Hollywood Reporter TV critics recently shared a list of their favourite episodes from instalments that came out this year. After binge-watching lots and lots of shows, they came to a final conclusion, which includes Ms Marvel’s ‘Time and Again’.
Time and Again is the 5th episode of the Ms Marvel series, which was directed by Pakistan’s one and only Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and starring Iman Vellani.
In the episode, the bangle reveals to Kamala secrets about her family lineage, as well as the truth behind the Veil. The episode has other Pakistani superstars including Mehwish Hayat, Nimra Bucha, Fawad Khan, and Samina Ahmed.
For Sharmeen, the series and the episode are very close to her heart. Not only did we get the backstory of the bangle and the origin of its superpowers, but we also got to take a look at the Indo-Pak partition and the emotions surrounding it in depth.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker shared her two cents about it with POPSUGAR. She said:
I’ve been creating films and telling stories from around the world about women who have extraordinary abilities like working in healthcare and education and climate change in their communities. And I just think of them as superheroes without capes.
The relationship between Kamala and her grandmother is so special. I’ve grown up with that exact same storytelling with my own grandmother. Partition and the 1947 story is so ingrained in all of our lives. It’s this big historical moment that we read about in our textbooks, but we’ve never seen it picturised in the manner that we are doing it in Ms. Marvel.
Ms Marvel Episode 5: Kamala Khan Explores Her Pakistani Roots as Fawad Khan & Mehwish Hayat’s Untold Story Comes to Light in the backdrop of Partition
On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter TV critics pen down that ‘Ms. Marvel makes indelible the Partition of India by tapping into the deeply personal wounds inflicted by that historical event, and by underlining the ways its consequences have echoed through generations of South Asian families.’
Moreover, the tearjerking twist, in which Kamala Khan finds out that she is the one who helps her grandmother reunite with her father while feeling the emotional loss of Aisha. Kamala’s powers bring her closer to her culture as well as her family as she gets a chance to have a better and more clear bond with her mother.
The critics end on the note that the episode has expanded ‘our ideas of who a Marvel superhero can be.’ We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sharmeen and her team for giving the Marvel universe and us the first Pakistani superhero. We also hope that we see her name associated with larger projects that will place Pakistan on the map in a different light
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