Cult "The Good Fight" Review: Skye and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamscape

Cult S01E06: "The Good Fight"

It was the morning after the Awkward Acid Trip Par-tay and Skye started hallucinating, seeing Billy Grimm in the shower and standing behind Dumb Jeff and touching her face like a creep. Before she finally fainted, there were the awkward apologies about kissing under the influence and Un-fun Jeff's PSA about how "friends don't roofie friends." Then the fainting. Apparently Skye had herself an allergic reaction to a compound in the chemical makeup, which sent her off to a dream version of the Fake Cult.

Yeah, I know. 

That the mind trip inside Skye's mommy-and-daddy-issues-laden brain was the result of an unfortunate reaction instead of a targeted assassination attempt was disappointing. Skye has been getting closer and closer to the truth while working with Jeff and her meddling has definitely caught the attention of a few oddball co-workers, Detective Sakelik, and a handful of True Believer types. It wouldn't have been a stretch to believe that Skye had worn out her welcome at Bizzaro The CW and earned herself a spot on the True Believers' list of "threats" to Steven Rae and the show itself. 

But instead, we went with allergies. An ENORMOUSLY SEVERE allergic reaction, but still, an allergic reaction nonetheless. It just felt kind of anticlimactic.

The whole gang got in on Skye's romp through Cult Oz. Dream Kelly ditched her police job to rejoin the cult while Jeff made an appearance sipping on Grimm's famous dandelion wine. Even long-dead Daddy Yarrow made an appearance... to encourage his daughter to stop looking for him, stop annoying the Cult people, and move on with her life. 

It would have been an interesting twist if the bad acid had been a deliberate attempt to mess with Skye and derail her investigation rather than a simple prank by some horny misfits looking to loosen up some ladies. Mind control and all that. While the actual issues as presented were touching and all, I guess, the scare factor just wasn't there. 

However, Skye's refusal to give up the fight, even when she grew dangerously close to considering it, served to further highlight the apparent Skye/Jeff relationship that is a thing now. Her mind trip was created due to the real doubt she struggled with about whether she would truly know the truth about her father's disappearance or not. She decided to stay, citing her time with Jeff as reaffirming her mission and giving her comfort in knowing that she isn't alone. 

The budding relationship between Skye and Jeff is one of the few things Cult has managed to do right in it's much-maligned debut (and let's be honest, probably only) season. The characters' relationship developed organically and their chemistry has improved greatly as the importance of one to the other has grown beyond the realm of shared circumstance. That it has taken six episodes, nearly half the season, to get there is testament to the writers' care in developing their bond. I may be doing it wrong, but currently, my motivation for tuning in has more to do with watching the inevitability of Jeff/Skye unfold than dealing with the batshit insanity of the True Believers these days. 

When Jeff approached Detective Sakelik about helping Skye by handing over a sample of the drugs she confiscated at the party, Sakelik flat-out refused. Again, her lack of cooperation would have made more sense if the drugging of Skye had been a deliberate attempt to kill or disarm her, but as it stands, it came off as petty and needlessly cruel. A sort of truce with Jeff, in order to save Skye, would have put Sakelik in an interesting position and certainly given her leverage in their dealings by making him, in a way, beholden to her. 

Then again, it's not like she doesn't have other ways of keeping Jeff on a leash. Before breaking into her house to steal the drugs himself, Jeff enlisted lady-hacker EJ to track some down. Burt, their boss at the blog/newspaper/whatever they work for, didn't appreciate Jeff tying up and endangering his employees, but offered to help Jeff anyway, only to be "found by the police" after an apparent "home invasion" that was entirely too convenient (and accompanied by a cryptic and gloating bouquet to Jeff) to be anything but Sakelik and her minions messing around. 

Or not messing around. The True Believers don't seem to have much in the way of a sense of humor. 

All in all, "The Good Fight" was a solid Jeff/Skye episode and a strong episode for establishing who Skye truly is and what her motivations are. There were just a few details that I think could have taken it from "good Skye episode" territory to "good overall episode" territory, but I've learned to take what I can get with Cult. It's better to sit back and watch the crazy happen and enjoy the positives we're given than to get bent out of shape over what could have been.

What did you think of this episode?

Postcards from Crazy Town

– So Skye's mom totally seems to be more involved and knowledgeable than she's letting on, right?

– What are your thoughts about Jeff/Skye?

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