Falling Skies "At All Costs" Review: All the President's Men (and Aliens)

Falling Skies S03E04: "At All Costs"

Once the Volm demonstrated just how willing they were to blow the Espheni to smithereens, the Lieutenant who claimed to be following orders from the real president of the United States was impressed and offered to take everyone to her leader. Her leader happened to be the dad from 7th Heaven (Stephen Collins), and I guess for now he's the real deal and we're supposed to trust him. I think he seems kind of icky, but that might just be the residual ickiness from the 7th Heaven connection. 7th Heaven is a creepy-ass show.

After some initial apprehension—especially considering that conveniently timed attack—Mr. Real President decided to trust Tom on how awesome it is to be besties with the Volm, and sent Tom on a mission to display Cochese like an intergalactic Elephant Man, so as to get the other rag-tag surviving communities to join in on the fun. Ugh.

I like what Falling Skies has done lately with Charleston—making the city and its inhabitants increasingly self-sufficient (except for how they all would've been blown up ten times over if not for the Volm keeping an eye out for them), transitioning fairly smoothly from on-the-run conflict to the kind of bickering that arises when a bunch of different people are forced to essentially rebuild civilization together, and the the various ways humans have adapted to their messy new world.

So of course we're going to toss Tom back out on the road. Because it's not like we haven't already essentially had two seasons of Tom wandering around a devastated landscape looking for allies.

Back in Charleston, the situation wasn't much better. Hal continued to struggle with his mole/not-a-mole status, or his brainwashed/not-brainwashed status, or whatever his increasingly sketchy status is. After arguing with himself in the mirror, Hal went full-evil and I stopped taking this episode seriously. It looks like we're gearing up for an equally alien-programmed Anne after her encounter in the woods and I'm just... I'm beyond words. I genuinely laughed because I genuinely found the whole situation funny. I don't want to say that Falling Skies is entering Glee territory with its ability to entertain me by accident because Glee is in a class all its own, but Falling Skies is certainly carving out its own niche.

So enough about what was amaze-bad. "At All Costs" wasn't a total wash. Ben's B-story, which involved confronting his true feelings about his "freak" status when Lourdes revealed that the children who'd been un-harnassed the old-fashioned way—by leaving them with their spikes and their superpowers, minus all the brainwashing and human puppetry—could now be de-spiked with ease thanks to the Volm's machine. It would be an incredible opportunity for Ben to return to normal, and his friends and most of the other spiked kids seemed eager to ditch their hardware... but not everyone, and not just Ben. That the spikes, even with all the bad stuff that's associated with them, enable Ben and the others to do a lot of good... it's a perfectly valid argument in terms of Ben's personal view of himself, not to mention a tactical standpoint. The kids with the spikes are the most immediate link to the rebel Skitters and, for me anyway, their relationship offers a more believeable rationale for the aliens to ally themselves with the humans than anything Cochese can cook up about long-lost flowers.

However, in the end, I was still genuinely surprised when Ben and the others got to keep their spikes. It seemed obvious that Ben would want to keep his, but with all the anti-alien sentiment among the Charleston population—even with their Volm alliance—I just kind of figured the pressure to ditch any ties to the aliens would be intense.

I also enjoyed Anne and the anti-social doctor in the basement (before she knocked him out). One of the things that Falling Skies has done well throughout its entire run has been to humanize even the fringe characters by giving them detailed pasts and motivations that breathe life into even the most rarely seen background folks. I enjoyed the resident super-genius the last time we saw him, and I didn't even mind the continuation of that heavy-handed approach to his backstory. We get it—he had a kid. The kid died (probably). Now he hates everyone. Except children.

After watching so many of her closest contacts turn against her last week, I was more than okay with Dr. Grumpypants possibly becoming a new friend to Anne and possibly even one who could help sort out Creepy Alexis, since he did discover her alien DNA... but I don't think that's going to be the case. It could be the case and I'm certainly crossing my fingers; after all, they have to do something with Alexis and I just don't see the show conveniently offing her. I'm just sorry he had to get bonked on the head so that Anne and her monster baby could get caught in the woods by Evil Hal and the worst welcome committee ever. Great, more moles/not-moles. It' not like anyone in the city seems terribly concerned about the prospect of one, anyway.

