When I put out a list of inconsequential questions like this, there’s usually a review of the thing before I do so. Well, this is different because, after watching The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+, I just had so many things that popped into my mind after seeing it! So, I decided to forego the entire lengthy review and just give my very quick thoughts on it.
It was good.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was basically a fun idea and did have enough heart in it to give my stamp of approval. It wasn’t as mind-bending as Disney+’s previous television special, Werewolf by Night. The story was funny and the quick runtime of 42-minutes makes sure it keeps everything moving. There. That’s basically my very quick review.
But still, even though it doesn’t even last an hour, I’m amazed with how many weird questions that I was left asking once the special was over. So, with that out of the way, let’s go through just five inconsequential questions from the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
#1 Who said the Collector owns Knowhere?
Maybe I have to re-watch that entire film again?
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special starts out with Kraglin talking about how Yondu sorta messed up Star-Lord’s first Christmas while in space. After he also reveals that it’s nearly Christmas on Earth, Nebula mentions how, ever since they bought Knowhere from the Collector, they just don’t have enough time to do anything else. Now, I don’t have an issue with the Guardians buying Knowhere and making it the place livable after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. But I do have to ask when did they establish the Collector owns Knowhere?
I get he’s kind of the big cheese of the place as he probably has the most money over there. I mean, he is the Collector, after all. But I didn’t know he literally owns Knowhere. Also, why would the Collector be okay with selling Knowhere? That’ would be contradictory to him being, well, the Collector! What self-respecting Collector would sell a part of his collection?
#2 Why was Mantis so excited to see Steve/Captain America?
So, no love for Captain Marvel and Black Widow, huh, Mantis?
After Mantis and Drax arrive on Earth, they walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and run into the various costumed individuals in the area, including a Cy-Kill from the GoBots, Zorro, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Ant-Man and Captain America. Mantis recognizes the Captain America outfit and is super excited to see “Steve Rogers” once again. So she runs up to him and gives him a big ol’ hug. But it’s not the real Captain America so the costumed individual runs away from her.
But why would Mantis be specifically excited to see Captain America? I get they might have met after the big battle and they got to be great friends. But, if that was the case, wouldn’t she have recognized that this wasn’t the real Steve Rogers? Okay, he was wearing a crappy mask so she could’ve been fooled. But she didn’t have the same emotional outburst for the Ant-Man guy, did she? Where’s the love for the other Marvel heroes?
#3 Why did Mantis ask Drax if he could throw her over the gate?
I didn’t know Mantis could… ohhh. Because she’s like a praying mantis, huh?
Mantis and Drax do find Kevin Bacon’s house eventually but, after ringing the doorbell and being turned away by the actor, the duo decide to go in anyway. Mantis then comments if she would need Drax to toss her over the gate and Drax obliges. Okay, that was a humorous scene in general. However, later on, as Kevin Bacon is trying to run away from these lunatics, you can clearly see Mantis and Drax jumping over walls and hedges like it was nothing.
So, why would Mantis even ask if she would need Drax’s help to get over the gate? She should already know she can jump over something like that with no problem, right? In fact, I also have to ask why she flopped on the ground so hard after being tossed over the gate? I mean, she should’ve been able to recover in mid-air as she’s demonstrated she agile enough to jump that high already.
#4 Why doesn’t Star-Lord just turn on the radio?
Wow. Wish my cellphone service had that kind of range!
After Star-Lord tells Kraglin to bring Kevin Bacon back to Earth, the actor receives a call on his cellphone from his wife. Kevin Bacon, like myself, is amazed he can get any reception from that far away. Kraglin says something akin to like, as long as they have some really good satellite dishes, they can pick up any kind of signal.
If that’s the case, why does Star-Lord rely on his old Sony Walkman and, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a Microsoft Zune? Why not just point those dishes to Earth and turn on the radio? I can’t even say the entire satellite dishes thing would be new technology since they’ve established they can communicate virtually to anywhere in the galaxy in the previous Guardians of the Galaxy movies. So shouldn’t Star-Lord have kept up with the tunes back on Earth by just tuning to a radio station?
#5 How did Nebula get Bucky’s arm?
So Nebula went to Earth as well? Where’s that television special, Disney?
After Kevin Bacon essentially saves Christmas with a song number (yes, really), the Guardians start exchanging presents among each other. The most notable one would have to be Nebula’s gift to Rocket. Apparently, she was listening in on him during the events of Avengers: Infinity War as she did overhear him mutter than he would want to get Bucky’s arm. And she did! For Christmas! How sweet?
My real question is how did Nebula acquire Bucky’s metallic arm? Even throughout the events of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Bucky never really lost sight of his cybernetic appendage. Sure, Ayo managed to detach it from Bucky for a couple of minutes but he did get it back. So, how the heck did Nebula get it? If it’s the real deal, that would mean she would have to fly down the Earth, encounter Bucky and somehow manage to get it from him. I don’t think the Winter Soldier would let go of his arm so easily, would he?
BONUS: Are the GoBots now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Not the Transformers, who Marvel actually made comics for. The GoBots. The freaking GoBots.
So it turns out one of the GoBots killed Drax’s cousin. That’s now officially canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is it? That means that, in the wide galaxy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can fly to the planet GoBotron and encounter the likes of Cy-Kill, Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter and the rest? Are they going to get their own Marvel movie or television show on Disney+ now?
Any other questions that popped into your head while watching the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special? Let me know what they are in the comments section below!