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killa4illa

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Subj: Re: What If...? TV Series General Discussion
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 at 08:16:10 pm EDT (Viewed 67 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What If...? TV Series General Discussion
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 at 12:01:37 pm EDT (Viewed 77 times)

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Doctor Strange episode is the only one I really did not like because they took way too many liberties with the plot, and all of the Christine Palmer deaths were ridiculous to the point of absurdity. The idea of "fixed points" in time is a horrible concept, and the only point of it is to enforce plot induced stupidity. Plus, how is her death a fixed point when she was living originally?

Anyway...

Episode 1 Captain Carter: Great overall, but not much story.

Episode 2 Star-T'Challa: Awesome. Great balance of fun action and story.

Episode 3 Pym Destroys the Avengers: Good overall. Still don't think Hulk should have been taken out so easily, but whatev. Scott Lang "Brain in a Jar" with the levitating cape might be my new favourite Multiverse character.

Episode 5 Zombies: Pretty good. I'm not a fan of any zombie stuff, but it was entertaining.

Episode 6 Killmonger: Awesome. This guy needs to be the main villain of the MCU. He can out-Doom Doom!

Episode 7 Party Thor: Pure fun... until the end. It's like we only Watched (pun intended) the B-story (or C-story, even). But it certainly made me laugh a few times.

The biggest problem with the series is that they're limited to 30-minute episodes. That's really not much time.

Haha hey fair points and observations there (I laugh because your least favorite is my favorite)! I will admit Scott's head in a jar in the zombie episode was a highlight, and I wholeheartedly agree that Hulk should not have been taken out that easily in the Avengers being assassinated episode. What I enjoyed about the Dr. Strange episode is probably what made the other ones fall flatter for me - the 30 minutes doesn't give much time for hardly anything, but in that one with such a narrow focus (i.e. not as many characters involved) we are able to dig deeper into the primary character.

The other comment about her death being unchangeable being silly is a very valid point, and almost negates the point of the series.

Some of the subtext in other episodes undermines the original characters though, such as Tchalla being a more respected and much more successful Starlord albeit ending ominously. And also Killmonger being so successful as to completely manipulate and overwhelm Stark, kill him, and make it to the top in Wakanda, I just don't buy some of these storylines based on the characterizations we know from the MCU.

It is possible I'm just missing the fundamental point though, that being that these are direct deviations and not specifically the same personality traits and choices being made by said characters that we would expect.

I don't hate the series, believe me it does have its highlights, I just expected it to be a little better after having enjoyed The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as well as the Loki series so much.


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