'Invincible' Episode 1 Review: A power-packed show taking a leap into the dark side of a superhero
Spoilers for ‘Invincible’ Episode 1
The highly-anticipated animated series from Amazon Prime Video, titled ‘Invincible’, has finally arrived and the pilot episode perfectly sets the tone for the upcoming adventures of Omni-Man and his son Mark Gayson.
Episode 1, titled ‘It’s About Time’, is all about introducing the viewers to the Grayson family and their adventures. The opening scene sees two security guards talking to each other in front of the White House. Suddenly there is chaos, and the ground beneath them starts tearing up as two gigantic blue brutes come from the ground and start shooting at the White House.
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As soon as they start wreaking havoc at the White House, they are confronted by a group of superheroes, known as ‘The Guardians of the Globe’. The group is trying hard to save the White House as well as the civilians, but soon they realize that it is not going to be easy. When things start to look bleak for the group, a superhero named Omni-Man, aka Nolan Grayson (voiced by JK Simmons), arrives at the scene and helps them in dealing with the giants.
On the other hand, Nolan’s son Mark (voiced by Steven Yeun) is watching his father saving the day at the White House. Mark feels really sad that he hasn’t developed any powers yet. Mark realizes what his father told him when he was a kid and decides to fall off the house roof on purpose to create the reflex of flying, and he hits the night sky. He accidentally ends up in space and falls.
The entire episode gives us an idea of how difficult is for Mark to become a superhero.
He is trained by his dad and starts to receive proper lessons on how to be a superhero. But Nolan is impatient and wants Mark to learn quickly.
After a busy day at school, he finally gets a chance to go on his first mission. Mark stops a bank robbery and fights a villain that is made up of rocks. He wants to prove his father wrong and gets really irritated when his father doesn’t believe him that he is ready to be a superhero.
However, the ending of the episode is something that truly makes the show an instant classic. We see ‘The Guardians of the Globes’ and ‘Omni-Man’ getting into a fight. The group believes that someone else is controlling Omni-Man because he would never attack the good guys.
The superhero ends up killing every last of them and it is truly one of the most epic scenes you’ll ever see in an animated series. It is a blood-bath.
The pilot episode is filled with an intriguing storyline and stunning visuals. The show is nothing like the Sunday morning cartoons that viewers have grown up watching over the years. The storytelling of ‘Invincible’ is much more like an hour-long Netflix drama that is not afraid to take a different route.
‘Invincible’ is intriguing and promises to be one helluva ride. However, it is still too early to suggest that it is a knockout. It will be better to wait and see how the whole season pulls together into something that viewers have never seen before.
‘Invincible’ returns to Amazon Prime Video on Friday.