A Sashurai’s Review: Dark Matter – Season 3×02 (That’s one way to take out a clone)

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SUMMARY

Five is able to access a memory from Four’s past which helps detail the location of a research station that contains the blink drive. When they arrive to board the station, Four is shown on board through clone transport. As they try to escape by using the drive on the station, they transport into a pocket of null space that slowly begins to shrink down. Meanwhile, Five begins suffering reoccurring memories of her past while being under the care of an old tech engineer whom her local friends don’t trust. They make plans to leave the planet citing that her caretaker betrayed them to the Galactic Authority. In the present, Two, Three, and Six board the station and discover Four. Unwilling to compromise a truce, Three kills Four only to find the body is a clone. As they negotiate with one scientist, the other kills the first feeling betrayed. Two and Three find the last scientist and kill her to get the blink drive back. They return to normal space linking it to the Maurauder while the real Four discovers from communicating with the android that Nyx has been killed. He confronts Misaki who accepts her fate but warns him it was for the good of the empire. Back on the Raza, Five learns in her memory she has a lost sister but is permanently blocks from her old memories due to her deteriorating condition. Stable for now, the crew decide to leave the blink drive  inert until they learn more about it.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Back to back with the premiere, the crew of the Raza find Four’s hidden research station and with it a new problem involving the blink drive and it’s highly volatile nature in the wrong hands. The most standout moment came at the end when Four rages on Misaki after discovering she had fatally wounded Nyx. We know he won’t kill her, but it was a close call and there’s no telling how broken their trust may be moving forward. While the blink drive plot was the main focal point, I was much more fascinated by Five’s journey into her own past including a brief moment where she encountered Sarah who when we last saw her had died. It may be unfortunate that her access to everyone’s memories are severed but with it comes a new goal, one of locating a missing sister who resides with some rich family, hopefully to be revealed later this season. Just remember, this isn’t the crew that want to bring Four back into the fold, they simply want to kill him and I for one can’t wait for that inevitable 4 on 1 fight scene when it happens.

 

THE GOOD

We’re seeing more random qualities within the blink drive and I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more chaotic responses from it as time goes on. Within the confines of space-time, there are still numerous outcomes the crew can go through with that device and I hope we get to see more of that flux this season.

 

The height of our drama right now is how Four and Two are dealing with Nyx’s death. Now that Four knows Misaki killed her, he’s angry and very nearly killed Misaki out of principle. Two may still think Four killed Nyx if the android didn’t already update her on Four’s confused state. I think they’re saving that for later though since this path gives Two something to strive for in the vengeance department regardless of Six’s speech that killing Four won’t bring Nyx back.

 

THE BAD

I really wanted clone-Four to duke it out with Two and Three. Maybe that’s too soon, but they better deliver on something of that caliber in the future. I suppose since they don’t store swords on a research vessel, Four wouldn’t have had much of an advantage anyway.

 

There was zero follow up when Five was in Sarah’s presence. I’m guessing it was a precursor to the memory problem Five would endure throughout the episode, but the way it was delivered almost tells me that Five has Sarah’s consciousness stored away, and if that’s the case, why didn’t we have some residual return to it by the end of the episode? To the casual viewer, this may be an easily forgotten moment if it isn’t addressed soon.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Essentially when Four confronted Misaki. I very much wanted him to learn about it sooner than later. Granted, earlier means that Misaki won’t be a casualty of his anger but more of a watchful subordinate from here on out. He may restrict her privileges, he may do nothing, but hopefully he won’t forget how devious she’ll get when she feels she has to protect the throne beyond Four’s ability.

