What if…? Episode 2: T’Challa Star Lord

Writer: A.C. Bradley

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Jeffrey Wright

RATING: 4.5 Stars

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What if, instead of picking up Peter Quill as directed, Yondu had outsourced this job to some of his less competent crew mates. What if, they picked up T’Challa as a child from Wakanda, instead of Quill?

You wouldn’t think that a cartoon character could make you emotional. But everything about this episode is bittersweet. Chadwick Boseman does an absolutely phenomenal job of the voice acting for T’Challa here, a great final performance. I think we all feel the same way, that this episode is going to have a very sombre feel to it for us as fans, finally saying goodbye to this character, while the episode itself is so amazing, and uplifting, and has so many funny moments.

They brought back a lot of actors here that really surprised me. And a lot of characters as well that I wasn’t expecting to see. One in particular was a special kind of joy, but I won’t spoil that here. All of them basically the same, but just touched by T’Challas influence, and therefore a little better in the morally decrepit department.

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While Captain Carter kept fairly close to the original story of the first avenger, this episode goes way off book. And that is more what I was expecting of the show. I am glad that they aren’t afraid to take a few major liberties with the story and with the characters involved. It’s clear they really thought through what T’Challas impact would have been on the ravagers, and changed them accordingly. The entire sequence with the Collector on Knowhere was rammed full of MCU Easter eggs adn references sure to bring a smile to the face of any fan.

I am still unsure if these stories are going to have larger implications or if they will connect in any way, but I don’t necessarily think that it is required for them to do either.

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