The Two Sisters are baaaaaack! We saw Guardians: Volume 2, and we’re here to tell you exactly what we thought about it. In the spirit of Drax, we will hold absolutely nothing back as we answer all your questions (Is it as good as Volume 1? Is it weirder than Volume 1? Who is Peter Quill’s dad anyway? Who’s the best new character, and why is it Baby Groot? Is there anything important parents should know about?) and contemplate related topics, including but not limited to: the gift of mortality, the redemption of scuzz-balls, the power of musical nostalgia, and how Marvel patiently continues to lay the groundwork for the Infinity War finale.
If you’re new to this series, be advised that this is really less of a proper “review” and more of a stream-of-consciousness deep dive, hence insert spoiler warning here. Proceed at your own peril.
Me: So, some people say some of the bloom is off the rose with this sequel because it lacks the freshness of the original. How well did they do trying to keep it as fresh as possible?
Little Sis: Well, I mean, I loved it, and I know you have said that maybe it was a little too weird. But I think that was maybe what they were going for, was that they were trying to make it even zanier than the first one, to try to give it something of its own tone and its own sort of place, if you know what I mean.
Me: It definitely felt like the characters were freer to be themselves, however weird that got.
LS: Yeah, I loved that!
Me: Although I missed Drax’s literalness jokes.
LS: Yeah, that was more of a theme in the first one.
Me: Now the theme was, “Drax says literally the very first thing that pops into his head, about anything. Especially anything having to do with penises, or sex, or his nether regions.”
Me: “You humans have hangups!”
LS: That got a little much.
Me: We’ll, uh, come back to that later, but ANYway… Now, I did see a snarky review calling this “the most expensive group therapy session” ever, because of ALL the scenes where characters sit around discussing their backstories and feelings and stuff.
LS: I don’t know, I didn’t mind that particularly.
Me: You don’t feel like they tried to cram in too many?
LS: Not really. I think that actually, because it was so weird, as you said, and because the humor was often so… I don’t know, juvenile, I think they were maybe trying to put something more serious in there, trying to be like, “No, but really, this isn’t just…”
Me: This isn’t just a bunch of penis jokes.
LS: [giggling] Yes.
Me: Right, well, I think you’re onto something there. But it sort of created this weird, whiplashy kind of effect. “AHAHAHA, PENIS JOKE, oh, serious character moment… HAHA, ANOTHER PENIS JOKE, serious character moment.” And so, it felt like they were trying to, uh, compensate. [ahem] So, I don’t know, but admittedly I did get into some of those character moments. So, of the different character arcs that we saw, which ones did you find the most genuinely compelling and why?
LS: Oh, I think my favorite was Nebula, because she’s been just this baddie throughout the first movie, but once we find out her motive and things, I actually felt really sorry for her, and I actually want to see more of her. I thought she could be really cool.
Me: Well, once you see more why she is the way she is…
LS: You can sympathize.
Me: Yeah, and generally, I’m not a big fan of making villains sympathetic, but since she wasn’t a major villain, I didn’t feel like I knew her all that well as a villain, so I was able to approach her more or less fresh. And her father is going to turn out to be the main villain, Thanos. And somebody made the really good point that whereas before Thanos was just this giant purple monster, purple raisin… now, when we know the kinds of things that he did…
LS: Really, really bad.
Me: This guy is bad, bad news. So that was a smart move also, because it helps to lay down another layer of anticipation for Infinity Wars.
Now, let me see, thinking about what I found most compelling…I liked all the stuff about Peter’s search for his father, I thought was pretty poignant. The theme of fatherlessness and looking for your dad really resonated, I think, in a pretty authentic way, because there are a lot of young guys like Peter. Now, that leads to the character of Yondu, who suddenly grew and became this huge, important, major character, and we’ll go ahead and make this spoilerish, major character death. What did you think about that? I wasn’t quite sure what to do with that, because it all seemed to happen so fast.
LS: Yeah, I don’t know. I think I grew to maybe like him a little bit better. I could kind of see how he could be this disreputable father to Peter in an odd way.
Me: Very scruffy. Very biker dude.
LS: But I don’t know, I think his repentance and his starting to help the Guardians was genuine, so I kind of felt that, and I was like, “Okay.” But, as Rocket says, “You smiled, and I started to get a warm feeling, but then it was ruined by those stupid teeth.”
