Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recap: Avengers: EMH (Micro-Episode 17) "Welcome to Wakanda"

So, this is weird. Instead of the protagonist shifting at the end of the quartet of Micro-Episodes, we're going to be screwing around with Black Panther for five minutes. I don't know either.

Just lie back and think of Krypton.
Our final Micro-Episode opens up on the African nation of Wakanda, where the evil, musclebound M'Baku the Man-Ape challenges King T'Chaka, the Black Panther to a fight. Law dictates that the winner gets to rule the country, and that's stupid. His son, T'Challa points that out, too.

"My son, we are an African nation as envisioned by white Americans. Barbaric rituals are kind of all we have."
T'Chaka: "The Black Panther's reign will not end this day."

Heh, wrong.

They fight, and Black Panther loses, thanks to Klaw's sonic disruptor letting Man-Ape cheat and kill T'Chaka, breaking the Panther mask all symbolically. The people bow to Man-Ape. All but T'Challa, who runs away to the temple to put on the mantle of the Black Panther himself.

"Now that I have won the throne by right of combat, I shall draft a bill to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
Later, Man-Ape and Klaw oversee Klaw's goons as they mine precious Vibranium from the heart of Wakanda's largest mountain. The next day, T'Challa makes his way through the treetops as the new Black Panther, and... it's over. In all seriousness, this was a terrible Micro-Episode where barely anything happens. It might not be the last Micro-Episode, but it's the last part aired in the last compilation episode.

Here, I'll give you a bit more analysis so you don't feel cheated by a bare-bones Recap.

Wakanda is an isolationist country, yet all it has to defend its borders are bows, spears, and one superhuman king. In a world where any African dictator can get his hands on AK's, this is utterly laughable. Especially when Wakanda has such a treasure trove of natural resources like a metal that redirects or amplifies any and all vibrations.

Whatever. We've got one more Micro-Episode, and it's my favorite one. See you then.

1 comment:

  1. My love of the Black Panther is probably blinding me to its flaws but, I'm going on record as saying this was not terrible. A weak entry, yes definitely. So little happens that its almost sad, but I'm willing to cut the mini-ep some slack due to the short run time. The other episodes were much more successful, but that was because they explored their focus characters. For example, Ant-man and Wasp give us a taste of their personalities and powers. Here, something happens and T'Challa springs into action. Maybe, if they showed T'Chaka explaining how vibranium worked and demonstrating its powers during the fight it would have at least been more interesting and set up what we could expect from T'Challa when he became Black Panther. It doesn't help that T'Challa's character is much different in this episode than the rest of the series. This is probably the worst of the Mirco-episodes, but I still can't bring myself to call it terrible.

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