A Sashurai’s Review: Dark Matter – Season 3×10 (Here’s a twist; Shaw is just another android programmed by Rook, that dastardly villain)

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SUMMARY

After responding to a distress call from Victor, the Raza meet with him and two other androids on a station after an owner of one of them is killed. They take refuge on the ship, but are chased by the Galactic Authority forcing Anya, an android with a locator beacon within her, to self-terminate. The raza follow a course from a cipher that the android decrypts leading to a planet where they find a facility ran by a lone android named Chase who offers sanctuary. Within the facility also lies Dr. Shaw, the creator of the recent brand of androids who is identical to the Raza’s android model. Two discovers that Dr. Shaw was her original creator and built in her escape routine and after, helped her rehabilitate many androids while falling in love with one another. When a brain tumor is discovered on Dr. Shaw, she makes the android to copy her mind into but instead chooses not to and Two (Rebecca) places her in stasis. In the present, Two uses her 2nd generation nanite technology to slow down Dr. Shaw’s tumor and revives her. Unfortunately the Galactic Authority arrive just as Dr. Shaw is helping place Sarah’s digital consciousness in an android body of likeness. They escape but are forced to split between ships with Sarah having to stay with Dr. Shaw to complete the process. Later, the android comes to terms with her unique identity as Three discloses an apology to her over his distrust with androids. On Dr. Shaw’s ship, Sarah is woken and informed she is to be used for some dark purpose by Chase and the androids.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

There was a lot to balance in tonight’s episode, mostly with the android’s existential crisis and Two’s newly discovered romance with the android’s human counterpart. The reveals and backstory were among the strongest aspects of this episode while the android’s self-induced pressure should be commended as science fiction’s most frequent dilemma; can androids sustain a soul? It turns out, Three was still harboring issues with androids and the like, but eventually came around as the prospect with regaining Sarah permanently was coincidentally in reach. By and all this was one of the more emotionally charged episodes of the season, giving us a new look at Two’s past and the android’s quiet yet conflicted nature.

 

THE GOOD

To begin, Five and Six each gave the android more than enough credit for being their friend and often lifesaver since she’s been reactivated. The android was given a unique variation on the android model and thus was able to comprehend much more human traits than any other android could with the exception of having an emotional upgrade to match. The best part about seeing her transition is that she doesn’t need that upgrade to be humane and overall more human. Every time she wears it, it creates a disguise but doesn’t represent her true nature, which I think has been important since day one. She carries a stubborn sense of awkwardness built on attention and acceptance, but that’s what made her so quirky and likeable. It was hard getting used to in the beginning, now, I can’t imagine her acting any other way.

 

THE BAD

I’m not entirely sure I get Dr. Shaw as a character. We’re given a sentimental background full of remorse and empathy for Two leading her to construct avenue’s for androids to seek freedom and human choices. Yet the motivation behind it and her ultimate goal never seemed to fit within the confines of the plot. The cliffhanger suggests that she’s at least understanding of Victor’s “death to human owners” attitude that randomly surfaced at the end, but we don’t really know if she’s going along with it or not. Where I think everything went sideways was her choice to not transfer her mind into her android counterpart. If she was going to change her mind, why did she accept to build one to begin with? I just feel there’s a few inconsistencies with her nature and don’t quite know if she’s hiding more secrets or not that could damage her relationship with Two, not that there really is one at this point.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Three apologized to the android. I never really thought about their similarity of blunt comments, but having the android identify and applaud that trait of theirs was probably one of her biggest moments reflecting as a human being would. Instead of always trying to mimic human qualities and quirks, she’s seeing how a human reacts like she does. That deserves a lot of points for being subtle but carry a lot of flavor on the topic.

 

CHARACTER MVP

The android is vastly approaching a seasonal MVP status and certainly deserves the credit tonight as well. This was more genuinely acted than any real choices she made, because she was never really in any physical danger, nor did she save the crew in any heroic form. This was clearly an internal struggle brought to light by the idea she thought she wasn’t unique and it took a few friends to convince her otherwise, but in the end did. Ironically, Two was the only one who really didn’t take part in that conversation considering her own conflict with Dr. Shaw and how awkward this will be for Two and the android to be around each other from here on out. Since Two is operating on a different conscious level, her feelings toward Shaw are apparently nil, but we’ll see if that lasts.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

One thing I’ll add for Six, he could have easily used the “twin” argument to sell his point to the android by stating that twins may share all physical attributes but carry distinctly different thought processes and share vastly different experiences that help them grow in different ways. Alternately, I thought Five’s outburst toward Chase was a touch much over-protective but considering Chase’s “what does it matter what you think” comment was entirely forced and unnecessarily called for. Probably one of the more uncomfortable moments for both parties who want what’s best for the android.

