Season 1, Episode 8
Where I Really Come From
Official Description – Mark must prove he’s become the hero he’s always wanted to be by stopping an unstoppable force.
The show opens with the aftermath of Omni-Man’s deadly actions. During a heartbreaking discussion, Omni-Man reveals his plans for his son. Omni-Man’s callousness is made worse when it is revealed that the entire father-son conversation is being seen and heard by the control room of the Global Defense Agency.
In a tearful and desperate moment, Mark revolts against his father. The drama ramps up for the first of three phases of violence and malevolence when Cecil sends out a distraction meant for Mark’s benefit.
Omni-Man then becomes intent on teaching his son a lesson regarding power. Meanwhile, Atom Eve and the Guardians of the Globe watch dumb-struck from their headquarters. Although there is nothing they can do to stop Omni-Man, they find other means to help contain the Viltrumite’s drama.
Mark continues to refuse his father’s demands and finally Omni-Man takes matter into his own hands. In the most difficult confrontation of the series, Omni-Man fully embodies toxic masculinity as his temperament and behavior reaches their highest point. JK Simmons and Steven Yeun are magnificent as they play off each other. Their interactions throughout the episode are both frightening and traumatic. And this exchange may easily bring tears to the viewers eyes.
After an emotional montage, the episode dials back significantly. Mark and Debbie’s story is heavily featured. And Sandra Oh absolutely steals the show. Her masterful performance throughout is highly noted. But in the quieter scenes, her talent is pushed to the forefront.
In the final act, the impact of the events of the entire series are relayed. This is a much needed break from the non-stop intensity and raging emotions earlier provided. The episode then successfully wraps up the season with a nod to future storylines.
The season one finale of this series is emotional and impactful. The animation is beautifully done. The character’s expressions, tone, and body language make you feel their struggles as deeply as if the performance was live-action. And the voice work is just as superb! All the actors show just why they are at the top of their profession. I can’t say enough good things about this show. I anxiously await the recently announced Season 2.