Peacemaker(Review)[Fan Fare Fridays]


If you have any doubt the level of outrageousness of the Peacemaker series, the awkward dance sequence during the opening titles should give you all the proof you need. Directed by James Gunn, who also directed The Suicide Squad, this series just pushes the envelope more and more. It has a sick sense of humor, and than in itself makes it worth watching.

The series follows directly after the events of The Suicide Squad as the Peacemaker tries to return home, maybe to reconcile with his horrible racist father. Instead he finds himself on a new mission with the team of misfits to eliminate a new threat known as the Butterflies.

Throughout the series, we meet new characters, such as Amanda Waller’s daughter, a Deadpool prototype known as Vigilante, and Robert Patrick as Peacemaker’s father. Other than Peacemaker, there are returning characters from the Suicide Squad movie such as Harcourt and John Economos who gains the nickname of Dye-Beard. Peacemaker gets an adorable pet eagle known as Eagly. This shows will push the boundaries of what it can get away with, and can get very offensive to the average viewer. In a way, it is what makes the show so interesting and fun to watch. It also gets very gory as people die in pretty horrible ways. The new threat of the Butterflies make an interesting villain, think along the lines of an intense version of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Each episode smoothly advances the plot, and also contain a post credit scene which is usually a expanded version of one the scenes in the episode. The finale goes out with a bang literally, and there is a special cameo in that episode. It was announced that Peacemaker will see a second season, which shows just how popular the series was. I think what really makes the series works is it is about an anti-hero but painting them in a human light, So often we see superhero shows with extraordinary people with powers, and we forget just how human they are. In this show, the “heroes” screw up like all the time. It works out in their favor with minimal casualties on their side of the fence, but for everyone else unlucky enough to cross paths with them, watch out. There is a huge amount of emotion in this series. Everything adds in to makes it very watchable. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of John Cena as an actor, but you have to expect his level of committment in this show.

The series is currently streaming on HBOMAX, and I recommend checking it out for yourself. You will laugh, cry, or do both at the same time, but most of all, you will have so much fun watching that by the end, you will be dreading the long wait for more.

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