Overall, this was a lukewarm episode for me. I liked half of it. I hated half of it. I'm not terribly excited with everything that was set up, but Falling Skies has pleasantly surprised me in the past, so a nice precedent has been set. What did you think?



NOTES

– "You don't know how to fly the plane." "I'm reading a book!" <3 Pope.

– Cochese questioning the airworthiness of the plane was great, especially the dirty look he gave the loud engines.

– It was awfully convenient that the Espheni attacked the president's compound almost immediately after Tom and his entourage arrived—was the mole on the plane? Who are your main suspects?

– Do you trust President Hathaway?

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I don't expect anything from FS more than what they give. Whatever happens on the show that seems odd or out of place, I just take it and watch. I don't watch FS for perfect plot points and well thought out writing. I always enjoy the episodes and that is what I like about the show. What more can a person ask for. I just think some people are over thinking it. Saying that, I don't hold it against anyone who stops watching the show though.
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Anne hitting Dr. Kadar was probably the stupidest thing I've seen on a television show in quite a while. I mean, if she's a scared mother who just wants to protect her child, or if she's just freaked out by the baby/results of the DNA test, he'd make a great ally either way (e.g. he's a genius, he's obviously very pro-children, and he has proof that Alexis is part alien).

Soooooooo, why did Anne bash his head in again? I'm still in shock from what she did. I thought the two were going to pair-up and figure this whole Alexis thing out together.
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annie is the mole.

explains her odd behaviour why alexis is a hybrid (ok so tom may have had something done to him as well)

as for how the tom and the president where tracked... they flew a noisy old plane.. they used a short wave radio...and they had a volm with them.. gee i wonder....
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I know some people are complaining with the Anne/ monster baby story, but this episode kind of tied it in for me. Anne is a mother trying to do anything to protect her child. Isn't that what any loving mother would do for their offspring. It doesn't matter to her that Alexis has alien DNA and is evolving faster than she should be.

I also really enjoyed Mirror Hal. Talk about a clash of multiple personalities. I still don't buy that evil Hal is the mole, though I suppose he could be if everyone was asleep at Anne's bedside awaiting Alexis's birth. Mirror Hal is a lot more outgoing and ready to fully express himself.

But the best part of the story was Ben and the ability to remove the harness. Now personally I'm worried that the Espheni are going to brainwash all the kids with spikes since they can still hear those EM waves, but the decision to remain a fighter rather than turn back into a nerd really gave him character. It gave us a little bit of the envy he had for Hal, and it showed us the pride he now has in being stronger.

Oh yeah, and then there was the President Collins story. Now personally I don't trust President Collins. Where is the proof that they are uniting the rebel groups together? Isn't it much more likely that they want to capture Cochise so they can hold him hostage? Yeah, I don't trust him one bit.

And as for the spy, all along I've thought it was Pope or Bressler. Wouldn't it make much more sense that Bressler wanted to kill the rebel Skitters to protect the Overlords? Wouldn't it make much more sense that Bressler informed them of where the so-called President is, especially if he has a head-implant as well. I haven't trusted Bressler from the start, and nothing he has done this season has brought me any closer to him.
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Ben should definitely *not* remove the remaining parts of the harness. If we had been talking about a person in the real world, in the kind of situation *we* are in, then the argument about how we don't know what the long-term effects are would have made sense. But in a world invaded by aliens, where his survival chances depends on his ability to fight and run, I'd say that his life expectancy is lowered more by removing it. What's the life expectancy for a teenager who needs an inhaler in a world invaded by aliens?
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A lot of people have posted about how absurd Anne's behavior was. I agree, but there's one explanation that makes it sort of alright: Anne is the mole. She doesn't even know it, but they're controlling her in some way. How else could they be waiting for her when she left?

