In case you didn’t notice, this episode made me fall in love a little with David Lyons. I can’t even explain how upset I am that we only get one more episode and then no new episode until March!
This is getting a little out of control. But, I have ANOTHER sonnet:
A Sonnet To Sebastian
Oh Bass, your tortured self makes my heart sing
it is not something that I wanted now.
It is to Miles I want arms to cling
But so conflicted am I by this show
Because he’s like a bro you took his cause
The safety of his fam was yours to keep
And so to this effect you made the laws
But burden weighed enough to make one weep
And then your best friend tried to end your life
the paranoia grew without your post
and its your lead commander’s two-faced wife
with whom you really should fear now the most
And now I must admit I want to see
Miles and Bass with swords they fight, I squee.
Nora’s alligator in the “sewer” moment was really cute. I loved how they mixed it up with taking the kick ass woman and giving her such an unreasonable fear to go nutsoid about! We didn’t get any depth of character with Nora!past experiences this time. We got a ton last time, so other characters were developed. She did get to show her uber-skills though in dismantling the bomb but knowing there could be another.
Poor Charlie--whereas getting fooled by the lost boys in “The Children’s Crusade” was on her, this really wasn’t her fault. I expect her to have an “I hate you guys, bad things always seem to happen when you’re around” Cordelia moment any episode now. She doesn’t hallucinate so to speak, but she does get knocked out and is back “home” with Dad. The moment reminded me of “What is and What Should Never Be” at the end. Just the feeling of possibly staying in a fake, idealized world, where Maggie and Dad are still alive, and she is living with them and Danny...but then she hears Miles’ voice and she comes back.
I love how this episode shows more tender Miles moments--whether you are talking about the genuine affection for his best friend, or how he has taken on the surrogate dad role. He won’t leave Charlie when she is on the land mine. His voice is the one that pulls her out of that “happy dream”.
For Miles and Aaron, the hallucinations are about personal failures--an inability to protect or save the ones you love. Aaron’s is touching in that we have seen him grow so much in a short time, and his hallucination was his wife chastising him for being able to pull himself together to be strong fro Charlie, but he couldn’t be strong for her. I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen of Aaron’s wife. Maybe we’ll meet her in “real time”! Aaron has found out through this journey that he is stronger than he ever gave himself credit for. He has been resourceful and brave when needed. He has taken a stand against a psychopath and stood up for himself while accepting his culpability in misadventures. He sees how he is not the same as he was, but he needs to come to terms with his reasoning. Did he do what he thought was best when he left his wife, or did he take the coward’s way out? This seems to be something he needs to settle within himself.
I was shocked at the end with Rachel killing Brad. This continues on the theme of what people are willing to do for their family. Monroe threatened Danny and she couldn’t protect Danny if she was dead. I’m sure since she has survived there this long, part of it was self preservation, too. I am still looking for some Rachel/Bass backstory though. I can’t help but think with the chemistry they seem to have, and Monroe’s frustration over her reaction, showing that this reaction wasn’t expected, that something might have happened between them...
That leads in to another point. What was Rachel building? Monroe seemed to trust Rachel when he gave her the pendant. Neville got him to think that maybe she wasn’t being honest. Did Neville really sense something from Rachel, or is he trying to further ingratiate himself to Monroe. And how long before Monroe starts questioning Neville’s timing regarding information he is giving Monroe? He seems to be feeding into Monroe’s paranoia, most likely at Julia’s request. The more time Neville spends at home with his wife, the less I like him. He went from reading biographies about great men (Iacocca) to getting Monroe to have people killed. I don’t see this ending well for him or his wife.
Was Rachel building a bomb, or was she building an amplifier? When she explained it to Neville, I felt it was an amplifier, but did question why she would build one for Monroe considering she told him nothing for 15 years...and that she more likely was pulling a Tony Stark...When she told Brad it was an amplifier, I was pretty certain it wasn’t...I do feel she was backed into a corner and didn’t have another choice available.
Monroe also played his hand. He would have been better off keeping both of them alive and playing them off each other, as it appeared to be working. Brad was not likable in my opinion, but he would have been a good foil, potentially just saying things to hurt Rachel. Making the snap decision to get rid of Rachel and Danny meant it was an emotional decision made by Monroe and not very well calculated. Again, this leads me to feel that there may be something else going on between Rachel and Monroe.
Anyhoo, the promo for the mid season finale gave me tingles! I can’t wait. Let me know what you thought of the episode! And just to let you know, the live versions of both songs used in the episode are on Led Zeppelin’s new album “Celebration Day” which is available on iTunes!
Screencaps from grande-caps tumblr!