In Review: Ms. Marvel (S1 – Ep4) Seeing Red

Kamala travels to Karachi, Pakistan, to unlock the mystery of her bangle
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Synopsis: In Seeing Red Kamala travels to Karachi, Pakistan, to unlock the mystery of her bangle, and why she and her grandmother both had a vision of a train.

 

Story

Kamala travels to Karachi, Pakistan, to unlock the mystery of her bangle, and why she and her grandmother both had a vision of a train.

At her grandmother Sana’s house, Kamala is given a room to stay in. It is packed with Sana’s artwork depicting her history and the Partition of Pakistan from India.

The next day, Kamala explores Karachi with her cousins, but separates from them to check out the train station. She wants to find out why she had a vision of a train heading in her direction. While there, she encounters a young,  masked man called Red Dagger (Aramis Knight). His real name is Kareem, from a secret society organized to protect people from the Clan Destine. They gets into a minor, but friendly physical altercation, but he introduces her to the rest of his group.

The Clan Destines have been captured and are being held prisoner by Damage Control, but they escape. They leave Kamran (Rish Shah) behind as they continue to seek out Kamala for the bangle.

Kareem introduces Kamala to the Red Daggers. Led by Waleed (Farhan Akhtar), they take her under their wing to prepare her for dealing with the Clan Destines. Before they can get very far, the Clan Destines attack them, leading to an elaborate chase scene through Karachi, and the apparent death of Waleed.

Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and her clan engage in hand to hand combat with Kamala and Kareem. As Aisha attacks Kamala, she tries to stab her, but Kamala blocks the knife with her bangle. Suddenly, Kamala is transported back in time, and finds herself in the middle of a chaotic scene of crowds trying to board trains to Pakistan during Partition.

 

Acting

Iman Vellani needs to be a big star, because she kills it as Kamala. She projects enthusiasm and positivity, yet at the same time, subtle hints as to what she’s thinking or feeling show in her demeanor, posture, as well as on her face. Zenobia Shroff is equally effective as Kamala’s mother, Muneeba, and Samina Ahmed is delightful as Sana, her grandmother.

 

CGI & Effects

The CGI and special effects are excellent, as usual. The chaotic chase and fight scene that occurs during toward the end is well choreographed. You can tell it took a long time to plan and execute it, because there are many, many moving parts and details.

 

Overall

Overall, another fine episode of one of the most entertaining Marvel/Disney+ shows to date. First, the family dynamic, especially between Kamala and  Muneeba, and Muneeba and Sana, is beautifully portrayed. The family is riddled with conflict, yet they all truly love each other.

The final scene adds a depth to the series that few others have had. Depicting the conditions for people during the Partition of Pakistan from India, and the massive population migration that occurred, gives us a view of history that most Americans have never learned. As a history buff and former sociology professor, I find this aspect of the series enthralling.

 

You can read our previous reviews of Ms Marvel here

9.9
Ms. Marvel (S1 - Ep4) Seeing Red
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Effects
    10
  • Music
    10
One Comment
  • hariharan
    30 June 2022 at 10:13 am -

    what a mystery in kamala bangle and the power of Karachi history

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