for a reason – he’s a butterfly! The way that he’s able to manage the team suggests that he’s evolved and very capable of controlling his actions, and playing a peculiar double agent game targeting his own kind. This information isn’t likely to make him seem all that different given his typical nature, but I’m sure it won’t be long before someone else catches on to his true identity.

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