A Sashurai’s Review: Dark Matter – Season 3×09 (Reddit would have downvoted that picture citing it as a repost somehow)

Dark Matter 3x09

 

 

SUMMARY

The crew of the Raza discover they’ve traveled 600 years in the past and return to Earth to lay low and make sense of their situation. Taking refuge in Wisconsin, the crew blend in but are immediately suspected by neighboring kids. When they find out a scientist from the future has stowed away in the past, Two and Three find his house and a working blink drive that summoned the ship as a recall function within the broken blink drive on the Raza. The scientist captures Two and Three and explains he created the blink drive but felt it was too dangerous to be left in anyone’s hands and escaped to the past. After convincing the scientist of their dilemma, he helps Five return to an earlier time in the day to program the Marauder so that they can deal with the police threat that surrounded it. Afterward, they return to their present with the working blink drive while the scientist chooses to stay behind. In the present, the android is called upon by her android associates for help.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

In dealing with time travel one must come down on one side of the fence or the other. Time is either fixed or can be changed causing multiple dimensional outcomes. Dark Matter chooses the former as the crew unintentionally inspire the creation of FTL and a calling to explore space itself. This was mostly a humorous look at our characters facing a suburban culture without too much emphasis on current technology and pop-culture references. Surprisingly, it was more tame on the outcome of their paradoxical situation than I suspected but considering the android’s relative expertise on the planet’s subject matter, I was thoroughly entertained for most of it.

 

THE GOOD

Time travel to our present is a bit of a rite of passage in sci-fi storytelling. It generally beats the other premise where they go further back to an era that wouldn’t look as good without a wide-scale budget in hand. In the present, there’s lots of clever nuances and culture clashes one can make and tonight’s episode did so in abundance. In this instance, the cast can observe and comment on our society strengths and weaknesses without any real judgments save for a lack of current technology to fit their needs as Three so eloquently mentioned while walking down the street. They weren’t in any real horrific danger and served to tell a decent story that even gave us the origin of the blink drive and why its creator fled the present.

 

The android was chalk full of idiosyncrasies sometimes going a little out of her way to keep their disguises in check which was probably what made this episode work so well. In some aspects, she nurtures the crew and herds them together when they have absolutely no idea how to deal with the situation. Gathering funds, buying houses, and making house warming platters just shows how resourceful she is along with the smaller details that we as present exclusive patrons would catch and chuckle at.

 

THE BAD

Not a fan of those kids. At the end of the day, Jake was a device instrumental to the creation of the FTL drive built by her granddaughter which Five in no small way was an inspirational marker for that invention. It’s just hard to imagine how suburban lifestyles still leans toward families suspecting neighbors with being cannibals or aliens in this day and age. Seemed silly, but in retrospect I understand their place in the plot.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Watching Two reactions as she and Three walked through town. It’s not often we see Two in a state of merriment, but seeing her react to the dog and wanting hot chocolate shows how she can be laid back and positive if given the time to do so. Three comments on in and I like that he does because he’s also recognizing the stress she goes through and that simple things can help lighten the mood. If anything, she might have been the most prepared to stay in the time if it came down to it.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This could go either way for the android or Five, but the android has the situation organized and made the most impact in getting the crew to blend in without too much slip ups or suspicion on their parts. Five’s inspiration for Jake was more happenstance than anything. I’m just glad Jake wasn’t ancestor for Jace Corso or something to that affect.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Dungeon Siege III came out around June of 2011. If Jake got the collector’s edition at Christmas that would put their date in Wisconsin in 2012 at the earliest. Now, most console players wouldn’t waste their time trying to passively beat a game over the course of too many months so if Jake didn’t beat the prior game Five was playing within two weeks of getting it, he either hates playing video games or his parents bought him random cheap games that weren’t in his favorite genres to begin with. In either case, Five showed him up.

 

If the crew landed somewhere more populated like LA, Chicago, New York or anywhere really dense, I’m certain Three would have found enough things to keep his mind occupied rather than lament on the lack of technology not available to him. Though to be fair, to him it wasn’t about having it, it was about having access to it the same way we might think of things useful to use nowadays but we don’t really use but it’s nice to have. We have anti-grav boots, sort of.

 

The active blink drive in their possession does raise some interesting dilemmas for the future. Does this mean they can actively move into the past with it, or was that strictly only the scientist’s capability? Will Ishida once more become obsessed with getting it once he learns of its existence and stop at nothing once more to claim it? I feel this will somehow play its course on the finale this season.

