Monday, August 6, 2012

Season 2 Episode 7: Death March

Separate But Equal
With the 2nd Mass getting ever so close to Charleston, this episode takes a pause to give us a whole bunch of character backstory.  It was interesting to see different groups all broken up so that we could get a more focused interaction between key characters.  Balancing off the suspense of whether or not the Charleston dream will come true makes the episode work all that much better.

Maggie's Dark Past
We've always known Maggie has had a relatively dark past with her bouts with cancer and her time with Pope's gang, but apparently that was just scratching the surface.  I loved Pope's poking and prodding in this episode and I'm both glad and surprised that we not only learned that Maggie's has been hiding something but that she actually reveals what it was without dragging it out for a few episodes.  Her criminal past didn't actually come off as that big of a deal for me.  In a world where aliens are wiping out humanity, I guess being a former drug addicted thief doesn't really matter much.  I'm curious if we'll find out more about her child in some sort of future twist

Tector, Stupid Name, Fun Character
First, I just have to get off my chest how stupid a name Tector is.  Every time somebody has said his name in an episode, I've struggled to try and figure out what the heck they were saying.  With the character getting some decent screen time, I finally had to break down and look it up.  With that out of the way, I gotta say I really enjoyed the back and forth between Tector and Weaver.  It was nice seeing Weaver able to have some military banter with.  I'm a fan of Ryan Robbins, the actor that plays Tector, from his time on the SyFy show Sanctuary and hope he gets some more screen time because I do like his character quite a bit.

Fool Me Twice
So apparently the 2nd Mass is going to keep falling for the same alien tricks over and over again.  While we don't know for sure if the harnessed girl had ulterior motives, it sure seemed obvious to me that she was searching for info.  There are now three pretty blatant occasions where the aliens could have learned about Charleston; this harnessed girl, the overlord reading Ben's thoughts, and Karen using her "super-hearing" to overhear Weaver discussing South Carolina.  Seems like it'll be only a matter of time before the aliens attack.  Maybe they will be fooled by the destroyed city just as the 2nd Mass was?  Though I highly doubt it.

Can't Be That Easy
Okay so it hasn't been easy at all for the 2nd Mass to get to Charleston, but there's no way it's going to end up being as good as they had hoped.  I do hope it lasts a few episodes though before they have to leave for whatever reason.  It'd be nice to change the pace back to them settling in for a bit so that we can see just how humanity is going to try and rebuild.


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