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Orphan Black - Ladies Night
Orphan Black made its long awaited return this past Saturday and as usual the best thing about it was Tatiana Maslany.
Yes, we have the conspiracy theories, the dueling forces of evil, the high drama of child kidnapping and of course, clones, clones, clones.
All of which was made all the more meaningful due to the exceptional work of Maslany.
Let’s take a look at our favorite ladies and how they were reintroduced for the season 2 opener.
The episode picks up right where we left off and as usual Sarah is getting her a** in and out of trouble. (Yes, that was a salute to Felix and his striking after hours wear.) Everything revolves around Sarah and as always her world is turned upside down. Sarah is either running to or from something. I find this a bit tiresome and really think she was more interesting when she had to share her identity with the deceased Beth. Having Sarah constantly chasing about makes her character one dimensional and less interesting. I think the writers sensed the same and added a little twist to her fate as the episode drew to a close.
That being said, Sarah is looking for her daughter Kira who has been snatched away along with Mrs. S. Kira’s fate is important in that she is important to Sarah (naturally) and her recovery will lead to more answers to the competing forces of evil that constantly pull at Sarah’s world. In finding more about this plot thread we’ll learn why Sarah is so important to the Dyad Institute.
Tatiana plays Sarah with reckless abandon as this character always seems to be running downhill. Tatiana excels at this as she always captures Sarah’s breathless exasperation. Thankfully, we get those precious moments where Sarah gets to outwit her opponents but as I noted earlier, her character’s constant running about makes Sarah literally tiresome to follow. That will change.
My personal favorite. We find Alison free to carry about her normal like courtesy of the Dyad Institute. Thankfully Alison hasn’t changed at all. She still that tightly wrapped porcelain doll of a soccer mom that is right on the edge of hysteria.
Tatiana is so great with Alison. She nails Alison’s cool veneer as she goes about her daily rituals whether it’s shopping outside the local market for recreational drugs or her weapons of choice. We get to see Alison as comes to grips with a midnight visit from Felix and coolly dismisses her tubby husband (the nauseating Donnie and his black briefs) and we later see her fight for her life when Daniel and his Dyad thugs mistakenly make a play for her. Tatiana totally gets Alison’s comedic side as she is at once panicked but also capable of defending herself. She kicks and screams and voices her outrage as she is thrown inside the van. Naturally, as she is released she straitens herself out and goes on as if nothing happened. Don’t ever change Alison.
Cosima is a crowd favorite. She is appealing to both men and women alike and Tatiana knows to depict Cosima as an intellectual powerhouse with a softer loving side. When we left Cosima she was in the throes of the discovery of her illness. There is no panic here however as this just gives Cosima another reason to pursue her science. True to her character, Cosima is more concerned with her fellow clones than with herself. The only time we see her weaken is when she is with Delphine.
Delphine is her love. Yes there are questions of trust but that only seems to bring the two closer together. Cosima physically softens when she is around Delphine. Her eyes widen when she looks at Delphine as if searching for answers. It’s also as if she is opening a door to Delphine to walk through but only if she can trust her. It’s similar to the dynamic between Sarah and Paul but with considerably more soul. Someone please give Tatiana an Emmy.
The newest addition to the clone club. Tatiana sells Rachel through her cool superior and executive exterior. I’d love to see what is going on inside and perhaps someday soon we will. The only hint to Rachel’s inner personality was when Sarah smacks her to the floor of the Dyad Institute and she tells Sarah, “Nobody touches me.”
Good to know. Rachel is a bit robotic and I loved how she called Leekie to heel. But there is something ticking deep down there and it could be a bomb. It’s pretty obvious Rachel has to be in control but she knows what is going on. She has answers that even the viewing audience doesn’t know what the question is. No doubt her main concern is the genetic defect that plagues the clones. More to follow.
I have to confess I was not happy to see her back. Dead is dead except in the comic books (or Continuum) and this device has been done to death. (Bad pun.) But this is where I think the writers are making their play to make Sarah a more interesting character. Sarah has Art and Paul to bounce off of (eek, another bad pun when Paul is taken into account) and Tatiana’s portrayal of Sarah becomes more complex with both gentlemen. But it pales in comparison with her relationship with Helena.
Helena is the enemy. She represents the Prolethean faction and is responsible for killing Sarah’s mother. Their shared mother that is!
