"Star-Lord leads his fellow team members Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot into raiding an alien prison to spring Yondu. They learn from him that Korath the Pursuer has a Spartax artifact called the Crypto-Cube that he plans to give to Thanos. After getting the artifact from Korath the Pursuer, the Guardians of the Galaxy head to Knowhere (a colony in the severed head of a Celestial). While Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot's stick form meet Cosmo the Spacedog (who is the head of security on Knowhere), Star-Lord learns from an alien broker that he is part Spartax. When Korath the Pursuer's group and Yondu's Ravagers attack the Guardians of the Galaxy to claim the Spartax artifact, Knowhere starts to come to life and ensnare everyone."
Tropes featured in the episode:
- As You Know: Being the first episode, it reintroduces the characters. They all refer to each other by name during the first minute.
- Batman Gambit: Yondu issues a bounty on himself in case he's thrown in jail, knowing Star-Lord would try to bust him out for the payday. Furthermore, Star-Lord's DNA is the key to unlocking the container for the Cosmic Seed, which Yondu needs help stealing from Korath.
- Continuous Decompression: The hole in the Milano that threatens to suck the Guardians out and into space. Luckily, Drax is able to block the hole with his rear end.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first minute, showing Star-Lord's taste in music and laid-back personality; Rocket's sarcasm, Groot's one line of dialogue, Drax's literal-mindedness and Gamora's Action Girl tendencies.
- Mythology Gag: Many references to the film, including Star-Lord musing over the name "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the appearance of "Hooked on a Feelin'" by Blue Swede.
- Tempting Fate: Star-Lord assures his crew that Knowhere is perfectly safe, as the Celestial head has been dormant for thousands of years. Naturally, dragging along the Cosmic Seed provided a wake-up call.