Me: Yes, exactly. Rocket was wonderful in this.
LS: Oh yes, oh yes!
Me: Rocket has always been probably my favorite Guardian, by far.
LS: And he had to put up with being called a puppy, a fox, a trash-panda… he didn’t put up very well, but y’know…
Me: Exactly. And I was partly sold on Yondu because of the way that they drew the parallel to Rocket, that these two are both…
LS: Very unwanted. Well not unwanted, strictly…
Me: They’re damaged. They’re both these very kind of damaged, dysfunctional… you know, if Yondu is like a biker gangster, Rocket is like a biker coon. And they’re just these highly dysfunctional, rough around the edges guys, but they kind of see each other in each other. And so the kind of bond that they had, I thought was very moving, and then just the way it tore Rocket up at the end when he died…
LS: I know!
Me: I was sort of invested in Yondu’s death, because I knew that Rocket was invested in it, which is, I guess more of a testament to how attached I am to Rocket than how I am to Yondu, but maybe that was just me.
Oh, new characters. In particular, BABY GROOT OMIGOSH!!!!!
LS: I know! He’s not gonna be a baby though in Infinity Wars, sigh.
Me: I know.
LS: But he’s so cute! Even just from the very beginning, when he’s trying to plug, I forget what he’s trying to plug together, but he can’t plug it in.
Me: Yes, yes!
LS: And then he’s just dancing around and everyone’s running around like “Get out of the way, get out of the way!” and he just continues to dance.
Me: That opening sequence is classic, everyone’s talking about it for good reason. I knew that he was gonna be a scene-stealer, and he was. I loved all the little things that they did to make him seem like a baby, like the way that he yawns and kind of flops into your arms.
LS: I know. [cooing]
Me: And if he’s upset, or crying, or if somebody’s making fun of him, I just felt SO MAD. Like I am going to…
Me: Rip some arms out of some sockets.
LS: Yes, absolutely. Well, he cuts someone’s finger off, so we saw a slightly more violent side of Baby Groot.
Me: Ah, well, yes, but Rocket agreed we weren’t going to discuss that any further.
LS: Good for him, I say!
Me: I’m definitely gonna miss Baby Groot. I admit I didn’t really find Teen Groot as appealing in the end credits scene. He was funny.
LS: He was funny.
Me: [mopey teen voice] “I am Groot.”
LS: That cracked me up.
Me: That did crack me up… what I would be interested to see is if he grows up all the way.
LS: Yeah, will he be like the last one?
Me: Well, he can’t just be identical to Groot.
LS: That would be so boring!
Me: That would be so boring, so that would be an interesting challenge: How could you make an adult, a grownup Baby Groot a different Groot from the old Groot?
LS: …I don’t know, I suppose you could sort of give him his own vibe.
Me: A younger voice…
LS: I guess the original Groot was maybe a little bit serious…
Me: And deeper. [deep voice]: “I am Groot.”
LS: So I guess we could make this more of a fun-loving thing…
Me: It could be a light baritone instead of a bass. And different twig hair.
Now, guys, parents and all, do be aware that there is a rather prolonged scene where some nasty bad-guys are making fun of Baby Groot…
LS: And are throwing other guys out into space and watching them suffocate.
Me: Oh, yes. Let’s get into that, actually.
LS: Because of the swearing, I wouldn’t take a kid to it, really…
Me: And just to be clear, there aren’t any f-bombs… well, there is the one…
Me: The one almost f-bomb…
LS: We don’t have f-bombs, but we do have almost everything else.
Me: Exactly. But yeah, we do need to discuss the violence though.
LS: It wasn’t graphic, necessarily, but just…
Me: Yeah, the one scene you were mentioning, I didn’t anticipate.
LS: It was… that’s just no.
Me: Yeah, it was really dark.
LS: I could almost handle gore better than that. Because this is just like, whoa, no.
Me: That, I think, was a huge misstep, and I just want to warn anybody, because the Plugged In review that I read was emphasizing how many people died, and it mentioned “Well, some people died in the vacuum of space,” but it didn’t discuss, “Oh, and we actually see the bad-guys slowly releasing somebody into space and relishing the moment as they asphyxiate,” and what-not. That really left a bad after-taste.
LS: It’s slow, you know!