 

CHARACTER MVP

In a big way this was Five’s episode, complete with the most growth and backstory than anyone else. I was certainly intrigued with her dream-like memories and how she interacted with them knowing they were essentially reruns, with predetermined outcomes save for the old man’s reveal that Five had a sister. If you really dive into the quantum physics of that kind of time-displacement memory revealing, it’s be near impossible to explain how she knew in a memory that she had a sister at all let alone be told by a character who should have been running like a script.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Five’s sister may be a mystery but I’m excited to see who and how she’ll be introduced. We don’t know if she’s older or younger so any new female who shows up from here on out will be immediately suspected until the proof shows itself. Will she be similar in virtue or will she be corrupted? I think it’s very possible we’re going to have a good sister and an evil sister, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

 

This episode feels like it drew inspiration somewhat from the episode “Remember Me” on Star Trek-The Next Generation, when Dr. Crusher found herself in a similar collapsing reality. I like the concept of the shrinking universe as it adds a lot of tension and rampant thought processes on how to escape. There has to be at least a few studies on the phenomenon in our own time.

 

I’m not sure of Jodelle’s acting range, but I would have liked to have seen her portray her memories as the other crew members in their respective tones and mannerisms. It would really add to the depth of her integrated experience and somewhat humorous to see her be like one of the other cast members.

 

Four may be showing a lot of restraint, but how he intends to focus on the war after the station’s destruction and his own council at each other’s throats will determine whether or not he’s destined to be Emperor for the long run or if we’ll eventually see him deposed and back on the Raza just like Six was during season 2. I think it could go either way, but the conflict is certainly palpable and unseen enemies can be very close by. I’m hoping he’ll make enough clever decisions to keep everyone guessing including those he trusts, but if he continues to make sacrifices and takes on more villainous quests, he may in fact turn into the actual season 3 bad-guy. I’d be okay with that either way.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. Ishida’s struggle is truly beginning as the Raza crew rip and tear into his territory in an attempt to take back their stolen tech. Five discovers a sibling has been lost to her since birth and Misaki has been left with a threat of death if Four decides to take action after learning the truth about Nyx’s murder. Tonight’s episode stuck to the basics of Dark Matter’s mercenary-style storytelling and super-charged it with a collapsing singularity, very synonymous with the big crunch theory. The more the crew have to deal with the random chaos of the universe and its volatile laws of physics the better these stories will get. While the corporate war will no doubt serialize the plot, I’m much more fascinated with the Raza’s day to day as they fly into the unknown and shoot their way out of it. Until next week, thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×02 (If only there was a better search engine to find power hungry vampire land developers…)

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SUMMARY

When the wolves are away, the vamps will play. Tonight’s episode of The Originals marks the coming of a dark prophecy that may see one friend, one foe, and one member of the family laying each of the vampire Mikaelson’s to their end. Davina struggles to maintain control of the covens by manipulating Hayley into becoming her assassin and Camille joins forces with a peculiar detective to solve the recent murders that mirror the killing style of one Lucien. Oh, and little Hope is walking now, and nobody filmed it.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Very solid continuation from last week’s stellar premiere. The violence was chosen very carefully but absolutely delivered on keeping this show fresh and interesting especially when hamming in a “custody battle” line after a lengthy one on one fight between parents. The subplots are actually pretty well balanced considering where everybody stands and I think they revolve nicely when it comes to having certain characters interact with others. None of it feels forced with the exception of one engagement that probably could have waited until morning to handle. It’s good to see Jackson and Hayley own their scenes in savage fashion and look forward to more from the bunch as a whole.