 

I kind of have to disagree with how the Galactic Authority handled that bombardment, not because of that specific act, but that they completely ignored the Raza which, by now should have been easily on their radar to pursue and capture. One ship could have diverted to disable the Raza considering at least 4 showed up.

 

The android’s flashbacks were a nice touch to add some clarity to her existence prior to season 1’s start, but I keep thinking, what led “Rebecca” down such a dark and distinct road that her “Portia Lyn” personality became such a radically volatile character. Those nanites must have had an effect on her since the beginning, but not being around Shaw was maybe why she lost her emotional connection with anyone? Seems to fit, but odd at the same time.

 

Victor could be involved with future Five’s foretelling of the “double-deception” if their plot has any real significance moving forward, which I imagine it will considering Sarah’s involvement now. If not, it could still be tied to her other key moments that will no doubt bring the Raza down in several ways. We’ll see.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Dark Matter takes significant time to give Two and the android ample backstory regarding their creation and ties to one another. Dr. Shaw’s inclusion to the series will give the android arc more significance and mystery surrounding her involvement with Victor who has darker plans for human-kind. At its core, the show understandably focuses on the android’s plight for self-acceptance and friendships with the crew to sustain a meaningful existence which I think plenty of humans can relate to over the course of any lifecycle. It’s often difficult to fit relatable traits when dealing with space-operas, but Dark Matter found a perfect key in doing so tonight. Until next week, thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×10 (Do all females magically develop curly hair when they turn?)

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SUMMARY

While Tristan forces Vincent to activate the barrier device, Hayley and Jackson are captured by Tristan’s men. Klaus is distraught over Camille’s compulsion driven suicide only to find she had Aurora’s blood in her system. Revived but weak, Klaus attempts to convince her to feed and become a vampire. Elijah attempts to salvage the situation and attempts to bargain Hayley for Aurora who they capture. After tragedy strikes a seasoned member of the group, Camille makes her choice to survive or die.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Tonight’s return of The Originals marks the beginning of someone’s vampire life and the end of a noble one. The plotting and scheming of our oldest sect of the undead leaves a tremendous gap in the werewolf world but new opportunities arise for our resident therapist. Is it the resolution we were expecting? Essentially yes, but Klaus is nothing if not the king who somehow always gets what he wants. In the long run, keeping Camille around is meant to satiate Klaus instead of turning him into a raging monster of violence. Had this happened toward the end of the season, I’m convinced she would have been killed for good. As it stands, the episode told a good story, but the repetitive nature of turning loved ones into vampires themselves isn’t as “original” as it should be these days.

 

RECAP

After Klaus rages over Camille’s death, she revives and remembers that she ingested some of Aurora’s blood. Klaus attempts to lead her to becoming a vampire, but Camille refuses and wants let herself die as a human. Meanwhile, Hayley and Jackson and captured by Tristan’s group as Vincent is forced to activate the barrier device or suffer the return of Finn’s soul into his body. Elijah rescues Vincent and uses him to help put a stop to Tristan’s plan. Camille continues to want death forcing Klaus to trap her in an attempt to change her mind. Tristan confronts Hayley and tears Jackson’s heart out, killing him as a message to Klaus and Elijah. Together with Camille, Vincent, and Freya, they devise a plan to lure Tristan into a trap. As they meet at a warehouse to trade Hayley for a captured Aurora, Tristan is captured in a container with the barrier device activated. His forces are convinced by Marcel to flee rather than risk complete annihilation by the originals. Elijah promises to send Tristan to the bottom of the ocean as Hayley dooms Tristan for killing Jackson. That night, Elijah and Hayley send off Jackson in a funeral pyre within the bayou and Camille convinces herself she can do good if she remains alive and drinks Vincent’s blood to turn completely. Klaus later finds her drinking his blood stash at home and delights in seeing her as a new vampire.

