Peacemaker

Peacemaker season 1

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Emily Clark

TV Series Review

Peacemaker is to superhero as ringworm is to earthworm. It might seem like these two things are related based on their names, but they aren’t. And much like you wouldn’t want to catch a case of ringworm, you also probably don’t want Peacemaker saving you.

Suicide Squad Survivor

Less than a year after the events of The Suicide Squad—where Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, was shot and had a building dropped on him—Peacemaker is being discharged from the hospital. (And with only a replaced clavicle.)

But just because his Suicide Squad obligation ended early doesn’t mean Chris’ prison sentence did too. He’s only served four of his 30 years. And unless he wants Amanda Waller pushing the button to detonate that little explosive she implanted at the base of his skull, he’d better fall in line.

Hero or Villain?

Chris wants desperately to be recognized as a hero, but the odds are stacked against him.

Sure, he made a vow to have peace, but he also adds: “no matter how many people I have to kill to get it.”

Boss Amanda Waller (sort of the Suicide Squad’s Nick Fury) isn’t a good person, either. She was willing to sacrifice a lot of people to achieve her ends in the film. And when her team directly disobeyed her orders to help the remaining members of the Squad save those people, she “punished” them by essentially making them babysit Chris.

Now, that may not seem like much of a punishment, but the team hates Chris. He was raised by a very racist, very sexist father—and sadly, when Chris began his work as a vigilante, that bigotry affected Chris’ choices about which bad guys to pursue.

Chris is also a bit pompous and obnoxious. He insists on wearing his Peacemaker costume—er, uniform—everywhere. And one of the first things he does is hit on the sole hetero female member of his team, much to her chagrin.

Yeah, Chris might be hired to kill bad guys, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one himself.

Peacewrecker

If you thought Peacemaker might be the DC equivalent of WandaVision or Hawkeye, you’d be wrong. Much like the film it spins off from, Peacemaker is fraught with foul content.

Among the plethora of profanities are multiple uses of the f-word and s-word. Graphic sex scenes accompany nudity. And gory violence is prevalent. (Peacemaker gets a new helmet that gives off a sonic blast, capable of blasting everything in a 10-yard radius into smithereens.)

Viewers can also expect to witness blatant racism, sexism, homosexuality, sex jokes (including references to bestiality) and drug and alcohol use.

Episode Reviews

Jan. 13, 2022: “A Whole New Whirled”

After recovering from his wounds, Peacemaker gets a new job as an assassin.

A fully nude couple has sex. We later see them in the underwear. We hear lots of talk and jokes about sex, male and female genitals and bestiality. A hospital gown reveals a man’s unclothed rear end. A lesbian couple embraces and kisses. Chris makes a comment that could imply he engaged in homosexual activity while imprisoned. Someone uses a sex toy as a pretend microphone. Chris’ dad calls him a “Nancy boy” and makes other rude comments insulting his masculinity. People call some men out for sexist comments.

A woman is blown into thousands of pieces by a sonic blast (which also damages several vehicles and a parking lot). This same woman previously roared like a lion and attacked Peacemaker with a knife, using super strength and speed to beat and cut him up. (She also throws him through a wall.) Peacemaker escapes by jumping out a window.

A woman beats up a man in a bar. An eagle drops a dead animal on the ground. It also bites a woman. We hear a man survived being shot and having a building dropped on him. There is old blood on Peacemaker’s uniform. A vigilante friend of Peacemaker’s leaves several voicemails about ongoing crimes. We hear a man tortured his son by locking him in a crate with starving rats for 24 hours. There are death threats. People carry (but don’t use) guns.

People drink and smoke. People talk about smoking marijuana. We hear about a heroin deal going down. A woman says she wants a bathtub filled with champagne. A man tries to escape returning to prison. We see someone flying an upside-down American flag. There is a joke about abortion. Someone references the “big man in the sky.”

We hear multiple uses of the f-word and s-word, as well as “a–,” “b–ch,” “d–n,” “d–k,” “d—-bag,” “f-g,” “h—” and “p—y.” There is an incomplete use of the c-word. God’s and Christ’s names are abused. We hear several racial slurs. (And Peacemaker is called out for racial profiling.) Someone makes a crude hand gesture.

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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