RECAP

Elijah finds Jackson suffering from a bear trap and helps him as the two begin their search for Haley who is offered a lift of the crescent moon curse by Davina provided she kill Cara. Haley agrees and seeks the witch out. Camille visits Klaus and informs him she believes the serial killer is Lucien and implores Klaus to stop him. Elijah and Jackson find Lucien at his suite and attack him when he does not cooperate with finding Haley. Lucien suffers a bite from Jackson but later uses a vial to cure himself of the bite. Haley finds Cara and kills her but is attacked by nearby witches. It is later revealed Haley killed the witches with Davina presumably setting them on fire to hide the evidence. After the witches funeral, she is confronted by Cara’s son who vows to expose her. Hayley goes to Klaus and the two argue and fight over past transgressions and Hope. They stop when they realize Hope sees them and is walking on her own. Elijah offers Hayley and Jackson a nearby apt to live in with Hope for the present. Under suspicion of Lucien’s prophecy of the sire war and the end of the Mikaelson’s Elijah has Hayley perform a spell of her own to validate the vision. She sees the same images and agrees each of the siblings may fall from nearby friends, foes, and family. Elsewhere, vampire siblings Tristan and Aurora spar with Tristan informing her that he’s leaving again. She gets upset and he’s forced to subdue her with a promise to bring back a souvenir from New Orleans.

THE GOOD

The landscape for this season is already looking great. It’s not uncommon for characters to be warned that betrayals will be coming close by. It sows distrust in a realm where distrust is a rampant beast biting into everyone on a nightly basis. Here though I think it will maybe do the opposite. Klaus and Elijah are nothing is not resourceful and strong when aligned for a common goal. Klaus usually does prefer to work alone, but he has strength in family as long as at least someone can trust him, which is the hardest thing to earn for him when he actually wants it. There’s a lot of good vibes and real fear plaguing these immortals because there may be something out there that can kill them and they have no idea what it is. That’s real fear for the fearless.

Hopefully I’m not in the minority but I like Hayley and Jackson’s pairing this time around. Normally, I rant about when couples will break up when they get together because that what happens, but this time I’d like to see them last through the season if possible. Jackson is a survivor and tonight he got to show his fangs and do something positive like take a huge bite out of Lucien for being rather uncooperative.

The siblings Tristan and Aurora may seem a bit trite on the surface, but considering the picture that’s been painted of them and how they act toward each other, I’m interested to see how things will play out with them. I believe I heard it right when Elijah admitted that he was Tristan’s sire which makes 2 for 2 on the sired vampires under the Mikaelson line. If Aurora ends up being sired by Rebekah then we’ll have the exact turn out I want to see. Again, things are looking up and I like the concept of Aurora being very volatile and Tristan the level-headed of the two, which is opposite how he was described in the flashbacks last week.

THE BAD

Davina’s witch arc still isn’t resonating with me. Including Hayley in her attempt to regain composure and loyalty with the covens felt logical but the aftermath was a bit of a letdown considering the amount of witches she sacrificed only to get another member on her for being a bad leader. She’s being tested pretty hard this early in the season and Marcel is the only one who has any kind of relationship with her to help aside from Vincent who was strangely absent this time around.

Lucien is already vying for the top seat in being the one vampire that just has to get booted from this show; the other being Enzo from TVD of course. He’s too obnoxious and it’s not settling down. The absolute worst was his short little speech on the net about challenging authority and eliminating competition. Power hungry or not, his content was deplorable and nobody in such a position would make speeches about that, considering he was subtly comparing it to the violence of his personal nature as a vampire. There’s just nothing positive about him I can see right now except that Klaus will eventually have to put him down.

Detective Kinney. Either he’s the actual serial killer or he’s hiding something else up his sleeve. Maybe he’s copycatting Lucien’s old killing methods or he’s just a creepy detective who has a thing for Camille. Either way, he’s the unfortunate human who has to interact with Camille while she’s apart from Klaus’s supernatural plot. I suppose it’s better than not having her in episodes at all, but I wish they’d reintroduce that room of trinkets and weapons she was exposed to last season to utilize. If there’s a twist to be found here with these murders I hope it’s not the obvious one.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Klaus and Hayley fighting in the courtyard. For once, they let these two actually have at it for more then a ten second spurt and it was great to watch. There was intensity and anger in both parties which culminated in Klaus’s sullen and somber expression while Hayley beat into him only to notice their daughter which from across the way. It was a good scene and cleverly mirrored the kind of horror a child can experience when parents are at odds with each other. Good moment all around.

