This is the kind of episode we should have had more of this year.
There’s no denying that the show feels completely different this season with the breeding cult mythology taking center stage. The priestesses, the snakes, the rituals – it’s so out there and it’s not Dark Angel, but it’s handled in a remarkably confident manner. If only we didn’t have to slog through so, many, weak, standalone, plots to get here.
This week, Max discovers that the breeding cult is creepier that she ever could have imagined after Logan gets a lead on the whereabouts of White’s son. Apparently, young Familiars are put through a horrifying test to see who’ll be able to withstand an ominous event called “The Coming”. Thankfully, our little Maxie turns out to be immune herself, and White finds himself hellbent on discovering if she’s special, or if the rest of the transgenics are immune as well.
But not only does this episode expand the cult’s mythology, it gives Max and Logan a reason to get out of town for the first time since season one’s Haven. It’s awesome to see our favorite duo thinking on their feet and investigating a case together just like old times, free from all the virus melodrama. Max in particular, reminds us why she’s so brilliant and resourceful when she fakes the sickness (since the Familiars are expecting it), and plots her nifty escape. Of course that’s where the episode’s zaniness kicks in again with a telekinetic(!) child Familiar. It’s absurd and insane, but somehow it works.
And then there’s Sketchy, who unlike Cindy, gets a full-fledged storyline as a reporter on the hunt for transgenics. Not only does this subplot integrate him into the main plot, it provides intriguing insight into Sketchy’s psyche – he feels like he has more to offer than being just a bike messenger. In addition, it gets O.C. and Alec working together to try and foil him at every turn. Sadly for them, Otto’s capture of Sketchy motivates him to pursue out the conspiracy even further (uh oh).
– Loved Sketchy rattling on about transgenics and their “deformed faces” as Max and Alec, two downright perfect genetic specimens, stand right beside him.
– Wendy is back! Well not for long, she gets strangled quite quickly in the teaser.
– Thankfully, Max managed to “score“ some gas this week sans gunshot wound.
– Why isn’t Max more subtle when they’re questioning the concierge? She’s usually sneakier.
– Really Max? Red Bull? Yuck.
– Loved Alec and Cindy double-teaming Sketchy and ruining the film.
– This is the first time we hear the Familiars’ signature catchphrase “Fe’nos Tol.” I’m guessing it means something like hello/goodbye (which quite conveniently, is the name of the following episode).
– The first hint of Samuel’s telekinetic power: he reveals Max hiding behind the curtain. I love how she panics and tries to attack them all only to get overpowered. It’s so very creepy.
– Well Normal sure is evil; he totally throws Sketchy under the bus and reveals his location to Otto. Hilariously, Sketchy throws up on Otto when he runs into him.
– The suspicious Sheriff eventually taking Logan’s side was a bit too convenient no?
– Obviously Max’s little escape is the coolest scene of the hour. I love how after Samuel subdues and elevates her, she resorts to flashing the “little freak” before knocking him out. I guess the episode’s title refers to several forms of exposure.
– Fantastic slow-mo reveal with Max-in-priestess-garb making her way past White then choking out the priestess like a badass.
– Although it was satisfying to watch Logan run over White, Max’s escape with Ray is a bit anticlimactic.
Barbs & Barcodes
Alec: I’m as worried about exposure as you are.
Max: I’d believe that if you covered your barcode better, Monty Cora.
Alec: Look, I seriously doubt White and his merry band of transgenic hunters get their tips from the New World Weekly. I mean, besides, this is Sketchy we’re talking about. What are the chances he stumbles across an actual Manticore alum that’s stupid enough to let him snap a shot?
Sketchy: Hey, guys. (Snaps a picture of them)
Max (to Alec): You were saying?
Max: Ten bucks for a soda?!
Logan: Honour bar prices. They’ll gouge you any way they can.
Max: No honour in a broken world.
Logan: Nice work.
Max: I watch, I learn, I steal sodas.
Cindy: (to Sketchy) Looks like you ran all the way from sector three. And you smell like it, too.
Max: Watch and learn.
Logan: If you’re not out of there in an hour, I’m coming in after you.
Max: Damn right you are.
Priestess: Does it hurt?
Max: Yeah, except I want my money back; I asked for the heart with the dagger through it.
Otto: We’re looking for one of your messengers. Male, early twenties, long hair, ratty clothes.
Normal: Tragically, sir, you’ve just described every young man in my employ.
Otto: He had a camera.
Normal: Calvin Simon Theodore, a.k.a. Sketchy. Six foot, roughly 180 pounds, smells vaguely of rotten fruit. What’d he do?
Otto: Just tell us where we can find him.
Normal: Crash. 1313 Euclid. It’s a bar. He and his fellow reprobates go there after work to drink themselves into stupors.
Samuel: Want me to put you down?
Max: Depends. If you hold me up here long enough, will your head explode?
Samuel: You can’t win.
Max: Really? Not even if I do this?
(She flashes him. He blinks and Max kicks him).
Max: Made you look.
Max: (after choking out the priestess) Sweet dreams bitch.
Max: That nutcase priestess bitch said he had to prove himself, like this was some kind of test to see if he would survive. If he didn’t, he wasn’t one of them.
Logan: You were exposed. You didn’t get sick.
Max: (holding up her bandaged hand) Guess that makes me an honorary member.
Max: Think if I concentrated hard enough, I could make stuff fly around the room?
Logan: I wouldn’t count on it. My guess would be that the kid that went all Poltergeist on you was part of some kind of special breeding line.
Max: Make you wonder what other tricks they have up their sleeves. Poor kid. Mom’s gone…dad’s a freak…Not exactly the storybook ending we were hoping for.
Exposure is an atmospheric and effective episode that amidst all the craziness, still manages to remain ridiculously confident.