Me: Right! So, I really want to put this out there for anybody who’s thinking about seeing this. Please bear this in mind.
LS: Young children, no.
Me: Well, even myself, for that matter. I didn’t anticipate it at all, I was blind-sided by it. I think maybe this comes with a certain style of movie reviewing that’s narrowly focused on a particular sort of thing. So I think we need to begin thinking a little more outside the box, and we need to keep in mind that just because something is PG-13… you know, the Academy has the same kind of rigid standards, like, “Oh, okay, how much blood is showing…” but you can do some really disturbing things even within those bounds, and was not pleased that Guardians went there, for sure.
LS: And Plugged In is very good.
Me: They’re very good, and I like Paul [the reviewer] a lot, I’ve worked with him, he’s a very good guy, but I wish he had kind of brought this out.
Oh, and yes, also the scene at the beginning where Yondu is going into this robot brothel…
LS: There’s nothing super-graphic.
Me: No, you don’t “see anything” in that sense.
LS: Except robot babes in bikinis.
Me: But you can tell that yeah, there are robot babes walking around, and you can put together what they’re for, and it’s just a really unnecessary scene…unnecessary and ugly. And that’s another part of what I disliked about certain scenes in this film, especially anything involving the bad-guys or the mutineers. There was just a really ugly aesthetic, and unnecessary bits of gross stuff, like the one bad-guy smashing and eating a spider. It’s just like, “Yech!”
LS: Don’t need that.
Me: Did not need that. It kind of reminds me of what Peter Jackson did with the Orcs in Lord of the Rings. Now, of course the Orcs are supposed to be disgusting, they’re supposed to be horrifying, but he really drew it out and lingered on it in gross ways. So you got quite a bit more of that than I wanted or needed in this movie. And the overall look of the film in many places was, I thought, garish and over-the-top, and again, I keep coming back to the word ugly. But that’s kind of how it felt.
LS: So you mean the planets and things were over-the-top? I was thinking certain scenes were garish or ugly, not condemning the entire look.
Me: Well certain species, like all of the Space Pirates are just horribly ugly.
LS: Are they supposed to be humans, or half-humans, or what?
Me: I think they’re like half-humans or something. They’re humanoid. But they’re hideous, and their scenes go on, and on, and on.
LS: Like all right already.
Me: And I just got ugliness fatigue.
LS: Which is almost more depressing than gore, blood, whatever.
Me: Yeah, it kind of wears on the viewer after a while, especially when it’s on a big screen. And as I told you in the car on the way back, it made me kind of wistful for classic films like Star Wars that had such an elegant, beautiful aesthetic, even when it came to the villains. Think about the design of Darth Vader.
LS: Or even Kylo Ren.
Me: Or even Kylo Ren, think about the design of their suits and what-not. Yeah, they’re scary, but they’re scary in this kind of beautifully designed way.
LS: Yeah, I get what you’re saying.
Me: There’s a grace to it.[Note: In fairness, previously we did remember that there was some of that needless ugliness in the original SW trilogy as well with Jabba’s palace scene, a scene that, incidentally, we always skip.]
LS: You feel they were handling this movie a little bit too heavily, just kind of clumsily stumbling along.
Me: They went for a particular aesthetic style that I didn’t like… again, that loud, garish style that I dislike. So I think that would be the main thing I really did not like, together with the needless violence and things like that. Also, as you mentioned, quite a bit of juvenile humor.
LS: Yeah, I was like, “All right already!”
Me: Not another potty joke, or whatever.
LS: The first couple times, it was like “Haha,” you know, but then it’s like, “All right, just shut up. You’re acting like a bunch of tweens here. Public school tweens.”
Me: Well, Gamora does point that out at a certain point, like “And this is what we’re discussing??” So they tried to sort of have their cake and eat it too by inserting a character to chide them. But that’s a classic have your cake and eat it too tactic.
Although, Rocket did have plenty of jokes that did land, like his winking…not realizing people could tell he was winking.
LS: I liked the Taser-Face one. That was hilarious! “You know what would be a REALLY cool name? Taser-Face!”
Me: You know, I think they beat that one to death a little bit.
LS: It was really funny though.
Me: It was funny, for the first couple of minutes.