CHARACTER MVP

Elijah was in a bit of a supporting role this time but if you count up all the good deeds he did in this episode I think you’ll find he earned the MVP spot tonight. He’s looking out for both family, and more or less everyone else that’s in trouble. His concern over Hayley remains even though their ship has long since sailed and he’s still willing to put up with Klaus for the greater good of their family. And let’s not forget he through a sharp piece of table through Lucien’s throat and that alone made it easy to pin him the MVP tonight.

ENDING THOUGHTS

Nitpick time. So Elijah starts his first scene already holding Hope when last we saw her she was at the cabin with Freya watching. That means at some point he went from the truck of dead wolves back to the cabin to pick up Hope and then resume his search for Hayley while letting Freya go back to her party at the bar/club. Does that make sense to you? Was it that important to have a scene with Marcel and Freya at the club to help set up Marcel’s alibi about his vampires having nothing to do with the witch’s death?

Another nitpick. At the monastery, Tristan and Aurora are sparring with katana swords. This should point to the monastery being in Japan otherwise one would assume it would be in China, but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is Tristan is fighting under the form of what looks like sabre-style fencing which makes me cringe because one cannot effectively use a slashing weapon under the guise of a single-handed thrusting form. I mean sure, they’re sparring and Tristan is just completely toying with her but it’s either the wrong weapon for the form of the wrong form for the weapon. Manage your weapons combat people!

This one’s obvious, but what exactly is in the vials that Lucien used to cure his wolf bite? It wasn’t blood which suggests that maybe Lucien either synthesized the enzyme or DNA from Klaus’s blood a while back or he found something else that cures the bite which could be something of note if they decide to start utilizing tech on this show.

Camille was using a BIC push pencil while her writing style suggests she should probably stick with a pen or at the least an older style pencil. I’m reaching, I know.

Is it possible Celeste will make an appearance after almost refusing to help Davina activate the temporary block on Hayley and Jackson’s curse? Dead people have a way of returning on this show and I don’t think Davina should be handling all these struggles on her own. She won’t last long if the covens once more grow impatient and decide to overthrow her.

OVERALL SCORE

Another solid 8 out of 10. If this consistency keeps up, this will easily surpass last season which held strong all the way to the end. The characters are generally well-balanced with the most important ones showing their flaws early on. They’re not rushing in on any new romances and dealing with immediate threats to help project long arc coming our way. I wish they wouldn’t use Rebekah so sparingly and just make her a mainstay on the show. At this point I don’t care which actress plays her, I just prefer Claire. I have this small idea that made the vision itself is a ruse and it’s meant to break the family apart and either kick start the real sire war or something deeper. But I’m not convinced we’ve met every player in the game yet. Time will tell if I’m even remotely hitting on anything accurate. As always, thanks for reading, see you next week.

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A Sashurai’s Review: Hannibal – Season 3×02 (It’s not that they fooled me, I just wanted to believe)

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Expressionism washes back ashore and reunites us with the other half of Hannibal’s resident hallucinatory protagonist. A recovered Will Graham discovers himself in a foreign land with one thing on his mind; find Hannibal Lecter. But what does finding him mean, and will he confront the monster as friend or foe? The flowing piece travels up and down shattered memories bringing uncharacteristic closure while opening a familiar door exposing the antlers of evil. Even with the help of a local inspector, Will’s plight remains singular and unrelenting. Now comes the real chase.

Very much of this episode hinged on both a quality in deception and a willingness to absorb a man’s mental awareness of the world outside and within. I never grow tired of the imagery that continues to provocatively outdo itself every episode. Layers are what make this show outstanding and that’s barely scratching the surface along with the amazing acting and commanding dialogue we’re treated to week to week. Each sequence is both disgusting and full of morbid fascination. Turning away is foolish if we’re to understand the complexity of the moment. This week was applause worthy minus the core piece of subterfuge that almost had me guessing what was real. But from here on out, don’t try and make us wonder who’s alive and who’s dead, just be faithful to the truth.

