A Mitchells vs. the Machines Deleted Scene Reveals a Voltron-Esque Villain

Yes, Mitchells, you’re seeing correctly.
Yes, Mitchells, you’re seeing correctly.
Image: Netflix

Not only is The Mitchells vs. the Machines one of the best movies of the year so far, it’s got an absolutely unforgettable ending. The way the family comes together to fight the villainous PAL, complete with flying robot skateboards, laser gauntlets, and a soundtrack by T.I and Rihanna? It’s epic and touching at the same time. But that wasn’t always how things were gonna finish.

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The film’s Head of Story, Guillermo Martinez, took to Twitter to reveal a deleted scene from the end of the film. As he explains it, in another cut PAL gave herself kind of a body by gathering a bunch of appliances and becoming Mecha PAL, which Katie then defeats in a way similarly to what happens in the film. It’s a very cool scene, which you can see in storyboard form via Martinez’s Twitter below. (The storyboards are by Martinez and Andrew J. Ross.)

Obviously, by cutting this, the finale is much more compact. The emotional beat with Dad is achieved in a slightly different way and Katie’s triumph is still excellent. That said, it would have been awesome to see her defeat this massive robot single handedly.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines is now on Netflix and we highly recommend it.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated Ross did the storyboards alone. We’ve added that Martinez did them as well.


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DISCUSSION

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...wait, Las Vegas?

I’m guessing that this wasn’t in the final action sequence of the film, but rather earlier on. The finale takes place, as stated multiple times (and stereotypically), in Silicon Valley.

Like, it’s so Silicon Valley that they even have signs for the 101 and 152 highways and a fruit stand in the background (if you’ve ever taken the 152 between the 101 and the 5, you know exactly what I’m talking about), and that’s one of the main routes to get to San Jose.

HOWEVER, I remember that feeling odd to me in the film itself, because the 152 is mostly used to get to San Jose from Southern California. If you want to get from San Jose from the North or East, taking the 580 to the 680 or the 130 would make a whole lot more sense, especially since they were previously in Colorado (IIRC)...

...BUT it would make sense if you were coming from Las Vegas, where the most direct route would send you through Bakersfield to the south. And yes, you could argue that I’m being pedantic about the routes you take to get places, but I’ve driven my ass over the 152 more times than I can fucking count and they put a goddamn fruit stand there for a reason they knew the area!

So, yeah, guessing that this wasn’t a small bit that was cut, but rather a whole scene in Vegas on par with the Mall of the Globe was initially planned, but between runtime and story and theming concerns, it got cut.