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Peacemaker Season 1 Blu-ray Review

“Peacemaker” is easily one of the very best DC TV series. 

Set after the events of “The Suicide Squad,” Christopher Smith AKA Peacemaker becomes recruited by A.R.G.U.S. for a mission dubbed Project Butterfly. Given that the only alternative is prison, Peacemaker gives in to joining the assignment alongside team members Emilia Harcourt, Clemson Murn, John Economos, and newbie Leota Adebayo (who is harboring a major secret). It turns out Project Butterfly is a search for an alien species that are using humans as hosts (including some major figures). Throughout the 8 episode debut season, plots involve assassinations, Peacemaker’s pet eagle Eagly, Vigilante (a “friend” of Peacemaker’s), Peacemaker’s vile father Auggie (AKA White Dragon who despises his son and seeks revenge against him), the mysterious Judomaster, 

For those that weren’t particularly enamored by the uneven “The Suicide Squad,” don’t let that dissuade you from checking out James Gunn’s HBOMax spin-off series “Peacemaker.” The character is admittedly a puzzling choice for a spin-off especially since Ratcatcher 2 stole “The Suicide Squad,” but Gunn clearly had a vision for the series and it shows in the final product. Gunn (who did write all 8 episodes and directed 5 of them) really digs into the character of Peacemaker and makes him a much more layered and complex character. Peacemaker is really a rather messed up superhero. He kills, he has a dark past, he’s misguided, he’s dysfunctional, he’s a jackass, he’s toxic, and he has some serious daddy issues. And yet even through all of that he’s bold, brave, funny, sometimes heroic, and somehow grows on you whether you like it or not. For the audience, this is because of John Cena’s performance. To say Cena hasn’t had the best acting credits is an understatement. Thankfully, the wrestler turned actor has really grown as an actor and gives easily his best performance yet. He has great comedic timing and, more importantly, superb chemistry with the rest of the cast. 

As for the show itself, it’s a blast. It’s a team mission series with oddball humor, surprise DC character cameos, violence, and a sort of “Deadpool” esque vibe (especially with Vigilante). Oh, and it’s also an alien invasion story. At its core though, it’s very much a character based series about a rag-tag group that bonds over time.

Speaking of the characters, you couldn’t ask for a better cast. Cena has already been discussed, but Danielle Brooks (best known from “Orange Is The New Black”) as Leota is inspired casting. Robert Patrick is note perfect as Peacemaker’s father Auggie, Freddie Stroma is a scene stealer as Vigilante, Chukwudi Iwuji shines as Clemson, comedian Steve Agee fits in perfectly as John and last, but certainly not least there is Jennifer Holland as Harcourt. A star is truly born with Holland here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “Making The World Safe For Violence: Peacemaker’s Team”- A featurette on the team of characters with set footage and cast and crew interviews.
* “Bad Daddy Issues: Peacemaker’s Search For Inner Peace”- A featurette on the character journey of Peacemaker.
* “Peacemaker: Under The Helmet”- A montage of scenes, set footage, and visual effect stages.
* “Project Butterfly”- Individual character profiles for Peacemaker, Adebayo, Harcourt, John, Vigilante, Murn and Eagly.
* “On Set With Steve Agee”- The title says it all as the actor takes viewers on set tours and interviews cast members.
* “Dramatic Comic Book Readings With Chukwudi Iwuji”
* A funny 9 ½ minute gag reel
* “Unlocking The Quantum Unfolding Storage Area”- A quick set tour.
* “Peacemaker And Vigilante: BFFs”- A featurette on the character dynamic
* “So What Do You Really Think Of Peacemaker?”- Character’s honest views of Peacemaker.
* “Danielle Brooks Explains The DC Universe”- Brooks offers up thoughts on what the comic plots are via the covers.
* “Keep The Tweets”- Peacemaker reads tweets about his show.
* “Dance For Peace”- A brief behind-the-scenes look at the opening credit sequence.
* “How To Properly Give a F***”- The characters give viewers the best way to say the F bomb.

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November 26, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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