Last season’s final moments are replayed with Hannibal mortally wounding both Will and Abigail. Amidst Will’s departing consciousness, he’s brought back to the surface as he awakes from his coma, seemingly with Abigail by his side at the hospital. 8 months later, the two are paired in Italy on the trail of Hannibal’s recent murder at a rich chapel. Will meets Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi who reveals he once tried to arrest Hannibal for a murder twenty years ago but was unsuccessful. Will hallucinates at the chapel by the murder scene and grows weary of Hannibal’s continued hold on him. It is then revealed that Abigail did not survive being cut by Hannibal and Will had kept her memory alive in guilt. When Pazzi arrives at the chapel, Will laments that Hannibal is nearby and the two search the catacombs for him. Unable to find Hannibal, they part ways with Hannibal spying on Will. Before Hannibal leaves, Will whispers “I forgive you”, knowing his old friend heard it.

I was always a fan of Abigail and had to grit my teeth when I realized too early she was just a figment. Their scene at the hospital was genuine and easily believable considering Abigail had a bandage and mentioned how Hannibal knew how to cut them without killing them. But then Abigail is with Will in Italy and the fantasy just falls apart too quickly in my eyes. Sure the priest and Abigail stared at each other, but that’s the lure of deceit. Unless a character actually spoke to Abigail, there was just no way that storyline could continue. I’ve been burned too many times in the past with the same kind of ruse, but they did try and give Abigail some semblance of departure that wasn’t just her throat being cut and being the end of it. What’s interesting is that Will imagined that no matter what, Abigail wanted to return to Hannibal. It’s strange and surreal but also equally engrossing that Will projects his own needs onto her as though he’s the one not entirely convinced that’s what he wants, when it could very well be. In any case, Abigail meant something to both Will and Hannibal and now that connection has been severed forever. It’s just Will now, hunting the hunter.

It can never be overstated how enthralling the dark and twisted dreams and hallucinations are in this show. From the broken tea cup manifesting as Will himself, to the human body shaped as a heart that unfolds and gradually morphs into the dreadful antlered creature that represents Hannibal’s true form. It’s reaching out to Will and demanding attention in the most wicked ways. All of this translates to Will’s unknowing conclusion as to what he’ll do when he finds Hannibal. His statement “I forgive you” can easily be interpreted as yet another one of Will’s long con. We have to believe that Will isn’t so far gone that he’d just jump onto Hannibal’s side and live his life as an accomplice to a prolific and undefeatable murderer. No, the tale has to remain fixed and equal to the book’s interpretation. Will isn’t evil and he isn’t going to give in just because Hannibal is alluring and sensible to Will’s psyche. Lines have to be drawn and somehow Will is going to win this enduring arc.

Pazzi is another book orientated character that makes his debut to Will which is something interesting as in the series the two have never met. This Pazzi is just as compelled to find Hannibal yet it’s much more personal and analogous to Ahab and the white whale. For now, he’s allowing Will to center in on Hannibal however he can with the hopes that the monster can be caught. Their dialogue so far is a bit silly in the grand scheme of reality, but Will has never been one to be very straight and honest with his words. One haunting fact remains is that Will predicted Hannibal will kill Pazzi if he continues his investigation and those who have read the series know the answer to that dilemma.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Seeing Abigail and Will having their moments of reflection. There was an honest maturity that Will created for Abigail yet the world he built for her was limited and very borrowed on time. In truth, her personality was continued off of her mentality that she was under Hannibal’s control for fear and dependence. Will couldn’t save her and couldn’t keep her alive even in memory. Still, it was a nice gesture to give those who wanted to see a better life for her character, and I for one am glad Hannibal never made her into dish.