Maybe the baby has never talked to her. Maybe that was just part of what they did to control her.
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Can't say that you're wrong; this is Falling Skies we are discussing after all. However, wasn't Ann in labor surrounded by Mason men when O'Quinn was killed?
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I personally find this review effin nuts, and keeps getting a constant "ugh" from me whenever i read them. I find the Hal/hybrid baby story lines actually great, it shows that whatever weapons or allies the humans may find, the Espheni have something that really makes things a lot more complicated, they have intrusive technology, genetic warfare, abductions, brainwashing and mind control.

Their practices are insidious, they use our own fears and weaknesses like the creepy overlords that they are, and they do this in the background, between the lines, it wouldn't surprise me if everyone at the top of Hathaway organization are mind controlled as well, it seems like this was all a ploy to capture Cochise.
Some people forget that parents will do whatever it takes to protect their baby, so Anne running away to protect her daughter is just human instinct, and its something the Espheni exploit all the time (they use children as slaves, shields, tools if you hadn't noticed before!)

For me this season is the best FS has ever been, the awkwardness in the acting is gone, even Hal whom i always disliked turning evil is a stroke of genius if you ask me.
But i guess to each his own.
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"After arguing with himself in the mirror, Hal went full-evil and I stopped taking this episode seriously." --- SAME! I've been disappointed a lot this season, but this, this did it in for me. It was the obvious choice, making Hal the mole, but I was hoping they wouldn't go this route. Each week I try to stop myself from being so critical, but it's hard when I remember what this show used to be. This season took a turn way out into left field and I hope it steers back on course. Even my husband, who has loved the season thus far even when I complained (though, he was disappointed in the huge 7 month gap in time) laughed and pretty much gave up after the Hal's mirror-mirror moment.
I could go on about Anne's storyline but at this point every scene she's in I just know it's leading to Moon Bloodgood's maternity leave so I find myself apathetic.
I'm also not going to ask questions like how does Pope have plane (even though I love that he has a plane!!) - I'm just going to start expecting this kind of stuff.
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*sigh* I honestly just watch this show now to kill time and nothing much to see on the summer...
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To paraphrase and then mash-up Danny Boyle: "Choose perfect eyesight. Choose not having asthma. Choose lifting cars. Choose not to choose life: choose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got superpowers?" Ben should definitely choose the life less ordinary.

I don't see why anyone would choose an ordinary life when they can have an extraordinary life. Also, it would take away the only thing that makes him an interesting character so it's not going to happen.
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One thing I don't understand is when you say things are bad, you don't explain why they're bad! In some cases I would disagree with you, in others I do not but when I do I enjoy reading why you think something is bad, or something is good. It's why I like to read reviews.
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Anne was, more or less, an intelligent character thus far, but her doing what she did in this episode is *beyond* stupid (for me). Excusing it all with maternal instinct is just weak, I think, and I was really disappointed with something so irrational. The treatment Tom and Co got in Camp Real President was annoying, but I've expected that to happen anyway. Overall, the episode was quite meh.
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Okay episode. I guess my complaint from last week still remains, Anne and Tom are both idiots. First Anne not talking to Tom about what is happening with Alexis (for God's sake woman your newborn just told you she loves you tell your boyfriend ASAP - I don't care who he is!) and then wacking the doctor in the head with a wrench and drugging Lourdes before running off and getting captured by aliens. Real smart lady. Now instead of talking to someone (ANYONE) about her concerns regarding Alexis she is going to be captured/tortured/probed. Next time OPEN YOUR FUCKING MOUTH! Now Tom is a dumbass for remaining oblivious to ALL that is going on regarding his girlfriend and newborn baby because he is more focused on the state of the country - (for fuck sake dude your girlfriend has an alien baby and needs five minutes of your time to TALK, stop pawning her off on Lourdes (who is absolutely no help whatsoever) or sneaking away to do government business and TALK to her) How in the hell can you lead a country (or a part of it) if you can't keep your home affairs in order? GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS TOM AND GET IT TOGETHER! Not sure how I feel about Hal/Evil Hal - time will tell, right now not so interested. Cochese wondering if the plane would be able to fly was funny. Not sure if I trust the real president just yet. Something is definitely off with him.
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I won't even get into alien baby storyline because it's beyond stupid and everyone here has covered it.

