Rolling Stone



but rather than tease characters from upcoming shows and movies, they’re just extended versions of comedy bits from earlier in the hour.

The budget is clearly more modest than the ones Gunn had to work with in Suicide Squad or the Guardians of the Galaxy films, making for a striking contrast in production values whenever we get flashback clips from Peacemaker’s big-screen adventure. But Gunn remains an inventive writer and director of action even within these limitation­s, and each episode features at least one absurdly choreograp­hed fight scene, whether it’s the lumbering Peacemaker struggling against the diminutive but quick Judomaster (Nhut Le), or getting some graphicall­y violent assistance from his pet eagle/best friend, Eagly (a marvelous CGI creation). It is not a show for the faint of heart, though Gunn and his collaborat­ors frequently manage to make the gore part of the joke.

Between the blood and guts, the slapstick, the political satire (Peacemaker’s two favorite words often seem to be “deep state”), and the musical digression­s (including a married couple debating the merits of Cinderella versus Foster the People during a hostage situation), there is a lot going on here. Yet the series functions as a sincere character study of its flawed hero — and the unfortunat­e souls who have to work alongside him — just enough for the joke to never quite wear thin. Even in a wildly oversatura­ted market for tales of hypermuscu­lar men and women punching their way to justice, Peacemaker stands out. You’ll wanna taste it, even the parts that are in incredibly bad taste.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States