Ms. Marvel temporada uno, episodio seis, “No Normal”

Iman Vellani en Ms. Marvel

Iman Vellani en Ms.Marvel
captura de pantalla: Disney+

Bueno, eso fue bastante, ¿no?

Cuando dejamos Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) a finales de episodio cincoparecía que Ms.Marvel había concluido todas sus historias y abierto una nueva masiva que posiblemente no encajaría en el único episodio que quedaba de la serie. Pero no estoy demasiado orgulloso de admitir que estaba equivocado: esa historia encajaba, y Ms.Marvelfinal de la primera temporada era todo lo que podía esperar. Hubo acción, contemplación, risas, golpes puntiagudos contra el gobierno y una familia y una comunidad que se defienden. Sin duda, es un episodio repleto, pero en lugar de sentirse apurado, “No Normal” logra combinar grandes piezas con los momentos familiares realmente conmovedores e íntimos en los que el programa se ha destacado desde el principio. Finalmente puedo usar la calificación A que he estado guardando durante toda la temporada.

Comenzamos con la agente Deever (Alysia Reiner) emitiendo una orden para atrapar a los “niños” que volaron Circle Q, antes de pasar a Bruno (Matt Lintz) ayudando a Kamran (Rish Shah) a escapar después de que este último desatara accidentalmente sus nuevos poderes. Están en el tren PATH (que, para su información, conecta la ciudad de Jersey con Manhattan) cuando los agentes del Departamento de Control de Daños los alcanzan. Apenas logran escapar, pero no antes de que Kamran dispare algunos rayos de luz de su cuerpo que se cristalizan de forma muy parecida a como lo hace la luz de Kamala.

En casa, Kamala no sabe lo que está pasando, ya que ella y Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) acaban de regresar de Pakistán, y Kamala tiene un importante anuncio que hacer. Ella se disculpa por el fiasco de la boda y por no decírselo a su familia antes de confesar que es “La chica de la luz” (o ante la insistencia de Aamir “¿Eres qué?” ella dice con resignación que es la “Luz de la noche”) Aamir y Yusuf (Mohan Kapoor ) Las reacciones no tienen precio porque claramente lo sabían de antemano, gracias al “clásico tren de chismes de Khan”, es decir, Muneeba es una típica madre paquistaní que no puede guardar un secreto. Ella le dijo a Yusuf, quien tenía su teléfono en altavoz para que Aamir y Tyesha (Travina Springer) escucharan.

Es en esta escena que vemos hasta dónde ha llegado la relación de Muneeba y Kamala. Yusuf le dice a Kamala que está orgulloso de ella pero quiere que se mantenga a salvo y que no corra peligro, mientras que Muneeba señala que confían en Kamala. Es una hermosa devolución de llamada a la Primer episodio—uno de muchos— cuando Muneeba dijo que no confiaba en Kamala. También habla de cómo conocer la historia familiar ha ayudado tanto a Muneeba como a Kamala a entenderse mejor. Llevarnos a Pakistán puede haber sido extraño a veces, pero ese tiempo en Pakistán claramente ha cambiado a ambas mujeres. Además, vemos cuán solidaria y comprometida es Muneeba cuando le da a Kamala un disfraz de Ms. Marvel hecho a mano: EL disfraz de Ms. Marvel. Todos esos elementos que reunieron en Pakistán se unieron para crear algo hermoso, y Kamala se lo pone inmediatamente para ayudar a Bruno y Kamran después de enterarse por Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) de que están en peligro.

Bruno and Kamran turn up, of all places, at the mosque. In some ways, it’s a logical choice. Bruno thinks as a place of worship, it should be a sanctuary, and he’s absolutely not wrong. In other ways, as Nakia points out, it’s a terrible choice, given that it’s a mosque in America and is therefore probably under surveillance by a myriad of government agencies. Still, they’re allowed to shelter there until they can safely make their way to the high school, which Nakia points out is the only place guaranteed to be empty on a Saturday.

Damage Control unsurprisingly heads to the mosque first, and Agent Deever, having learned nothing, still wears her shoes inside. I am outraged all over again, and I hate her. It’s the ultimate indication of the fact that she is a true villain, and I should never have considered anyone else after that first time SHE WORE HER SHOES INSIDE THE MOSQUE. She calls Kamran a “high-level threat” and then gives the most generic description of a brown person, saying he could be “Pakistani or Arab.” Because we’re all the same, right, Agent Deever? An extensive search fails to find anything but a community banding together to protect their own. Sneaking out of their hiding place behind a bookshelf, Sheikh Abdullah (Laith Nakli) gives them a disguise of (ingenious) halal/haram baseball caps and tells them to be careful.

Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur in Ms. Marvel

Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur in Ms. Marvel
Screenshot: Disney+

As they make their way to the high school, a classic setting for a showdown, Kamala makes her way across Jersey City using her Noor to throw down stepping stones, and leaving everyone in the neighborhood staring up at her in awe, none more so than Bruno and Kamran. She finds them in an alleyway, and both of them are still obviously crushing on her and are stunned to see Kamala in her new costume. As Kamala and Bruno reunite and share a hug, Kamran loses control of his powers. He’s clearly in a huge amount of pain, saying that he feels like he’s “being crushed from the inside.” It’s obvious that he needs more help than Kamala can give, so when they arrive at the high school, Kamala rings Kareem (Aramis Knight) who agrees to smuggle Kamran out of Jersey City and over to Karachi and the Red Daggers.

After a short but sweet make-up scene between Kamala and Nakia, it’s on to the fun stuff. Suddenly, a gang of five has assembled in the school hallway to help out. Five, I hear you say? Kamala, Bruno, Kamran, and Nakia only equal four. But my math isn’t wrong because guess who’s turned up, having been making TikToks in the school auditorium because it has good lighting? Zoe (Laurel Marsden). It feels slightly strange to bring her back for this final episode since we’ve seen so little of her until now, but it’s also kind of fun, and I love this ragtag group of people that are going to come up with a ragtag plan to try and distract Damage Control so Kamran can get to the harbor.

It becomes even more ragtag when Aamir turns up, having been sent by Muneeba to keep an eye on Kamala, who is understandably whiny about how she doesn’t need to be chaperoned. It’s a lovely reminder that she’s still a teenager, and her parents, however supportive, are still worried and still Pakistani. She gets past it enough to describe her plan on a blackboard—another call back to episode one—and it’s charming and absolutely befitting of a group of teenagers (plus Aamir), consisting of distraction via softballs, lots of people dressed in the same hoodie, and school science experiments. The vibe, if I may say so, is very much Kevin in Home Alone. That’s a compliment.

Zoe gets on TikTok to tell her many, many followers to get down to the school because Damage Control is surrounding them. As agents in full body armor roam the school hallways, Kamala and co. try to confuse them. It works for a while, as they get covered in foam, pelted with softballs, and confused by some very amateur tricks. It’s a very un-Marvel-like fight, and it works because of that. It’s more realistic to have kids pulling these tricks than using sophisticated weaponry. The simplicity also serves to highlight how ridiculous Agent Deever is being, sending armored soldiers into a school under the guise of keeping people safe. And, if we want to, we can see the weapon imbalance as a metaphor for how ordinary Muslims are faced with disproportionate violence by government agencies.

Kamala’s plan soon falls apart when Bruno gets smashed in the face with a gun, and Nakia, Zoe, and Aamir get trapped on both sides by agents. All four end up handcuffed in a van, waiting and watching along with a huge crowd that includes Kamala’s parents and Tyesha to see what will happen next. For a moment, the action slows down and we zoom into Kamala and Kamran, walking down the empty school hallways. Kamran wants to know what happened to the Clandestines and, more importantly, to his mother Najma. Kamala is reluctant to tell him (having been advised by Bruno that wouldn’t be a good idea to do so before they get Kamran free). But there’s no time for secrets: Kamala reveals the Clandestines were set on destroying everything, and Kamran guesses his mother is dead, which obviously sets him off on a spiral.

As a Damage Control agent attacks, Kamran fights back and Kamala stops him using her giant arm of light. He shakes her off, and then we’re outside, in another one of those brilliant big scenes the show has proved to be so accomplished at. Instead of overlooking a crowded train station, we have Jersey City’s citizens clamoring for information. Plus, DDC agents with guns pointed at the school, and a van of teenagers all watch as an angry Kamran appears. When he refuses to get on his knees, Agent Deever orders her men to shoot, which they do without hesitation.

Rish Shah and Iman Vellani in Ms. Marvel

Rish Shah and Iman Vellani in Ms. Marvel
Screenshot: Disney+

Luckily, Kamala leaps out of the window above and draws a shield to protect Kamran. It’s enough until Agent Deever pulls out the big guns, literally. A huge stun gun blasts away Kamala’s shield and sends her and Kamran flying. As Muneeba, Yusuf, and the rest of the crowd shout in worry and anger, Agent Deever prepares to shoot again. In some ways, this moment mirrors those Partition scenes from earlier episodes. Everything slows down to zoom in on the distress on everyone’s faces, especially Kamala’s family, and we register intimately the pain a community feels watching a detached entity trying to tear them apart. Kamala summons up some energy with a quiet but firm “Embiggen” as a nod to the comics, using her Noor to create a shield around her body, making her tall and big enough to crush the gun to smithereens.

As Kamala and Kamran continue to try to protect themselves from attacking agents, Kamran eventually again loses control, shooting out huge beams of light that solidify and expand, putting everyone in danger. The only thing Kamala can do is create a dome shield over them and try to talk Kamran down. “They’re never going to accept me, and they’ll never accept you either,” he tells Kamala. He’s not sure he’s ever going to be normal after what has happened, but Kamala points out that Najma saved this world for her son, and there is no such thing as normal. All he can do is escape and try to help himself. He agrees. In what I found to be the only confusing part of the finale, he punches a hole in the ground that presumably takes him to the harbor via a tunnel.