I don't mind the storyline w Hal, my issue is the simplistic cliche way they are going about it. Really, good Hal arguing w bad Hal? Only saw that in every LOTR movie and two spiderman flicks...

Really enjoyed Ben's part of this episode. That was a legit struggle we can understand. Props to his lil bro for good advice too.

The flower story was kinda cheesy, but I was happy to finally hear from Cochese. We need more from him besides just being the alien guy in the background.

Am I the only one really annoyed that in seven months Lourdes went from aspiring helper to full fledged doctor whose medical knowledge is trusted by all??? Very far fetched.

Very happy we didn't have a lot of Tom doing his tough leader grisly voice..

Very disappointed so far this season. I loved the writing, story movement, and character depth in seasons one and two. This season is falling far below that standard.

Last note, someone needs to tell the network people that big moments have zero impact when we already saw it on the preview. I've decided to avoid previews for the rest of the season.
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Ben's storyline is my favorite part of the show. I imagine they'll find a way to screw that up too.
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Oh, also didnt like the way Lt. What's-her-face instantly went from "You can't trust aliens!!!" to "Quick, let's call the President and tell him how awesome and trustworthy your alien friends are!!!"
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You can call her Garza, if you watch Continuum that is...I sure do :D
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Well in her defense... she went into the whole scenario thinking this was a city of collaborators... working for the Espheni.

Then she finds out the hard way that she was misinformed... via the aliens attacking their city. Granted, that could have all been staged for her benefit but it's a stretch. People aren't that good of actors... you can tell if they're fake fighting or really just about to poop their pants.

So... she probably felt they at least deserved to be heard.
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Sorry, I have no idea what you're speaking about, but it sounds rather intense. Too bad it took me only a couple of episodes to put the kibosh on this nonsense. I'll stay with Defiance...
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DEFIANCE ARE YOU SERIOUS? im a huge sci fi fan, but DEFIANCE????
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I definitely enjoy Defiance more... I actually look forward to it on Mondays.

Falling Skies, I stopped liking a lot after Season 1. Now I just watch it to kill time before I fall asleep.
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Hal's conversation with himself was unbelievably ridiculous. Ridiculous even for this show.

And then you have Anne's deal. Because of course you run away down a road that leads to nowhere but aliens. Seriously, she is supposed to be one of the smartest characters around and a smart person would have gone to the Colonel for protection. And no one believing her is annoying, because they literally talk with an alien everyday and the baby being part Alien is not in any way shape or form outside of the weird they are currently living in.

Which also leads me to think that Lourdes might also be a mole. Mostly because within the span of less than a year she is on par with the doctors and she was never that bright. And she is speaking as if she is in her 3rd year of med school. And if she ran tests, she should have found something. I am not sure if I am right about this. But there was that odd med pack that she packed for Tom. It might just be my severe dislike for her character.

The introduction of the President, and his army just seems like too many people around. Granted he might be dead now. But still. And if he is then why bring the whole thing up in the first place when you have so much going back at home.

And now presumably the general flying the plane is dead. Because a three man road trip isn't fun for anyone. So now we have Tom and Pope that are going to be walking through the forest by themselves. Which conceivably could save the show. However, eventually they are going to get back to their group and then the big bag of suck that is Hal, Lourdes and whatever they are doing to Anne's character.
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Probably done with this show. I hate when writers use craziness and amnesiac spies, stupidity...
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A lot wrong with this episode. Most notable to me was Annas meltdown. Completely out of character. First she thought it was alien and freaked out about it and now she wants to protect it? Another problem was the reason Ben had to have his spikes removed. They said that it stops the production of stem cells. It gives them super powers yet it shortens their lives. It sounds a bit iffy to me. And lastly Hals mirror conversation. Lets just say it's been done. Not a great day in the writers room.
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Not really... being afraid of what it was is one thing... wanting an angry mob to perform a vivisection on it is another.

