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TV Show Review

Peacemaker - Season 1, Episode 8 "It's Cow or Never"

Directed by James Gunn
From: HBO Max
Released: 02.17.22
Review by Sherin Nicole | February 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Basically: It’s Cow or Never aka Mr. Peacemaker Goes to War (isn’t it ironic?)

Peacemaker Season 1, Episode 8, starring the unseeable John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Annie Chang and more dropped last night (or this morning) at a time I like to call West Coast midnight. Although for me it was 3 AM, got-dammit.

I’m not going to say much because of spoiler potential, except that this season finale is a satisfying culmination of the story we’ve basically been kidnapped, hogtied, and dragged along for—while laughing and cringing happily the entire way. There are some great cameos, you will be pleased. There is some mighty fine speechifying that some will groan at for being preachy but is what we all need to hear (yet we never actually listen). 

The characters not only tell us who they are, they tell us why they are so fucked up. And there is something about their fragility, combined with their foibles that is relatable, gratifying, and still makes you feel a little bit superior. So, we win. 

Photo: HBO

Why are the butterflies here? 

What does friendship actually mean in the Suicide Squad section of this ’verse? 

Episode 8 reveals those answers and gets pretty emotional about it.

I used to think the DCEU understands its villains better than its heroes, but now I realize it’s James Gunn who gets it. Peacemaker is over the top and really ridiculously profane but underneath all that blood, and snot, and the scent of farts, James Gunn recognizes the humanity in the worst of the DC Universe. I wish other directors could see the humanity in the best of them.

In the End: ’Tis good. See you next season, super villains.

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