Peacemaker really knows how to pack an episode full, and “The Choad Less Traveled” is no exception. This episode unpacked a lot. We got a bit of Peacemaker’s friendship with Vigilante, Chris’s relationship with his father, and we saw a lot of Adebayo. However, it’s still unclear what she was really brought on this team to do.
Murn is questioning whether Peacemaker has what it takes to take down the butterflies. Chris blames his hesitation with the lack of a dove of peace on his weapon. I think everyone knows that’s not the only reason he couldn’t take the shot. Will Peacemaker be able to kill? It sounds like Murn is still holding back about the butterflies, and he might not be the only one.
John has been tasked to take care of Judo Master, who is still alive. He obviously does a terrible job, allowing Judo Master to get away. Chris tracks him down and starts a rematch of their fight. It’s hard to tell which one of them would win this fight, but just as Judo Master is about to say something interesting, he is shot. Judo Master was trying to say that the butterflies are not what they think, but Adebayo shot him. It looks like Adebayo is feeling better about shooting someone. Does she know what Judo Master was going to say about the butterflies? Maybe she’s not as naive as she appears to be. She is Amanda Waller’s daughter, after all. The good news is that Judo Master isn’t yet dead, so we don’t know if he will get to tell them more about the butterflies.
Meanwhile, Peacemaker learns that his father is in prison thanks to his new team. He wants to go see his father, but Adebayo tries to stop him. She reminds Chris that his father is not a good man. He is a white supremacist who used to dress up as the White Dragon, and he has no love for his son… at least not this son. Chris ignores her and visits his father who confirms everyone’s suspicions. He could not care less about his son and is more upset that his son is working for the “deep state.” I’d say he’s too far gone at this point. He did bring up Chris’s brother, about whom we have not heard anything.
We got to see a few memories of Chris’s brother, but his death is still a mystery. According to his file, Chris had something to do with his brother’s death. In one of the memories, it looked like his brother was having a seizure, but we didn’t see much else. His father says that his brother is the only son he liked, so what really happened? And clearly, his father blames Chris. After seeing a scene where his father taught him to torture and kill at a very young age, you start to see how Peacemaker was born.
We got more from Adebayo this episode, and I still can’t really tell how conflicted she truly is. While Chris is in the prison with his father, she manipulates Vigilante into getting himself arrested to kill the White Dragon. Her plan begins to work when Vigilante, aka Adrian Chase, is arrested. He starts to fight with the white supremacists inside the prison, but the White Dragon is too smart to get involved. Unfortunately, Vigilante made a big mistake when he mentioned Chris. Now, his father knows that Chris’s friends want him dead. Thankfully, Murn straightened everything out and got Adrian out of prison.
There were two pretty big secrets revealed in this episode. The first is the survival of the butterfly that was in the senator. Peacemaker told Murn that he killed the butterfly, but he kept it in a jar. At least he let the butterfly have a bit of fun, but what is he planning to do with it? And if Judo Master is right that they aren’t what we think, then what could they be?
The second secret revealed was about one of the butterflies. It didn’t take a genius to see this coming, but it does raise some questions. The episode ends with Murn confirmed as a butterfly. But, if Murn is a butterfly, then why does he want to kill all the butterflies? What is his end game? Is he taking out the competition? I am curious to see how long it will take the team to catch on to Murn, and what will they do? And does anyone else know more about the butterflies? So many questions still need answers.
We’re already halfway through this season of Peacemaker, and I know I’m not the only one who is hoping for more. Peacemaker has become the highest rated DCEU property after Wonder Woman. It feels like they are finally trending in the right direction. This show feels very fresh, in a way that we haven’t seen from DC, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this season unfolds. Somehow this show makes you laugh, gives you all the action, all the while tugging on the heartstrings. I have a feeling these last four episodes hold a lot more story that will be sure to keep pulling us in.