...Wait, didn't I make that joke at the beginning of this season? Ah, whatever. Star Trek homage.
|It's always "Mirror, Mirror" this and "The Trouble with Tribbles" that. Why no love for "The Enterprise Incident"?|
...Wait, didn't A-Bomb make that joke at the beginning of this season? Geez, maybe I shouldn't go so long between Recaps.
Speaking of A-Bomb, he's expositing to the camera that the SMASHers find themselves in the Large Magellanic Cloud today, meaning that this whole time, the Hulks have been outside the Milky Way. Which makes me wonder what the Guardians of the Galaxy were doing guarding a planet that wasn't within the galaxy.
I'm just saying, if they want to branch out, maybe they should call themselves the Guardians of the Universe?
|"We wanted to, but these little blue guys threatened to sue us for copyright infringement."|
A-Bomb was a bit of an idiot earlier, so no change there, and steered the ship into a meteor belt while trying to fly the ship. So now the others are making him repair the damage. Skaar’s helping, but he’s a bit distracted by a sound coming from a nearby asteroid. And somewhere, Stephen Hawking finds himself spontaneously shedding a tear.
Anyway, he spots a furry little creature, which a helpful caption informs us is a titular Druff.
|I'm sure it's supposed to be cute....|
She-Hulk: “Even if we wait, this shortcut will cut years off our journey home.”
And if Star Trek: Voyager taught us anything, they’re not going to make it home any time soon. Or maybe the writers got tired of having the Hulks be lost in space.
There’s some more exposition about how they have to turn Leader in for framing them for the crime of destroying Vista Verde, and I’ll just save my ranting on that matter for when they actually get to Earth.
Anyway, they get an incoming transmission, and it’s Ronan the Accuser, who has suddenly decided to be a recurring villain after getting humiliated in the "Planet Hulk" two-parter. Ronan is delivering a message that basically amounts to “Hey, if you see the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., turn them in.”
Ronan: “Worst among them… is the one called ‘Hulk!’”
No, A-Bomb’s the least tolerable one, in my opinion. But yet, Ronan starts going on and on about how the Hulk is so terrible because he lies.
Ronan: “He is without honor!”
|What are you, a Klingon?|
A-Bomb: “Cuddle factor of 9!”
Shut up, Neelix.
A-Bomb: “He reminds me of Devil Dinosaur. I sure miss him. What do you think Devil’s doing right now?”
|I sent this picture to my sister. Her response: "Ew. Also, no."|
She-Hulk begins the approach to the wormhole, but multiple systems start failing, necessitating some quick rerouting of power from the weapons to the engines. But even so, they crash on a giant meteor. And to make things worse, the wormhole closes in an hour. The Leader offer his help to the SMASHers, which makes Hulk suspicious. After all, why would Hulk's sworn enemy offer his help?
Leader: “Because so far, everything we’ve encountered out her so far has wanted to eat or blow us up. All of us. And I refuse to perish beside you.”
Hey, I like this guy’s standards.
So, desperate, Hulk frees the Leader, warning him not to try anything funny. Meanwhile, Red Hulk gives his take on the situation.
Red Hulk: “You ask me, this rust bucket’s infested with gremlins.”
A-Bomb: “Ehhh, gremlins?”
She Hulk: “Old Air Force lore. Little creeps who rip up the insides of planes.”
|Gotta say, this wasn't the William Shatner reference I was expecting to make today.|
|Because of course he does.|
As the power gets restored, Skaar makes a discovery. There’s more than one Druff aboard. While he and A-Bomb give chase, She-Hulk tries to fly into the wormhole. These two plot threads collide as Skaar chases a Druff onto the bridge. A-Bomb tries to explain that they snuck onboard themselves.
Leader: “You… you brought Druffs onto my ship? Druffs are the most dangerous vermin in the galaxy!”
|"Tell me, do they still sing songs of the Great Druff Hunt?"|
|Multiple Man called. He wants his powers back.|
|I love the look on his face. It's like he's embarrassed by what's happening. And he should be.|
Hulk: “If the Druffs eat energy, then the only way to stop ‘em is to starve ‘em!”
Okay. What about life support? Air? Gravity? No? Not going to bring any of that up? Why am I not surprised?
She-Hulk is tasked with finding a place in the belt to hide. In an odd return to the “webshow” dynamic that was missing since they blurred out Peter Parker’s face, A-Bomb explains that there weren’t any cameras outside the ship, so he’s using old footage to fill in the gap.
|Okay, you know what? This is funny. I'll admit it.|
Hulk: “Good idea to hide in this cave, Rick.”
A-Bomb: “I saw it in a movie once."
|Yeah? And how'd that actually work out for them, Rick?|
Skaar: “First lie make ship crash. Second lie doom Hulks for good.”
|"Skaar has eaten books. And even Skaar think you're being a moron."|
Leader: “Don’t look at me! Must have been a short circuit….”
The ship gets caught in Ronan’s tractor beam as Ronan messages them that unless they surrender, Earth will be destroyed with a black hole generator. I imagine they got the technology from Spock after the destruction of Romulus.
With Earth at risk, Hulk surrenders to Ronan. Once aboard Ronan’s ship, the SMASHers unleash their cunning plan: Attack. They attack the Kree soldiers, who apparently never expected the Hulks to fake a surrender. Now that I mention it, faking a surrender is looked down upon here on Earth. Just saying, the Hulks are using dirty tactics usually ascribed to villains.
But even with such dirty pool being played, they manage to subdue all the Hulks with their energy whips. The Leader comes out and asks for his reward for turning over the Hulk, leading all the SMASHers to vow revenge in their own way. The reward that Ronan will give to the Leader isn't money or glory, it's the planet Earth. Because handing over an entire planet to a fascist dictator is more honorable than lying, I guess?
The Kree soldiers go to search the ship, leading A-Bomb to start spinning a yarn about not letting the Kree get their hands on the Orb of Truth. In a cutaway, A-Bomb explains that they helped the Guardians of the Galaxy take the Orb to a peace conference last Christmas. Or as he says….
A-Bomb (cutaway): “…in another episode that you really should watch. It was awwwwwesommmme!”
So… that episode he’s referencing hadn’t even officially aired by the time this episode came out, though you could find it online illegally.
|Did A-Bomb just tell us to pirate this show?|
|Sounds a bit familiar....|
Hulk: “And that doesn’t make me a liar!”
Hulk gives Ronan’s hammer to the Druffs, and they all escape, leaving the Druffs in Ronan's ship.
|"Where they'll be no Tribble at all."|
Hulk (cutaway): “One lie always leads to another. And another. Sooner or later, the truth’ll catch up with you.”
And with A-Bomb’s cries of pain and protest, the episode ends. And now I'll discuss my own cries of pain and protest.