Invincible: That Actually Hurt
April 11, 2021 7:43 AM - Season 1, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Mark struggles with his obligations. Mark makes a new friend. Debbie finds a notebook. Eve struggles with family.

After Debbie finds Darkblood's notepad, she later locates the incriminating evidence that confirms her lingering suspicions while Nolan is away. After Black Samson berates and lectures his teammates for allowing civilian injuries to multiply from fighting individually, Robot secretly approaches the Maulers with a job offer. Meanwhile, Mark promises to help Amber at a soup kitchen as recompense for his tardiness due to his being Invincible ruining her trust in him. However, he must also help powered thug, Titan, defeat his boss, Machine Head, who predicted their attack and hired multiple villains for security. The Guardians arrive to help but are overwhelmed and brutalized by Thokk, the Battle Beast. Seeing the other villains swiftly defeated, Thokk is disgusted by the battle's ignominy and departs via a portal, allowing the GDA to arrest Machine Head. After Mark and the others are medevaced, Titan takes over Machine Head's operation. Eve also volunteers to serve at the soup kitchen with Amber, needing direction after fighting with her parents and quitting being a superhero. However, she leaves when Cecil calls about Mark's hospitalization. Elsewhere, GDA scientists test samples of Mark's blood, discovering the cells are invulnerable to every lethal test they run.

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posted by Fleebnork (5 comments total)
I need to stop getting attached to any characters it seems, they tend to get a bloody ending. I also really worry that they are going to start killing Mark's most meaningful relationships because that's three women and a gay guy. I hope this isn't "subversive" that way but that tension is very present.

Lots of impressive VO talent in this show, even for the smaller roles. Autotuned Jeffrey Donovan was unexpected.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:44 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

The autotuned voice for Machine Head was a stroke of brilliance. They could have just left it at vaguely robotic sounding, but that elevated it, IMO.

I have read the entire comic run, but there are differences, and Kirkman has said in interviews that there are some revisions to the story. So far, I haven’t been displeased with any of the changes. It has been a fun mixture of familiar moments and new moments, or different spins on the familiar ones.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:38 PM on April 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Slimepuppy, it's hard to say what will happen with those characters. It already feels like they are giving Amber/Eve/Deborah more agency and character moments than they had in the comics and I'm hoping that signals better stories for all of them. Personally, I'm hoping Amber gets tangled up with Titan through the community center connection.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 12:41 PM on April 12, 2021 [2 favorites]

I think this has been the best episode so far. It's been a long time since I've read the beginning issues so while I remember the general storyline of what's supposed to happen all of the details aren't there (doesn't help that I lent the first 2 collected editions to my nephew last week so I can't just go to my bookshelf to refresh my memory). That coupled with the fact that the show has already diverged from the comics means that I don't know what's going to happen with a lot of the characters. I'm assuming that the major character beats will still happen but this being Kirkman he could just decide to do something totally different to keep the comic readers on their toes.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:00 PM on April 12, 2021 [1 favorite]

I was unfamiliar with the series, other than seeing it out of the corner of my eye when I went to the comic shop.

Five episodes in, I'm not sure that I'm actually enjoying it all that much, though. Now Seance Dog? That sounds like a title I could get behind.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:01 PM on April 13, 2021

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