Peacemaker tells the world that he is a superhero. No one believes that, which is his only story. His father, Auggie (the supremacist White Dragon), wants him to become a supervillain, but Chris wants to do superhero work. His new Project Butterfly team wants to kill people, but Chris doesn’t want to kill people without reason. He has so many issues with his identity that he becomes pretty lonely in the world. But his BFF, Vigilante has his back and will assist and amuse Chris in times of need.
Further exploring the theme of an identity crisis, Peacemaker Episodes 2 and 3 majorly focus on the identities of three people, i.e., Vigilante, Chris’ father, Auggie – White Dragon, and Senator Royland Goff – A butterfly.
The Prisoners Hail The White Dragon
In Episode 1, Peacemaker blows up a metahuman, Annie Sturphausen, with a sonic blast. She was a butterfly who found out about the project through a dossier that Murn gave to Chris in the previous episode. After the explosion, the police arrive at the scene, and Chris runs back to Annie’s apartment to get his things and steal her vinyl records. Finally, Harcourt and Leota help Chris run away from the cops and bring him back to the base.
In the meantime, Economos changes the registration details of Chris’ 1976 Ford Comet and frames his father, Auggie Smith. But Chris is not an easy lad to deal with. During his escape, Chris takes a couple hostages, Evan and Amber Calcaterra. Murn sends Leota to bribe the couple who testify against Auggie, and he ends up in jail for the murder of Annie Sturphausen.
But prison isn’t the same for Auggie as it is for everybody else. A white Crip hails Auggie as the White Dragon, a legacy name for supremacist villains who kill people based on their color, religion, and nationality. Auggie gets a gang of disciples in jail and a throne on which he sits like a supremacist. He’ll probably strike back on the world and create problems for his son, who may have to face his own father in an upcoming battle.
Vigilante Is Gut Chase’s Younger Brother, Oops!
In Episode 1, Peacemaker enters a restaurant where he encounters Gut Chase’s younger brother, Adrian, who is more than happy to see Chris back from the prison. Chris finally finds out in Episode 3 that the Vigilante is none other than Adrian.
With his body turned into an instrument of vengeance, Vigilante lifts Chris’ spirit in Episode 2, and together they blow up appliances in the woods, because outdoor games are necessary too. However, that’s not the end of it. As soon as Vigilante finds out about Project Butterfly and Chris’ new team, he wants to accompany Chris on these secret missions. Hence, he starts following Chris everywhere and ends up outside the house of Senator Royland Goff, who is a suspected butterfly.
‘Peacemaker’ Episode 3 Ending
Chris and his team camp outside Royland’s house to kill his whole family. However, Chris doesn’t want to shoot the kids, so Murn asks him to hold fire until they get confirmation of their identity. Goff’s family returns to their house at night, and Harcourt spots them drinking honey-colored goo from their extended tongues or trunks. Their actions confirm that the whole family is infected with a butterfly, and thus Murn orders Chris to shoot. But Chris gets mission anxiety, and Vigilante takes over the gun and shoots down Goff’s family, except Royland.
Royland’s bodyguard, Judomaster (a legacy name for martial arts-trained super-humans), attacks Chris and Vigilante, and Royland takes the two hostages at gunpoint. Royland takes them to his secret basement while Murn, Harcourt, and Leota enter the house to save Chris and finish the mission.
Royland sends Judomaster to inform Glan Tai about the attack. He/she may be a fellow butterfly or their leader, whose identity will be further revealed in upcoming episodes. Economos spots Judomaster running away and strikes his minivan into Judomaster’s car to stop him. Finally, he uses an L-Spanner to take down Judomaster, who was crawling on the grass.
Inside the basement, Royland interrogates Chris, while Murn detonates an ARGUS explosive device on the basement door to blow it up. The blast creates a diversion, and Chris uses the opportunity to break free and kill Royland.
Chris and Vigilante notice an insect coming out of Royland’s face, which is probably the butterfly his team is talking about. In Episode 1, Chris finds a tiny spaceship in Annie’s apartment. If the spaceship belongs to the butterflies, then it can mean that they are extraterrestrial entities who are creating a hive on Earth. Maybe a villain similar to Edgar the Bug from Men in Black (1997). The closing frame of Peacemaker Episode 3 suggests that the butterflies have infected a number of people worldwide, and thus, killing them in the name of peace doesn’t seem like a good idea. Maybe the team will find some other way to solve the crisis.
“Peacemaker” Episodes 2 and 3 are streaming on HBO Max.