S02 Ep. 6 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

We’re back! This week, we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which was released back in May. In the follow up to 2014’s sleeper-success Guardians of the Galaxy, we continue our journey with Peter Quill and his rag tag group of friends in their space journey. Our whole show is dedicated to this bright and colourful sequel, and we end the show with Kool-Aid picks as usual. Spoiler alert time: we talk about everything in the movie including plot twists and reveals, so definitely check it out before listening.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 impressed us with their more assured character performances. Chris Pratt continues his charm assault on us, and I’m enjoying the Peter Quill as beta male storyline. Zoe Saldana won me over forever with her use of That Big Fucking Gun™ as Gamora. She and Furiosa should hangout and watch crappy TV with cocktails, and I should get to join them. Make it happen, universe.

We also touch on the Amelia Bedelia of the MCU in Dave Bautista’s Drax, and the judicious use of adorable puppy Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). Bradley Cooper’s trash panda realness in Rocket Raccoon works for both of us as well. I was HERE for the star turn taken by Kurt Russell’s glorious wig. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate those resin statues that immortalized the wig within the movie. Amen.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Effects are up next, and this is a movie worth seeing in theatre because it’s a grand visual spectacle. Yondu’s arrow had a very beautiful scene, and Jeff really liked the wacky time jump sequence. The de-aging of 66 year old actor Kurt Russell was seamless and exemplary (I have scoured the internet for a photo of that scene and can’t find one. Please help me).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

We touch specifically on the female characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it’s a bit of mixed bag. I liked the further exploration of the sister relationship between Gamora and Nebula, but didn’t particularly enjoy anything Mantis got to say or do.

Post credits scenes garner their own section of our podcast because there were freakin’ 5 of them. Too many.

  1. Kirk in Space stabs Drax in the neck.
  2. Teenage Tween Groot. This solved a timeline problem that was bugging Jeff for the whole movie. I still don’t know that I get what happened, but I don’t super care.
  3. Stan Lee cameo scene. Stan Lee is a watcher. Marvel fans (apparently) loved this one.
  4. Sylvester Stallone does…something. This one was unnecessary.
  5.  Gold Lady (Ayesha) builds Adam. This is apparently about Adam Warlock, Jeff tells us that he is a big deal. I stopped paying attention 3 post credits scenes ago.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is still churning out content, and the next movie on our docket is Spider-man: Homecoming, followed by Thor: Ragnarokand the Black Panther movie. Avengers: Infinity War comes out next year, Captain Marvel follows that and Jeff thinks (hopes) she’ll get to play a key role in Infinity War Part 2 (title to change, or something).

Pop Culture Kool-Aid Picks

Jeff is drinking in the movie Colossal starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s an interesting cross-genre take, and it comes from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo.

This week, the Kool-Aid I’m drinking is the writing of Lauren Graham. I listened to the audio book versions of a novel she wrote in 2006 called Someday, Someday Maybe, and it showed her gift for storytelling and impressed me, particularly as it was her debut novel. I also went for the audio book version of her new memoir: Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls. This book gives great behind-the-scenes access to how the rebooted Netflix series came about and to her experience in making it. Highly recommended!

Corrections

I said that the actor who played Mantis was named Kim Klementieff, but this isn’t close to correct. Her name is Pom Klementieff. I have no idea what I was thinking. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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