“Invincible” season 2 features some choice needle drops, starting with Mark glumly saving people in a montage from the season premiere set to Radiohead’s 1997 single “Karma Police” (a song whose lyrics speak to the malaise Mark feels after what Nolan did). Then there’s Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ cover of Leonard Coen’s 1971 ode to loneliness and solitude, “Avalanche,” which plays in the mid-season finale over a similar montage of a melancholic Nolan — having just left Earth — traversing the universe and contemplating killing himself by flying into a black hole, only to stumble upon a ship of Thraxans in need of saving. This sequence is juxtaposed with Debbie visiting Nolan’s “grave” in the episode to the tune of Blondshell’s “Olympus,” a song that’s fittingly all about an unhealthy, toxic relationship.
These moments all speak to the same overriding idea: Everyone’s trying to pick up the pieces after Nolan devastated Chicago in the season 1 finale, but in doing so, they only end up making a completely different mess. That extends to some of the smaller story threads developing on the fringes in season 2, including those concerning the new Guardians of the Globe and especially Rudy (Zachary Quinto); his ongoing quest to control his fear — an emotion he never had to deal with back when he fought as Robot remotely — seems doomed to lead him down a dark path. As for Mark, he survives his (very nearly deadly) encounter with the Viltrumites only to be charged with continuing Nolan’s mission on Earth or else risk the planet being destroyed.
All your favorite “Invincible” characters are indeed back, but they’ve brought a whole lot of new problems with them.
“Invincible” season 2 will continue in 2024 on Prime Video.