Matt Mason, The Next Jimmy?
With Jimmy dead, it looks like Matt Mason has stepped up to be the new annoying kid in the group. The opening scene with him being used as bait for the skitters was pretty fun, but the aftermath that followed was frustrating to watch. First off, it was painfully obvious Matt was going to continue to disobey his father until something bad happens to put him in his place. Second, I'm not sure if it was the writing or the acting or what, but watching Matt throw temper tantrums at his father was annoying. Maybe some viewers enjoyed Matt's adventures in this episode, I, however, am hopeful the kid got enough sense scared into him at the end of the episode that we won't have to deal with his lashing out much longer
Ben Mason, The Glowing Statue
I'm not sure what it was about this episode, but Ben continued my frustrations with the Mason boys as his very bland/expressionless acting really started to get on my nerves this episode. I've bought into it for awhile and just attributed it to being a side effect of his harnessing, but as he gets more and more screen time, his lack of expression during scenes starts standing out, and not in a good way. I'm glad Hal has already discovered something's up with the glowing spikes, and hopefully that will lead to some new discoveries on that front soon.
Hal Mason, Maggie's Man
I continue to enjoy the interactions between Hal and Maggie. It's fun to watch two young adults stumble around in love without even knowing what they have. The contrast of their happiness together with the hardships of the world around them makes it that much more special. I'm also glad that they aren't rushing that plot line either as it's fun to see it develop slowly. I do fear the obvious future conflict that will occur with a potential return of Karen.
The Young Bloods Themselves
Diego and crew brought a fun new perspective to the situation. We have a group of kids that have survived without adults and have done so fairly well. Part of me was annoyed at the idea that they would choose to leave at the end rather than stay with the 2nd Mass. At first I thought it made no sense for them to not want the security of the larger group. But as the kids said at the beginning of the episode, adults kept putting them in danger. A smaller more focused group who's sole purpose is to hide and survive is definitely a smaller target and does make their decision to remain on their own a valid one - even if I still don't agree with it.
Weaver's Got a Kid!
I guess I can't go without mentioning Weaver's daughter. She played a pretty significant role in the episode, but I honestly didn't care about her much either way. I definitely do feel sorry for Weaver as he had finally gotten over losing his family just in time for those wounds to be reopened again. Now he has to deal with his daughter leaving again, though he at least knows she's alive.
I'm pretty surprised we didn't see any Pope this episode. I would have thought they'd have shown what he's up to a little. You know, tease just enough for us to know he's still around. I'm actually glad they didn't show anything though, as that will make anything they do show us in the future that much more satisfying.
Daddy Issues Be Dammed
While I was definitely disappointed by the younger Mason brothers, the episode as a whole was pretty good. I hope they don't have Weaver get another nervous breakdown with the re-loss of his daughter. I doubt they will go there, but you never know.