Ms. Marvel Episode 5 Review - Kamala Khan's adventure into the past is part Harry Potter part Bollywood clichés
In the last episode, we saw Kamala Khan get transported into the past during the partition of India and Pakistan.
This episode's first half is spent on telling the story of her great grandmother Aisha who is one of the Clandestine and original owners of the bangle.
What follows is a romantic subplot in which runs into Hasan and the two fall in love and start a family, this entire subplot is filled with Bollywood cliches
And feels rushed, while I understand this was due to the run, it needed to be better written.
Perhaps it was meant as a homage to Bollywood movies of the past but a homage is meant to honor not to spoof.
In the past, Kamala Khan ends up being the one who saves her grandmother and not her great grandmother as she was told; in a scene that is taken straight out of Prisoner of Azkaban.
Like in the last episode, this show has a villain problem that is it doesn't have one anymore, The big threat of the Clandestine using the bangle to destroy our reality is solved almost immediately.
The leader of the Clandestine immediately sacrifices herself to close the breach, which feels completely out of character.
The only bad guys for Ms. Marvel left to deal with is the department of Damage Control but if that is the case the season finale is going to be extremely disappointing.
Performances from the main cast remain solid but nothing really stands out.
The episode ends with Kamran getting powers similar to Kamala after his mother sacrifices herself to close the rift.
And he goes to Bruno for help and hides him from the DDA but both are attacked and the episode ends.
Hopefully, the showrunners have something big planned for the finale next week otherwise Ms. Marvel will end on a whimper.
Ms. Marvel is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video