 

THE GOOD

Was it the right storyline call to turn Camille? The reason I’m saying yes is because Klaus isn’t ready to launch himself into vengeful hysteria. That moment will come later at the real cost of Camille’s life, this was just a prelude to what will happen when something really devastating happens to her. I’m also excited to see how deep down the rabbit hole Camille goes with this darker personality that she always feared would be let loose. Knowing Klaus, he’ll encourage this dark change because it fits more with his tone and demeanor. Even if she decides to murder for pleasure, Klaus will still be fine with it. There isn’t any reason to protect her from monsters anymore. She is one. Whether she’ll turn out like the others on the show who become vampires remains to be seen, but we know she’ll have that wild shadow accentuated by an original’s embrace. It’s the same old song and dance, but this time with an actress I like. So, I’m essentially fine with this development, for now.

 

This is bad to put here, but Jackson’s death may have been a necessary tragedy to put Hayley on a stronger path of discovery. In a way she’s turned into a single mother, and from a relationship perspective, she and Jackson had already reached their plateau and love and happiness. He supported her in every way, and compromised when they needed to. Once a television couple reaches that stage, the only logical course is to break them up or kill one of them. I would have preferred a stronger exit for Jackson, but he went with the nobility you’d expect him to depart with. He wasn’t necessarily an influential character, but he stuck to his roots and his beliefs and maintained his integrity. His loss could really bring down any werewolf plot, but let’s face it, they weren’t going to make much of an impact this season anyway.

 

THE BAD

I feel like I’m missing a key moment, but the last time I remember seeing Aurora before Elijah and Vincent captured her was two episodes prior after she snagged Camille. In that episode she sits on a bench with Lucien and then all of a sudden she’s being fed tranquilizers in a car? Did I miss a line where Tristan said for her to get collected? I must have because I feel like there’s a weird plot hole here. Hopefully I wasn’t paying attention otherwise something feels sloppy.

 

Marcel’s spy game isn’t resonating with me anymore. I kind of liked where it was going, but now with Tristan seemingly out of the picture, why keep up the ruse? Aya is a Lt. of Tristan’s group but not nearly charismatic enough to warrant leadership or a fellowship. Hopefully Marcel takes over quickly and we can dispense with this possible coupling which I hope never takes place.

 

Lucien was remarkably absent and though I didn’t mind that, why was he the odd man out in this current plot? Doesn’t he have as much stake to lose with Tristan being defeated since they’re technically allies? Is there any reason Klaus should keep him alive at this point? This second half of the season seems to be going in a slightly different direction than I thought, but that still leaves the prophecy to look forward to.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

I liked Vincent and Camille’s scene at the cemetery and how she rationalized becoming a vampire. I honestly thought the scene was going to be something like Vincent forcing her drink blood because Klaus threatened to put Finn’s soul in him, but that was more Elijah’s earlier threat and would have been a tired one at that. So, in keeping with Camille choosing one way or another, It’s better that it went down like this so Klaus doesn’t take the blame for what happens when she goes completely berserk and starts painting the town red.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Camille sometimes gets a bad rap because she really shouldn’t be on Klaus’s radar, but after three seasons, she called it herself. It was bound to end with her dying or becoming a vampire. In this case, she gets to stretch out her acting a bit and to be honest, I think she’s taking to the change quite well. I think it is kind of typical that when a good character becomes a vampire they tend to fall prey to that intoxicating world and lose themselves. It’s just a question of whether Klaus will accept this new darker Camille or whether he’ll train her to be more patient with her hunger.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Both Hayley and Klaus had very honest and combustive reactions toward their loved ones being killed. Hayley’s was more rooted in paralyzing dread though, but it was interesting to view their particular worlds come crashing down in the same episode. Only Klaus gets to retcon his loss while Hayley must endure hers. And where was Hope during this time?

 

Tristan having his own witch threaten Vincent seemed a little superfluous. Are there other witches that are going to be against Vincent’s leadership as regent? Will Davina make a comeback after being written out of this last story arc?

 

With Jackson gone, does this mean Elijah and Hayley will eventually rekindle the romance they once shared? I’d say there’s a fair chance of that, but maybe further down the road. She needs to instill some kind of new leadership with the werewolves otherwise they’ll dissolve much as the witch plot has been. The vampires are kings in New Orleans, but they’re not the only supernatural force there. I balance needs to occur soon so this prophecy can start to feel genuine.