Honestly, the fact that she was seeing it and thus not entirely sure if she was going crazy was probably a good chunk of her freaking out.

The thing still came out of her and she still bonded with it... it's not like she's going to want an angry mob to kill it and dissect it (HOPEFULLY in that order).
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I ask myself why am I still watching this show? Maybe I'm doing it out of habit?

Also Falling Skies has become yet another show invaded by Cylons. It's Colonel Tigh's downfall :(

BSG / Caprica - I miss you so much!
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Take up smoking, it's less annoying...
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They should have let Michael Hogan play the president. I was so excited when I saw him on the screen, then instantly disappointed.
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Part of me actually hopes we get more stuff like mirror-Hal, because for the first time in a while, the show was actually really entertaining and not just watchable but predictable.
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It's getting a lot of flak on here, but I thought the moment when evil mirror Hal took over, was really disturbing and creepy. I enjoyed it.
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I agree. Maybe its because I am a comic book fan, but I love the old "Talking to my evil self in the mirror" bit.
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TBH.
I do not buy the story about the president. In my opinon the president and the soldiers are allied with the espheni or are there slaves. The attack and capture of the blonde chick, with the bad drawn on tattoo, was a rouse to get the "bubblehead"-Volm alien. But the whole episode felt pretty contrived.
Hal and the mirror - having sex with the chick.
The alien baby etc.
Just plain bad writing.
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I'm surprised Pope didn't say he'd learned to fly a plane while in prison!

I thought this was the worst episode of the series.
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The most ludicrous plot point to me was Pope's possession of a plane. Where did he get it? How did he claim ownership? How did he keep it from the others during their two-year trek through the countryside; was it cloaked in some manner? If it was, why is it now uncloaked or why did he decide to disclose its existence?
On another note, I have now decided that the mole was Alexis all along.
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I also wondered where Pope got a plane and where he'd been hiding it as they trekked down the Atlantic seaboard. Then I realized he and his crew must have found it after settling in Charleston.
Alexis being the mole crossed my mind, but she would have to have communicated from the womb on some of those ambushes, not to mention pull a trigger to kill Terry O'Quinn's character.
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She has alien DNA. She can do anything. When she shot O'uninn, Ann probably thought she had heartburn. lol
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Ann was obviously being controlled by the evil baby while it was still in her womb like season 4 of Angel with Launce Fishburne's wife. Did I cram enough references into that?
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My guess, he found it after they decided to settle the city. Either in the city or nearby on a scouting mission. Though my money is near an airport, like it survived a hangar collapse.

Though... it's still a MAJOR plot hole or deux-ex.
- OMG how are we going to go so far away...
- Let's take that guy's plane...in or near the city during one of their treks.
- Good ide... wait what the hell?
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come on,this is Falling Skies we are talking about! The joy of it is anything goes. She makes perfect sense.
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I'm sorry, but wasn't the president's plane shoot down?
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That's my understanding.
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Anne has been worse this year, but having her club the genius and run away with Alexis is for my very out of character. So many shows do it and then say "It's a mother thing". I do not believe women are that bad.
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It's not about women being bad. It's a natural response of a mother who fears that her child will be harmed or taken away...the mother bear response.
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Ik know, I missed the edit button. What I meant is that so many tv-shows want us to beleive that every mother has a natural response that is so intense that they will kill/harm anybody in their way, even the ones they were supposed to love. I don't buy that. I will buy that they will protect when attacked.
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Except she's basically rejected the baby up to that point, not bonded with it.
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I think we are supposed to infer that she has been increasingly growing in fear and desperation. I could buy that, but we have gotten too few snapshots of her to completely develop that idea.
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Yeh, poor Ben had a tough decision.

Going back to a normal life with Asthma... in a dusty / moldy world where I'm sure inhalers are in short supply. Having Asthma under normal circumstances sucks, in a world like that == horrible.

