Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Recap From Tall & Oates – Episodes 7-10

John (@jables4) and Darryl (@watchitlike and @wabashdk1) are recapping Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Hulu’s new animated series. All episodes are currently streaming!

“Wherever M.O.D.O.K. goes, catastrophe follows.”

Synopsis for Episodes 7-10:  In M.O.D.O.K. episodes 7-8, we get a 2-part arc wrapping up the “past M.O.D.O.K.” storyline and start bringing the M.O.D.O.K. family back together in a brutal, but hilarious way.  We get more acquainted with a few heroes and new villains in how they clash with our large-headed protagonist.  Then, in ep 9, we’re back in the A.I.M./GRUMBL takeover story. (Did you ever watch “Better Off Ted”? Its a highly underrated show. A.I.M really seems like a slightly eviler version of Veridian.) Anyway, M.O.D.O.K. deftly confronts his season-long nemesis, Austin (we hope you’ve seen “The Fly,” and reclaims A.I.M. (now A-I-M), while also exacting revenge on Wonder Man & Iron Hamm. We get to see why M.O.D.O.K. is the “Scientist Supremer”. The season finale slows down (for a bit) and takes a moment to focus on Double-Lou’s bar mitvah. 

Darryl:  Okay, so, we have a lot of character development in these final episodes and really get down to the core of who these people/robots really are.

John:  I was a little bit surprised to see how crappy of a person Jodie really is, but I suppose it makes sense considering she’s married to a super-villain. Of course, Nathan Fillion nails it as Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. He’s a douche you love to hate. Or hate to love? 

Darryl:  I feel like we finally get to see him play one of the couple roles that he was basically born to play.

John:  The X-Men references keep coming with a great appearance by Arcade (voiced by the always fantastic Alan Tudyk) and his amusement park of death, Murderworld (also, a whole heap of robot duplicates). I love Alan Tudyk and thought his Arcade was perfectly obnoxious. Arcade was always a low-key favorite of mine from the Claremont era of Uncanny X-Men. He had my favorite bit out of the 2 episodes with “I’m a robot as well! …Or am I..?”(2nd favorite was The M.O.D.O.K. Family Band featuring The M.O.D.O.K. Family and introducing M.O.D.O.K.). I thought these were a nice detour tying up some loose ends and setting things up for the finale. Also, we get double the Lou, and that’s never bad.

Darryl:  “Arcade’s Revenge” is one of my favorite games from my childhood.

John: There were some nice moments between M.O.D.O.K. and the members of his family. And then… another M.O.D.O.K. (aka The Anomaly aka Timey McJumper) crashes the party, shows us the many (mostly toilet) deaths of M.O.D.O.K., and helps set up a very intriguing season 2.

Darryl:  I feel like we got a real Ebenezer Scrooge thing going on (past, present, and future M.O.D.O.K.)  Also, I both want to only eat lasagna on the toilet and never eat lasagna on the toilet.  Delicious, but dangerous.

John:  Side note, I thought Emperor M.O.D.O.K. was very “Maestro from ‘Future Imperfect.”’  Overall, I thought the series as a whole was incredibly entertaining, especially for lifelong comic fans. It was a great blend of dark humor, family drama and superhero action, with a ton of Easter eggs and bit of surprising warmth here and there. I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Also, Sam Richardson’s Gary is an American treasure and I would 100% watch a Gary & Big Mike show. “It’s like ‘Night Court’ meets ‘Night Court’… with maybe a little ‘ALF’..?”

Darryl:  I loved this show more than I thought I would.  We already mentioned the animation earlier, but it needs to be stated again.  They absolutely crushed it.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would actually care about this b-list villain as much as I did.  Even though he constantly screwed things up, you almost felt bad for him and really understood how and why he is this way.  And the sheer volume of Marvel universe references is enough to force you to watch each episode 2 or 3 times just to make sure that the sword you’re seeing is, in fact, Magik’s sword hanging on the wall, for example.  All in all, I need a lot more of this in my life.

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