While he wasn't exactly the centerpiece of this episode Tom is coming and he will kill anyone once he no longer needs them. At times Tom's character elicited a little sympathy because he seemed just an arm of Monroe. It's being played out now he was always the most bloodthirsty and cunning one of the two. It's interesting since with only his son he has so little hope of simply fighting his way forward. Now, he has to be more of a snake in the grass, setting up his enemies up against one another instead of outright shooting and stabbing in order to have any power. What is he thinking? Interesting.
It figured Aaron wouldn't be able to survive on his own. He's just too dependent. Monroe really didn't abandon him as much as insure Miles will have to do what, well, Miles needs to do. Miles, pretty much, is in the only position to wreck the supposed US from the inside. The Horne character needs to be eliminated too. Monroe is itching to go and by allowing Aaron as bait he's forcing it. Rachel's dad was a complication, but it becomes clear he was trying to save Rachel and Charlie as well as buying time. With Horne desperate to harness the nanobots by any means time is definitely getting tight and things are coming to a head with both Horne and the government's forces. When an elegantly deadly solution had to be scrapped, however, things became even more intense. This is where we're at. It's a pretty big set up for a showdown.
I still like the neo-western feel of the town and the against all odds nature of the coming showdown. Kind of like the proverbial gunfight at noon looms, but with two sides of greatly unmatched power. Or, perhaps not, remember the nanobots may just take things in their own direction which no army may be big enough to conquer. Over on the community blog, The Matheson Militia, there's a real negative vibe playing out. Are they watching the same show? I feel it's still better than most of season one even if the current oppressive situation is a bit long in tooth. There's a big showdown coming is the feeling one who is really in to this must feel, and that is good.