How is that for conflict?!!!
Tatiana should absolutely kill this. I expect Sarah to go after Helena with a nightmarish vengeance. In return, the off the wall Helena will probably turn Sarah’s world upside down. Especially, as we learned, the Prolethean’s are probably responsible for Kira’s kidnapping. I’m not digging Helena’s new found recuperative powers but to paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Crazy is as crazy does.”
Get that Emmy statue warmed up.
Odds and Ends
One of the great things that Orphan Black does is have Tatiana portray characters portraying another character. When Sarah walked into the Dyad event she shudders and whispers an accented, “Oh shite.” Shen then slips into her American accent and has everyone fooled with a slightly stiff Cosima. Everyone except Delphine that is. Those lips will tell! True to her relationship with Cosima, Delphine does not expose Sarah but acts to protect her. Now there is trust. If only Cosima was there to see it.
Another great tell into Tatiana’s take on her Cosima/Sarah crossover is the subtle cues she employs. Seen above, Sarah peers over Cosima’s glasses in order to see into the distance. Pure gold. A nuisance to Sarah a necessity to Cosima.
The Inter-clone sequence
I was going to complain over the weak inter-clone sequence where Tatiana brings Sarah together with Cosima in the loft. Pfft, they’ve done better than that I thought.
Geeez, the Dyad office sequence was so great I totally forgot it was the same actress playing the same clone! How utterly seamless! Sarah pins Rachel down, sticks a gun in her face and totally bitch slaps her.
Get the Emmy ready for special effects and editing too.
It wasn’t the greatest of episodes to start the season but great things happened and I’m sure there will be more to follow.
The greatest of which is Tatiana Maslany.
Continuum’s True Detective Moment
“F***, I don’t want to know anything anymore. This is a world where nothing is solved. Someone once told me, ‘Time is a flat circle.’ Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again. And that little boy and that little girl, they’re gonna be in that room again and again and again forever.”
- Rust Cohle, True Detective.
Continuum had it’s True Detective “flat circle” moment during it’s season three premier, “Minute by Minute.” We find the character of Stan Escher sitting in an art gallery contemplating an eerie looking circle. I couldn’t help but think of True Detective and the nihilist musings of Rust Cohle. I wonder if Escher was thinking the same thing as Cohle as he stared at the circle, where we’re all doomed to repeat our actions and free will is just a fantasy as we march endlessly through our existential crises over and over.
Escher soon met the same fate as Reggie Ledoux in True Detective. Reggie had told Cohle that he seen him before in a dream and started rambling about black stars and doing it all over again. Reggie soon caught a bullet from Marty Hart and so it was with Escher. Escher revealed to Kellog that he knew who he was and it wasn’t long after that he also caught a bullet at the hands of Emily.
Normally, I would have thought we have seen the last of Escher but considering we’ve already seen Keira up and about and standing behind Alec after Alec finds her dead with a bullet to the brain in his week old time travel flashback, then I guess not.
Keira had thought the same thing as me as she gave Curtis a bewildered look and she wondered aloud to him that she had killed him. (The “time cop” prison scene.) How could he be alive if she shot him in the past? That question was answered, as I just mentioned, when Keira glowered at the grief stricken Alec as he stood up over her lifeless body.
The only answer to this is time streams or if you wish splinters of time. You can be alive in the future and dead in the past as long as you’ve existed in one or more of both.
That makes total sense.
But doesn’t that mean Keira’s family in the future of 2077 is a different version than the one she left? How different? If time can be fixed and history preserved, as Curtis Chen and his cohorts would have us believe, then how could he be alive without being in a different timeline? Dead is dead right?
Eh, maybe not.
Of course now we have and had two versions of Alec and Keira existing in the same timeline considering Keira is staring at her own lifeless body.
Rust Cohle’s flat circle was easier to understand.
If I read this correctly Escher will return, it will just be a different version of him from a different timeline. His flat circle is repetitious with the option of being from a different circle even though your are cognizant of that previous circle. Cohle’s flat circle exists in the same timeline but you exist as different characters, or if you will, characters that have been reincarnated and only vaguely aware of their past if at all.
Someone hit me in the head with a frying pan please.
Time is a flat circle and I have a feeling I’ll be writing about this again.