 

And speaking of Ishida. Now that Nieman has reached out to him with the alternate Portia and Boone at his side I suspect they’ll work together for that common goal until it no longer suits one of them, but I very much want Ishida to be the one to kill Portia and Boone when the time comes. He should know he can’t trust either of them and it gives us another excuse to have a great fight scene.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Dark Matter has crossed dimensions and now the past as the crew tackle a jumble of what-if’s in regards to time-paradoxes. Most positive highlights are the small moments of comedic interaction between oblivious neighbors and the android who probably oversold their disguises, but the mark was hit in a fun and enjoyable segment of levity that this show is getting better at showcasing. With a new blink drive in their possession it’s only a matter of “time” before their hunted by all walks of corporate and bounty-hunter types. One thing is for certain, if there’s a retro song to be heard, you can bet the android will awkwardly pelvic thrust to it. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×09 (You didn’t lose count, Camille, it’s less than ten)

TO 3x09

 

SUMMARY

During New Orleans’s holiday backdrop, Rebekah is returned to her family but with a strange curse included that puts Hayley and Freya at risk. Klaus shares his deepest feelings with Camille after helping detective Kinney with his compulsion while Marcel coerces Vincent to thwart Tristan’s plan to gain the witch covens by becoming regent himself. On the eve of Christmas, Elijah makes a drastic decision and Aurora’s secret revenge comes to fruition leaving Klaus in the waking agony of his life.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

One thing I’ve liked about this show is how it can be subtle enough with its themes and seasons still weave them into the story without beating you senseless with it. Christmas came more naturally and in a way that wasn’t overdone, but the prime focus came in the guise of a safe and secure household horrifically disguised as a terror for the Mikaelson family. As the climax came, it brought to light a truth that Klaus can’t truly know happiness like he wants to. And with his loss will come a fury the likes his kin have never seen. Altogether a stellar episode with a great balance of subplots and a feverishly tragic ending that’s sure to raise questions as to where the arc will take them next.

 

RECAP

Elijah hires and dispatches a crew that returns Rebekah from the ocean. She awakens and later discovers a skull on her wrist, manifested from the stake that subdued her. It’s effects slowly make her furious and violent, lashing out at anyone near. Meanwhile, Camille visits with Kinney whose compulsion has nearly cost him his life. But Klaus aids him with positive compulsion which Camille finds entirely noble and is thankful for it. Tristan informs Marcel that he plans to gain the loyalty of the witch covens by buying the new regent’s support. Marcel counters by convincing Vincent to take over himself, which he does with an angry twist of his own. After Hayley finds and convinces Jackson to return home with her for Christmas, he encounters Tristan’s men who attack Freya and steal the coin she’s been researching to destroy. Jackson fends them off, but one escapes with the coin. After Rebekah returns to Klaus’s home, she falls victim to the curse and attacks Hayley, forcing Freya to create a cure which requires calling on Finn’s spirit from her necklace for help. Freya uses a spell-induced knife and cuts the curse mark off of Rebekah, seemingly absolving her from the curse. Later, the family share in a quiet Christmas evening with Klaus realizing Rebekah will need to leave once again to maintain her return a secret from their enemies. Rebekah reluctantly leaves but not before telling Klaus to tell Camille how he feels. That night, Vincent assumes the role of regent as Tristan arrives and shows him Freya’s necklace which contains Finn’s soul and the means to use it against Vincent should he refuse an alliance. Klaus goes to Camille and shares his feelings finally kissing her and spending the night with her. Rebekah then calls to Elijah and reveals the cursed mark returned on her wrist and forces him to dagger her and hide her body until the prophecy is over. As Tristan visits with Aurora, who seems satisfied with recent events, Klaus wakes to find Camille’s throat slit, presumably by her own hand, compelled by Aurora to do so should he lay with Klaus.

THE GOOD

The idea of killing Camille was always in the event that Klaus became too situated with being noble, dependable, and on the path of gracious change. With his change of heart being solely based on his feelings for her, Aurora’s plan came true and now he’s potentially lost Camille forever. An act like this will cause for insane retribution and it’s the one move that’s guaranteed to keep Klaus on a dark path for the remainder of the season. I’m not saying killing Camille was a good thing, but if Klaus is going to learn to perform acts of mercy and kindness, they can’t be centered around his feelings for a loved one and more toward his own desires to do so. Its a step in the right direction when he’s usually rooted in selfish needs, but to truly grow from it, he can’t rely on Camille’s approval to do good deeds. I’ll explain my theory on Camille further down the review.

