Season two has been peppered with action, but this episode has the first major throw down, and it plays out pretty well. Plus, we get more globetrotting, which is to be expected, with how much Mari's home country is name checked AND the fact that her powers are based on her heritage in Zambezi. I really enjoyed this episode, and I am ALSO glad to be back on track with Vixen (it only took me two weeks...).
This episode starts off with some big fighting visuals, and the introduction of the Snake totem that i was so hopeful to see last episode! I like how the fire totem works, it seems to utilize power the same way that the Firestorm character creates flames from it's hands, so that feels like a nice nod to it's shared universe vibes. I didn't particularly like how the fight ended, because it felt like the bad guy should have known, since he fought a bear, snake and leopard, that by knocking Mari into a pool that she wouldn't be defeated, because she could (as she did) take on the attributes of a fish, and breathe under water to survive.
After that scene, Mari goes back to confront her historian friend, and to get more answers about who this Big bad is, and to get more answers about the totems. Of course, they can't do this on their own, and the story takes a jump across the globe back to Africa, to reunite (however unwarm) Mari and her sister. The exchange is very cold and harsh, but that would be expected when your sister used your dirty tricks against you and robbed you of your magical powers.
The story gets a good flashback here, showing us the origin of the Big Bad, and his first (and last) run in with Mari's mother. Then Mari's sister tells our pair (Mari and the professor) that she can lead them to the Water totem, only if she can accompany them on their mission. So, I don't know if this means Mari's sister is good now, or if she just plans on getting the water totem and using it for her own ends, but at least Mari has a few more people to fight alongside her now. If I was a betting man, though, I would wager that Mari's sister DOES want the water totem for herself- but that, in a cruel twist of fate, the totem will chose the professor to wield it instead of her. But we will have to wait and see on that one, won't we?
Overall this was a better episode than last, and i enjoyed the high-impact visuals a lot more, and the end of this episode teases a lot more direct action to come. Though, I wish that this episode made mention of the guy who looked just like Doctor Strange from last week, but beggars can't be choosers, now can they?