It’s now an open secret that team leader Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji) is a Butterfly, but he is on the side of humanity, as he does not agree with the planned invasion of Earth.
Well, an open secret to everyone except for Peacemaker (John Cena) and Vigilante (Freddie Stroma) whom the group does not trust not to act irrationally. Peacemaker, however, senses something is off, and it’s only a matter of time before he finds out.
The episode opens with Detective Sophie Song (Annie Chang) and her partner, Officer Larry Fitzgibbon (Lochlyn Munro), going above Police Captain Caspar Locke’s (Christopher Heyerdahl) authority to get an arrest warrant for Peacemaker, which sets his father, August (Robert Patrick), free. August is set on killing his son, and we will presumably see them face off next episode.
Song and her officers catch Peacemaker and Vigilante by surprise in his trailer, and Vigilante accidentally frees the Butterfly Peacemaker had been keeping in a jar, which then infiltrates and takes control of Song’s body. Locke bails them out by taking out all the officers that are close to catching them, but their protection by their man on the inside doesn’t last for long, as later that night, the Butterfly-possessed Song summons a hoard of Butterflies to overrun the police station, possessing everyone including Locke.
The stakes ramp up this episode, as the team’s tech guy, John Economos (Steve Agee), who killed a gorilla with a chain saw last episode, finds the food source of the Butterflies. If the team is able to take it out, they’ll be able to end the invasion.
The Butterfly-possessed police, however, initiate a nationwide manhunt for Peacemaker, tying him to the death of Senator Goff, the people at the distribution center they raided last episode, and just about everyone who the taskforce has collectively killed via a fake diary the team planted in his trailer that the Butterflies got ahold of.
With two episodes left in the season, the show seems to be on a course for the team to lose Peacemaker’s trust in a major way not only through the diary, but also through Murn’s secret, while his father and the Butterflies lay in wait.
Episode 6 is one of the show’s best. It’s drama is good, it raises the stakes while also leaving room for the show to raise its intensity in Episode 7 and 8, and it’s unforgivingly hilarious.
“Peacemaker” Season 1: Episode 6 “Murn After Reading” gets a 9.5/10