Realm Review: Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8

The Vector Raid in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8

The Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, continues her quest in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8. Somebody has made the mistake of taking her blood, and they’re going to pay for that. As soon as she figures out who they are and tracks them down.

In the last episode, we saw Natasha turn a sticky situation into something positive. One of the many skills of the Black Widow, of course. Now she’s got a new target, one that will hopefully start providing answers to all the questions she has.

Black Widow: Bad Blood is one of three Marvel series currently on Serial Box – now Realm (the other two being Jessica Jones and Thor). This series has done an excellent job highlight the intensity and drama that comes with Widow’s work while simultaneously reminding us that she is human.

Old Friends, New Enemies

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 is every bit as fascinating and tense as the rest of the series thus far. Perhaps that is why it shocked me so much when it had me laughing out loud – but that is exactly what happened.

Natasha Romanoff is a woman of many skills, so getting into a secure facility is not challenging. Yet Lindsey Smith creates a series of scenes that varied from spectacular to surprisingly humorous and everything between. Proof that the series can be just as multifaceted as the heroine herself.

There was something highly satisfying about this episode. That’s probably largely because it feels like Natasha is closing in on her target. However, it’s hard to believe that we’re now officially more than halfway through the series.

Alongside the other tones and elements I’ve already mentioned, this episode is full of details that make the scenes and characters come alive. The secondary characters feel so human, despite our limited exposure. Likewise, the trials that Nat has gone through…feel so vibrant and full of determination.

Narration

As with the rest of the series so far, Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 was narrated by Sarah Natochenny. Once again, she knocked it out of the park, though at this point, maybe you could say that I’m biased. I certainly have quickly become fond of her portrayal of one of my favorite Marvel characters.

Natasha’s sass and wit ring true and stronger than ever in some of the scenes within this episode. They were surprisingly funny and almost felt like the calm before the storm. They would have been great scenes on their own, but the narration really did bring it to a whole new level.

There were a few new voices this time around, and while they’re unlikely to make an appearance after this episode, I have to say I enjoyed them. It’s amazing what one person can do. Though it certainly proves the importance of a talented narrator.

Conclusion

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 8 may very well be my favorite episode of the season. Well, so far, at least. I do not doubt that the tale will get even more exciting now that we’re that much closer to the end (of the season).

Black Widow’s series proves that the Serial Box format is a brilliant match for Marvel. This is a chance to see Natasha in a new light (and medium), and they really ran with it. There’s a different focus than you would find in the comics, which I’m personally enjoying. Here’s hoping that there will be more than one season to this journey.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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