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Review by TJ Hafer

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 3: More Than a Feeling Review

It's all about that one moment.

The middle chapter of Telltaleís Guardians of the Galaxy series feels like a long windup to a single, meaningful punch. Very little of consequence to the plot takes place until the very last sequence, in which youíre asked to make probably the most momentous decision so far. Itís a pivotal point for everything that came before and likely will come after, but of the 90 minutes in this episode, most of it isnít terribly exciting.

After Peter Quill and Rocket took their turns in episodes 1 and 2, Episode 3: More Than a Feeling puts the sisters Gamora and Nebula in the spotlight for a brief flashback mission from when they were both still in Thanosí service. It injects some quicktime action into the script by having powerful characters briefly bash on generic Kree mooks, but thereís not much in the way of meaningful stakes, so it falls flat. Playing through the events first from Gamoraís perspective and then from Nebulaís reveals some details each character had that the other didnít, casting their motivations and attitudes toward each other in a different light. But the writing just didnít connect with the same emotional weight as previous episodes, and there was a clear, seemingly correct answer to resolve it all, rather than presenting a difficult choice.

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Most of the writing in this episode is high quality.

Otherwise, the great bulk of More Than A Feeling is not much more than a lot of talking. The mystery in Peterís visions is resolved in a somewhat anticlimactic way, though it does introduce the character of Mantis, a shy empath who rounds out the cast well. Unfortunately, she didnít help bring any sense of urgency or drama to a script so focused on people discussing what theyíre going to do while actually doing very little. Dialogue and character development is all well and good, and most of the writing in this episode is high quality, exploring tensions between the Guardians by creating a conflict over the proper use of power. It just took up more screen time than I would have liked in an adaptation of a comic book and film series known for snappy pacing and lots of action.

Telltale does manage to cap it off with an exciting, comic book punch-up that requires a team thatís never stood more divided to work together for a common cause. In the midst of it all, I made a choice about the Eternity Forge that potentially has massive ramifications for the remaining two episodes. If it really turns out to be as important as it seems, that would make for a really interesting set of branching endings. But there is also the possibility that everything will converge back on roughly the same point regardless of what we choose here. It wouldnít be the first time Telltale has done this with seemingly important events.

The Verdict

While itís the weakest episode so far, More Than A Feeling still has some moments of payoff for leadership successes (and failures) earlier in the series. Integrating Nebula and Mantis into the team more firmly also enhances the dynamic ensemble without making the Milano feel crowded without reason. None of this could salvage the poor pacing, but the combination of new plot revelations, the consistently entertaining characters, and the overall attitude of this series has me looking forward to seeing it out.

Episode 3 mostly slows Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy to a crawl, except for one climactic moment.