In Review: Ms. Marvel (S1 – Ep3) – Destined

Good is not a thing you are, Kamala. It is a thing you do.
Kamala

Synopsis: Ahead of Aamir’s wedding, Kamala (Iman Vellani) may face grave consequences due to a crucial decision she makes.

 

Story

One of the unique aspects about the Ms. Marvel series is that family figures prominently in everything she does. She’s one of the rare superheroes whose parents, sibling, grandmother, and great-grandmother are all alive and well. While somewhat firm with their rules for Kamala, her parents are largely supportive and nurturing, and not abusive.

The story opens with the backstory on how Aisha, Kamala’s great grandmother, came to own the bangle that has unlocked Kamala’s powers. Najma (Nimra Bucha) and Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) find the bangle attached to a severed arm in a grave site/archeological dig. According to Aisha, they need two, but there is only one, which the group concludes will have to do.

It turns out, Aisha, Najma, and others were exiled to this world from another dimension, and need the bangles to get back home. Aisha disappeared with the bangle during the Great Upheaval between India and Pakistan, where it became impossible to find her. Najma and others in her clan searched the world for decades to find the bangle again.

When explaining this to Kamala, Najma tells her they are known as the Clan Destines, and that they are a Djinn, a race of super-powered spirits bred with humans. Kamala is also a Djinn, which is why she has super powers. Najma tells her that they need her to help them get back to their dimension.

Kamala later enlists Bruno (Matt Lintz) to help with research to facilitate inter-dimensional travel. Later, Kamala’s father visits Bruno at work, who missed out on a party in preparation for Aamir Khan’s (Saagar Shaikh) wedding. He helps Bruno translate a document about the history of the Djinn.

A highlight of the episode is the wedding of Aamir and Tyesha (Travina Springer), complete with festive dancing and singing. During the wedding celebration, Kamran (Rish Shah) shows up to warn Kamala that his family is coming to get the bangle. Everyone there will die if she doesn’t get them out of there. Kamala sets off the fire alarm to force people out of the building.

Soon Kamala finds herself running from and fighting the Clan Destine. Bruno shows up to rescue Kamala, but is injured by one of the Djinn. Then Kamran shows up to help, and is also injured by being thrown trough a window and landing a flight below where he was.

Kamala finds herself trapped by the Djinn. Najma tries to grab Kamala’s bangle. Both see a ghost-like train heading towards them. Kamala escapes, when Damage Control shows up, capturing the Djinn. Their real target is Kamala, but they proved themselves useful in detaining them.

As Kamala leaves the building with an injured Bruno, Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) witnesses her using her powers.

Later that evening, Kamala receives a phone call from Nani (Samina Ahmed), her grandmother, who tells her to come to Karachi, because she also saw the ghost train, and knows Kamala did, too.

 

Acting

Once again, the acting was excellent, with standout performances by Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, and Mohan Kapur and Zenobia Shroff as Kamala’s parents.

 

CGI & Effects

The CGI and special effects in this episode were as well done as in previous episodes, though there is less embellishment via Kamala’s imagination. Possibly the most visually appealing segment of the episode was the actual dance sequence at the wedding, which was most likely neither CGI or in need of special effects, but it stayed true to the artistic vision of the series.

 

Overall

One of the marvelous things about this series is the poignant and often humorous interactions between family members, whether it’s in Kamala’s nuclear family, or among the extended family at the wedding. Even the Clan Destine exhibited the kind of humor and spontaneity of family that punctuates the series. The episode was like My Big Fat Pakistani Wedding and Spider-Man: Homecoming had a baby.

9.8
  • Story
    9
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Effects
    10
  • Music
    10
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