Helix - Dans l’Ombre
Do you think we’ll ever get tired of saying, “I didn’t see that coming?”
Not when it comes to Helix and hopefully when season two comes around this mind warping series will keep the good times rolling. (Along withe the heads!)
I’m going to blog on this season finale in more depth but I wanted to get something out asap because I know the Helix world will be buzzing about his entry both inside and outside the Arctic circle. I’ll be back either Sunday or Monday with a more in depth examination or perhaps just pile on to this one.
*Spoilers* *Spoilers* *Spoilers*
This past episode of Helix was titled Dans L’ombre, which loosely translated from the French means, “into or in the shadows or dark.” I had mused on Facebook if this meant one or more of our characters would go over to the dark side or would darkness fall over all.
Oh, I think we got our share of the dark side and it was for all! Was there anyone smiling by the end of this episode?
Yes, there was.
Who’d a thunk Julia would join the Ilaria mafia? When she kissed Alan near the end, I think Alan should thank his lucky stars it wasn’t the kiss of death. One of the final scenes looked to be a board meeting of the Ilaria corporation and at the head of the table was an empty seat. “Oh good” I thought to myself, “We’re going to see who the big bad is.” In walks Julia. (I don’t suppose they call her Jules at these little get togethers.)
Julia looked resplendent in her red power suit as she strode into the meeting. She also looked rather pleased with herself. If you’re an optimist you can tell yourself Julia is going to tear Ilaria down from the inside out and she’s working one of the great long cons in TV corporate history.
But since Helix is simply dripping like black goo with negativity I’d say she’s gone over to the dark side. Absolute power corrupts absolutely? And this is after Spencer killed her mother? She did give Alan the canister and told him to “find her” as she booted him out of the helicopter so she must know he’s out there and he has the cure/virus so why isn’t Alan dead?
Since they are both in Paris maybe she’ll give him an offer he can’t refuse
Speaking of the dark side and “I didn’t see that coming” Peter’s been there all along.
Boy, this guy holds a grudge. Did Alan smash any of his National Science awards? Pete’s been working with Ilaria all along even to the point of becoming a Vector for them. What do they have hanging over his head ala Hatake? Or is he in it to win it? (Peter is responsible for the destruction of the ABS base with everyone in it. I’ll get to who lives or dies in the next post.) By the end however he seems to be working with Alan in the shadows. Did he switch sides again or is he keeping an eye on Alan. If he’s working for Ilaria still, why hasn’t he ratted out Alan’s whereabouts and have Scythe/Spencer do his dirty work? Is Julia staying his hand? (Hope for her after all?)
“Your people have been doing this for centuries with your witch trials and inquisitions”
So spake Spencer as he made good his escape. “Your people”. Hmmm, are you and your silver eyed immortals that set apart Spencer?
Did you know, Ilaria is an extinct genus of marsupial of the family Ilariidae, dating from the Late Oligocene of South Australia. Its diet consisted of leaves.” ? So, maybe like marsupials, the Immortals really are set apart from the rest of humanity and evolved separately. This ties in the Willis Hypothesis and the “Age and Area” theory. Australia is the home to the marsupials where they evolved or mutated given the boundaries or barriers of that island nation. An interesting parallel this may explain where Ilaria gets its name.
There was also a Saint Illaria. I got this from “Feminae: Medieval Woman and Gender index.
The Life of St. Ilaria [translation of a traditional account of St. Ilaria from “Meterikon,” Volume 4, Edition of the Sacred Monastery of Panagia of Evros (Alexandroupolis, 1993); the story recounts that Saint Ilaria, the daughter of King Zeno, escaped to Egypt to live as a male ascetic in the desert; her sister, possessed by a demon, was brought to Egypt for healing; Ilaria healed her and was forced to reveal her identity to her father; he rejoiced and regretfully allowed her to return to her life in the desert as the eunuch Ilarion].
Kind of sounds like Julia doesn’t it? What with discovering her father and being two different people now, mortal/immortal and good versus evil.
Okay I’ll be back soon with more and Helix will return with a newborn from Sarah. Silver eyes or no?
(We should all chip in for a “Kiss my Bass” baby cap for the baby shower.)
Helix - “What’s In The Box”
"Even monsters have their reasons."