 

I’m a fan of Vincent, so I’m glad he’s made a short come back as the new regent. However, his rise to power is stifled by a fear of being overtaken by Finn again, which seems like an empty threat, but I suppose Tristan knows a witch who knows a witch and can maybe do what happened to Vincent before. Or maybe the vampire is bluffing, but one thing is for sure, I have no earthly idea how he attain that necklace in the first place. One second Freya has it, and the next, it’s gone. If anyone’s going to bring relevance to the witch subplot it’ll be him.

 

THE BAD

Rebekah’s back and forth arrival and dismissal from this show is getting ridiculous. Anyone else who’s a major fan of hers has to be feeling the same frustrations I do about this approach which doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s as if, they can’t afford to keep her on for more than once every few episodes because keeping her on longer either means throwing another love interest her way or making her the subject for attack by Klaus’s enemies which has more been the case this season than the last one. Now she’s truly screwed because she can’t be wakened again until that curse is gone for good. Elijah is in a tough spot because by not telling Klaus it could cause another wedge to drive between them when he finds out. Stop taking Rebekah out like this, it’s torturous.

 

While the scene was a major piece in Camille’s feelings being validated with Klaus, I wasn’t very fond of how Kinney was handled tonight as a device to bring Klaus and Camille together. It reminded me too much of an episode of Jessica Jones where Jessica used Kilgrave to do something good by compelling a madman to give up his hostage family. Both utilized a “villainous” character to do a good deed using the same device of compulsion because they really wanted to impress the girl they are around. I figured Kinney’s compulsion was going to come back for a rainy day and this was it. I think they could have done something better, but I’ll give Klaus credit. He’s very sincere in his words, even if they’re essentially directed at Camille, because without her, Klaus wouldn’t give a rats ass what Kinney did to himself.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Rebekah had her brothers once more burn their written wishes. It’s not a terribly important moment in the episode as a whole, but she’s managed to hold to a two season tradition and for that short moment, the Mikaelson trio were a single unit, elated in their bond, which of course gets to come crashing down later that night. It’s the rises and falls that help define the fortitude of these characters but I like how Rebekah can be the glue that holds Elijah and Klaus together. And that’s why they keep putting her in the ground, or the ocean as it were.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Rebekah gets it tonight mainly because of both her range from docile to feral, to guiding sister who knew when to sacrifice herself to maintain order for her family. She’s turning more and more selfless and remains the most caring and thoughtful member of the show. It’s callous how she suffers through so much, but even at the end endures yet another stab in the heart, although making Elijah do it was likely heartbreaking for the two of them. Without knowing when or if this curse will be lifted, she could be stuck in that state for a long time coming. She also knew how Camille and Klaus felt for each other and encouraged their coupling although let’s face it, that sped up how fast Camille fell victim to Aurora’s compulsion which could have been avoided because Klaus can wait for eternity before acting on his love interests, the real ones.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Does Rebekah just keep a laced dagger in her pocket for these occasions? Truth is I’d believe it because it seems natural and forcibly reoccurring. I suppose it’s better than asking Elijah to snap her neck out of love.

 

I’m not sure Marcel should have acted so smug toward Tristan in regards to Vincent becoming Regent. If I were Tristan, that would have tipped me to Marcel’s subterfuge, it seemed an odd way to pretend loyalty given Tristan would likely have him killed if he truly believes he’s been betrayed.

 

No Lucien in this episode. An odd choice, but in all fairness, the little vampire is still an annoying one. And Klaus is probably right, he probably did have a cure for Freya.

 

That cursed stake and magical coin are still two odd convenience devices to subdue Rebekah and whomever suffers the fate of being locked away by the coin. Still no real backstories or reasons why these objects exist the way they do. That cursed stake is rather fierce and I’m surprised the Stricts held onto it for so long.