LS: No actually, I thought it was just really funny all along, but anyway…
Me: Now, we haven’t really discussed much at all, we just touched on the fact that this is about Peter’s search for his father, but of course as people know, he does find his father. And his father turns out to be not quite what he was looking for. Not quite.
LS: Hey, let’s go for broke, we already said it was spoilerific.
Me: We already said it was spoilerific, so we’ll go there. It is indeed his father, and his father is a god.
Me: Sort of god…ish. And of course, this is in the tradition of many mythological stories where feckless, irresponsible, god-like beings go around impregnating mortal females and then having dysfunctional relationships with their offspring… I’ve often thought that comic books are like our modern version of Greek and Roman mythology. So this kind of brings that into the 21st century. But despite the fact that Peter is sort of discovering that he’s a god, essentially.
Me: Semi-god, but he is immortal, his father makes that clear to him.
LS: Or he was immortal.
Me: Okay, okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, he is immortal until he decides to give that up.
LS: Which I admire a lot.
Me: Which you admire, right, and so this leads into the comment you made, which is that this is a very pro-human movie in many ways. Because, we see his dad is monologuing and bloviating and going on and on about how “Soon, there will be only us!” and “These other people are of little consequence!” and blah-blah-blah. And there’s a really good moment, the moment that I think was most emotionally resonant, when Peter… closes his eyes, and he sees his friends, one by one, and he sees these flashbacks of just these moments he’s had with them.
LS: And the great moment when he is on the verge of being won over, we should talk about that.
Me: Oh that’s true. I’m getting ahead of myself here. There are actually two moments. There’s the moment when he really is literally starry-eyed, and then it’s revealed that his dad killed his mom.
LS: And he’s like “What… did you say??”
Me: Right, exactly, and in that moment, we really see that Ego majorly...
LS: Messed up.
Me: Underestimates Peter.
LS: And he’s like, “Oh, I know that sounds bad…” *Bang-bang-bang*… [Peter] just shoots him right up. I was just like, “Yes, yes, yes!”
Me: So then the moment I was thinking about came later, when it seems like everything is lost, and they’re all dying, and Yondu has that line where he says, “I don’t use my head to shoot the arrows, I use my heart.” And that’s when Peter kind of digs down deep, and we have those wonderful, silent flashback moments. I got a little misty-eyed, I’m not gonna lie. That’s when my tear-ducts kicked in a little bit.
LS: It gives him the strength…he is mortal, and that’s his strength and his weakness.
Me: Excellently put. Very well put. And his father is warning him, “If you kill me, you’ll be just like everyone else!” And he says, “Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.” And so of course that’s playing, in a very light way, but that’s playing with the whole idea that mortality is a gift, that immortality can be a curse, and that to be human is the greatest gift of all.
LS: And earlier, I think Peter says something like, “Well, doesn’t eternity get boring?” He just happens to throw that out there when his father is going on and on about living forever, et cetera.
Me: Yeah, exactly.
So, we should talk about moments when we got teary-eyed. So that flashback moment for sure. Also, the moment when Nebula and Gamora have their pay-off.
LS: I know. Well, actually, I cry when you first find out… when Nebula’s ship has just crashed, and then she jumps on Gamora, but she can’t bring herself to kill her. And then she falls back, and she’s like, “You were the one who always wanted to win, but all I wanted was a sister.” It’s just like, “Awwww!”
Me: Yeah, that was good. That was sad. And I did somehow get emotional at Yondu’s funeral.
LS: Yeah, I think it was maybe like all of the biker gang dudes…
Me: Yeah, the biker gang dudes showing up for him!
LS: Yeah, and they really had kind of an attachment to him, even though he was kind of, y’know…
Me: Kind of a scuzz-ball?
Me: That was a good moment too, and I like the moment where Rocket is looking out, and he’s thinking to himself, “Yeah, and he didn’t push them away…”
LS: Peter looks at him, “Well, of course not.” Awwww!
Me: Awwww, crying again! I did also want to touch on that too, because they were getting at something pretty profound with Rocket’s arc there: this idea that you’re already lonely, so you feel like you understand loneliness, you can live with it because you’ve lived with it all your life. But what you really are afraid of is rejection, and so you don’t want to let anybody close to you, because you’re afraid that if once you did that, maybe you would lose them again. And so your “solution” is to just go through life stiff-arming everybody. And that’s quite a keen insight, I think, into… well, raccoon nature, as case may be. And so, Rocket finally embracing his family by the end of it…
LS: Dysfunctional family.
