"Strange Brew" must be what the writers were drinking when they wrote this incredibly odd and ultimately uninformative Falling Skies episode.
It wasn't entirely without value, but given the series short 10-episode season, this was a waste of an hour that could have been used to move the story forward.
The first 20 minutes of alternative reality was presented without context. Why would Tom wake up with his wife in the pre-invasion world? While it provided some insight into the Masons' pre-invasion life, it did little else. If their life had unexpected elements, perhaps it would have worked. Instead, it was just as I and I'm sure most viewers imagined it to be: a typical loving American family living in a college town.
When Tom first "woke up" and shot Karen in the head, I did gasp.
For Tom to kill someone without any thought and out of frustration and anger was out of character for him. Karen may be controlled by the aliens, but she's still a human. After having his mind invaded by tentacles attached to his eyes, I gave him the benefit of the doubt despite the shock of the killing. Only that again wasn't reality.
I was fooled. The double dose of dreams surprised me. The reveal that Karen knows about the four potential target towns was further proof of the information provided by the mole. At the same time, Tom wasn't fooled and once again disconnected from the alien mind control. His escape from the Espheni was a bit too easy. If he's still under their mind control, that would be taking that plot device too far.
If he isn't, then why was he dreaming about his dead wife after returning to his pre-attack home? A residual effect, perhaps? I hope that's the case and that Tom now has a renewed interest in bringing down the Espheni and then going after Anne and Alexis. Tom's desperately needed in Charleston.
With the Espheni grid being up put, will the Humans be able to bring it down with the Volm device? Even though Weaver doesn't trust the new President, he tells her he's going along with the plan. Though, at this point, Weaver could be planning a revolt against using the Volm device as well. His true intentions and partnership with Pope could undermine the plan.
Tom's return would provide the leadership that's necessary to complete the mission using the Volm device to protect the entire Human race.
Did you enjoy this dream-based episode? Should Weaver go along with the Volm device plan? Or try to sabotage it?