CHARACTER MVP

This was Abigail’s last episode so I’m giving it to her. As a character she was convincing enough to be considered a live and supporting person. It was just the order of events and practicality that couldn’t seal the trolling the show did to us. Will is moving past her and as a character not involved in the book series, she made a lasting impression on both protagonists. Even as a figment, she tried to help Will while still expressing a necessary bond with Hannibal, something that Will himself is fighting to understand. What I find the most amusing in this is that Will has a hallucination and is then woken up by another hallucination that was Abigail. That just shows how truly subverted Will can get.

ENDING THOUGHTS

Since Will is acting alone, does this mean he no longer has a connection to the FBI, or is he back on a sting to trap Hannibal, we just don’t know yet?

The doctor said someone wanted to see Will, but was that in itself a dream or was the person someone who we never saw like Alana or Jack perhaps? Jack we know had to survive because he’s still an important supporting character in the series, but Alana we still don’t know yet for sure what might have happened.

The body as a heart that changed into a stag was absolutely gut wrenching and chaotic and will stand as possibly the most epic of dream sequences next to one or two others that really stood out. Hannibal really knows how to get inside Will’s head even from a country away.

I know it was probably too soon, but having Hannibal and Will communicate even with one or two lines in the echoing catacombs would have been an awesome scene. But then we’d know too soon what Will’s intentions are and his line of forgiveness shouldn’t have been a dead giveaway.

Will Bedelia and Will meet before Hannibal and Will do? If so, how will the two interact and handle the monster who knows how to control and manipulate virtually everyone he meets?

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. My only real gripe comes with having a 5-6 minute flashback at the beginning of the episode. It was played almost entirely verbatim and could have been shortened with the same message being over-layed. Still, it was a fantastic return to the surreal focus that makes this show engaging, mesmerizing, and full of gory symbolism. Will is strictly following one man’s design and only one. Hannibal won’t kill simply for the food of it and has to be careful when he’s forced to make hasty decisions such as that. And again, thanks for setting us straight on Abigail’s fate, it wasn’t what many wanted, but at least she can rest. Thanks for reading all, see you next week.

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A Sashurai’s Review: Vikings – Season 3×02 (The game is afoot, or rather an arm)

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The favored Vikings gain a bit of respite between battles, and though the brother of Kwenthrith runs to fight another day, a trap may await Ragnar and his band should they venture too far out to find him. Lagertha and Athelstan are treated to more of King Ecbert’s hospitality, and an ominous dream carried through Helga, Siggy, and Aslaug together brings worry and foreboding in the village of Kattegat.

The second episode gave us a bit more room for the crew to breathe as they rest and entertain themselves after their landslide victory. Torstein unfortunately suffers from his injured left arm and at his request has Flocki sever it at the shoulder, claiming he never liked that arm anyway. There was a brutal calmness for those involved yet like comrades, they supported their brother and ripped away his weakness. Yet, Torstein doesn’t appear to be getting any better. As I start to like one of the supporting characters who’s lasted this long, it’s a shame to venture at the possibility he may not live beyond the next episode. No amount of hallucinogens will save him from his pain, which begs the question, will Ragnar put him to a warrior’s death or will Torstein survive his amputation?

Our next piece of subterfuge comes in the form of Aethelwulf capturing a lone soldier and forcing him to spill the whereabouts of Brihtwulf’s brother’s location. Yet, as cordial as Aethelwulf appeared after the fact, it begs the question on whether or not he’s planning something for the Vikings. A possible alliance with the enemy? I’d believe it.

Where the episode gets a little flat for me is the courting of Lagertha at the hands of Ecbert. There’s a bit more intrigue between Athelstan and Judith involving her attempt at a confession which she reveals her sexual feelings for him. Their fraternizing will eventually spell a bit of disaster, but in the meantime, it seems like harmless fun. Ecbert spots it and even questions Judith about it, but considering his own agenda with Lagertha, he’s a little preoccupied to be truly worried about his daughter in law. This will of course spark some heated confrontation between Aethelwulf and Athelstan, but that’s down in the future assuming Athelstan falls for Judith completely.

