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So, what happened to the Eternal? For the Morthren's deity, it doesn't seem to have more of a visible place in the revelation of Malzor's deception of his people. It only has a minor role in the entire episode. We never learned why they consider it a god if it's clearly not all-knowing. With all things considered, do the Morthren even still revere the Eternal now that their cause for war, which the Eternal seemed to support, was revealed to be false?
Throughout the second season, the scenes either appear to be filmed at night or on overcast days in order to give the appearance of severe air pollution. Why does the sun suddenly appear after the aliens are defeated? This season's intro seems to indicate that the aliens had nothing to do with the Earth's pollution problems. All I can figure out is that it's symbolic.
In this episode, it's established that Malzor and Mana had to chose the best of their race to travel to Earth because of the lack of spacecrafts or resources. Why then did they execute the aliens that were left over from the 1953 Invasion? The first season stated that tens of thousands of aliens were left over from the previous invasion. Why not utilize their numbers as foot soldiers instead of wasting energy by executing them which causes a depletion of resources even more?
In the episode "The Second Wave" the original aliens were refered to as soldiers. Then in "Time To Reap," Malzor makes reference to either 1953 being the year of a war or those aliens as warriors (can't quite make it out, but some variaton of "war" is heard). So with this in mind, why are they now referred to as scientists and being on a research mission?
The references of the 1953 movie conflict with all of the aliens' intentions here. It just doesn't make sense as to why a research crew would open relentless fire on sometimes unarmed creatures or why they sought to destroy anything and everything in their path. The impression from the backstory was that they were not a hostile race (made most evident by Malzor's mate), but yet they seem to be irredeemably violent during their so-called research mission.
Denis Forest gets shot at by Jared Martin and tells the two men with him to get down. A few seconds later, Denis Forest flees to a waiting car. The problem? There is now only one man with him even though you never see the other man get shot.
When we've seen the aliens before in their natural state such as the 1953 invaders in "Time To Reap" and when they are invading the Emun planet in "Seft of Emun," they are wearing the suits worn by the Advocacy from the first season (that's a whole other nitpick onto itself). The garb they are wearing in the images of them on Morthrai from the obelisk is quite different in design.
When Thresher sees the remains of the alien cop he shot, its head is facing upwards, but then in another shot, we see it facing the right.
Granted Kincaid maybe an exception, but why is the identity of Harrison and Suzanne as the aliens' opponents so new to them? Didn't they know about the Blackwood Project in "The Second Wave"? They were aiming to capture Harrison, so they at least knew about him.
If John Kincaid and his brother Max were secret operatives for the government, one would think that the two of them would have been supplied with fully automated weapons instead of a few Beretta 9 millimeters. The team shouldn't have had to deal with weapons dealers.
During the flashback in the opening of the episode, John runs ahead of his brother Max. But a couple of seconds later, Max follows and is then hit by Mana and Malzor. Given the fact that they are standing there where John might have crossed just seconds ealier, wouldn't he have seen them, or vice-versa?
In the credits, Michael Woods' first name is incorrectly spelled 'Micheal.'
Harrison refers to Sylvia as "Mrs. Forrester," but she and Clayton weren't married according to the first season because she was frequently referred to as "Ms. Van Buren."
The footage of the war machines being shown on the TV just seems a little too... professional. Certainly too close and steady of film from what I can imagine being people racing in an attempt not to be killed by heat rays.
On the TV Harrison is watching in 1953, we see General Mann climb into the jeep where he answers a few more questions standing inside the vehicle. But then in the next shot of Harrison watching, you can see the same footage of Mann's action in the store window's reflection.
When Kincaid falls out of the car, he has a gun in his left hand. But when the camera cuts back to a shot showing his left hand, it's suddenly gone.
It's made quite clear that Malzor has only 12 hours to remain in 1953. Not only does it seems like the time gap closes in no more than a few mere hours, but if he arrived at any time in the day, it would either be dark when he arrived or some point before he leaves, yet it remains daytime the entire stay.
It seems awfully convient that the time tunnel's exit route suddenly appears in a location mere seconds away from where Malzor is at that very moment. There's also the added fact that it closes differently from where it opened.
As stated many times in this episode, most notably by Mana, the aliens invasion force actually died from bacteria back in 1953. If that was true, then who were those aliens the Morthren were killing off in the season opener, "The Second Wave"? Weren't they the leftover invasion force from 1953?
A good number of mistakes in this episode: First of all, why is it that the aliens are all wearing the suits that the Advocacy wore in season 1 (and the Advocates were forced to wear them because of the radiation that they require was causing their metabolism to raise to high levels)? And why didn't Malzor speak to them in their native tongue? Finally, when one of the aliens is shot, you can see the actor's tennis shoes.
Note: Malzor does actually commune with the aliens in their native tongue. Just before he enters the warehouse, he puts his hand out toward them and makes a whale-like noise. This is the same sound the Eternal makes when It "speaks." Apparently, their language was another one of Mancuso's rewrites.
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