Anyone that’s scene the movie, “Seven” knows the famous tag line, “What’s in the box?” The harrowing answer turned out to be both stunning and tragic. I instantly thought of that quote when a box of sorts was revealed to open the latest episode of Helix, “The Reaping,”
Like Chekov’s Gun once the box was revealed at the beginning it had better “go off” by the end of the episode. Boy, did it ever. Spoilers ensue.
I should mention the quote to start this blog post (“Even monsters have their reasons.”) came from an exchange between Sarah Jordan and Julia Walker when they discussed the motivations ranging from people like Hatake to Spencer Chissik aka “The Scythe.” But why bring “The Box” all the way back to ABS? As leverage for Hatake to give up his research and in doing so, his self?
Certainly it wasn’t to leverage Julia, Spencer didn’t even know Jane was related to Julia. Couldn’t he have provide Hatake with a video feed or perhaps a body part to convince Hatake to surrender?
Speaking of body parts, did anyone else get the feeling that this particular appendage would grow back for Julia? She did mention to Hatake in the “Montana bunker” that he was “healing nicely.” A clue perhaps to their amazing recuperative powers? Of course, we all know this doesn’t apply to heads. Hatake has provided us with a lesson in that. But how are the two related? Why fingers and not heads? If the finger does grow back we will gain some more insight into the nature of the immortals.
But I digress! Thanks to the opening of the box we’ve learned that Julia’s mother and Hatake’s wife is still alive. I had mused that her head was being kept somewhere but this is even better. I’m pretty sure Hatake had told us Jane was dead. If I recall, he had blamed the chained up Gunnar for her death. Was he lying? He has proven to be an untrustworthy narrator.
Jane has obviously aged, thus precluding any notion that she is an immortal. So this reveals another demon released from the Pandora’s box that was her prison. Jane being a mortal and having a child is a miracle. So sayeth Spencer the Scythe. “A miracle” were the words he used. Not an abomination mind you, a miracle.
An interesting choice of words. Apparently Mr. Scythe was impressed. Does he think of himself a miracle? It doesn’t seem that way. He did refer to Sutton as his mother but there was no reference that he shared any similarity to Julia. It makes one wonder if Sutton was his biological mother. I’m going to go out on a limb and say no.
A similar dynamic played out to start our episode. Daniel challenged Hatake with the closeness of their family ties. While Hatake professed his love for Daniel and reiterated that Daniel was his son. Daniel countered while that may be true he still wasn’t of Hatake’s blood. Hatake had no response for that but the hurt was evident on his face.
Where was the hurt on Spencer’s face when he realized his “mother” was dead? Immortals are not bereft of emotion so where was the anguish from Spencer? At first I thought being forever 15 had something to do with it but then realized his psychopathic nature was probably more responsible. (Hanging out with Colombians? I’m guessing it’s the narco-terrorist kind.) We have a bit of a toss up here. Either Spencer is incapable of the anguish because of his psychopathic nature or Sutton wasn’t his biological mother and believe the latter to be true.
If there is one thing that Helix gets right it is the family dynamic. I hated to see Daniel go and the heartbreak Hatake displayed looked real. Fortunately, Meegwun Fairbrother portrays Daniels twin, Tulok, so he isn’t necessarily off the show. I wonder how Hatake will react when he is face to face with Tulok. I’m sure it will be a powerful scene.
To further the bizarre nature of the family dynamic in Helix we have this video taped scene between Sutton and Hatake that Spencer was viewing. When Sutton referred to “This abomination” I wasn’t so sure she was talking about Julia. She seems to be holding up one of casings that holds the two strains of the Narvik virus. The writers seem to be teasing us with what Sutton is actually referring to since both subjects, Julia and the virus, are mentioned in the same breath. Sutton did use the familiar, “your daughter” to characterize Julia so I’m guessing she thinks the virus is the abomination.
I’m also gratified to see “The Willis Hypothesis” reintroduced. I hung my hat on that notion as to Hatake’s cure for the Immortals and their having to die 10,000 times and or splicing it into the Vectors. A clue to the nature of his “Willis” work came when Hatake mentioned to Alan, “I have dedicated many lifetimes” to his work. Many lifetimes of the others he’s seen pass him by in his immortality or the many lifetimes he’s painfully endured regenerating 10,000 times as Gunnar obliquely referred to?