As for the strange dream the women shared at Kattegat, I find it fascinating how much more eerie and supernatural events make it through on a show rooted in historical presentation. The man with hot blood asks for help from Helga, and she tears up not knowing what his actual appearance will mean for them. The seer of course offers only more metaphor shrouding future events in confusion, yet like always, his words will land on truth in some aspect, but never what we expect. I like the mythology it’s diving into, but wonder how deep down the rabbit hole they intend to go on such mystical abilities.

Another key note was Kwenthrith’s reveal to Ragnar with what her brother and uncle did to her when she was younger. Her anger and hatred spring forth as she demands the head of her uncle. With it, she stabs and spits at it, finally feeling some sense of satisfaction over his death. Now, is she truly trying to reach out to her brother? I highly doubt it. It seems an unrealistic ploy, one I assume she thought would keep her brother within a blade’s reach. Instead, he wisely flees and the Vikings are left to either meet their enemies further inland or to disengage their assault. Ragnar will likely take the chance to eliminate this last threat before returning to Ecbert. If not, Ecbert’s good graces may be short lived.

FAVORITE MOMENT

It was peculiar watching the way Torstein was going through his suffering. Everyone seemed to know what he was going through, but at the expense of pride, very little was done to ease him of his suffering until he requested his arm be removed. It was such a bold and crazy move that I thought maybe he’d be talked out of it, but that’s not how these guys work, which makes their way of life ever the more simplistic. Arm doesn’t work, get rid of it. No antibiotics to take care of the infection. And that’s that. His dip in the river had a strange ambience that almost felt transcendent, yet all it did was put him in worse shape.

CHARACTER MVP

I believe Athelstan stood out a bit more this time around. He told Lagertha that he loved both Odin and Jesus Christ. It’s not really anything knew, but he’s beginning to be more excepting of his duality and in that there’s a confidence rising. He flirts with Judith and then there’s the haunting ending scene where he mirrors the wanderer’s pose with bleeding hands, similar to his stigmata from last season. It’s hard to know where his character growth is heading, but his allure from both beliefs continues to make him perplexing and interesting as a character.

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

I think that Rollo’s scene was just to give him something to do in this episode. He hasn’t had any real moments to thrive or start some new path, which is a little off putting considering his nature is to strive and sometimes betray in order to rise. He’ll never really betray again, but his efforts to become more important or as important as Ragnar have been fleeting at best.

Is dreaming the demise of the seer something even more daunting than the wanderer showing up? I’ve been expecting more to be revealed about the seer, yet we may not that much more from him this season.

Lagertha appears to be entertaining Ecbert’s courtship almost to the point, I’m surprised by her willingness to be so thankful. It doesn’t seem like her style, unless she’s diverting or really interested in this farmland.

Bjorn asked Porunn to marry him, like a boss. She’s excited. It’s what you do after a hard fought victory with your loved one, right? I imagine they’ll get married the day after they return home, provided that’s in the workings this season.

Kalf is now the appointed leader of Lagertha’s people. I hope this doesn’t mean that he’ll invade Kattegat while Ragnar is still gone. That would be a little too formulaic. He claims he wants fame above all other things. And how does one become famous? I imagine he’ll have to take on Ragnar the old fashioned way.

OVERALL SCORE

“The Wanderer” was a bit more laid back than last week’s premiere. It offered some insight into a few characters, but not much more other than that. Aethelwulf is predictably being deceptive and King Ecbert’s subplot wasn’t very entertaining to endure aside from Judith and Athelstan having their moment. It was the strange dreams the ladies in Kattegat shared that held the most interest and with the physical appearance of the wanderer himself, played by well known actor Kevin Durand, he’ll mark the next phase in which this season will go. It score a 6 out of 10, just one number lower than last week. Should there be more battles to help build those numbers in the future? Why not. Vikings fight and raid and live in the moment. Let them entertain as they do.

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