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Recap / Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) S 1 E 20 "Fox on the Run"

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Synopsis:

"Gamora attempts to make amends for her past misdeeds starting with returning the Gravity Matrix that Ronan the Accuser made her steal from the planet Soonevh. Upon arrival and confronting the planet's inhabitants, she is attacked by Nebula and brought to Ronan the Accuser on Conjunction so that Grandmaster can broadcast her trials across the galaxy. Her first opponent is Wraith whose father jumped into a black hole with his invention upon being brought to Ronan the Accuser. Then she fights Jarhead who Gamora reduced to a brain in a jar. Her final opponent is an Elemental Beast whose species used to be numerous across the galaxy. Now the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy must rescue her and reclaim the Gravity Matrix."


Tropes featured in the episode:

  • Artificial Gravity
  • Buffy Speak:
    Star-Lord: Guys, take out the thingies on their shoes!
    Rocket: By "thingies," you mean them gravity packs?
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: When Nebula finds Groot and Rocket:
    Groot: I am...
    Nebula: Groot. Yeah. We all know.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: The other Guardians are wondering how to find Gamora. Groot then notices the live broadcast of her "trail" on Conjunction.
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  • Continuity Nod: Drax mentions the last time Gamora appeared to betray the Guardians.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The song the episode is named after appeared in the trailers and soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Nebula knew Gamora would steal the Gravity Matrix and try to return it to Soonevh, so all she had to do was to follow her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Rocket wants to sell the Galaxy Matrix. When Gamora says no, it is going back where it originally came from on Soonevh:
    Rocket: Okay. Well, what if we sold it and gave 10 percent to the smelliest orphanage we can find? (off everyone's looks} Huh. Fine. I guess I'm the only one who cares about orphans.
  • Literal-Minded: Gamora, after being caught by the others, asks them what they are doing there.
    Gamora: Quiet! What are you doing here?
    Drax: (whispering) We are following you.
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  • No Gravity for You: The Gravity Matrix affects the characters' combat abilities.
  • Noodle Incident: How did he Jarhead up as a brain in a jar?
    Grandmaster: Let's just say he blames Gamora.
  • Ratings Stunt: In-Universe. After Star-Lord joins Gamora in her televised fight, the Grandmaster is thrilled, as "Nothing brings in ratings like royalty in peril!".
  • Redemption Quest: For Gamora.
  • We Need a Distraction: The guards stop Drax, recognising him from his fighting days, and want his autograph. Star-Lord uses the opportunity to sneak himself, Rocket and Groot into the arena.
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