Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Writers: Sabir Pirzada, A.C. Bradley, and Matthew Chauncey
Starring: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman
The fourth episode of Ms. Marvel finds Kamala (Iman Vellani) travelling to Pakistan with her mother to see some of her family that she hasn’t in a long time. Her main aim is to find out the secrets of her family’s history and that of the bangle that gives her the powers.
The episode starts with Kamala on the plane, holding a stuffed sloth like her life depends on it. Someone asks her whether this is her first time to Pakistan. You instantly get a feel for what’s going through her head as she goes to the country her family’s from but doesn’t truly feel like she belongs. They are denied full entry to a restaurant as Kamala is wearing jeans, not realising that it’s not formal enough. There’s a true sense of culture clash and Kamala being out of her comfort zone.
One of the running themes of the show is family, specifically the relationship between mother and daughter. There’s a rift growing between Kamala and her mother, Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) as she develops her powers and isn’t able to tell her mother about it. The tension between them is put aside while they’re on the trip, but you can sense that it’s still growing. There’s also an interesting look at Muneeba relationship with her own mother, that’s been broken for a long time. There’s a great insight into the characters, which continues to be the strength of the show. Kamala’s family is great, filled with unique and strongly written characters.
It also feels like we’re finally getting to the centre of the mystery in this episode. There’s a lot of reveals that we’ve been building towards all season, and it’s satisfying to really see what’s going on. Kamala is also really learning the potential of her powers, with some great fight sequences in this episode. It’s not the full focus, but they are entertaining to watch when they happen.
There are only two episodes left of Ms. Marvel the pieces are all falling into place. There’s a lot of reveals in episode four and hopefully the last two will be just as good as the series so far.
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