This flashback and its resulting drama are smartly woven into the fabric of the main story arc of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
, which is of course, the case of the life-giving Eternity Forge. Peter Quill (alias Star-Lord) and Gamora have followed a strange signal to an even stranger temple that houses… the thing that transmitted the signal. While Telltale is developing a reputation for boldness with established canon, the resurrection of Meredith Quill is a story beat that just wouldn’t work. At least, not as of this writing. (Anything is possible!) I won’t spoil the identity of the individual who led Star-Lord and his merry gang to relive their deepest, darkest memories, but a more-than-cursory glance at the title of this episode may clue you in – especially if you’re a fan of the series as a whole.
The rest of Episode 3 – More Than a Feeling deals with the revelation of the Eternity Forge’s true power, and more importantly, the "ethical dilemma" presented by it. Considering the circumstances most of our heroes are living under (or, more accurately, plagued by), I can certainly grasp the temptation of such a power. However, once the mechanics of the Eternity Forge are explicitly revealed, I was pretty horrified by the stances of some of the Guardians. It’s very much a "One Ring of Power" dilemma, which should make the choice crystal clear to anyone who still has an intact moral compass. And given the mental state of certain Guardians, that will prove challenging for Quill regardless of his personal beliefs. While the results of both choices (as illustrated in this episode) will almost certainly impact your starting point in the next episode, I have no reason to believe the whole thing won’t be a total wash by the end of Episode 5.
What I can actually confirm it all comes down to is which Guardians resent you right now and which ones do not. While their responses to PQ's decisions are true to their characters, I still think this kind of drama amounts to a bunch of unnecessary, bothersome padding. And this episode is full of it -- particularly when it comes to dealing with the ever-unpleasant Rocket Raccoon, who at this point, has basically devolved into a furry version of Carla Tortelli from Cheers. Luckily, these moments are balanced out by the musical number du jour, a delightful "action sequence" appropriately set to Three Dog Night's cover of Daniel Moore's "Shambala."