Captain America and some surprising allies make their escape from a Skrull prison camp in the newest episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Click “More” to read our review!
S2, Episode 10: Prisoner of War
Two months ago, a Skrull captured Captain America and stole his memories and emotions to begin the infiltration of the Avengers. On a Skrull ship, the real Captain America is imprisoned, tortured, and questioned. The Skrulls want to break Cap to learn how to make the humans submit, but he never gives him anything. They try tricking him by staging a rescue attempt by the Avengers. He defeats his impersonated teammates and escapes with the interrogator to seek an escape. Cap learns that he’s on a ship orbiting Saturn which prevents him from making an easy escape. He helps break Madame Viper out and gets the full details from the interrogator why the Skrulls are invading Earth. After getting info from the interrogator, the duo eventually frees the other prisoners. They rally behind Cap and work toward the hangar bay, but the Super Skrull gets in the way. The Super Skrull makes it pretty tough for them, but some of the escapees get to a ship and get it going. After Cap nearly sacrifices his trip home for Viper, they all get aboard and the ship heads home. After all this, the Skrulls discovered something about Captain America that will help them with their invasion… People will trust and follow him and with that, the subjugation of Earth will begin.
This is a pretty solid Captain America solo episode. Yeah, he has some help from an assortment of other heroes and villains, but as far as an Avengers episode, this one is all about Cap. For the most part, we’ve just seen Cap act as a soldier. His Skrull counterpart is leading the Avengers now, but we’ve really not seen the real Cap really take on that role as we’ve long known him to possess. Even the Avengers movie did that exceptionally well. The truth is, he’s an icon. Everyone in the Marvel Universe is inspired by Captain America. It’s not just the flag he wears on his costume. It’s his personality and his unwillingness to accept defeat. Even the Skrulls in this episode are somewhat impressed with how little they can extract from him. He stands firm and is willing to put the smaller battles with the Serpent Society, AIM, and Hydra to fight the greater battle right in front of all of them. This series may have used the character more as a soldier, but underneath that, he’s a leader and people like following him.
“Prisoner of War” isn’t the high action fare the last couple episodes were. This one has a lot more suspense and sneaking about. There’s action to be had, but it requires less flat out battle and more intelligence. That would definitely appeal more to the older viewers. But for the younger viewers, it should be all about Captain America and how, for a lack of a less corny word, inspirational he is. When everyone is threatened, heroes and villains alike can look to him for leadership. And that’s why he’s been able to endure for more than 70 years.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Good, solid episode. It’s great to see Captain America as the leader he always has been. It’s suspenseful and well paced for just a single episode.||The episode isn’t quite as overly exciting as the last two and the plot progression in the Secret Invasion story doesn’t go very far, but it sets up what’s sure to be the main climax of the story.|