Before diving into the latest episode of MS. MARVEL, I want to say that this series had dipped a bit for me over the last two additions. The show started to get sidetracked by bringing Kamala’s (Iman Vellani) culture and family to the small screen instead of telling a compelling story. While that background is essential, it wasn’t moving the plot along enough to keep me enthralled weekly.
The good news is that in TIME AND AGAIN, the creators are back on track by somehow abandoning our protagonist, Kamala, for nearly twenty minutes. The result is the strongest outing yet in the series. There’s no doubt that Iman Vellani is the breakout star of this series. Yet, in the last few weeks, she hasn’t been given much to do outside of learning more about her family’s history. So instead of just learning in E5, the show utilizes the time travel mechanism. And it’s a beautiful story watching the origin of the “trail of stars” from E1.
MS. MARVEL’s had four episodes to introduce audiences to its main characters. It’s courageous this late in the game to abandon those characters for two newbies and somehow have it all tie together. My hats off as the show wrap it up nicely, and both Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and Hasan (Fawad Khan) become the most compelling characters in MS. MARVEL outside of Kamala.
I only have two dings in this week’s episode:
- It’s 2022. We deserve better CGI than the skeletons on display that look like leftovers from an EVIL DEAD or early MUMMY (not Tom Cruise, but Brendan Fraser) film.
- This isn’t the final episode. The story of MS. MARVEL felt complete. Yet, there’s a cliffhanger with a rushed “B” story that’s not quite as interesting and sets up next week’s season finale. I have doubts since this one perfectly closed the book with a wonderful “shot to the heart” on Kamala’s narrative.
Audiences should tune in and enjoy the latest MS. MARVEL on Disney+.