 

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. We have a new vampire and a dead werewolf as are openers with the return of The Originals now on Friday nights. What began as a promising lead into a triple-sided ware between sires and originals, now looks to have been pressed into a one-sided tale where the originals claim victory as a family. I feel they’re winning too many battles, but with the season barely half-over, I can understand why the status quo of Klaua and Elijah staying ontop needs to be met. Now comes the prophecy’s turn to enact subtle but insane

changes to the dynamic that is our sibling bonds. Camille’s change promises to bring about a dark side she’ll want to perpetuate and it will be up to Klaus on whether he’ll embrace that change or subdue it. He’s not one to subdue anything unless he has complete control, and I father Camille won’t let him have it for long. Let the chaos begin. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Hannibal – Season 3×10 (The alchemy of lies and truths and eating works of art)

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There are only a handful of episodes left until the legacy that is the TV series version of Hannibal draws to a climactic close. Knowing this I wonder if the writers have plans to have Hannibal escape into a new realm or whether they’ll follow suit and keep him intact and imprisoned for the what-if portion of Silence of the Lambs that we’ll likely never get to see. Either way, tonight’s episode continues to divide attention between Will, Hannibal, Francis, and a returning Bedelia who we finally get to see just how her patient ended up dead. I thought that Sylar looked familiar.

The pacing is wonderfully well kept as we’re led deeper down the rabbit hole of the great dragon. By giving Francis nearly half the episode, we’re given a unique opportunity into his psyche and what it means to try and maintain composure while he’s being pressured into becoming true evil. The dynamic of Will and Hannibal, as important as it is, takes a relative back seat to the courtship Francis takes in both Reba and the original artwork of the dragon. There’s an evolution at work here with Hannibal forced to rework old cinematic lines into his own style that in some ways sells decently, but the charm is slightly off. I only imagine Hopkins’s allure and somehow I forget there were two whole seasons of Mikkelsen owning the performance before getting to this point. Even as Bedelia describes an intimate knowledge between Will and Hannibal, I’m left wondering if Hannibal is in fact over it and ready to succeed Will as the metaphysical killer that he has always been.

Francis breaks into Hannibal’s old establishment as we see the call take place and continue from his point of view. Francis and Hannibal share their fascination with each other in typical other-worldly style. Later, Francis takes Reba to the zoo to experience touching a medicated tiger. Afterward the two share the night in bed together at his house. In the morning, Francis is called by the dragon to continue his work. Will meets with Bedelia as the two verbally serenade one another in psychological taunts and revelations. We witness a brilliant flashback with how Bedelia ultimately killed Neal Frank (Quinto) who had become increasingly upset over his treatment by both Hannibal and herself. Later, Hannibal uses his phone privilege to make an outside call and acquire Will’s home address. Francis then arrives at the Brooklyn museum and attacks the attendant who shows him the original red dragon painting. He proceeds to eat the painting as Will arrives with another attendant. The two cross paths as Francis attacks Will and escapes.

What never ceases to impress is the imaginative way in which Hannibal is allowed to have conversations with his peers and pupils. This is the intimate performance and knowledge I believe Bedelia is speaking about and in the first segment we get to view Hannibal’s representative view on what Francis intends to turn into, which by the way was the most gorgeous CGI I’ve seen to date on this show. There’s no mockery or misunderstanding between Francis and Hannibal. In the past, Hannibal used killers like Francis to stay hidden or further his own edible desires, but here, there’s an eloquent performance with watching chaos run rampant outside of his cell. He’s pulling strings in a ways that points his evil in the direction of Will, just as it always intended.

Bedelia’s return marks a settling argument that she was ever a victim in Hannibal’s care when she chose to leave with him last season. Here, she relents to Will what it was like for her to be behind Hannibal’s veil and in during this conversation, Will surmises that if Hannibal ever does “eat” her, she’ll have it coming. Bedelia never bats an eyelash, but considering how Bedelia told Hannibal nearly the same thing, it’s good to see Will’s caught onto the stigma as well. Her perception is to own those moments of killing rather than helping wounded things which compels her to also tell Will that he’ll never be like Hannibal or her. In a way it’s uplifting because the idea this whole second-half of the season is to watch Will descend into that unstable personality that could be capable. And I would like to think Will isn’t going to naturally prove her wrong. I do believe her role on this show is about wrapped up. She’s neither in the mood to give Will good guidance nor is she going to own her part in his escape any more than she was when she changed her name and stuck to it while in a drug induced state. In the end, she believes to be smarter than Hannibal, and it’s fine to leave it at that.