Or... Super Powers. And PERHAPS dying at an earlier age (the Doctor's don't know) and getting dirty looks from people.

Personally I'd probably pick the super powers route. Life is short / cheap in that world anyway. This way he's not suffering in the long-term, is able to help defend the people, and let's face it having super powers rocks.
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I'm with you. Not much of a choice, really.
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I guess Anne forgot a good chunk of the Hippocratic Oath when she decided to loosen [Dr. Wilson]'s grip on his consciousness with that wrench.
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You know I was all ready to support Tom and his belief in the Volm. Then I heard Cochise's story and I am actually more doubtful. Like first that sounds like a Star Trek alien's tale. And I don't mean like one I mean I think it is one. Has anyone asked if their home planet still exists? I teased Defiance for being this show fifteen years later but um it really is..

I rolled my eyes when evil Hal appeared at the end. I figured okay we have to explain a maternity leave and don't want to saddle anyone else with a baby. But Hal's story had legs that seem cut short..I was assuming he was not the mole and Karen had different plans for him.

I appreciated Ben's story though it felt a little rushed for a decision like that (and seriously the girl..Liddy?..she likes Ben which was likely the motivation behind her decision. But again for all the fringe chatacters...tell us about this girl who is so attached to a main character.

I was surprised Tom didn't actually lead with the most important thing the Volm provided..a way to safely and completely deharness kids. I would think they all seemed desperate enough that they have lost their resources and just treat harnessed kids as dead.

And well we know where Gerard has been hiding from the Beacon Hills gang (not that they are looking real hard) and honestly its good the pilot military guy died. I binged rewatched Orphan Black this weekend and I am more convinced that Leekie might be trapped by Dyad like Paul was but cares about at least our three and hasn't yet had the eff you feeling that you sense Paul was getting to in the elevator.

I hope they don't turn Ben and the rest into monsters.
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This show is getting more ridiculous with every season.
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I'm really enjoying it this season. I just don't take it too seriously.
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Yes, I mean it in a good and funny way.
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I just cannot buy that Anne, a paediatrician and all round motherly warm person, could whack a guy on the head with a big-ass wrench that, by rights, should've killed him. I don't care how freaked out she is about the space baby. That was just WAY out of character.

And, no, I dont and never have trusted the smarmy Stephen Collins, not as preacher nor as a president. And what's with his borderline psychotic Chief of Staff? (Wasn't he the drunken douchebag of a 1st Officer on the Battlestar reboot?) I'm beginning to think that future U.S. of A. is just bad news all around.

Getting a kick out of Luvia Petersen (Garza from Continuum) reprising the bad-ass psycho bitch role. Triva: she was born in Montreal (my hometown) and owns a tatoo parlour in Vancouver.
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Meh, I can understand it. Even a doctor can go off the deep end, and that's withOUT the life of their child in the balance. Self defense, defense of a child... "Do no harm" doesn't mean "bend over and take it"

Considering the anti-alien sentiment in town... knowing the baby is alien hybrid (or whatever) would probably mean instant death for the child. That's enough for any new parent to go violent.

Though I'd hope she was of clear enough mind to not hit him too hard, or hopefully missed his temple or something.
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Good point!
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Anne is officially an idiot. Id get going all head bashy if she was in Prez Hathaway's anti alien part of the world but this is the "we love alien allies" part of town. Its obviously better to run out into alien infested territory by yourself with no weapons and a month old baby then reasoning with ppl.
Also who gives a flying fuck about Prez Hathaways shitty band of guys, if the person captured say they can't do shit for attacking the aliens, just tell them to leave A Group alone. They aren't the ones that are kicking ass and if they want in they can get their sorry asses to Charleston, but its obviously better to fly a non weaponized POS through infested space with the 3 most important people in Charleston. Is this show going to keep relying on outright stupidity to move its story lines?
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Awful. The Anne/alien hybrid baby and Hal/Mirror Hal (an ACTUAL mirror?!?) scenarios, along with the destruction of Pope's character have now freed up more summer hours for other interests. What was once cheap popcorn fun has devolved to a crusty, stale bore. Too bad, because the B story actually remains intriguing.
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The site was down a couple hours and I was sure it was because some enterprising staffer had ordered up an EDIT BUTTON for us all to use. But apparently that wasn't the case--bummer...
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The factory in Taiwan that makes most of the edit buttons recently suffered some major flooding and therefore won't have them ready to ship for a while. So what was originally scheduled to happen in only five years may now take eight to twelve. That's not a huge deal, though. No one here has ever before expressed a desire for such a feature or would likely find it of any value.
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If you guys read the announcement the staff made about the blogging site (or whatever), you will note there is going to be no edit button. Boo, hiss
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Every math teacher I ever had always had the same mantra: Check your work! I've found that there's pretty much nowhere in life where that isn't good practice.

