This was a decent episode, again. Some silly, cliched bits, but not too many.
I'm hoping that Karen makes a reappearance, though. I quite liked her character in the first two episodes, and it doesn't hurt that she's ridiculously pretty. Though I suspect that Hal will be 'comforted' by Catholic Girl at some point in the near future.
Mike suddenly losing his shit and running and screaming for his son was annoying. The guy was calmness personified last week, and suddenly freaks out now? Didn't feel real to me, even if it was his son.
I wasn't too clear on who Rebecca was, though. At first I thought it was Tom's sister, and the doctor was his brother-in-law, from all the mentions of him being with her. But it seems like Rebecca was actually Tom's wife, and the doctor was with her collecting supplies.
I'm not sure the doctor was feeling all that guilty, really. He seemed almost blasť about the whole thing, about his decision to run and leave her. But he managed to hit Tom right in the guilt, and I'm sure it won't be the last time it happens. Tom seems to be carrying around plenty of that, and with probably a lot more to be loaded on, what with Hal's girlfriend being harnessed, and when Matt becomes a pyromaniac or something to try getting dad's attention. Because he wants to play catch instead of letting dad save the world.
Not sure about Pope, super chef. Perhaps they should have had him mention food last week, to set up his sudden culinary abilities. But if it gives him chance to snark at people, then fair enough. I'm not really interested in seeing the inevitable betrayal, though. And out of those 400 people, not one of them knows how to cook a chicken? Really? And in all those books they were burning last week, they didn't find a single cook book?
I must have a cold evil heart because I thought Ben was one of the murdered kids, and my first thoughts were basically, "Poor Ben. Well, that ends that storyline."
Heh, that's what I was thinking too, but then realised that the one taller kid there was just some random extra. But yes, this constant search for Ben will drag the show down some overly-sentimental and melodramatic paths. I'd much prefer it if they focused more on the people who have actually survived. Building new families, forging new friendships. I'd actually prefer it if Matt wasn't Tom's kid at all, but some boy they picked up along the way, who lost his whole family, and now he's basically a replacement for the lost Ben.
I'm already tired of the couple of scenes each episode with Matt, and the twinkly music of 'dad loves his sad little son' that accompanies them.
Anyway, I liked that the Skitters executed all the kids that Mike's son had been with. A nice touch of brutality, and a nice answer to the question, 'why not just run up and grab your kid when the aliens aren't looking?' Because that would have worked without a problem if Mike hadn't been shouting his head off at the same time.
As to the questions of why the aliens are allowing these resistance movements to survive, I would hope that there is a reason for it that eventually becomes clear. Like this is all an experiment of some kind, by the aliens, or they're setting up a human hunting reserve. Anything that excuses the fact that armed groups numbering in the hundreds are allowed to go about un-nuked.