"Even monsters have their reasons"
So, to get back to my earlier premise, Sarah, I think you just spoke a thousand words (10,000 words?) and revealed the true reasoning behind Hatake’s work.
It’s worthy to note in the same exchange between Alan and Hatake the two argued over whether immortality improved humanity. Alan saw the the obvious downside to that philosophy while Hatkae seem to favor the reverse.
When Brad Pitt’s character implored to Spacey’s , John Doe, “What’s in the Box?” he was urged by Morgan Freeman’s Somerset not to look. Because if he did he would change and Doe would win. Doe did win. Now that the box has been opened on Helix who will win?
It should be a game changer. Who will it affect the most? Hatkae with the revelation his wife is still alive and now being held hostage? Or Julia now knowing her mother is still with us?
Odds and Ends.
Who is the “He” that Spencer refers to in his digital messaging to start the show? The one that always gets “the credit.” Don’t tell me he has a brother.
Hatake was thirteen when he was immortalized?
Sarah reiterates she’s always wanted to leave her mark on humanity. Now she has an eternity to do so?
The Hawaiian music as the elevator descends and Julia is taken. So funny.
Alan finds the Julia pictures Vector Peter hoarded. Peter claims not to remember. Yeah, right.
The “Hobson’s choice” for Hatake ala Fringe. A choice where there is no upside or the illusion of choice. (Choosing between his children. We saw it on an “Arrow” island episode too!)
Alan the tactical genius. I was wondering when he was going to grow a pair. Well done Alan.
The scene where Alan and Peter fight like brothers. Again, a real strength of Helix. So convincing.
The cured Peter facing up to his actions. Will this go somewhere in the future?
Sarah rocking the “Kiss My Bass” cap. Both clever and very funny. Menaced by Immortals, Vectors and untrustworthy allies. Sarah shows some real “tude”. As I said in my Facebook post of the same nature. “You go girl!.”
One episode to go!
Helix - Black Rain
So,the Immortals are really the undead from another planet that have transcended their ghostly plane to live here on earth but have to die 10,000 time in order to remain immortal and that’s why they were looking for a cure from Hatake!
Phew! Let me catch my breath.
Do I really believe that? No, but I recognize the actor, Robert Naylor, that played ghost, Stevie Atkins from SyFy’s “Being Human.” So, naturally he must be a ghost from another planet in Helix right?
I’d believe just about anything right now. Ghostly beings from another plane of existence? Sure why not.
Do I like that Naylor’s character, The Scythe, is an assassin about to reap anyone that gets in his way? The jury’s out on that one but I’m leaning towards not really. I don’t like the shift to the murderous macabre. Spooky I can take but a bloody Spartacus like turn I don’t think I would like. I love the camp and crazy of Helix but bloodletting for it’s own sake I can do without.
Having “The Scythe” on board does raise an interesting question though. Is his job to keep the Immortal 500 at 500? I wonder if their immortality also depends on their limited numbers. As if there can only be 500 because of their limited food supply. No, that can’t be it. Gunnar said they could sustain temselves with food and water. We know that isn’t in short supply.
His particular “tool of trade” looks ominous though. The better to lop of heads with and we all know that when an Immortals head is removed that’s the ballgame!
Unless the head is saved in a jar of course, then Hatake will bring you back with his miracle cure all that he picked up studying The Willis Hypothesis.
Now that’s believable.
I do like the idea that the Immortal 500 has to stay at 500 I just can’t figure out why yet. If true, this may explain the tears Hatake shed during the episode, “Aniqatiga.” He may have been crying because Julia would now be a target of The Scythe because they’ve gone over their limit.
That doesn’t bode well for Sarah. Now that she is a member of the Silver Eyed Club does that put her on Stevie’s, I mean, The Scythe’s short list?
Of course, Hatake could have been crying because he now knows Julia will have to die 10,000 times in order to remain immortal as Gunnar explained to us. What father wouldn’t cry for that?
Do you suppose that Julia, Sarah and now Peter will get exempt status from The Scythe because of their hybrid nature, part mortal part immortal?
Yeah, that probably put them at the top of the list. Which would mean that The Scythe’s real job is to keep the bloodline pure.
That’s probably it but I’m holding out hope that the Immortal 500 has to remain at 500. Sutton got ticked off she found out Hatake had worked on a second virus. Which would mean the original virus was to eradicate mankind. Do the 500 need a planet all to themselves? Is there a resource here they can’t share with 7 billion people? Would the Narvik B virus allow humanity to coexist with the 500?
