Finally we leave lady marvelthriving young heroKamala Khan (Iman Villani), in secretNajma (Nimra Bucha) accidentally bumps into her family bracelet. Did the bracelet really send Kamala back in time? What will she find?
But the episode doesn’t start with Kamala, it starts with her great-grandmother, Mewish Hayat. We start the episode with an old video from a 1947 British news video declaring “how India will awaken light and freedom”, the establishment of Pakistan will now be home to Muslims. But we’ll immediately understand how the riots and outbreaks of violence across the region unfolded.This is India in the Age of Partitions, the largest mass immigration in history, caused by nearly a century of British imperialism, the persecution of Muslims that prompted Muslim leaders to demand their own independent state, and the political incompetence that led to mass death, displacement and separation of families. The lingering effects of this generational trauma continue to this day throughout South Asia. I’ve heard from multiple South Asian colleagues and friends that “everyone has a zoning story that affects their family” – and in this episode, we see the story of Kamala’s family.
We then switch to 1942, where we see Aisha flee and kill a British soldier who was chasing her. We see her future husband Hassan (Fawad Khan) deliver a stirring independence speech to his community before the British colonists arrive to disperse the crowd. We see their romance blossom when Hassan offers Elsa a place to spend the night. These are intimate and endearing scenes as we look at the story of Kamala’s great-grandparents. “I love your roses,” Elsa said, telling Hassan her name, which means “she lives.”
We see in advance that Elsa has settled down with Hassan and is now pregnant with their baby. We then see Elsa singing to baby Sana in Urdu while Hassan looks down on them. Then we cut to a few years later, when Sana was a child, and Hassan listened to the BBC propaganda and shouted about its hypocrisy. Then their (presumably Hindu) neighbor Rohan came and offered them milk and vegetables for free. While Aisha graciously accepted his charity, Hassan declined, prompting their neighbours to say he had “hit the British in the right hand” for not accepting it. In a particularly fiery scene, Hassan points out the prejudices he and presumably Elsa face: He’s been kicked out of the house, no one wants to buy him flowers, and no one wants to sell his wife milk. Just because they are Muslim. The reality of intra-community divisions exploited and exacerbated by the British is shown here.
Just then, Elsa saw someone outside. It was Najma, she went out to meet her. Najma hugs her supposed friend and while Aisha is unsure of their reunion, Najma mentions wanting to put their “plan into action”. That is, the same plan as in Kamala’s time was to use the bracelet to open the door to the Nuer dimension. Elsa is still there before sunset tomorrow, but will she comply?
As the unrest spread, we cut off the family’s plans to go to Pakistan. When Hassan is skeptical about leaving the house, Elsa convinces him that it will come home wherever they are, and reminds Hassan very curiously that he is the one who taught her that “what you seek is to find you.” (This quote from the famous Persian poet Rumi appears on the Kamala bracelet.) She then gave the bracelet to Sana for safekeeping. We then cut to Aisha and Hassan in the crowd walking towards the train, but Hassan yells that she wants to escape Najma. Then, she finally reveals the truth about the bracelet’s “magic” to Hassan.he to she While he does doubt certain things, he “never cares” because she chose them and that’s what matters. Elsa then makes Hassan promise that he’ll pick up Sana on the last train to Karachi.
We cut to the train station and Aisha sees Najma following them, leaving Hasan and a crying Sana to board the train. Najma accused Aisha of turning their backs on them, and immediately stabbed Aisha in the abdomen, shouting “This doesn’t work!” behind her, all happening so quickly in the chaos of the mass migration. In a very sad scene, we see Sana jumping off the train as she calls out to her Ami. Aisha heard her daughter’s voice, looked at their group photo, and shouted, “All you seek is to find you.” Her eyes glow purple, the bracelet falls from Sana and we immediately cut back to the top Where to leave Kamala at the end of an episode.
Kamala almost immediately found her great-grandmother dying in a trolley. She tells Kamala (which she thinks is Sana) to “get Sana on the train and protect that bracelet”. It appears she tried to get the future Sana to save herself with the bracelet, but got Kamala instead. Elsa then died, believing Kamala would make it happen because “she’s here”. Kamala finds Sana and brings her to safety. She gave Sana the hard light platform with the bracelet so she could walk through the crowd, which she then saw as the “star trail” in her story. It’s an incredibly beautiful and emotional scene when Hassan finds his daughter. As Kamala watches Sana and Hassan leave safely on the last train, she realizes that she was the one who saved her family.
As you might imagine, there are a lot of variations on this particular story in the comics.During this period lady marvel comics period setting Civil War II In the arc, we see Kamala’s great-grandparents Aisha (who was pregnant with Kamala’s grandmother during the trip) and Karim (whose name was changed to “Hassan” on the show) from Mumbai to Pakistan Some of the scenes. The bracelet was never supernatural but was very important to the couple as it was her wedding bracelet and Aisha hid the money from selling the jewelry to make sure the family had enough money to start a new life in Pakistan . The show is trying to tie Kamala’s powers more closely to her family, not that they just happen to be inhuman, so it was decided to extrapolate more from this storyline and make it a point of Kamala heroism part of the origin.
As explained very briefly in this episode, this is where this approach works best. There’s no discussion of “Djinn”, little mention of another dimension, just one family struggling to survive and supporting each other in a truly convincing way. Just like Kamala’s family.Again, here is lady marvel Often works best — and if we’re supposed to get a second season after next week’s Disney+ season one finale, hopefully the show will continue to focus on that.
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