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Peacemaker's first season reveals more than just a violent side

The show Peacemaker is a follow up to the 2021 movie The Suicide Squad.

The show revolves around one of the film’s main character Peacemaker/Christopher Smith as he works alongside a cover ops team for the government agency ARGUS to avoid jail time.

In this series, the audience can delve more into the character Christopher and why he is the way he is.

We get to see the character’s upbringing and how his trauma molded him into the man by the audience finding out that his racist of a father raised him to be a killer.

John Cena stars as Peacemaker

Christopher is joined alongside characters from the 2021 movie as well such as Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt and Steve Agee as John Economos.

He is also joined by characters that were not introduced in the movie.

Some of these characters are Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Christopher’s vigilante friend, and Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, a member of the cover ops team where Peacemaker is on.

They are also joined by Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn, the leader of the covert ops team where Christopher is on, and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, Christopher’s father.

The series is filled with graphic violence and situations that is intended for a much older audience as it is filled with blood, gore and nudity.

In the first episode, we get to see how the events of The Suicide Squad affected Christopher, such as dealing with guilt from murdering Rick Flag and questioned who he is and what he is doing is right.

What is more revealing about his character is the relationship he has with his father. The relationship is not just dysfunctional, but downright disturbing and tragic. This is because his father’s influence has caused Christopher to try and prove his manhood.

He does it dressing up in a costume and going around killing criminals in the name of peace.

His relationship with the other characters is also interesting as well as he starts to become friendly towards to agents he works with.

As the series progresses, I started to see Christopher in a much different light-- not as a delusional and cold-blooded killer, but as a broken man in need of escaping from his dark upbringing.

The character’s development starts to show in episode 7 as he is forced to confront his father.

It is revealed in episode 7 that Christopher’s brother was killed by Chris himself through the constant emotional abuse from his father that pushed him over the edge to take his own brother’s life.

When Christopher finally faces his monster of a father, he starts to have the strength to stand up to him and begin to live his life as the person he wants to be and not what his father wants him to be.

On Feb. 17, the final episode for the first season aired and I got to see how much Christopher has grown.

This is shown as he went against the negative ideas that drove him as Peacemaker by killing the alien mastermind that followed the same beliefs he did.

He also cheered on his friend Leota as she exposes ARGUS for its illegal activities.

At the end of the season finale, I got to see Chris looking at a hallucination of his father which foreshadows the obstacles Chris will face next season.

I have high hopes that season 2 will be as great or even better than the first season.

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