SECRET INVASION should be mind-bending, not confusing, as it weaves its spy-thriller-inspired story. The show needs to take a lesson from the always amusing face-swap antics of the slightly more grounded MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise and the tonal shifts that allow those movies to have impactful moments with genuine fun. (Maybe I should’ve watched this episode before the new Tom Cruise outing.)
So far, the series is hinging on its conclusion; we’ve been presented with four good, but not great, episodes that have clearly established our supposed heroes and villains, but a certain gravity is missing. It doesn’t feel like the rebel Skrulls can win; we know they won’t be able to take over the world – or else we wouldn’t have any more Marvel movies. If the stakes were clearer or even explained further, I’d care more about the many betrayals, alliances, and deaths in SECRET INVASION.
The cast and characters of SECRET INVASION are its ever-redeeming quality. I hope the last two episodes put this strength to good use by bringing the story to the point where it should be, and I think we’ll get there – each episode of this show has been better than the previous one.
SECRET INVASION E4 is now streaming on Disney+.