Much like the pilot, the second hour wastes no time getting into the thick of things: our core characters are all separated, hunted and scared. While the decision to split the episode into three distinct storylines may not seem like a great idea (Heroes could only do it for so long before it crashed and burned), rX surprisingly makes it work. In fact, it’s even more effective in world-building and character development than the pilot, and that’s quite the achievement.
Even more impressive are Eclipse and Caitlin’s scenes at the hospital. There’s no denying that Amy Acker is the MVP of this show already, but I’m even more fascinated by her chemistry with Sean Teale. While it’s definitely not romantic, their dynamic feels very original, whether she’s helping him steal medicine for Blink or having a heart-to-heart in the car. Let’s hope the writers continue to explore this intriguing new friendship in the future.
Perhaps the most eye-popping visuals of the hour are Polaris’ scenes at the prison. Director Lin Wiseman (of Underworld fame) does a great job bringing to life scenes that are typically bleak, thanks to his use of color (there’s a lot of purple and blue in this episode) and cool special effects. In addition, Polaris’ fight sequence with another inmate is just as thrilling as any other action scene in this episode, and that captivating shot of her in the shower left me absolutely breathless. This show already looks like it’s more than just a typical run-of-the-mill superhero saga, and that’s pretty damn cool.
– Awesome moment: Lauren using her mutant powers to knock down that last bowling pin in the flashback. More of this please!
– Thrilling sequence with the pick-up truck driving through one of the portals and almost killing everyone at the Underground.
– So we learn that there was an incident in July involving a mutant battle which led to the death of Turner’s daughter. At least this adds some layers to the character.
– It’s so weird seeing Elena Satine in anything after Revenge.
– If there’s any weak link in the cast, it’s Blair Redford (John/Thunderbird), but I’m hoping his character gets better material soon.
– Clever how the flashback in the opening teaser also introduces us (even if briefly) to Reed’s mother, whom Turner brings into questioning later into the episode.
– So who is Dr. Campbell and why is he taking an interest in the Strucker children?
– It’s also super weird seeing Garret Dillahunt in anything after The Mindy Project.
Gifts & Quips
Eclipse: Tell me this; if it wasn’t your kids in that gym, would you be standing up for them? Would your husband?
Caitlin: A lot of people have been fighting this fight for a long time. And now it’s our turn. We will fight to bring your father home. We’ll fight to bring everyone home.
An impressive and thrilling second episode made stronger thanks to some eye-catching visuals.