 

Although its just a theory, I’d like to believe if Klaus had been really truly protecting Camille this entire time, he’d have a steady supply of his own blood ingested or injected into her without her knowing so that in the event of an unexpected death, she’d rise as a vampire. It’s not ideal, but at this rate, Klaus would consider it a final contingency plan to save her from her enemies. If somehow this holds to be true, than maybe we’ll see Camille again in a different light, but her death would have more of a lasting impact that would see Klaus return to a more darker tone that we used to see back in his earlier days on TVD. In any case, it’s just a theory, we’ll see if it holds up.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Almost a 9. It hit a lot of points in great ways, including better screen time of Vincent, and finally giving Klaus and Camille that moment of love that was destined since the first episode of this show. The cost was Camille’s life, as it stands, but who knows where a show like this can take a dead character. If we open with her funeral, then we’ll know for sure what’s going to happen. Christmas was also handled in a way that didn’t seem overbearing and considering its when the Mikaelsons collectively get along, it’s becoming a trait to have Christmas on this show just to see them happy for once. The coin and cursed stake are still impractical objects and I loathe that they once more took Rebekah out of this equation. It’s too repetitive and unneccsary, but hopefully she’ll be back again before long. We’re now at the break and if I’m not mistaken, TVD and TO are moving to Friday when they get back. I read it, but I don’t recall the exact date. In any case, thanks for reading, we’ll see you again after the new year.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Hannibal – Season 3×09 (The art of becoming requires a collect call to the devil)

Hanni 3x09

Clandestine thoughts burrow to the surface between those who seek to understand and the rest who understand too well. In gaining insight on the Toothfairy killer, Will begins to show more signs of distress and rigidity with the second family’s murders all while Hannibal injects his serum of truth and honesty through his triangle of conversations between those he attempted to murder last season. In the midst of the Toothfairy’s vested interest in the blind co-worker, Reba, Hannibal also recalls his nurturing of Abigail before the fateful night he murdered her.

For the first half the episode, it felt like the old scenes bubbling back to the surface where Will and Hannibal share thoughts and expertise on the case at hand. What surprised me yet again was the continued use of Abigail’s character, this time giving us an in depth look at how he kept her alive during season 2. The remainder of the episode wisely focused on more of Francis’s daily routine, this time introducing Reba who has taken an interest in him as well. What felt overused was each characters need to return to Hannibal and offer their own relevant theories on his current stature and their own changes in life. Will and Hannibal alone should be the only two interacting. Truth is I’m no longer interested in what Hannibal thinks of Jack or Dr. Bloom. He’s isolated and I have yet to truly feel that on this second half of the season. Still, tonight’s episode proved to continue moving elements forward in a fresh pace as well as re-introduce absent characters like Freddie who will likely meet her end in this season as per story rules.

Hannibal and Will share the opening scene discussing both past events and the subject of the Toothfairy, which Hannibal agrees to assist. Peppered throughout the plot are flashbacks to when Hannibal used a willing Abigail to fake her murder, confront her dead father, and prepare for Will’s arrival the night she died. Meanwhile, Francis meets a fellow blind co-worker named Reba and becomes infatuated with her. Dr. Bloom tells Will that she carried Margot’s child and they had a son. Both Jack and Dr. Bloom speak with Hannibal about his role in helping Will which lead to nothing more than personal gloating on their part. Will relives the Toothfairy’s encounter with the second family and finds only parcel clues along with nightmares of becoming the killer himself. Freddie Lounds returns and attempts to convince Will to use her as a communication medium for the Toothfairy, but Will refuses. In the final scene, Hannibal receives a phone-call from the Toothfairy revealing he is becoming the Great Red Dragon.

Familiar Hannibal cliché’s are rampant that I both like and feel should continue being displayed. Most notably are his keen sense of smell and admiration for what’s taking place. What seems to be lacking is the premise that even though he’s locked up, he’s still very much in control of the conversations that take place. He doesn’t get that with Dr. Bloom and Jack which I feel makes him seem less of a threat. Jack really should be reduced to the minor role he has in the Red Dragon storyline and quite honestly, it should be Chilton goading Hannibal, not Dr. Bloom. She’s has more star power and is technically more appropriate given their history, but at the same time, she’s rooted in some strange alignment that I can’t tell if she’s adversely a good or quasi-evil character. If there was more substance to her I’d be all for an intellectual showdown between her and Hannibal, but that’s not what this season is about anymore, at least not between those two. Even the point to mention she carried the Verger child seemed a bit left field and no longer relevant to the storyline. I’d like to see Hannibal’s conversations stay with Will alone to keep the relationship between the two focused and eccentric. They match up the best and it’s not optimal to keep Hannibal running around the psyche’s of several characters.

The flashbacks with Abigail were interesting to witness but I also felt, as an Abigail fan, that this is just more twisting of the knife. He continued to instruct her and the art of facing one’s dead parent(s) with their corpse in play. It was a great nod to the third book’s moment when he does the same thing for Clarice. It shows how much he still cared for Abigail and right up until the end, she really thought they would leave together making her death that much more heart-wrenching. It’s just disappointing that she was always under his spell and never broke loose of it, even in Will’s mind that he built her from after the fact.