The moment with Francis eating the painting to his rampant attack on Will was a great way to set up the final arc. The two have now squared off and recognize each other for who they are. The devouring was much more poignant this time around as he chewed the pieces apart rather than tearing them up first. If it’s the near-final stage to his becoming all that’s left is to cut the chords on those he’s connected to. Although I thought it was a silly moment that Francis’s shoe was sticking out of the elevator. He should have just pressed the doors to close. With Will’s address in Hannibal’s hands, we all know where this is going.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Finally getting to see Bedelia’s flashback in its pivotal moment. The scene played on the aspect that she was and is always on Hannibal’s side which can make a psychiatrist’s point of view really cold-hearted considering everything Neal was saying was in fact accurate and fair. And that moment when she stuck her arm down his throat was so raw and disturbing I needed to cringe when they showed the inside view of it. It took three seasons but we finally understand what went down on that fateful day. She didn’t mean to, until she meant to.

CHARACTR MVP

Francis deserves credit again. What’s both fascinating and puzzling is his appearance and how he has to conduct himself in order to maintain the persona of normality. It’s an old 80’s form, but it still checks out. A killer who is losing control will find moments when they’re in perfect clarity and can compose themselves enough to not draw attention or to fool those who aren’t looking hard enough. His scene with Hannibal in the old home didn’t really jive as well considering the practice he’s had on Will, but the ending of that opening scene was still stupendous to watch.

ENDING THOUGHTS

With Will knowing the face of the Toothfairy, I expect there will be backlash in the next episode, which could include Freddie’s demise.

Does that gum wrapper trick really work on those kinds of phones? It’s hard to know just how much practical knowledge Hannibal has in the realm of electronics and wires.

No Jack, Freddie, or Bloom in this episode. I expect all three in next week’s along with some development on Freddie’s reporting and how much it will get her into continued trouble.

If Hannibal successfully helps Francis take out Will, what does that really say about Hannibal? Is he in fact petty that any kind of tortured death will do? He still let himself get captured, so unless his plan is to help Will thwart the Toothfairy but as great cost such as his family, that’s some extra dimensional level thinking right there.

It’s hard to forget the evil acts of bad guys, but the warmth and care he showed Reba especially at the zoo with the tiger was exotic and touching. It unfortunately doesn’t get to count because once you start killing families you don’t get to play any sort of good character after the fact. Still, he’s feuding with his normal side and that was the point. There’s someone out there who is incapable of judging him on appearance and he’s trying to hold onto that for as long as possible.

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. We’re still on solid build-up mode, but the journey thus far is maintaining interest and intrigue. Hannibal is a constant jar of chaotic intentions, both helping and hindering Will’s investigation which is what he’s done since the beginning. Here, he can be more polite behind the window which makes me wonder why Chilton hasn’t gone to see him as of late. I’d rather he didn’t, that’s for next season which we’ll never see. On it’s own, the spread of highly intense piano mixed with the doom and gloom of Francis’s obscene gesture to consume the red dragon made for a particularly flavored episode this time around. I don’t believe we’re in store for many or even any flashbacks left unless it relates to Francis himself. We’ve learned all we can from Bedelia and there’s nothing left to be gained by more Abigail drama, should they choose to continue that trend. Will and Hannibal have to deal with the future from this point forward, and the future is looking very red indeed. Thank you for reading.

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A Sashurai’s Review: Vikings – Season 3×10 (He’s what they consider “mostly dead”)

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There’s believing what you see, and then there’s knowing with your heart what is, and isn’t real. All one had to do was remember the look in Ragnar’s eyes when he swore he would take Paris, and like a servant of death, he concluded his raid by fooling everyone, including those closest to him that his dying wish was to die a Christian. Bjorn took his father’s sage advice and helped him carry out a scheme that even Floki couldn’t see coming. But how much was Ragnar truly pretending as he was dipped into the waters, being given a rebirth. And will his ending whisper to Floki begin a downward slope that may split the two forever?

Until the last twenty minutes or so, there wasn’t much that felt like this would be a grand standing finale that should have easily toppled over the last two. After all, how does one find a more epic frame than Ragnar sitting atop of Preikestolen? The answer is simple, you don’t. But what one can do is prove that not only is Ragnar still the king of his people, but that he most assuredly deserves to be. In that sentiment, the last portion of Vikings was very fascinating to watch, from Ragnar’s blood-soaked victory stare, to Rollo’s realization of the Seer’s maddening prophecy. Once more, the brothers are presumably on opposite sides, but in all fairness, that’s not remotely an issue at the moment.

