Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy S02 E04: ‘Free Bird’


As the animated Guardians of the Galaxy search for the sarcophagus of Adam Warlock to keep it out of the hands of the Believers, they find something else seemingly as valuable. Meet me after the jump for my review of “Free Bird.”

Boogie Fever

Picking up from last episode, Yondu has stolen the sarcophagus of Adam Warlock out from under Rocket and the Guardians. Trying to think like Yondu, Star-Lord takes the team to an old Ravager hideout. After triggering booby traps set by Quill himself years before to the tune of “Boogie Fever” by the Sylvers (not to be confused with Sylver Alert, although you’ll find them there), Groot finds an intriguing egg.


Before they can get a proper look at the egg, a hologram of young Star-Lord appears and promised to destroy them as the hideout becomes a death trap. After it all comes down on them, Groot makes it out with the egg intact, with Rocket noting the tree man is going through a nurturing phase. As the search continues, Groot treats the egg as his baby, much to the dis-amusement of the rest of the team.

Don’t Stop Believin’

When the Guardians crash land on the planet of the next Ravager hideout, they find they are not alone. Two more members of the Black Order – Black Dwarf and Proxima Midnight – are there, and they too have joined the Believers. Are all of the Black Order now Believers? That could be bad.


Whether following orders from Thanos or deranged religious zealots, the Black Order are always dangerous adversaries, and now they have the power of will on their side. Of course in this case, they wrongfully assume that Groot’s egg contains Adam Warlock‘s sarcophagus. Hilarity and chaos ensue.


When Quill, Gamora, and Groot find themselves in yet another of the annoying young Star-Lord’s trap, a seemingly inescapable one, Black Dwarf and Proxima Midnight catch up to them, and Ebony Maw is with them. He’s going to rip the location of the sarcophagus from their minds by the sheer power of will.



We get a far-too-long look into the mad cartoon joke that is Quill’s mind, as he uses that silliness to shield himself from Maw’s psychic attack. However as most of us had guessed by now and by the episode’s title, there’s a savior in the egg – a baby dragon, or bird, and it absorbs energy, and it sets them free.


As telegraphed and predictable and deus ex machina as the ‘lightning space eagle’ was, it still couldn’t save everything, this episode included. I was disappointed. And for an episode named after what many feel is the greatest song of all time, not good.  We got the Sylvers – not Lynyrd Skynyrd!  As much promise as last episode had we got another typical Guardians cartoon this time out. Sad. At least this week we got the movie. Although flawed, we should all go see it again.

Next: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

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