Secret Invasion Ep 5 is the fifth chapter in an American television miniseries created by Kyle Bradstreet for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics storyline of the same name. It is the ninth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. It follows Nick Fury and his allies, who attempt to thwart a Skrull invasion of Earth. (Wikipedia)
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Entitled “Harvest”, Secret Invasion Ep 5 continues on its downward trajectory in the way of poor characterisations and implausible plotlines (even within the context of the MCU!). As many pundits have remarked, this series feels small, despite its world endangering premise (an alien invasion, for fuck’s sake!) and the obvious austere budget really does not help its cause. Sure, the narrative attempts to inject drama with the deaths of various supporting characters – this time it’s Talos – but since there’s no engagement here, nobody really cares.
In addition, Secret Invasion Ep 5 has no clue on how to handle its main character aka Nick Fury. Fury has been portrayed as a grumpy lost old man from the beginning – it’s a Disney trope now, like its princesses – and it’s clear that this lame attempt at a character arc fails miserably even if at the end of the episode, Fury dons his eyepatch again. So what? Oliver Colman’s character Sonia is more bad ass than Fury, which makes Sonia yet another dumb Mary Sue! Sigh.
Plot holes galore. Why does the Skrull Rhodey let Fury leave when he could have killed him in the hospital? Why didn’t Fury simply shoot the Skrull when he had the chance thereby revealing its true identity like Sonia did with her Skrull? Oh yes, Sonia is a Mary Sue while Fury is merely a man. Again, why no superheroes called in? Yes yes yes, Fury takes pains to explain why but it makes no sense. Of course, we know this excuse is only because that is what the story as written demands. Awful.
Secret Invasion Ep 5 is a penultimate episode that has no built-up tension to be released in the finale. None at all. Zzzzzzzzz.
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