Kamran escapes, leaving Kamala to face Damage Control on her own. Or rather, she’s not on her own. As soon as Agent Deever gives the order for Kamala to be arrested, her friends, family, and community surround her. So do a line of local police, which is sweet, but also feels a bit message-y and unrealistic in an America where police officers are so often in the news for treating people of color in inhumane ways. But I did love how Ms. Marvel has always been about community, and it was really demonstrated here. When Muneeba tells Kamala, “Look, they’re all with you,” I might’ve cried.

It’s enough for Kamala to get away, and for Agent Deever to get a call from an incensed Agent Cleary (Arian Moayed) asking her to leave the scene immediately. And so, the day is saved, Kamala is protected, and everyone lives. There are still a few things to wrap up, namely the big question of who Kamala is, which has occupied so much of the series. There’s a beautiful scene that mirrors episode one, where Kamala looks in her mirror while dressed in her costume. Unlike back then, when she was dressed as Captain Marvel, she now looks comfortable and completely at ease in her own skin.

Iman Vellani in Ms. Marvel

Iman Vellani in Ms. Marvel
Screenshot: Disney+

And then there’s a gorgeous moment between Yusuf and Kamala on the roof, where Kamala tells her dad she’s still “figuring it out” when it comes to her name. And if I’ve said in these recaps once that names are important, I’ve said it many times. Yusuf tells Kamala about her name: Yusuf and Muneeba struggled to have a second child, so when Kamala was born, they thought she was perfect. In Arabic, he says, “kamal” means perfect. In Urdu though, it means wonder or marvel. He tells Kamala she will always be “Our own little Ms. Marvel.” And voila! There it is, Kamala’s iconic superhero name.

Our final mystery is just what Kamala is, and Bruno helps with that, telling her that he looked at her genetic makeup again. He discovered that there’s something different, something “like a mutation.” Um, what is happening here? Is Kamala one of the X-Men? Either way, Kamala doesn’t care because all it means is adding another label to her. For now, she just wants to enjoy time with her friends. She also wants to avoid her science homework in the mid-credits scene, which her mother is shouting at her about. And that’s when Kamala’s bangle starts to glow. She’s suddenly thrust back into her closed closet door, but Kamala isn’t the one who steps back out. It’s her idol, Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Carol looks around the room to come face-to-face with a poster of herself, with a comical “Oh, no no no” slips out of her mouth as she leaves the room. I’d like to take this moment to gloat and say Predije este cameo antes de que se estrenara el programa. No tenemos interacciones entre Vellani y Larson, pero no puedo esperar a ver cómo se desarrollará su dinámica. Con eso, nos dicen que Kamala estará de vuelta en el próximo año. las maravillas, que ahora espero mucho más que antes de “No Normal”. Ha sido una montaña rusa de temporada, y aunque las historias de djinn y villano no fueron perfectas, este episodio es una ilustración de todo lo que funcionó con el programa. Es una gran narración, con la familia (en muchas formas) en el centro, y si Marvel puede mantener algo de esta energía para proyectos futuros, todos estaremos un poco más entretenidos y conmovidos.

avistamientos perdidos

  • Kamala puede ser una conductora de basura, pero respeta las reglas de tránsito, como vemos cuando se detiene. en el cielo en un semáforo en rojo en su camino para encontrar a Bruno y Kamran.
  • ¿Soy yo o Nakia y Zoe estaban un poco coquetas?
  • Aamir intenta darle la charla a Kamran y ser molestado mientras lo hace se siente muy Aamir.
  • Mi parte favorita del montaje de TikTok al final tiene que ser la tía Ruby, que está en la típica marca de mamá pakistaní cuando dice que será “muy difícil para ella encontrar marido” cuando habla de Ms. Marvel.
  • Entre las otras devoluciones de llamadas al episodio uno estaba la reutilización de la fantástica canción “Ko Ko Kareena”.
  • ¡Kamala y Kamran casi se besan! ¡Y Bruno los interrumpió! Momento clásico del triángulo amoroso, y se sintió bien.
  • Adil y Bilall regresaron como directores para este final, y se podía ver su toque en el regreso de los gráficos en la pantalla.
  • Sheikh Abdullah estaba dando un gran consejo en este episodio, incluyendo confundir al Agente Deever al citar a Abraham Lincoln y no al Corán.
  • Y, por supuesto, el mejor consejo vino del padre de Kamala, en una llamada a una de las líneas más famosas de los cómics. Yusuf le dice a Kamala: “Si salvaste una vida, bueno, las salvaste a todas”.
  • Hablando de historietas, este episodio tomó su nombre del título del primer volumen de la Ms.Marvel historietas.
  • Gracias por seguir junto con Mis resúmenes del programa.

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