Twelve years have passed since the initial encounters between the Clarke and Keys families and the Alien Visitors, whose experiments are as mysterious as ever. Russell Keys, hoping to find a way of evading the Alien Visitors' countless intrusions upon his life, ekes out a meager lifestyle as a drifter, and his efforts are soon shown to be in vain. On one of his many abductions, he sees his teenage son Jesse, another abductee. Russell later approaches Jesse, much to the chagrin and outrage of Kate and her new husband (and Russell's former-best friend) Bill Walker. They escape together on Christmas Eve, but Jesse is captured not long after by the Alien Visitors, and Russell, having apparently fulfilled his purpose to them, is left at the mercy of Bill and the police. Owen Crawford, meanwhile, has attained the rank of Colonel and continues being overall head of the Project at Groom Lake (Area 51). He is using increasingly amoral methods and teaming up with unscrupulous characters in his mission to discover the secrets of the Alien Visitor's experiments. His research centers on the captured saucer, though all attempts to make the vessel fly fail, leaving him in dire straits with the current administration unless he can find someone to fly it. Meanwhile, Sally is alone with her half-human, half-Alien son Jacob and desperately searches for a way to contact John. Her efforts are soon found out by Owen, who after realizing Jacob's nature, goes undercover, schemes and worms his way into Sally's confidence in order to enlist Jacob's aid before the Project is shut down. Jacob, however, possesses Alien Visitor abilities, and instantly realizes Owen's intentions for him. When Owen indeed makes his move, Jacob uses those abilities to send Owen into a horror-induced panic attack, driving him away. Tom and Becky, upon retrieving Jacob, agree with Sally to send him away for his own safety, and fake his death in case Project agents return for him.
The second episode focuses on Jesse Keys and Jacob Clarke. Both are quite young, but their live is quite different yet similar from one another.
Jesse Keys suffers the same fate of his father, that of being abducted by aliens. He is afraid and his father gets to know of him being abducted and makes him a visit to try and explain things.
Jacob Clarke is a very intelligent guy for his age and at school he suffers the abuse of his colleagues.
Owen Crawford knows that Jacob can be the one who flies the spaceship and tries to get close to him by getting close to his mother. Sally finally realises what she is doing when Anne Crawford makes her a visit. Jacob manages to put fear inside Owen and escapes before being taken to the spaceship.
The episode ends with Becky and Tom taking their little brother Jacob to another school and no trace is left of him, by burning the house and make it look like he was killed in the fire.
The world is made up of the big things that happen and the small ones. And the part that's so unfair is that we call them "big" and "small," because when something happens to you, when you lose something or someone that you really care about, that's all there is. The world may be blowing up around you, but you don't care about that. You don't care about that at all.
The abductions continue, as does the thought-provoking narration. The opening scene of Artemis the squirrel leading the boy into the spaceship, and the brutal abduction scene of the boy being tortured stick out as the highlights.
Jacob and Jesse is a nostalgic trip down a memory lane of a by gone era with a wonderful mix of alien lore and other fiction woven seamlessly into the story. I was appreciative of the details to the cars, the clothing and mannerisms of that time.
The Story of Jacob and Jesse from the title might lead you to believe that these two boys are best friends and get into the kind of trouble that is the god given right of all boys. That's why this series is so special. These two boys never meet at least not in this episode.
The family bond in the family of Jacob is strong and important. The mother shows a genuine love for her \"special\" son. When you begin to care about the characters and what happens to them you know the writers have done a good job.
The story of Jesse is rather sad and disturbing on a certain level. You want to ask why can\'t people understand and be supportive of the ones they love. Russell Keys comes home a war hero and because of his \"special problem\" looses everything that is important to him. His son Jesse finds out that he too is just a special. You really develope a bond with these characters and you want them to be O.K. Another sign that the writers have sucked you into this psuedo/real world. I have not seen the rest of the series yet but I am looking forward to see how all of this will pull together.
This episode is not above the average, it can be slow as an a starter episode but it give clues and introduce new characters plus you can see how the characters who were introduced in the past episode develop and you can get more in the storyline of the miniseries.
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