After receiving the appointed gold from Paris, Ragnar convinces Bjorn to request that Paris giving him a Christian send off when he dies. Ragnar has Floki build him a boat-like coffin and when it is finished, Ragnar is placed inside with Bjorn telling everyone he’s gone. After Lagertha, Rollo, and Floki sill their earthly woes near Ragnar’s body, it is brought within the halls of Paris, but as the traditional words are spoken by their holy man, Ragnar emerges and steals the princess declaring that he had won. The Vikings gain entry and they carve out a piece of Paris to take back to their lands. Rollo and others stay behind to prepare for a spring raid as Ragnar and the rest return home. The king offers Rollo a duke title and riches along with marrying his daughter in exchange for his loyalty and promise to fend off Ragnar when spring arrives. Though the princess is reluctant to marry, Rollo presumably accepts this new title. And in a boat on its way back to Kattegat, Ragnar tells Floki and he knows Floki killed Athelstan. Floki stares with careful eyes.

Now we know that Ragnar will be the leader for at least another season, taking his people to victories while Rollo is once more put in opposition. Though, It would be more humorous to learn that Rollo could easily deceive the king and share the title only to betray him. It’s not a bad tactic, and I think he should go that route. Should he truly accept his new role and side with Paris, we may yet see a very critical moment between brothers.

Odo and Therese’s scene was also another indicator that the situation with Paris was far from over lending to Ragnar’s ultimate survival. A scene of that nature wouldn’t have belonged in a finale like this especially since Odo is hardly character deserving of that kind of attention unless it was long term. In a twisted and perverse sense of amusement and frustration, he whips Therese as a form of pain/pleasure while Therese endures for his affection. It’s not a very compelling piece of the plot, but I suppose diversity in characters will show further down the road how wicked people can get when they settle for what’s within reach versus what’s beyond.

The last shot was especially important as it spells a necessary collision between two favored characters. While I was fully expecting Ragnar to kill Floki on the spot, the subtle and passive approach was done just as nicely. This kind of development needs to simmer and be speculated until next season because Floki and Ragnar share such a deep rooted history that to simply cut either one off at the climax of this season is to rob us of an even finer battle the two will likely have next season. How will it end? Can’t wait to find out.

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Ragnar came out of his coffin, it was surreal and fun to watch. I realized I let myself believe he might be truly gone even though the evidence was there that this was planned. He executed with perfect precision and only took a chunk out of the city, knowing he’d be back for more. He’s not decimating Paris, but letting it stew and rebuild so that they may be conquered again. Ragnar had a plan and Athelstan helped even from beyond. Great moment and helped boost the overall feel of this otherwise bland finale.

CHARACTER MVP

Ragnar played dead and did an excellent job selling it. It couldn’t have been easy breathing in a sealed wooden coffin like that, and even before he was resolute in both his wish to be in heaven with Athelstan and as the man who finally raided Paris. Luckily, the latter won out and he got his rewards by taking them. He gave Bjorn the kind of fatherly advice a king would give his son and very subtly informs Floki and he knows that Floki knows. Always impressive and guile as ever, Ragnar is the clutch performer in tonight’s finale.

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

From here on out, it’s all speculation and looking up historical moments to gauge what happens next. Rollo and Bjorn have a long road ahead, and it’ll be interesting to see how much more of a role Ragnar plays in each of their rises and prominent characters of their own.

With Ecbern and Athelwulf absent in the finale, I ponder what they will bring to season 4 and whether they’ll play a part in the protection, destruction, or viewing of Paris’s continued raids by the Vikings. Ecbern seems distracted enough, but there should be something to help include them in future storylines.

Lagertha may have to deal with Kalf early on in season 4 if we’re going to move past that little piece of the story. For now he’s accepted his fate that she’ll kill him, though I’d think he wouldn’t just bow down and let it be done without some plan of his own. Maybe I’m giving him too much credit.

Will there be any more wives to Ragnar next season or will Aslaug remain the only one? Kwenthrith still has a part to play in this and I doubt Ragnar will forget about her.

The seer will also still be around which means, more prophecies and strange imagery to be had. It appeared a few times that he might be close to the end of his days, but to my recollection, he’ll be there to give Ragnar more interesting news and double meanings for the future.

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. It wasn’t a blood-soaked hellish finale, but it pulled through some great moments at the end. If Ragnar had indeed perished by the middle point of the episode, this review would have been quite different. A character like him will hopefully be awarded a much more epic finale that even the gods themselves will have to pay attention to. As for this episode and season in general, it contained some powerful moments and a few deaths that weren’t entirely expected. Next season, there will be more raids, and Ragnar to lead them. Whether his belief in heaven and the effect of being baptized will forever change him, who knows, but that’s what having layers is all about. There’s always more Ragnar to figure out and that what makes him a great principle character. Until next season.

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