“3…2…1… countdown to my death begins…”
Synopsis for episodes 4-6: Hulu/Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K continues to impress. (for those of you just joining us, our review for episodes 1-3 are up on here)
Episodes 4-6 continue the story of our protagonist, M.O.D.O.K, losing his grip on A.I.M. to Austin Van Der Sleet (Beck Bennett), aka douchey corporate guy extraordinaire, and A.I.M. agent Monica Rappaccini, aka Scientist Supreme (Wendy McLendon-Covey). As with the previous episodes, we get some unexpectedly touching moments… Does anyone remember Melter? You will after episode 4. And, of course, if M.O.D.O.K has done anything right so far, it’s family drama.
After having some great moments between M.O.D.O.K and his wife and daughter, we get an insight to his tumultuous relationship with his son, Lou (Ben Schwartz) and his upcoming bar mitzvah. Patton Oswalt & Ben Schwartz really nail the father/son dynamic.
As far as the larger story goes, we get more from past M.O.D.O.K **
**Editor’s note: Somehow we forgot to mention the season’s long thread of a past M.O.D.O.K. coming to the future for vengeance –DK**
Darryl: Dude, they really ramped it up in these 3 episodes with the references.
John: We’re spoiled with the comic references. The Bar With No Name plays a huge part. (This is a super-villain bar that has been blown up by the Punisher and then hosted a pubquiz for Peter Parker and his roommate, Boomerang).
We also get a few more X-MEN references (Mr. Sinister and Magik’s Soulsword!!!!) plus an appearance by Madame Masque (c’mon Marvel… just cast Ana De Armas!) and a nice little Jurassic Park reference (@ me if you catch it!).
Darryl: Don’t forget every building is named after a comic creator (Kirby University.) I have PTSD whenever Austin shows up spewing his corporate bureaucracy b.s. It’s somehow both over-the-top and understated.
John: As with the previous episodes, Jon’s Hamm and Daly continue to steal any scene they’re in but leave you wanting more.
Darryl: Speaking of Jon Hamm, there’s a fantastic Mad Men reference for good measure.
John: Also, I never need to hear M.O.D.O.K.’s phone sex or see Mandrill’s dong again.
Darryl: It was just so red and veiny.
John: Best quote for me was “Iron Man is a wet bitch.”
Darryl: A mantra you can really get behind.
Give John and Darryl a follow and catch the remaining recaps when they drop this week!