I dunno, I like the show, but it's like watching a game of hot potato with the Idiot Ball. That plan of Erica's succeeded? Using Chad Decker to send messages? Joshua can't get into the breeding chamber but Erica does? Joshua thought bullets would put him down when he's already resurrected Vs that have been shot?
Yeah, Anna has two goals: keep the Vs from feeling emotions, and keep humanity from thinking too hard - and apparently the second part includes the viewers! Still, I have to admit this series has done a decent job of eventually training me to stifle the troublesome common sense questions and just wait to see the next shiny scene. In fact, I'm going to lose any sense of self-respect I might have tonight and do some fan-wanking: both Joshua and Lisa could have figured out a way to destroy the soldier eggs, but part of being 5th Column is being sensitive about such wanton destruction, so they would both rather have Erica do the job, who wouldn't have to wrestle with any qualms about doing it. When Lisa even turned Joshua down the first time, she specifically said she felt unable to do that to her own kind.
So, are we supposed to believe that Marcus is 5th column now? I don't really care either way. He saved Joshua, that is all that matters to me.
I think Marcus is kind of a Hobbes for the Vs (kudos to the poster above who said similar), with self-interest coming before allegiance to either side, so it's fitting that those two keep getting together. He's starting to lose faith in Anna, especially after her meltdown and prematurely launching the next stage of the plan, and probably has visions of taking power in his own right; I doubt he has any good plans for Joshua in store or has experienced any 5th Column conversion like Lisa (who I think will still remain conflicted, despite helping Joshua), and if he isn't just out for information/torture, he will probably try to convince Joshua to join forces to topple Anna, even though he has his own reasons for doing so.
Seriously! That one bit was ridiculous. Did they blow all their money on the eggs and red clouds?
And show us the damned baby!
This was the big disappointment for sure. All we got was the prehensile tail, and we've already known about the tail all along. The green puppet baby of the original was pretty lame, especially if you go back and see it now, but it was very, very effective. (I do like that the breathing we heard was reminiscent of how that one also wheezed.) They didn't need to do a full reveal, but a half-glimpse of features or flesh would have been fine. I guess they probably haven't figured out how hybrid they want to get - in fact the tail might just be the forked tongue equivalent of the "Starchilde" of the 80s, the only indication that he/she is not fully human. As far as the rest of that not-happy nuclear family goes, I wasn't thrilled to see Val get killed off, even though I bought the reasoning for it; it seemed the character had finally come into her own, and you could see her joining the 5th column to find out more answers and maybe live out some maternal loyalty to try to protect her child. Since we still know almost 0% about what the Vs want from humanity (we still have to go back to the very first episode, where the pretext given was to replenish some water for the fleet and seek out a rare mineral or something), I'm not sure if a hybrid is such a threat and might actually be what they need to repopulate the non-soldiers of their race or something. Anna might want to keep Ryan alive as a stud horse for the human ladies or something now that he's shown he can knock them up. Ha!
As for the red skies, I'm not sure what they're about beyond looking cool. It's going to be impossible to keep humanity from panicking about the Vs and their true intentions after THAT. But then, to paraphrase Spaceballs
, maybe the Vs will always triumph because humanity is dumb. I'm probably going to actually stay tuned when the next season rolls around, which I didn't think I would be saying even a few episodes ago (although partly because I didn't think it would get renewed!). But they better start off answering some questions right away, even if those only raise new ones. The priest also better quit jerking around, after setting off the chain of events that nearly killed off Joshua. In fact, with Ryan (temporarily?) back on board with Anna, Erica is basically the only resistance member who is committed to fighting the Vs without all these random questions of motivation, loyalty or conscience troubling her. I'm not convinced Decker will stop being annoying either, but having him finally see the light in the finale was a nice touch. Speaking of Decker, not crazy about he and Erica running all over that damned ship without supervision, but anyway.