Me: Yes, his dysfunctional family unit, such as it is… but for me, that was one of the best, most satisfying emotional pay-offs, ‘cuz I love that little racoon guy. I love that little trash-panda. He’s awesome.
LS: Yeah. Totally.
Me: Okay, favorite song from the new soundtrack. Go.
LS: Oh, okay, I liked, and I don’t really know what any of these are called, but I liked the one, “If you don’t love me now, you’re never gonna love me again…”
Me: “The Chain!” Yaaaaaaas! [breaks into the chorus] That was fantastic.
LS: I mean, it did get a little annoying after a little while that they kept pushing in songs for all the scenes.
Me: Every moment must have a song.
LS: But I did kind of like the way they used that one.
Me: I loved all the songs. One of my favorites was the “Bring It On Home” cue where Peter’s dancing with Gamora, and they’re talking about “the unspoken thing…”
LS: And there TOTALLY IS an unspoken thing, there is, there is!
Me: There is an unspoken thing, there is, there is.
LS: And even Gamora admits that, by the end.
Me: We didn’t talk about Mantis, by the way.
LS: I liked her! She was really sweet and sensitive.
Me: I know!
LS: Even though she was a little weird.
Me: She was a little weird, and kind of ugly, as Drax said.
LS: I don’t think she was ugly! I actually don’t.
Me: Well, her antennae were sort of…
LS: But it was part of the… I actually thought she was kind of pretty, in an odd way.
Me: …Yeah, I know, I kind of agree with you there. But she had a really innocent vibe about her, and I loved the moment where she’s sitting with Drax, and Drax is thinking about his daughter, and he says, “She was like you,” and she goes “Ugly?”
LS: “Disgusting,” actually.
Me: “Disgusting,” right, because he’s just been telling that… she’s kind of ugly, and she’s like, “Oh, okay!” because she just takes everything super cheerfully, and he says, “No. Innocent.”
LS: Awwww. I actually missed that line, I didn’t hear it properly. Awwww, that’s a really good line!
Me: It is a good line, it’s one of the best lines in the whole film, I think. And so that was another thing that was nice, was to see her getting rescued out of this terrible situation where she’s essentially…
LS: A slave.
Me: Yeah, Ego’s slave. And she’s just sort of plucked out and gets to join the rest of them.
LS: I felt that all of our new characters, and even Yondu who’s not technically a new character, they kind of got a moment, they all got their own little thing… ’cause she gets to kind of help everyone by putting [Ego] to sleep.
Me: Yeah, exactly. And that’s one thing I appreciate about these big movies that are so crammed with characters, because not every superhero movie does this well. Certainly, some of the X-Men movies… were famously bad and famously over-crowded with characters who just felt like extra, like they didn’t have anything to do. And so I feel like this film, even though it had so many characters, it really made sure that every single one of them had some kind of a moment. And that’s not easy, and I can’t wait to see how they pull it off in Infinity Wars.
LS: That’s gonna be even bigger! I’m actually really excited for it.
Me: Oh, I’m excited too. And they’ve been really smart in taking their time to build up this cinematic universe, because by the time you get to Infinity War, they’re not gonna have to do any introduction, because we’re already gonna feel like we know these characters so well, we’ve kind of grown up with them a little bit, and we already have this knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses, their faults, their fears. And they’re just gonna bring that with them, because of all this patient groundwork that’s been laid.
LS: Yeah, and that’s really cool that, as you said, you do know them so well, like all their faults and fears and stuff, because it gives a little bit more depth to it, I think, a little more realism than just, “This is a superhero movie about people who can do cool stuff!” It’s like, no, these are people who can do stuff, real people, even though they’re not real, but anyway…
Me: Right, like Hawkeye says, “I’m just a guy with a bow and arrow. That’s all I am, I’m just a guy.” Now, you do have people like Thor, who’s a god, and y’know, Hulk, who’s a green rage monster…
LS: He’s also human sometimes.
Me: Well, that’s true, technically he is human. That’s a good point. And so now that they’ve brought in Nebula, I’m assuming she’s gonna have a pretty big role in Infinity Wars as well.
LS: Because she’s going after Thanos!