We have two episodes left the season to find out.
When the Illaria army was making it’s fast (and fake) approach to the ABS base we got a quick glimpse of the satellite antenna. You can see it in the screen grab immediately above and in the far right side of the frame.
Who fixed that? Didn’t Sergio knock that thing down? A continuity mistake by the Helix production people? Did I miss something?
Don’t read if you want to have total surprise for the next Helix episode.
I accidentally found out that by virtue of the internet that Hatake is 500 years old. This information originally came from the teaser which I had missed. Oh well.
So what happens when you subtract 500 years from the current timeline? You get the year 1514 which is the time when Ponce de Leon was searching Florida for the fountain of youth.
I said it was a spoiler.
True Detective - Two Points of Light
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
I thought it only fitting that TV’s favorite Nihilist should honored with a quote from Nietzsche. It is especially appropriate because as Rust Cohle reached his moment of triumph he was also reaching what could be defined as his nadir. In defeating the monster he pursued he was also in danger of becoming that monster.
At the very least, Rust Cohle harbored thoughts of suicide. In his quest to find “The King in Yellow” or as he is known by his more pedestrian name, Errol Childress, many of us thought that Cohle would also find his own end
I was foremost amongst them. I felt for sure we had seen the last of Rust Cohle. His trajectory seemed to be the one of a downward spiral despite his diligence and dedication. There were many on the internet that felt True Detective betrayed itself with it’s “sunny” ending. How could a series that was so dark in nature be so uplifting in the end?
I for one was relieved at the end. I had prepared myself for the worst. It did seem a little odd at first but the more I think about it the more I am able to accept it and agree with it. This particular post will be in defense of that ending and of Rust Cohle in particular.
Some had guessed correctly this series was one of stories or better yet the stories we told ourselves. I can’t disagree with that but I think this was a tale more of transformation or better yet transcendence.
It’s been observed how much Christ like Rust looked as he sat in his hospital bed and as he gazed across the cityscape and out into the stars.
That’s close, but I submit instead of a story of resurrection this was more of a story of rebirth. I don’t think Rust came back from the dead. Instead I think he found the place where he could reject his Nihilism and become transcendent.
It was not for Rust Cohle to display tears but at the end he did. Rust recounted to Marty the story how he was slipping into the darkness. As he did he could feel the warmth of love surround him. It was the love of his daughter he felt and as he was consumed by it he could feel the love of his “Pop” also.
"Darkness take me, yeah" to paraphrase Cohle at this point. He wanted to give in, he wanted he wanted to join them and end it all.
He wanted to let go.
And he did. At this moment Rust Cohle had reached his moment of transcendence. He did let go. He let go of all the pain, all the misery and guilt that held thrall over him for so many years. Rust cried when his eyes opened. He felt as though he had lost.
No Rust you won.
He went back into the light and let go of the pain. I don’t think Cohle appreciated it at the time but he was finally free. What better way to honor the death of his daughter than to keep on living and preserve her memory every waking day.
I suppose the clues were always there in True Detective. How many allusions, references and images did we get about the stars? Here is what the foremost transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Ermerson said about the stars.
"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile."
Rust Cohle stared into the black firmament that was the series long theme of True Detective and was reborn. As he said to his friend Marty as they walked away, “You ask me, light’s winning.”
Pretty Ironic that TV’s foremost Nihilist could become a champion of Transcendentalism.
I don’t mean to ignore the value of Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart in this piece. I titled this post, “Two points of Light” because of what the two stars meant to this series. Two stars, two points of light raging against the dark. I’m pretty sure we saw Mary and Rust as two falling stars blazing across the night sky only to disappear a moment later.
Instead they endured. Two points of light that are winning.
I have this fantasy where in a few years we revisit the work of Detectives Gilbough and Papania. It will be their series and they will have their own crimes to solve. But as they pursue their prey we’ll see them driving along and if you look real quick you’ll see Marty’s PI storefront in the background and through the glass will sit Marty and Rust, feet up on their desks, sharing a beer.
You don’t like the way True Detective ended? Maybe you weren’t paying attention. Because it was written in the stars.
Next up, part two of my finale review. Evocative images and their meaning.
