Holy smokes, y’all. This is episode 5, which means that technically we are halfway through the 10-episode season. Which makes sense, since in this episode we get a pretty significant reveal/twist (game-changer? Maybe possibly).
So there is a secret Skitter rebellion, according the Skitter Red-Eye, who I think I’m just going to call Skitter Bob, or just Bob (since Skitter seems sort of derogatory now). Maybe I’m too trusting, but I believe it. I think Bob’s story jives, and it explains why Tom was the only one to not get shot when all those other humans who were left off the ship were (although why did all the others get shot? Plot? Or to protect Bob’s cover? Or to not arouse audience suspicion). Also, why would he inform Tom about the “death squad’s” immanent attack? And why didn’t the 2nd Mass haul ass the second they heard there might be an attack on the camp? Sometimes I can’t with these dumbasses.
I’m also a sucker for the “secret dissention/rebellion within a previously assumed-to-be monolithically evil enemy force” trope. Tom mentioned that “history’s full of excuses like ‘I was only following orders’”; history’s also full of people who you assumed were Bad Guys actually being good. Story-wise, it just makes things that much more interesting. Plus, the 2nd Mass. has already encountered (un-harness) human collaborators (like the dude who was trading children for protection), so I think it makes sense that there would be a converse of that with having Good Skitters.
I guess I have to talk about Hal and Maggie. Sigh.
I mentioned in a comment reply in the previous recap post my two big issues with Hal and Maggie hooking up. For one, Karen, obviously. Clearly Hal has unresolved feelings about his alien-abducted girlfriend; he got all pissy when Ben mentioned her in the season premiere and shut down when Maggie mentioned her (smooth move, Mags). But then a second later he’s all up, trying to mack on Maggie. I’d be one thing if he knew Karen was dead, but he knows she’s alive, so he’s just being shitty. I can’t wait for next week when Karen shows up again to guilt trip the fuck out of Hal/kick his ass for being The Worst.
My second problem with this relationship is with Maggie. We knew from the first time we met Maggie that she was raped by multiple members of Pope’s gang during her time there, but it has never been addressed since, either with how that affected Maggie, or Pope’s involvement/culpability. Was he part of it, did he know what was going on and didn’t (or couldn’t) do anything to stop it, or did he not know? The only conversation they ever even have is in 1×09, when Pope reminds her that he saved her life from the aliens, and she responds “I don’t forget anything you did, not a second of it” and also says that if Pope crossed the 2nd Mass she’d show him exactly what he left behind, and “I don’t think you’re gonna like it.”
Look, I’m not saying I want to see her have a meltdown about it – we’ve seen how strong she is, and that wouldn’t be a genuine reaction for her character – but that is, to put it mildly, a not inconsequential experience for someone to live with, regardless of how strong you are. It’s impossible to tell if the show is either retconning and trying to forget that part of her backstory, or if they really don’t think there would be any mental/emotional repercussions (which, of course, vary from person to person, but still). It just feels sort of icky and irresponsible to have Maggie get involved with Hal without dealing with the fact that her last sexual encounters(s) were non-consensual. Shit, show. Now that you’re cool with killing kids left and right, it seems like you have the stones now to actually deal with something like this.
And no, as much as I’d like to believe that that is where they were headed with Maggie’s post-kiss rejection, I think it’s just a “I’ve learned to not get emotionally involved with people because I was constantly on the brink of death with my brain tumors and smushy skull (yeah, also a hot move, btw) and now it’s the same since we are both constantly in mortal peril basically all the fucking time”.
Anyway, that’s probably only my glitch ["My GLITCH?!" - Troy Dyer, Reality Bites (Couldn't resist - Nicole)]. Other than that, I thought the Skitter Bob twist was interesting and provided the “bad guys” with some much needed complexity, especially heading into the back half of the season.
- Wasn’t it pretty obvious that the “He” Rick was talking about was Skitter Bob? Like, no duh, he was obviously in the Skitter hive mind-mode.
- I don’t know if they were inspired by The Hunger Games or what, but they are really going for the under-18 fatalities. RIP Rick.
- Did Skitters look like Skitters before they were harnessed, or is the buggy look a result/by-product of harnessing?
- Another reason Hal and Maggie suck together: their terrible “flirting”. In 2×02 they were talking about Skitter reproduction, and hermaphrodite earthworms, and in this Jazz Pants Rita.
- I wish we were in the other car with Crazy Lee and Tector; not only are both the actors Battlestar Galactica alums, they just seem like they’d be way more fun to hang out with.
- (Btw, don’t re-watch BSG episodes right before you watch this show. As much as this show has improved, the disparity will still make you cry. If you haven’t ever watched Battlestar Galactica, GET ON THAT SHIT ASAP. It’s on Netflix Instant. You’re welcome).
- Did Tom and Anne finally hook up at the end, in one of the hospital’s “many rooms”?
- Yes Ben, 11-year-olds are the best at keeping secrets. Sigh again.
So, do you believe Skitter Bob? Is Weaver’s leg going to turn into an alien? Are you excited for the second half of the season? Tell me all your thoughts, and let’s discuss.