Our characters have found a path to follow. Little by little, the big picture of Season 2 is coming into focus.
We pick up where we left off, with Titus Andover holding Miles and Sheriff Mason prisoner. For the first time we get some details on Andover’s past. He was an all boys school’s principal and a pedophile, but when the police were about to catch him the power went out, taking all evidence with it.
For reasons yet to be revealed, Andover’s tribe are trying to find something related to blood. They attempt to find a specific blood result by running crude blood tests on Miles and Mason. Miles has a positive match, so they kill Mason (by the way I really liked the “Ranger Texas Walker” reference), but they don’t kill Miles when he tries to escape. They need him. Later, at the end of the episode we see a sick woman, Andover’s relative maybe? Are they trying to save her with the unsanitary blood experiments?
Meanwhile back at Willoughby, Rachel is trying to round up a few good men to save Miles, but Gene is reluctant to help. He is not going to lose her again. Aaron struggles with his own problems. Not only has he returned from the dead, but he also has visions or delusional memories of Ben dying again in his arms before telling him, “it’s you”. They figure that the fireflies are in someway responsible for Aaron’s revival, but they don’t know why. And what’s up with the rats? Another question, keep counting.
We flashback to what happened in the tower at the end of last season: Aaron was just about to stop the missiles but something or someone caused the system to power down before he could avert catastrophe.
At the Georgia refugee camp, Neville, Jason and Jason’s friend Greg plan to assassinate Allenford. However, it turns out Neville is actually working on a longer term plan to infiltrate the Patriots to avenge Julia. With and amazing slow motion scene, we see him sacrifice Greg to save Allenford and earn her trust. I enjoyed that moment, nothing escapes Neville’s intentions, but at what cost?
Elsewhere, the men who captured Monroe are revealed to be Patriot-hired bounty hunters who have been tracking him for months. They need him alive, but that turns out to be their undoing as he escapes, killing the guy with the patch in the process. We don’t know much about the remaining bounty hunter, but it’s written over his face: “I’m Charlie’s new love interest”. This was the weakest storyline for me.
In general, it was a good episode. The writers are connecting the storylines: the new Government is looking for Monroe, and Allenford is working with Andover’s Camp, but we have a lot more questions and just a few answers so far. Maybe the writers are trying to set expectations, which is normal at the beginning of a season – they are not going spill everything right away. But I’m having LOST ‘flashbacks’, there are a lot of questions, but there needs to be payoff along the way. Let’s see how the season pans out.
8.5/10 Seriable Stars