Invincible Season 2 Episode 1 Review – “A Lesson For Your Next Life”
After a very long wait, Amazon’s animated hit is back for its second season, and what an episode to start out the season with. Invincible is back with more chaos, big emotional moments, and an ending setting up the season in a big way. It’s time to finally dive into the Invincible Season 2 Premiere, SPOILERS! You have been warned.
Angstrom Levy from the Invincible Season 2 Premiere
The biggest takeaway from this episode is the introduction of Angstrom Levy. His powers are unlike anything we have seen on the show so far. He has the ability to open portals to any dimension he so wishes. Before the end of the episode, Angstrom was a pacifist, a calm person. His goal was to use his abilities to help cure disease and solve major problems across dimensions. Unfortunately, Mark shows up and doesn’t listen to what is actually occurring here. Mark ends up fighting multiverse versions of the Mauler Twins, and almost dies from it. Angstrom makes a choice to unhook from the giant machine he is attached to, and he becomes a mutated version of himself.
Angstrom blames Mark for ruining his plan, and killing his other versions of himself when the machine exploded. The problem I have is that Angstrom chose to disconnect from the machine, he decided that. The problem here is he wouldn’t listen to reason, and Mark was just being told to stop whatever was happening in that warehouse. Angstrom vows to dedicate himself to taking Mark down, but the episode ends there. We will have to wait to see exactly what his plan is to do that. Some people are now speculating the reason Angstrom is so upset with Mark, is because of his new memories. He absorbs all the other Angstrom memories, earths where Mark went evil on some. That is affecting his mind, we will see what truly is going on soon hopefully.
Omni-Man Returns In Surprise Multiverse Opening!
The opening few minutes were surprising, and I thought it was a nightmare Mark was having. It turns out, that we witnessed within the multiverse, an earth where Mark as Invincible embraced his father’s ways. Omni-Man & Invincible were a team, killing anyone who opposed them. It was a dark, twisted timeline where countless lives were ended because not many could stand up to them. We see a resistance formed, and they were soon torn apart like nothing.
Atom Eve was a part of the resistance, and she was paralyzed, a fate worse than death in this case. Towards the end, we see a portal appear and help a man escape. We later connect it to Angstrom saving a version of himself from dying by Mark on this earth. What we witnessed on this earth apparently happens a lot throughout the multiverse. Luckily for the earth we are on this show is one where Mark did not join his father when the turning point occurred. I am theorizing now this isn’t the end of seeing alternate earths, and the differences from our earth to theirs.
Invincible vs one of the Mauler Twins
The only positive that really occurred was that Mark got accepted into College. It was also a nice moment of just focusing on him as the person and not the hero. That balance I feel needs to be there for Mark and for us the audience. If all he did was fly around and be Invincible, then we wouldn’t see any other side to him. That’s what made Season 1 work so well, the dynamic of his personal life, and being a new hero. I’m glad we are continuing that into the next season.
We also get a focus on The Guardians, and things aren’t working out as planned. We see them take on a giant Cyclops-type character, and they don’t execute his takedown efficiently. Cecil is upset and brings in Immortal to be the new leader of the team. Immortal then immediately wants a training session to occur. The Guardians don’t seem too thrilled, and this won’t be how they want to run things anymore. At the end of the episode, we also see Immortal confront Mark, saying he is going to keep an eye on him. Makes sense, as Omni-Man was killed twice in Season 1.
Invincible From An Alternate Earth Who Went Evil
Invincible has started out strong, and I can’t wait to see where the season takes us. Angstrom looks to be a very menacing threat, and his powers make him the most dangerous character on the show so far. Will Mark be able to balance his personal stuff, still dealing with the fallout of his dad? Only time will tell, I look forward to seeing how the team behind this great show develops and pushes the storylines forward. The show is finally back!
The Season 2 Premiere of Invincible is now available on Amazon Prime Video. Also, check out our interview with the Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner of Invincible – https://multiverseofcolor.com/2023/11/exclusive-interview-invincible-season-2-executive-producer-simon-racioppa-discusses-the-return-of-invincible/