It’s unfortunate that the capstone episode to Telltale’s overall great Guardians adaptation ended up being one of the most inconsistent. It feels like half of an epic finale in too big of a box, surrounded by those foam packing peanuts that you’re just going to throw away. The emotional high notes in Episode 5: Don’t Stop Believin’ ring loud and clear, but between them are valleys of underwhelming and sometimes confusing character writing.
It’s very difficult to talk about this episode without giving any kind of spoilers, though I’ll do my best to be cagey. My biggest criticism is how the inevitable âgetting the band back togetherâ was handled. At the end of Episode 4, the Guardians were on the skids, having all gone their separate ways due to seemingly irreconcilable differences. Episode 5 opens with two of the deserters walking immediately back into the room they had just left, deciding not to quit after all. They were gone for probably all of 30 seconds in the continuity of the series, making their departure feel largely meaningless.