Ms. Marvel – Episode Six: No Normal – Review

Directors: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Writers: Will Dunn, A.C. Bradley, and Matthew Chauncey

Starring: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman, Rish Shah

Ms. Marvel wraps up its first season with an action packed episode that closes up the origin story nicely, while also laying the groundwork for the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels. With how interconnected the TV series and the movies are becoming a bit of a mess to keep track or what’s going on in the MCU. Regardless, this was a really solid episode of Ms. Marvel.

After the events of last week’s episode, Kamala (Iman Vellani) is back in Jersey and her mother is now aware of her powers. Damage Control are out searching for Kamran (Rish Shah) after the explosion and are stopping at nothing to find him. Kamala is late to hear about what’s happened while she’s away, but with a new costume, she’s helping her friends in no time.

The whole episode absolutely flies past, with some solid action and character development. Kamran has to decide his own fate, after what happened to his mother in episode five, while Kamala also has to face her family now that her mother knows her secret. Thankfully, the series avoids following clichés and her family are proud of the good she’s doing while also in shock. It’s refreshing.

Most of the action takes place at the school, with the main group defending themselves against Damage Control. Even though there’s a lot a stake. the show keeps its light-hearted tone, with there being no real risk to any main characters. It’s fun and energetic, but the comic-book style is really missing from the first couple of episodes.

There’s a central theme about being yourself and only you can decide if you’re a hero or not, which works pretty nicely with the coming-of-age storytelling the series has given us so far. Every character gets a moment to shine, and they’re all such great characters that it really works. After spending six episodes with them, we’re completely invested by this point.

The series finale also loosely sets up The Marvels, especially with its post-credit scene. Unless the film does some catching-up, those who haven’t seen this series will probably feel like they’re missing out. Hopefully the film is able to blend the two characters together, as Kamala’s story has been great so far and it would be a shame for it not to live up to the series.

No Normal is a fairly standard finale to a superhero show, with a big stand-off, characters making life-altering decisions. While it’s doing nothing unique, it’s still a solid finale and entertaining right the way through.

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4 Responses to Ms. Marvel – Episode Six: No Normal – Review

  1. Ashley, I have not seen it yet but am hoping the finale helps elevate not only her story, but the MCU as a whole. Phase Four needs to start coming together and giving us some crossover appearances and more clues as to how all these characters are going to come together. I am hopeful that will happen sooner than later.

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    • I hope you enjoy it. I feel that Phase 4 has been a lot of stand alone stories. This is going to be connected to The Marvels, but can’t see how it links to anything else. I’m sure they have a big plan that’ll come together at some point.

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      • I just finished it and thought it definitely was a good comeback and wrap-up from the prior couple of episodes which I just thought were average. Liked the Jersey City-themed episodes in this series very much. I posted about Phase 4 on my site earlier today – overall I think Marvel has their work cut out for them tying all the new and existing characters together but I remain hopeful they really have a plan. Excellent work – enjoyed all your Ms. Marvel reviews.

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