Episode 2 – Promises: 8.5/10
If you’ve watched the first episode of the season, then it’s a no-brainer that you should continue the series. Personally, I enjoyed the first episode a bit more than this one. This episode had a bit too much exposition that made it hard to focus. However, the fight scene near the end of the episode was a great turning point and was entertaining to watch.
So, in my brief answer above, I do believe that the first episode of Secret Invasion was better than the second episode. Now, this isn’t to say that this episode was terrible or anything. It was still a good episode, since the groundwork for the season is being set. With that being said, I did appreciate the last few scenes of the episode. The fight scene where Gravik saves Brogan had some creative kills, and I kept my eyes glued during the action.
So, getting into specifics, I would say the first half of the episode was all exposition. The opening scene that was based around a flashback to Nick Fury’s promise was an interesting touch. I didn’t really expect that we would get a scene like that, but it was nice to have since it gave some much needed context of the whole situation. I also liked the scene where Nick and Talos have their disagreement. The fact that both have strong feelings for what they believe made for an interesting debate. Although the talk didn’t end with the two making up, I’m interested to see how Talos is going to re-enter the story. Another aspect I enjoyed about the first few scenes of the episode was showing the consequences of the bombing. Seeing Maria Hill for the last time really cemented that she was gone. This event obviously sprung Nick into action, so I’m curious on what his next move will be.
So, getting into my favourite part of the episode, it’s definitely Sonya’s interrogation of Brogan, followed by Gravik saving Brogan. In the last episode, I noticed that this series seems a lot darker and brutal. This episode doesn’t disappoint. If anything, it raised the stakes a bit. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so much blood in a Marvel production.
Sonya’s torture technique was quite interesting. Using a bio weapon to boil blood is something that I’ve seen before, so I found her method quite creative. Another thing I appreciate about the interrogation scene was to see how determined Sonya is in her work. Seeing the dichotomy between her polite mannerism to the cruel torture technique made for a very interesting scene.
Now, when it comes to the rescue, I didn’t expect even more brutality. For one, Gravik takes no prisoners. He’s out for blood. One, I appreciate the different ways some of the cannon fodder were killed off. Seeing more hand to hand combat gave me huge Extraction vibes (If you’re interested on a review of that, click here). Now, obviously, it wasn’t quite as brutal as Extraction. The only reason that I’m mentioning Extraction here is because I watched that recently, and the fight scenes in this episode reminded me of those movies. My favourite kill of the episode was 100% when Gravik puts the guy on the meat hook. Not only was the kill creative, it was also shocking, since that type of killing doesn’t seem very Marvel.
Overall, I have to say that this week had another fun episode. It wasn’t as good as the first, in my opinion, but it does lay the foundation for some great episodes later on.