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‘Invincible’ Season 2 Episode 5 Recap & Review: Mark Returns From Thraxa

Another excruciatingly violent superhero series from Prime Video is back to wrap up Season 2.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Invincible Season 2, Episode 5.

After a mid-season break of nearly four months, the final part of Invincible Season 2 is underway and Episode 5 is now streaming exclusively on Prime Video. Following the decimation of Thraxa and Mark (Steven Yeun) narrowly surviving his encounter with the Viltrum Empire, he must return home and prepare the planet for Viltrumite rule. The fifth episode features a check-in with many notable characters and seemingly definite goodbyes to others.

Episode 5 is a powerful return to form for Invincible; it’s got all the violent and bloody action with some intriguing character developments to balance it out. With three episodes left in the second season, the overarching story is starting to take form, and it promises to be both poignant and chaotic. Make sure you didn’t miss any of the important details with our Invincible Season 2, Episode 5 recap.

Cecil and Donald Hash Out Their Differences in ‘Invincible’ Season 2, Episode 5

Cecil and Donald looking into the camera in Invincible Season 2, Episode 5 | Agents of Fandom
After learning the truth about what happened, Donald is out to figure out who exactly he is and how he managed to survive. Image Credit: Prime Video.

The fifth episode opens where the previous episode left off, with a bloody Mark lying in the ruins of a Viltrumite-decimated Thraxa. A pair of Thraxans escort Mark to what remains of the city, and Mark tells Empress Andressa (Rhea Seehorn) that the Viltrumites took Nolan (J.K. Simmons) back to Viltrum. Mark helps rebuild the city and the Thraxans offer him a ship to send him home, but he wants to stay a little longer. However, Andressa wants Mark to take her and Nolan’s son back to Earth.

Back on Earth, Debbie’s (Sandra Oh) coworker Paul (Cliff Curtis) drops her off at home and gives her a bottle of wine, and Mark surprises her when she gets inside. She does not respond well to the news that Nolan took another wife and fathered another child. Mark offers to take a year off from school to look after the child, but Debbie would prefer if Cecil (Walton Goggins) played the parent.

At the Guardians HQ, Donald (Chris Diamantopoulos) asks for a moment alone with Cecil and demands everyone leave the room. He asks Cecil to come clean about what he did that allowed him to survive the Omni-Man incident. The shady Global Defense Agency head tells him they salvaged his brain and put it in a new body, but took away his memories. Outside HQ, Mark returns to his university campus to visit his best friend William (Andrew Rannells) and girlfriend Amber (Zazie Beetz).

Mark Missed a Lot During His Time on Thraxa

William standing beside Mark in their dorm room in Invincible Season 2, Episode 5 | Agents of Fandom
William is stunned to see Mark outside his window in Invincible Season 2, Episode 5, and Mark’s several-month absence mirrors the audience’s time away from him. Image Credit: Prime Video.

After a brief visit with William, Cecil confronts Mark in the hallway and tells him that while he was gone, Omnipotus (Ross Marquand) almost killed the Guardians of the Globe. Cecil is going to have his people pick up Mark’s brother from Debbie, but Mark forces him to call them off. He gets to Amber’s dorm room and the two catch up about what they’ve been through in the last several months.

Back at Guardians HQ, Donald has a disturbing vision about his new robot skeleton strangling him. Cecil tells the team about a ship that’s coming from Mars, and Shapesmith (Ben Schwartz) comes clean about his true identity. The Martian ship contains Sequids, an alien race with a hive mind. These Sequids now control Russ Livingston, the astronaut who Shapesmith used for his disguise.

Rex Splode (Jason Mantzoukas) pays Atom Eve (Gillian Jacobs) a visit at her parent’s house, where she is still coming to terms with her failure in Chicago and battle with Killcannon (Fred Tatasciore). Rex reminds her that the people she’s saved far outweigh her mistakes. To acquire more help for the incoming Sequid invasion, Cecil visits Mark and Debbie at home and asks Mark for assistance defeating the creatures.

Mark and Eve Join the Guardians of the Globe Against the Sequids

Mark and Atom Eve standing with the Guardians of the Globe aboard their ship in 'Invincible' Season 2, Episode 5 | Agents of Fandom
The Guardians of the Globe get a big power upgrade in the form of Invincible and Atom Eve. Image Credit: Prime Video.

After Invincible and Atom Eve join up with the Guardians to take on the Sequids, King Lizard (Scoot McNairy) and the Lizard League break into a nuclear missile silo and kill a few soldiers. In space, the Martians destroy the Guardians’ ship, but Eve uses her power to get them on board the Martian’s vessel. Half of the Guardians confront King Lizard on Earth, while the rest fight off the Sequids in space.

The Komodo Dragon (Jay Pharoah) kills Dupli-Kate (Melise) and Shrinking Rae (Grey DeLisle) but Rex Splode kills him after losing a hand. King Lizard points a gun to the back of Rex’s head, and up in space, Eve’s shield explodes, making her susceptible to the Sequids.

After a few slides of credits, Allen the Alien (Seth Rogen) wakes up much more muscular than he was before, and Thaedus (Peter Cullen) is there to greet him. The Viltrumite tells Allen that he must bring Invincible to him because he is the key to stopping the incoming war.

Rex Splode Saves the Day in ‘Invincible’ Season 2, Episode 5

Rex Splode holding out his hand with a glowing bomb in Invincible Season 2, Episode 5 | Agents of Fandom
Rex Splode ultimately defeats The Komodo Dragon, but not before suffering heavy casualties. Image Credit: Prime Video.

Prime Video is out to make one thing abundantly clear with the Invincible Season 2, Part 2 premiere: it hasn’t lost its stride. This episode, particularly the fight between The Komodo Dragon and Dupli-Kate, is one of the most violent clashes in the series to date. Through five episodes, Season 2 is set to be one of the most brilliant seasons in the history of superhero television.

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'Invincible' Season 2, Episode 5 "This Must Come as a Shock" Review

'Invincible' Season 2, Episode 5 "This Must Come as a Shock" Review
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The Good

  • Mark continues to be a layered character along with his mother, Cecil, and Amber.
  • An incredibly violent and entertaining fight scene ends the episode.
  • The secondary character development, particularly with Atom Eve, is sublime.

The Bad

  • Not a thing!
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