I'll start with some positives.
I think the addition of Sydney is great. This show needed a cheap way to explain scientific creations of the show to the audience and Sydney is the perfect nerd to do it. It also gives the 5th a "go to guy" for technical wizardry (finally a 5th column member that brings something to the table other than a bible)
Plus there's nice "nerd vs brute" interaction possibilities with him and Hobbes.
I like how he ackowledges he was an idiot for blaming his mother for his father death. This was a ridiculous reaction for a young adult to start with and made the character so much less believable but it's nice to get that out and acknowledged.
I thought him trading his V shuttle flight jacket for his father's leather jacket and getting closer to his mom (aggravating Anna) was a nice touch
Anna can bliss humans
I think this is awesome. When the Vs benevolent samaritan image fades and the full blown invasion is at hand... humans will more naturally oppose the Vs... now Anna will have a way to flip humans to her side (probably not at large but certainly on an individual basis) and plant human spies in the 5th column (provided the "I'm so high right now" grin goes away after a bit). That can open cool plot twists.
Diana, the soul & emotions
Diana's position is that the soul cannot be removed while Anna believes it can... I guess it would have been nice to find a V that even comes slightly close to questioning the existance of the soul to begin with... but now Joshua announces that Tyler being injected with the pooled DNA from the "live-aboards" has triggered an unforseen emotional reaction... so now "human emotions" are either coming from the soul or from DNA... maybe where the Vs are concerned... the soul is a specific section of DNA? Whatever... now that Anna can bliss humans maybe we can forget the Vs entertained the idea of souls to begin with.
What I'd like to know is how does one establish herself as Queen of the Vs... being the eldest or newest does not seem to be the key as Marcus does not immediatly recognise Diana as his queen upon meeting her... is it more political? Do you stand before the other Vs and declare "I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN"...
(Lisa... "I am the Lizard Queen"... get it? )
That question seems important if Lisa is to overthrow Anna... we first need to know how your establish yourself as the Queen. Guess we'll find out how Lisa fails in that endeavour next week.
5th Column fails
This week's episode brings yet another 5th column failure.
This part of the show is really getting old and tiresome.
We have a botched Concordia sabotage following a botched live-aboard DNA sabotage following a botched Anna assassination...
And next week, according to the synopsis... "even with the help of the Fifth Column, an attempted coup by Lisa has devastating results".
We seriously need another "blue energy grenade in the pool of anna's eggs" moment.
Ok so this is complete nit-picking... but the Vs computer 3D model of Concordia has 5 outer pillars and a large central one. Now granted the 5th column's art dept might be a bit limited and their model might look more rudimentary... but their version of the maquette has 4 outer pillars and no central one... and it does not even come close to looking anything like the Vs and this is how they determine that the sites are landing docks for motherships... which need landing docks because shuttles are no good... because...?!? (Hey I said it was nit-picking)
I know it's details but the show is so full of overlooked details that jump at you it's crazy. What is going on with those motherships? All these ships are out of energy and not self-powered? They all neeed to be docked and externally powered... while basically sitting idle on pillars?
If there is a season 3... I think it's high time for a full "brute force" invasion... no more facade games trying to manipulate the masses... the Vs need to take charge in a more totalitarian manner... sure they can try to make the humans like it... but that should become secondary and in a climate of distopia.
Also it's time for some 5th column successes and tooth and nail fights.
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