awesome mix volume 2 is about relationships

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Superhero stories are mythic tales, our modern faerie tales and legends, using the same archetypes.

They involve a lot of conflict, mostly outer and physical, as the heroes bash obvious villains bent on egotistical destruction of the innocent.

And somehow, in all this mayhem (I quite enjoy a bit of mayhem, especially as we see in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2)(just not Grim Gritty and Apocalyptic)… in all this mayhem we still get characters.

With relationships.

GotG  has the usual set of misfits with difficult backgrounds, troubled histories, coming together to save the world  galaxy, who become ohana. If you were paying attention in Lilo and Stitch, you remember that’s a Polynesian word that means family, not just your blood relatives, but all you are connected to… and nobody gets left behind. Maybe because GotG is also released by Disney, maybe that’s why Drax (the huge guy with the tattoos (tattoos: also a Polynesian word) says something to the effect that they are family and nobody gets left behind…he was practically quoting Lilo and Stitch.

In the category of troubled histories and fascinating characters, there is the actor behind Drax, Dave Batista. His DNA is Greek and Filipino, his history would make its own dramatic film. He rose out of difficulty and poverty, and I have no doubt his own experiences give Drax more depth:  In October 2007, his autobiography Batista Unleashed was released.



If you haven’t seen GotG yet, this may or may not be spoilery…





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…is the final bit in a scene where Yondu (blue dude) is skewering Rocket (raccoon) with invectives about Rocket’s character, revealing some deep, vulnerable stuff…the uber-tough Rocket getting more and more teary eyed…then you realize Yondu is talking about himself… only he ends with “you’re me!” It’s about both of them. They both have wounded spaces in their souls, terrible histories, and cover it up with bravado and bluster and big guns. It’s a great little scene, greater if you consider that the emotional insights are coming through a blue guy with a fin on his head and an anthropomorphic raccoon. And that the blue guy actor (Michael Rooker) is, on set, talking to thin air. Or maybe a tennis ball on a stick. Since Rocket is, after all, pure CG. And let’s just mention the awesomeness of the CG animation there.

PS: Yondu’s southern accent is legit, Rooker was born in Alabama. He also has an interesting background, full of obstacles worthy of one of the Guardians:

Gamora and Nebula, two sisters, at odds since the first GotG film, come out of their abused childhood conflicts (where they were continually pitted against each other by their Evil Father Thanos) to come to an understanding, of sorts, to forgiveness (after some rather spectacular battles, crashes, explosions, and at least one Terminator 2 moment of Gamora lifting a spaceship’s cannons onto her shoulder and blasting Nebula). A quick bit of research into Nebula’s Marvel history shows us this may not be the end of the tale.

Nebula is Karen Gillan, a Scottish actress who was Amy Pond on Doctor Who.


The most striking set of relationships is that between Peter Quill, aka Starlord, and his fathers. We find that as a kid, he grew up not knowing his father or where he went or why. His mom spun some strange tale about space aliens, or angels or something, but, maybe she was suffering weirdness from her brain tumor. Peter is abducted by aliens in the first GotG film, and kept aboard a space pirate ship ala Peter Pan by the blue dude, Yondu… and Yondu seems like the archetypal abusive parent.

Or is he?

In Volume 2, Peter finds his real father; a vastly powerful celestial being who begins to unlock Peter’s own starlord side.

For his own purposes.

The conflict between Peter, his “real” father (played by Kurt Russel), his imagined father (a nifty ode to Knight Rider and David Hasselhoff and the talking car), and the one who is truly ohana gives us some of the best bits in this story.

Let’s just say that Real Dad’s name is Ego, and it is literally the size of a planet. He wants to connect; with other living things, with the energies of the universe. He evolves over millennia, sets out to make those connections… literally connecting with females of many species and leaving a trail of children across the galaxy (go see the film to see what the actual purpose of that was). His problem is ego… he wants the universe to BE him, rather than submitting and joining and flowing with the Force (oh, wait, that’s a different franchise).

The contrast between Ego’s wish to connect by absorbing the universe and making it himself is contrasted with relationships within the story’s ohana:

…the two sisters who are enemies, but go below the surface of conflict to find what the villain always just wanted was a sister…

…the boy who wanted the dad with the talking car and gets one with a spaceship…

…the blue alien pirate and the pirate raccoon who discover “you’re me!”…

…the big tough stoic tattoo guy who lost his family and finds another…

…the warrior princess who discovers dancing isn’t so bad…

…and Stan Lee… in another great set of cameos… telling us he has more stories to tell…







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