Francis and Reba’s scenes were about as typical as any film’s establishment of a killer trying to seem a peaceful person to others. What is unique and always has been is how that’s interpreted through a blind person who can’t see, literally the man Francis is. It’s what drew him to her and will eventually blossom into something chaotic but serene at the same time. Rutina Wesley joins the cast as Reba, I haven’t spotted her since her days on True Blood, so it’ll be a switch to see how she manages the docile Reba.

Will’s descent is running along as bumpy as it can be. They’re hitting on the right beats and making sure that he’s slipping in all the right ways. The scenes with Hannibal from different mental environments are always a standing joy to watch and even with Hannibal’s help we can still tell he’s holding back real pivotal information since after all, he’s just a spectator. If there’s one thing he can do is manipulate the right chess pieces to do the most damage and Will is still his pawn, but now he has a knight in the Red Dragon to move around as well.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Hannibal’s flashbacks with Abigail. I don’t know if they were filmed back then but either way for me it’s fun to watch the in-between moments that originally left us wondering how Hannibal does certain things. In this case, how he managed to keep Abigail hidden and protected that whole season while doing what he did. It really does drag that knowing she never gets to survive makes her growth in those flashback rather meaningless. Still, Hannibal did care in his own psychotic way for her.

CHARACTER MVP

Hannibal had a lot to juggle but I think he did an excellent job considering how many personalities he had to deal with. His silent stare during Dr. Bloom’s rant with telling him his fear is indignity was shot very well. We know Hannibal is capable of dealing with any situation he’s up against, but for a short moment you can tell he’s not particularly fond of being called out on any fear whatsoever. He’s stone-faced at the right times and for the moment it’s easy to lose sight and see him as the sympathetic villain even as he reminds Jack that he should have eaten Will’s brain, another doppelganger seen from the third novel.

ENDING THOUGHTS

I’ll be honest, I kept forgetting Freddie’s role in the Red Dragon plot and now that I remember, I’ll be very sad when Francis kills her. It’s a 34 year old spoiler, but they’re already piling on her tabloid personality so we’ll forget she was very humanizing for a short while back in the day.

I don’t buy that Francis could just pretend to be Hannibal’s lawyer, but that does make it easier to digest rather than Hannibal’s reading between the lines in certain columns of newspapers. I rather like how those went down because it shows the ingenuity of both killers and their ability to dialogue. Here, we just get a simple phone call. A little too simple in my opinion.

Will Hannibal and Will share that epic moment when they converse about how Hannibal was caught and Will tells Hannibal that his disadvantages were that he’s insane? Probably not, considering Hannibal gave himself up. I’d like there to be something there Will can use to keep a leg up on Hannibal’s brilliance, but I’ll understand if they can’t weave that conversation into this season. Shame. This Hannibal’s facial reaction would be equally priceless and the others.

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Good pacing and though I thought they would keep Francis out of the episode entirely, it was good they got him in with those scenes of Reba to establish the human side of him. All the beats were good and the flashbacks with Abigail reminded us how things got to this point with both Hannibal and Will. The dreams and hallucinations remain classic and inventive, even the reflection of Hannibal’s deer-human self was still creepy as ever. I’d like once for Will to interact with that character in dialogue, but that’s probably asking for too much. Hannibal and Francis are now speaking to each other and it’s just a matter of time before Hannibal begins playing his real game, so there’s a lot to look forward to. Just please stop twisting the knife on us. Abigail is gone, we need to move on. Thanks for reading.

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A Sashurai’s Review: Vikings – Season 3×09 (That spiked wheel was utterly wicked!)

Vikings 09

The 11th hour has struck for Ragnar as his Vikings attempt once more to penetrate Paris and conquer its castle. The penultimate episode to the finale orchestrates one king’s passion for a spiritual release, and another king’s dangerous game against a suspicious son. Bizarre visuals and hallucinations play a distinct role in “Breaking Point” showing just how much Ragnar want to be reunited with his best friend. Perhaps his era of leading his people has come to a determined end. One thing is for certain, Floki and the others don’t like what they’ve seen at the tail end.