Me: She’s going after Thanos, and Gamora is probably gonna be going after him as well.
LS: So, I’m assuming those girls have separate mothers, ‘cuz they look way different.
Me: Uhhhh, yeah, I mean one’s green, one’s blue.
LS: Blue and purple.
Me: Blue and purple, so I would assume so as well. Yeah. Definitely.
And last but not least, I complained a lot about the style and the aesthetic of the film in some ways, but I did really enjoy the way they put together the closing credits sequence.
LS: That was fun!
Me: That was just so much fun.
LS: With all the off-stage stuff with all the actors dancing.
Me: Right, and the way they did it, they kind of made it look like vinyl cover art, with the sort of crinkly-looking photographs of the actors, it made me feel like I was watching some cheesy 60s show or something. And that’s of course very self-consciously retro, but I like that. I like that whole self-consciously retro vibe. And I like what they’ve done with that, combined with the oldies music. It kind of reminds you of the power of music, and the power of music as it relates to memory, that hearing a certain song can be like smelling a certain smell. It takes you back to a place, and it draws you to a person. And these things are so deeply ingrained in us that we don’t even think about it, and then we realize, “Wow, this is such a deep part of me.” And that’s like Peter with his Walkman and music. It’s like all he has of his mother, carried around with him.
LS: Right, and I wanted to say, I know you said there was a certain ugly aesthetic about it. I think that they were trying to go for maybe two aesthetics, because there was also another aesthetic, with the tender moments and the deep moments and the kind of bitter-sweet moments, that was also a really nice aesthetic, an almost beautiful aesthetic, to sort of counter-act the one that was maybe not so good.
Me: I agree with that. Certainly the moment where Peter’s dancing with Gamora is a really tender, kinda hippy-ish moment or something.
LS: Awww, yeah.
Me: So I loved that. And there was one other surprise with the credits which I won’t give away, but you should definitely stay and watch the credits, and pay close attention to what’s going on with, ah, some of the…words. I will just leave it at that. You know what I’m talking about.
LS: Yes, yes. Stay for the whole thing guys.
Me: And as for the Easter eggs, I think they crammed in, what was it, like four Easter eggs?
LS: I don’t know, but they broke them up, so they used them to good effect…
Me: There is a fantastic Stan Lee cameo. He’s the guy in the space helmet…
LS: Oh, oh right, ‘cuz they always have to have a Stan Lee cameo, somewhere or other.
Me: Exactly. So, yes, Stan Lee is definitely in this.
LS: I didn’t pick up that was their Stan Lee cameo, but that was funny!
Me: It was fantastic. Oh yes, and the Sovereigns, who were so forgettable that we literally haven’t mentioned them for the entirety of this review.
LS: Ugh, they’re so unnecessary.
Me: Completely unnecessary, and that was another thing I was gonna say I didn’t like about this, that they had to bring in these villains who serve no other purpose but to conveniently drive the action along when they couldn’t think of anything else.
LS: Yeah, and that was the only really extra thing that they did, because with all their other new characters and things…
Me: They had so much to work with without introducing this random alien race. I hated that.
LS: I guess they were like, “We have to have so much going on, now we have to have even more going on, so let’s throw some video game ships in there!”
Me: Right, and so then, that’s why I was so annoyed that when the one Easter egg revealed they would be back, it’s like, “Seriously, the absolute least interesting part of this entire movie, and you’re bringing it back?”
LS: I think they felt that they had to wrap it up… “Oh, but we didn’t do enough with them, we didn’t give them closure as characters!”
Me: Uh, that’s okay, I didn’t need it.
So, anyway, good movie, but because of some of the reasons we listed, I would definitely not take any non-teens. But it’s a good continuation of the first one. It had some emotional moments that eventually landed. You wonder where it’s all gonna go, because there are so many character moments, but I feel like it did eventually earn most of the emotional pay-offs.
LS: Yeah, I’d agree.
Me: So, pretty weird, but pretty good.
LS: I loved it. I absolutely loved it, even though it was weird, even though it had some dark spots, I loved it, just overall.
Me: All right, well, looking forward to seeing the Guardians strut their stuff in a new adventure.
“Aaaaaaaaaaaah…” Sing it with me! “Hooked on a feeling…”
LS: I don’t know the lyrics!
Me: “I’m high on believing… do, do-do, dooooo…”