I’ve Got A Fushigi!
Who didn’t have a fushigi in this last episode of Helix?
As I mentioned in my last blog post,”Fushigi” is Japanese for “Secret” and there were many secrets exposed in this most recent episode. Let’s take a look at them by inividual.
I’d say he had the biggest secret of them all and no doubt there will be many more to come. The biggie of this episode? Immortality.
So we finally learn the secret behind the silver eyes and it is a characteristic of immortality. Why silver? Who knows, that’s another secret. But the exposure of this secret lays bare the people behind Illaria and as it turns out they number 500. Or is it 498 if Candace Sutton and Gunnar Mikaelsson are subtracted? For that matter, should we add Julia Walker to that roster? Was she an uncounted member of this secret society? Was Dr. Hvit a memeber? How may more silver eyed people are out there that are not a part of the Illaria 500? If there are others are they the children Hatake kidnapped and released into the world? Is this part of his experimental cure to inhabit the world to counter the 500?
If you were one of the people that backed the “Immortality” theory then you win. Then again if the 500 (plus or minus a few) turn out to be aliens or vampires then we can all go back to banging out heads against the wall.
Ol’ Gunnar had a secret or two. First of all his secret was himself! Next, he exposed the secret of the rift between Jane and Candace and it was his betrayal. His punishment was to be chained in an arctic subbasement for eternity. We learned the immortals can survive just about anything as long as they have a certain amount of sustenance. So why sustain himself? Why drink the liquid? Just die.
Gunnar wanted to die or to be set “free.” So why didn’t he hold his breath for more than four minutes? (I’m kidding.) The secret to his freedom turned out to be severing his artery. I suppose that’s the secret to keep the Immortals dead and I take it that’s why Sutton had to have her head removed and frozen. To what end though? If you are shot dead then you regenerate as long as your head is still there? Or will your head regenerate a body if it is not frozen?
Also revealed here was to live forever means to die 10,000 times.
I wonder if Hatake’s work and his involvement in the Willis Hypothesis makes this a much less painful proposition. That will be interesting to find out. So why the Vectors then, to prolong humanity? Is that was Narvik B was for and Narvik A was intended to wipe out humanity?
It looks like Peter had a bit of a secret revealed also and it was his sentience. Sure he is a bit brutish and is the new leader of the Vector wolf pack, but at least he can talk and think! So does that make him an enhanced Vector from the Narvik B strain? Is that what the “water” was for that Hatake gave him in episode one? If he is a Narvik B enhanced version, then is this the first step acting as a bulwark against the plans of the Immortal 500? Was this an Hatake quick fix? Peter’s retained his affection for Julia so we know he has his human emotions. What happens when he meets Julia again? Silver eyed people don’t mix well with Vectors.
Does Julia have a secret? Oh, indeed she does. She pocketed two vials of the Narvik strains at the end of the episode. Why? Because Alan broke her National Science Award all those years ago? (Maybe just a little.) I think Julia sees the value in preserving Hatake’s work even though it may mean the end of humanity if held in the wrong hands. That’s a big risk. Apparently she trusts Hatake enough to pursue his work. I don’t doubt she can see herself working with Hatake despite all the hard feelings.
The bigger secret revealed here is this may be why Hatake pursued her so energetically. He had to have back in the Arctic in order to work together to perfect his cure. This may be the point Candace Sutton missed so badly. Not that they were related per se, but that Julia was the key to finalizing Hatake’s cure as a unique test subject! Whatever she discovers it may involve Peter. Will he resist? Are Immortals the genetic enemies to the Vectors. He loves her but once they lock eyes that may be a different story and provide a huge road block.
Speaking of roadblocks, Sarah’s discovery of the secret behind the “Telomeres” and their lengthening was a big one. No doubt Hatake will make use of her work but will she allow it? She also discovered a cure for Cancer (or so it seems). What if the cure for cancer and the Telomere factor for the Vectors or even the Immortals are mutually exclusive. Sarah may have the upper hand in this but first they’ll have to cure her cancer. Now there is a standoff, Sarah says, “Cure my Cancer and I’ll give you the secret.” Hatake says, “Give us your secret and we’ll cure your Cancer.”
I can imagine all eyes turning to Alan. I don’t envy him.
You’d better come up a Fushigi of your own Dr. Farragut or we’re all screwed.