After the initial siege fails, Rollo, Lagertha and others attempt to gain entry at night, but Odo and his soldiers once more fend off the attack and take a pair hostage. One is executed while the other, claiming to be a wanderer and a speaker of French, is kept alive. Ragnar suffers greatly from his wound and hallucinates Athelstan. Meanwhile in Wessex, Ecbern seals his relationship with Judith and then Aethelwulf returns, skeptical of his father’s agenda with him. In Kattegat, Aslaug deals with a Christian who declares her gods as false compared to his own. He’s put to a test and fails and presumably put to death afterward. Paris civilians suffer from a mysterious illness leaving the king to try and negotiate a truce with Ragnar who meets with Odo on his own wanting to be baptized at the meeting. They agree but Floki, Lagertha, and others arrive as the deed takes place with uncertainty to Ragnar’s future hanging in the balance.

It’s interesting to view this episode as a swan song for Ragnar after everything he’s done to claim his throne and lead his people to new lands. Yet, even at the peak of his power, what he desires most is the presence of his best friend and the promise of conquest against a nation he’s told can’t be conquered. Now, at the height of his wounds, he’s ready to pass on but under the path of the Christian god, something his people likely won’t forgive him for. But is it enough to destroy the man after all he’s done, or will he simply succumb to his wounds as he suspects will be the case? Vikings has the opportunity to become an anthology series which has been talked about among it’s fan base in the past. Will that premise be fulfilled? I like the idea, because it can blow open the doors to many different Viking plots outside of the current generation. Maybe Rollo will finally get his chance to become the next breakout star.

The segment involving the Christian in Kattegat was an odd sequence to throw in. I wasn’t sure if this was meant to balance out Ragnar’s role as his strength in his gods wanes while Aslaug’s remains absolute, or whether it was just a moment to fill so we don’t forget that Kattegat’s people maintain their pride and beliefs. In any case, it felt very rushed and thrown in from my perspective. The man’s thoughts that his test would pass with flying colors was an interesting moment though easily shown as false as his hands truly melt at holding an iron rod.

As Paris became more of the focal point for the remainder of the season, Ecbern and his agenda in Wessex feels a bit soft on the story side of things. It’s almost as if the focus is making sure we don’t forget about Judith’s child, Alfred while the king makes her agree to his protective custody. Aethelwulf is straddling the fence on obeying his father and realizing a certain truth, that Ecbern can’t be completely trusted. If the situation is resolved in either of their death’s I wonder if Wessex will play any role in the next season. Ecbern has essentially become a likable character in my view and though he’s inherently sinister, he’s not outright evil. I could see him playing his role for another year.

FAVORITE MOMENT

That wheel put on a gross display of death and gore. It definitely made this episode more unique in that regard and felt like a great highlight for the night. Rollo worked his way around it even though the damage had been done. The ingenuity and execution of the device made me wonder why it wasn’t the first thing they used from the previous attempt to protect that long walkway. Still, it was freakishly stylistic and morbid in its own right.

CHARACTER MVP

I’m laughing, but the captured Earl who fooled the executioner by having his hair pulled was classic and worthy of praise. Not only did he show the expected defiance of his people, but he did so in a way that mocked the system in which he was to die through. He was still put to death after a fashion, but the manner made it more humorous to watch then the usual display of minor character deaths. Good job on that front.

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

Rollo was referred to as a crazy bear. High indicator that the Seer’s prophecy puts Rollo smack dab in the middle of it. Though it was spoken without Rollo in the room, so he doesn’t know he’s a crazy bear…yet.

Will Floki condemn Ragnar as he has done to others in the past? Even worse, will Bjorn and the others follow suit? The final trailer shows yet another attempt to take over Paris. One can only wonder if Ragnar is in on the assault.

The situation between Kwenthrith and Ecbern still feels pretty unresolved and the focus on Paris makes the plot in Wessex feel like it’s going to continue into next season. I like that Aethelwulf is still on the verge of either a great epiphany or a tragic curse considering he flat out told his father what dark scheme he might have hatched to put him out of the way. Hopefully there’s resolution next week.

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Solid performance all around. The wheel was a nice touch in artillery by the French and Ragnar’s ever-expanding beliefs have put him in a very awkward place with his people. Maybe it’s what he really wants or maybe he’s suffered in a way that has damaged his mental state beyond hope. If his people don’t believe he’s fighting for them and their gods, the finale could be his final episode. We’ll see how it plays out. I don’t imagine everyone making it out of the season 3 alive, and we’ve already lost a good amount of main-stayers from the show. Until next week. Keep up the good fight.

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