Feb 21, 2020
Green Lantern (2011), a recap (part 3 of 9)
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Previously: Abin Sur was surprised at home by a visit from his old friend Parallax, which left him nearly dead and on his way to Earth to find a new Green Lantern. We met Hal Jordan and watched him do a test flight that left him nearly dead; his plane crashed and presumably so did Ferris Aircraft’s stock.
Cut to fires burning near the water. It’s the site of where Abin Sur’s space capsule has landed. With what little energy he has left, Abin makes a fuzzy green bubble pop out of his ring, which then goes flying off. Abin tells it, “Choose well.” It won’t.
Meanwhile, Hal pulls up to a suburban house with a bunch of kids playing out front. As he walks inside, he learns his test flight accident has made the news. He hears a reporter on TV talking about not only Hal, but also his father Martin Jordan, who died in 1993. Amazingly, both Hal and his father are famous enough to make the news, even though it seems all they’ve done is nearly and/or actually get themselves killed.
Hal gets confronted by his brother Jack for almost ending up like Dad, but Hal tells Jack not to worry, because he walked away from the crash. So Jack brings up a motorcycle accident that put Hal in the hospital for a month, and storms off. Then some other generic looking guy named Jim walks up, who I guess is Hal’s younger brother, and Hal asks him where “Jason” is. By the way, don’t bother trying to remember any of these names or interchangeable faces, because we never see or hear from Hal’s family after this scene.
Hal goes to visit Jason, who must be his nephew, and it turns out Hal is here for the kid’s birthday party. Jason hugs him and says he got “freaked out” when he heard the news about the crash, but Hal assures him that even though he’s a “screw-up”, the one thing he does know how to do is fly. Hal then gives Jason his birthday present, and it’s the box he carefully wrapped in old newspaper while driving to work. Inside is a clear plastic model of a Starfighter, and as Hal hangs the plane from a hook, Jason wants to know more about the crash.
Tender music tries to convince us this is a touching scene as Jason asks if he was afraid, and Hal says, “It’s my job not to be,” reinforcing that he’s a man without fear, which is why the ring is about to pick him, blah blah blah. Hal then tells his nephew to get out there and enjoy his birthday party.