Episode 3: Betrayal – 8.5/10
This week’s episode was just as good as last week’s, if not slightly better. I think the best part of the episode is how much plot moved forward, whereas last week’s episode seemed to have a lot of downtime. My one complaint is that the show seems to be moving a bit fast, which I will explain more later.
Secret Invasion continues to be a great addition to the Marvel TV show lineup. This third episode does not disappoint, since it builds on to the foundation set from the last episode. If you’ve keeping up with this series, it will be worth it to keep watching this show.
So, let’s get into some specifics. This is your spoiler warning though. If you haven’t seen the episode, check out some of our other reviews first. After you’ve watched the episode, come back here. We’ll be awaiting. With that in mind, let’s get started.
So the first cool thing I want to discuss is that Fury’s wife is a Skrull. Ever since the last episode, myself and the other writers at Prairie Grown Reviews had discussions on whether we thought Fury knew that his wife was a Skrull or not. I think we ended up deciding that obviously, Fury had to know about this fact. Considering that he worker tirelessly alongside the Skrulls, there was no way he couldn’t know that his wife was a Skrull. Well, through the flashback that we got, it was clear that Fury knew that she was a Skrull. On that note, it was great to see one of our theories confirmed.
Now, besides having our theory confirmed, I also liked this scene for other reasons as well. Clearly, this show has been filled with many flashbacks. Honestly, it feels like this show has more flashbacks than most shows I’ve watched lately. Now, that in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. Instead, I think one of my favourite things about this series is all the background info we’re getting about the Marvel universe. The more we learn about the Skrulls, the more the world grows and feels more fleshed out.
Besides the flashback, I really enjoyed all the characterization this episode. From Fury’s wife, to Gravik’s determination, this episode was really focused on the characters, which I quite liked. Like episode 2, episode 3 Betrayal was focused on setting more foundation for the later episodes. Through the flashbacks and the cutaways to the thoughts of the characters, this episode had better flow compared to the last. Now, this episode was also 15 minutes shorter, so that might be why it didn’t feel quite as dragged out.
The one thing I’m enjoying is the pacing. Being a 6 episode season, we’re already halfway through. But because we’re halfway through, I can feel the pacing speeding up a bit. In the show, about a day has passed, but because of this it feels like a lot is happening, too much, too quickly. Talos and Fury’s fight barely lasted that long.
Considering the intensity of their argument, I expected them to not make up until near the end. The one bright side to that situation was that it gave more entertaining character interactions. I really liked seeing Fury and Talos put their prides aside to start working together. Watching that scene was quite refreshing in that sense. Now, the two still seem to have some tension between them, but seeing them surrender to their feelings a bit did help their characterization.
Now, the big twist that happens in the end was G’iah’s betrayal. Not going to lie, I did see this coming a bit. This was the natural progression of the show, and seeing her get shot at the end wasn’t that much of a surprise either. But now I’m left thinking that the show can go one of two ways. In most Skrull interactions, when they die, they revert to their natural forms. After G’iah gets shot, she reverts as well, which means that she might have died. However, I can’t accept that completely since G’iah has been a major part of the show. I’m not sure why they would kill her off this early. It does give Talos more of a reason to fight, but it feels like a waste of her character.
Overall, this episode was quite solid as well. We got some great character interaction, which let us see the hidden relationships between all the characters. Although the plot was great, it does feel a bit rushed. Either way, this episode is definitely worth a watch if you’ve seen the first two.