This article contains plot spoilers for episode 3 of M.O.D.O.K. If you haven’t yet seen it, bookmark this post and come back to it once you have.
M.O.D.O.K. gets to spend a weekend with the kids, but his new place isn’t exactly a palace; in fact, it’s pretty horrible. A surprise conference invite seems like the perfect excuse to get out of the house, but is it all that it looks, and can he manage not to mess everything up. Probably not.
M.O.D.O.K. and Jodie’s separation is now official, which means taking it in turns to have the kids; as Jodie is off on her book tour this weekend, it’s M.O.D.O.K.’s turn. The only issue is that M.O.D.O.K. hasn’t really landed on his feet, and although Lou seems to like his dad’s new place, Melissa is far from impressed.
A lifeline gets thrown, though, in the form of a reminder to attend a G.R.U.M.B.L. leadership course at a luxury resort, during which M.O.D.O.K. will be ‘guest of honour’. Not only will it be a great way to get the kids away for the weekend, but it could be an opportunity to impress the board of G.R.U.M.B.L.; sounds too good to be true, though, right?
Of course, it’s too good to be true, but the situation that arises ends up creating a moment of bonding for M.O.D.O.K. and his daughter. It turns out that Melissa has her unique skills and uses them to help her dad negotiate social situations in a way he hasn’t considered before. All seems to be going well until M.O.D.O.K. does something stupid, and before you know it, there’s a portal to another world with a group of aliens threatening to destroy the earth.
On its face, M.O.D.O.K. is a silly, adult humour-centred animation, but I’m enjoying it because it has a hidden depth to the characters. Having M.O.D.O.K. struggle with people, his family in particular and the relationships he navigates is unexpected. There’s great storytelling, and it never takes itself too seriously; it’s great fun and surprisingly heartfelt. 4 out of 5