Peacemaker shows how dangerous butterflies are
In Peacemaker, butterflies were warned as an incredibly dangerous species, but episode 5 shows what a threat they really are.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Peacemaker Episode 5, “Monkey Dory,” now streaming on HBO Max.
Butterflies in HBO Max’s Peacemaker were publicized for four episodes due to their supposed threat to humanity. Now Episode 5 has proven that to be correct, and maybe even worse with new insight into their dangerous abilities.
Being new to Project Butterfly, Chris/Peacemaker had no idea what the alien species was or why Amanda Waller was interested in going behind the government’s back to hunt the plot. Chris wasn’t the only unconscious member of the group, as Vigilante, Emilia Harcourt, John Economos, and Leota Adebayo were all led without species-specific knowledge, as the mysterious Murn would tell them when they would investigate further. . Unknown to them – with the exception of Leota at the end of episode 5 – Murn is a butterfly and can lead the project in an entirely different direction that seeks to unleash the full potential of butterflies, whether humans meet a tease of episode 5, “Monkey Dory”.
With the help of John’s graphic design skills, Murn puts together a PowerPoint presentation that highlights the “new” discoveries of butterfly abilities. They can take over any being and make it four times stronger, which means that the human part of the butterflies reluctantly acts as a host. This also includes the animals, which are seen later in the episode when the group encounter an upgraded gorilla that was teased in episode 4 on the news as having escaped. These images may be chilling for the rest of the group, but what’s scarier is the idea of butterflies manipulating the country and beyond as important political figures and celebrities, and Murn seems to be working with a butterfly. acting as the new police captain.
The group encounters its greatest number of butterflies at the Glam Tai bottling plant, believed to be the distribution center for the alien food supply in the country. While Harcourt is initially careful not to believe that only humans are in the factory, Chris’ X-Ray vision helmet reveals that every being is a butterfly, which transforms into an evil mob. When their true form is discovered, they screech and become zombie-like creatures that only know how to attack. Their incredible strength, speed, and durability make them invincible when grouped together and manage to trap Harcourt and Vigilante in a room with the alien gorilla.
The realization that all the factory workers are butterflies makes Harcourt wonder if there are more butterflies than they realize, which seems like a redundant question she keeps asking herself. Only a few episodes ago, John’s computer showed that there were millions of potential butterflies scattered around the world, and while he was away from the computer, it seems unlikely that the data has never been erased without Murn’s presence. There was also the briefing Murn gave the band which detailed that the butterflies were disguised as very important people in society, but perhaps the band assumed that people of little or no importance would not be affected.
But this may all be part of Murn’s dangerous plan, which is still unclear. Murn slowly leaks information to the group, but leaves out dire details for them to figure out on their own as he works with the new captain to keep Chris’ father behind bars so Detective Song doesn’t understand. Project Butterfly’s sleazy operation. The butterflies have successfully manipulated politics and slowed down the criminal justice system and are slowly integrating into everyday life. It would be typical for their end goal to be world domination, but it wouldn’t make sense why they would otherwise be on Earth using humans as hosts. They react strongly to anyone who discovers their true identity with lethal violence, which means they would do anything to destroy humans.
To see just how intimidating butterflies are, stream the first five episodes of Peacemaker on HBO Max. New episodes of Peacemaker are released every Thursday.
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