And if a post is going to be a long one, type it up first in any sort of text editor or word processor. That will give you a better overall view of things than the tiny boxes provided by the site here. Once satisfied, merely paste it into the box here. Short of the ideal solution of the fabled Edit Button, this really can be a help.

Finally, after having checked your work, CHECK IT AGAIN!
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Reasonable assessment, I will continue replying to myself. Sure hope it doesn't reflect badly on my mental state...
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I second the need for an edit button
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We're way past second, my friend...
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Do what I do and reply to yourself with edits ... it ain't pretty but if the alternative is a flame war or a libel suit, well ...
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Yeah, that will work if everyone does it. It will become such a mess they'll have to fix it...
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Oh, wait, what were we talking about? Falling something's?
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Edit buttons. We're talking about edit buttons. The show is incidental to the conversion about this unanswered need.
The staff likes your "reply to myself" idea,and has recommended its use. There will be no edit button.
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I feel a little full of myself pointing this out, as if it wasn't something everyone watching would have heard, but Lourdes packed a First Aid Kit for Tom...

Also, I had a little trouble with the ending there. Who was in the first plane that was shot down and who was in the plane with Tom? I'm guessing the president and Colonel Tigh were in the first shot down plane, but which one did Cochise and the lady from Continuum get into?
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I was skimming the comments to see if anyone else noticed that part, because as soon as I heard it I was like, "Yep. Lourdes is the mole." Glad to see someone else caught it.

Lourdes has been giving off a "traitor vibe" recently. Her being the mole would explain why she threw Anne under the bus, by immediately going to Tom behind Anne's back, to discredit Anne's claims by saying they were just the result of postpartum depression. I mean, I feel that if Anne had been given enough time to go to Tom on her own with these issues it might have resulted in him actually believing her (since her character has always been portrayed as pretty level-headed, and his character has usually been portrayed as someone who believes in the people closest to him)... but since Tom heard Anne might actually be a danger to their child, from someone he and Anne both trust (Lourdes, and what a slick move that was), the plot-point concerning him not completely trusting Anne with/about Alexis makes sense.

I don't know. Maybe I'm just over-thinking all of this. All I know is it makes more sense than if Hal is the mole, because he didn't even know where his father was this episode. He was also too busy to kill Manchester since he was at Alexis' birth with the rest of his family.
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I caught that too. Lourdes has my vote for being the mole, so I was suspicious of that. Cochise got in the plane with the President. Tom, Pope and the General got in the plane together.
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That 1st Aid Kit thing flew right by me ... me thinks you got sumpin there!
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I caught it at the time and then forgot all about it.
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That was the most retarded thing to do by Anne
Why the fck would you smack the brilliant doctor in the head, take your alien/human baby and run off to get caught by the aliens? if she told everyone they would keep her under watch but not kill her or anything (even though we can tell shes an evil bitch already)

And no i dont trust the president especially since they took the Volm and not let em return with Tom

Liked the whole Ben aspect and him wanting to keep his powers even if it meant a shortened life span.
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She has post natal depression, it not unusual for women that suffer from it to not trust anyone, or to be pretty violent, even to their own baby.
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Just hope it doesn't last too long and she starts to get back some of her common sense.
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