Good? Bad? I can't say for sure. That's because my mind kept drifting during the episode. I had to rewind several times because of this. Usually my attentioned is riveted. Could be an indication that the episode was substandard. Sounds like my comments are suitably politically neutral. I'm not 100 percent sure of this but, did one of the characters actually make a reference to Michael's haircut?
Those ratings Tati posted are very discouraging. Reality tv shows are taking up too much airtime and causing quality, scripted shows to be cancelled. Reality tv is the devil! It was nice to get a little insight into why Alek seems to dislike humans so much. I must admit I thought he was a bigotted jerk when it came to humans. It sounds like his human foster parents may have rejected him when they became aware of his Mai heritage. Perhaps they forced him to sleep in a small room under the stairs in a home on Pivet Dr.
Not gonna speculate too much about the upcoming fight scene since seeing it out of context makes it impossible to tell who's right and who's wrong. My guess is that it all developes from some kind of misunderstanding. I will say that unless Alek controls himself, Brian's going to end up in a lot of pain. I not only like the character Amy, I'm impressed with the actor, Grace Phipps. I've noticed that even when the camera is focused on someone else and she's in the background, you can tell from her reactions and facial expressions that she's totally involved and really helps sell the scene. Kudos to Carissa for downplaying the "Cat out of the bag" pun. LOL! With all the secrets between the show's characters and the fact that the Mai are Cat-like beings, it was bound to come out sooner or later. I'm still wondering if the fact that both Alek and Chloe were born in parts of the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine) has any signifigance in the show's main storyline.
It's funny you mention Ferguson's physical comedy. There was a scene in an episode from a few seasons ago (I can't remember which one) in which Carter gets zapped by something while at GD and immediately collapses in midsentence. It was so funny I rewound the scene several times and even played it in slow motion, all the while marveling at the skill required to pull it off. Felicia/Holly... Wonderful!!! It didn't even register, until I read Atlas' comment about Henry breaking the kids' baseball bat after asking if he could "borrow" it, how rude a thing it was for Henry to do. LOL! How mad do you think the kids were?
I've been trying to figure out if the harnesses are used to CONTROL the minds of the harnessed or to ALTER them. It's obvious by Matt's newfound physical capabilities and Rick's recovery from his condition that the harness alters the host physically and, it would seem, permanently although it's too early to tell. On the mental side of things, it appears that Rick's mind has been altered whereas Ben seems to have regained control of his mental faculties. Does it have something to do with length of exposure to the harness? Is there a point of no return at which the host's brain is permanently compromised? This could present a moral dilemma down the road when it comes to deciding which kids can be rescued and which should be killed/euthanized.
Very entertaining episode. Chuck Finley never disappoints. Jesse's portrayal of a tweaked out druggie was the highlight of the show for me. It was great to see him play a role I'd never thought to see from him. He's usually so serious. Good job!!! When I saw the two CIA dudes my first thought was the Beastie Boys' Sabatoge video.
I loved this episode! I agree with you, Jim on the Slow Motion shot of the crew walking down the carnival's midway. Some might call it cheesey but, I thought it was perfect. Eliot shined in his role as chaperone/protector and I'm happy they didn't portray the girl as a stereotypical emo/goth type of character. I really like the way they choreograph some of Eliot's fight scenes. Rapid bursts of raw power delivered with no wasted motion. You could tell his main opponent was going to be a challenge based on the dude's chin. A cleft like that is an unmistakeable sign of his fighting skills. I don't think Eliot has had a challenge like that since he took on the Israeli woman a couple seasons ago. I must shamefully admit I did not suspect Daria.
Jack's mention of Zoe to Jo has me thinking about how that love triangle is going to play out. I figure the worst-case scenario would be if Jo is still living in Jack's house when Zoe comes home for a surprise visit and finds Jo and Zane together. One of the funniest moments from the last episode was SARAH's reference to Zane's diminished electrolite level as he came downstairs. Thinly-veiled innuendo such as this, delivered at the perfect time, is part of what makes Eureka such a successful series. I hate to think what's going to happen to the town of Eureka if/when Henry departs for Titan. It'll take at least ten people to replace the "Human Swiss Army Knife" that is Dr. Deacon. Perhaps GD can send someone back in time to abduct the Professor from Gilligan's Island.
One of the best episodes yet. I could be way off base here but, I'm not so sure Alek's motive for disobeying Valentina was quite as noble as it may have appeared to be. I think he may have been trying to manipulate the situation in order to make himself look like the hero and/or to get a chance to take on the Jackals whom he clearly despises. If that was his plan it was a success. Meredith and Frank: Anyone else wonder why, upon his introduction to Chloe, the writers would have Frank mysteriously wash his hand before shaking hands with Chloe? Sure, he did it under the pretext of having spilled a bit of coffee on himself. I just don't understand why that would be written into the scene unless it bore some significance to the storyline. Another far-fetched observation: I think it was Paul who brought up the question about whether or not it would be possible for Chloe to kiss a Jackal since they are not human. That got me thinking about the human Chloe kissed in the first episode. Do we know without a doubt that Chloe's kiss was what killed him? She is the Uniter afterall. It would make sense were she to be able to kiss whomever she wanted regardless of their species. Sorry Chalek people, Brian still may have a shot.
@Tati That sounds like something Paul would say. He would certainly approve.
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