I’ve written previously how well INVINCIBLE creates a full universe, and in the process, subtly puts pieces in place that will move to the forefront later. Episode 7 feels like the culmination of all of that meticulous planning. Mega plot lines like the investigation into Omni-Man and Robot’s scheme with the clone bad guys intersect with some of the smaller plotlines in a truly satisfying way. The episode deftly incorporates details from prior episodes that reward you for watching the whole series.
What is more amazing about this episode is how it accomplishes this during an episode that plays out like one long mega-fight. In many ways, it is like the classic Death of Superman comic, where the heroes throw everything they can at an unstoppable force. The tension grows more intense as the episode progresses and the conflict intensifies. It is a testament to the show that I was gritting my teeth during an episode of an animated series, especially since I pretty much knew what was in store thanks to the comic source material. I can only imagine how viewers unfamiliar with the book will feel.
After a few episodes with fairly muted violence, this episode returns to its roots. People are straight up ripped in half, and you see everything (including intestines). Despite the bright coloring of the animation, this is not a show for kids (or squeamish people).
If you’ve enjoyed the series so far, this episode is a major payoff. I rate it as the best INVINCIBLE episode yet based on its hard hitting action and deft delivery on some of the ongoing storylines.
The seventh episode of INVINCIBLE premiered on April 23rd on Amazon Prime Video. Check back soon for my thoughts on episode 8 of the series.
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