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Review – Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 (Serial Box)

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7
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  • Narration - 9/10
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Summary

Narrator: Sarah Natochenny

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 continues the tale of Natasha Romanoff and her quest to discover who has taken her blood. With the intent to take them down, naturally.

 

Of Monsters and Men in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7

It’s safe to say that the Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, is more than capable of handling almost any situation. Even the ones that directly target her. Yet the events in Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 surprise even her.

Last we saw, Natasha has found a potential ally, yet her quest for answers seemed to be only bringing up more questions. Whatever has been done to her will not be resolved so easily, especially when she only has so many avenues to pursue.

Black Widow - Bad Blood
Written by Lindsay Smith, Margaret Dunlap, Mikki Kendall, L.L. McKinney, and Taylor Stevens. Edited by Taylor Stevens. Art by Jamie McKelvie. Narrated by Sarah Natochenny.

Black Widow: Bad Blood is an actively updating series on Serial Box. It’s currently one of three Marvel series on the platform, with hopes that more will get added later. If you’re a fan of the Black Widow, you can grab a new part of her adventure each Tuesday.

Who Will Stop Me?

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 brings us straight into the action, following up on the cliffhanger created in the last episode. Once again we’re given a chance to see what Natasha can do in a fight—one sprung upon her.

The parallels being drawn between this moment and the first attack are, quite frankly, haunting. It was certainly intentional. It’s a poignant reminder that the Black Widow is in fact a human being, and must process trauma like the rest of us.

Lindsay Smith did a wonderful job of portraying how complex trauma can be, all while showing us other sides of Natasha at the same time. In this single episode, she’s strong, cunning, and even vulnerable at times.

What’s really interesting to see (aside from all of the potential ship-bait), is how thoroughly Natasha settled into her latest case. Little moments of it keep popping back into her head at the strangest times. Almost like she never really wanted to walk away from that life at all.

There’s a lot to enjoy about this episode, thanks to all of the different elements and subtleties woven in. There are many threads, both directly connected to the plot and to Natasha, that could potentially be picked up from here. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

Narration

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 was narrated by Sarah Natochenny. As with the rest of this series so far, she’s done an excellent job here. Natasha is constantly bouncing around from concerned to curious, to clever, and back again.

Those are just a few of the emotions and tones that Natochenny had to portray here. She did it flawlessly. There as also a bit more of an opportunity to voice other characters as well, both the good and the bad. The variety that can be heard is impressive, though one character, in particular, shines above the rest. Again, that was certainly done with intention.

As with the rest of this series, there are a lot of subtle sound effects thrown in to increase the scenes, from wind gusting in the background to sounds of impact added to the fight. Combine that with the musical score created for the series (credit to Amanda Rose Smith) and you’ve got an experience worth diving into.

Conclusion

Black Widow: Bad Blood Episode 7 was every bit as thrilling as I could have hoped for, though perhaps not for the reasons expected. Yes, there was a fight, as the last episode implied there would be. But there was more to be found, as well. It made for an interesting mix, one that was full of surprises.

Black Widow: Bad Blood has quickly become one of those moments I look forward to each and every week. It’s almost sad thinking about how we’re now at the halfway mark. At least that means we still have seven episodes left.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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