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‘Peacemaker’ – ‘It’s Cow or Never’ – Review

‘Peacemaker’ – ‘It’s Cow or Never’ – Review


It’s time to rock n’roll because it all comes down to this, the season finale of Peacemaker, and Episode Eight, ‘It’s Cow or Never’ is about to bring the BANG!

Armed to the teeth and ready to take the fight to the Butterflies, Christopher Smith/Peacemaker (John Cena), Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks), Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), John Economos (Steve Agee), Adrian Chase/Vigilante (Freddie Stroma) and Eagley set their sights on the Butterflies home base and a final fight to take out ‘The Cow’! It’s about to get wild, blood will be spilt and the fate of the world hangs in the balance and in the hands of one reject-supervillain who finally has his chance to be a hero!

It’s all on in the season finale of Peacemaker, ‘It’s Cow or Never’ and series creator James Gunn returns to direct this monumental action spectacular showdown that goes ape-shit with the blood and gore and is pure pulp comic book action fun! Forget about over-dramatic characterizations or long-held emotions, it’s all about blowing shit up in this season finale and Gunn goes to town. Throughout Peacemaker, which has proven to be the most enjoyable superhero television show EVER, Gunn has shown how a reject supervillain has transformed from zero to hero and it all comes down to this. With his trademark kinetic direction, Gunn amps everything up ten-fold and he doesn’t mess around with the series finale.

Those wanting action and a good dose of gore will be well impressed with what James Gunn delivers, in this season finale of Peacemaker, and the final fight is freaking nuts. Utilising everything from out-of-control helmets to a heavy dose of artillery firepower to the ‘Peace’ shield (yes that’s right, Peacemaker has a shield that he uses to kill people), it all explodes in the season finale and this is Gunn’s gory ballet in motion. Butterflies are shot, heads explode, limbs are hacked off, faces are smashed in and it’s a rush to take out ‘The Cow’ and save the world before it’s too late.

But in the middle of all of this, Gunn doesn’t forget his characters and each performer gets the last word on their role in the series. From the history of Economos’ dye-beard job, to the affection of Harcourt for Peacemaker, to Adebayo standing up to Waller to Peacemaker finally proving himself a hero, all of it is present and accounted for in ‘It’s Cow or Never’. Gunn also gives audiences an explanation of The Butterflies plan and even though you do see Peacemaker’s own conscience come into play he’s too trigger happy to let emotions play on him and ‘It’s Cow or Never’ ends with one hell of a BANG. Also being Gunn, a certain group of superheroes also make a cameo appearance and there are plenty of LOLs to be had on account on the World’s Finest thanks to Gunn’s sharp wit.

‘It’s Cow or Never’ is the culmination of one hell of risk on Gunn’s side and a writer and director who was truly ready to push the limits of the comic book genre and its creative potential. And boy did he succeed. I’m sure I’m not alone in my thinking when I say that Peacemaker is far and away the greatest ever live-action comic book television adaptation and audiences have flocked to this series with great anticipation and they have been rewarded greatly. Peacemaker has been a series that has lived up to its promise and then some, positioning John Cena as one hell of a leading man and giving us something entirely fresh within the DCEU. It’s been a crazy rollercoaster from beginning to end and James Gunn has truly delivered an incredible experience for fans of the comic book genre.

With a second season announced it’s still uncertain as to where we go too from here with Peacemaker, but once thing’s for sure, fans are ready to see more of the trigger-happy, Peace-loving superhero!

Peacemaker is available on Neon and Sky Go

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