Invincible: Neil Armstrong, Eat Your Heart Out
April 2, 2021 6:25 PM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

While tensions mount at home, Mark goes on a long trip.

Angry and distrusting that the GDA hasn't caught the killer, Olga (Red Rush's wife) hires Debbie to sell her house, moving back to Moscow. After Cecil miscalculates a teleport into the Grayson home, Nolan reflexively attacks him before the situation defuses and asks Nolan's help to protect the first mission to Mars, but Mark goes in his place. While having a successful landing, Mark's inattention allows the Martians to abduct the astronauts, seeking to prevent the parasitic Sequids from spreading to Earth as the Martian Emperor orders their execution. Invincible hastily evacuates the astronauts and lifts off their shuttle, unaware a Martian replaced an astronaut. While Nolan and Debbie take a vacation trying to rekindle their connection, Cecil arrests Darkblood to banish him back to Hell, still needing to know Nolan's motives for killing the Guardians first and because Darkblood won't drop the case. As the surviving Mauler begins cloning himself, Robot brings the new Guardians into HQ, swiping a DNA sample off Rex. Elsewhere, Robot presents the sample to the deformed Rudy Connors in his tank, ready to start "phase-one." In Debbie's closet, unbeknownst to anyone, Darkblood hid his notepad which allows his presence to still be on Earth.

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posted by Fleebnork (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Definitely didn't feel like a 'miscalculation' in Cecil's teleporting, more like a deliberate probing/testing of Nolan's disposition.

Also, Darkblood's notebook being left behind doubles down on the Rorschachian elements of the character, but I'd love to see more of the Etrigan/Hellboy elements show if/when he returns.
posted by FatherDagon at 8:00 AM on April 3, 2021

Darkblood is more of a character in the animated series. In the comics, he’s a Rorshach parody. He has already had more to do in three episodes of the series than in his comics appearances.
posted by Fleebnork at 8:41 PM on April 3, 2021

I love this show but the Mars subplot was such a weird confusing mess.

Even the setup was bizarre. Mars is 33.9 million miles away at its closest. The idea that they did a roundtrip in two weeks at their apparent tech level is beyond ridiculous.

But thinking about it some more, I swear the show wants us to think the trip to Mars actually only took about a day: Mark's air supply is pretty small, he only had one meal with him, and he isn't driven insane by spending an entire week just hanging out on the side of a spaceship.

I know the show has a ton of wild shit it in, but this relatively minor issue seriously broke my immersion.
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:31 AM on April 6, 2021

The extradimensional aliens were fine, but the length of time it takes to get to Mars was just too much, man.
posted by Fleebnork at 10:35 AM on April 6, 2021

We don’t get to choose what breaks our suspension of disbelief.
posted by Ian A.T. at 10:49 AM on April 6, 2021 [1 favorite]

Ok, no snark intended: it’s an animated series about superheroes that is based on a comic book. I honestly don’t know what to tell you.
posted by Fleebnork at 5:47 AM on April 7, 2021

I mean, at least they gestured to the idea that travel to Mars would take a long time.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:26 PM on November 15, 2023

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