Dr. Wings is dead. Yay! Glad they got rid of him, there was no need for an asshole human antagonist in the show. The Skitters are antagonistic enough. Plus, this means no silly love triangle between Tom, Anne and Wings.
That conversation about Anne caring, and surgeons not considering that a plus? Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh right, Doctor Carter second guessing his choice of specialty in E.R. I wonder if that was a deliberate shout out.
Not sure what to make of her suddenly badass, 'punching the Skitter in the throat' routine. Though I did giggle at the Skitter's moment of, 'what the fuck is she doing?' when Anne opened the cage door.
It's nice to see more of Anne's background, and she's a lot more messed up than we've seen so far. Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle were both pretty good in that scene where she's admitting she doesn't have anything to remember her family by. But that memorial wall thing isn't anywhere near as touching in this show as it was in Battlestar Galactica.
I really like Maggie (or is it Margaret now?). Lots of character, lots of strength, she's not trying to upset people or make an issue out of her past, like Pope was. There are some odd beats though. Sometimes she seems interested in Hal, despite knowing he's a teenager, and other times she seems interested in Tom (especially at the beginning of this episode, where she looked pissed at Tom and Anne's rather formulaic flirting). Now that would be a love triangle to end all love triangles. Ugh. I really hope they don't go there with Hal and Maggie though, because she seems like she's about 30, and he's (supposed to be) 16.
Still, if Sarah Carter wants to walk around in skin tight jeans and t-shirts for the rest of the season, I'm really very OK with that.
The sentimental scenes of, 'isn't Tom a good dad' aren't so cloying when they're between him and Hal. The awkwardness of a dad saying that stuff to his teenage son offsets the saccharine sweetness just enough. I'd still prefer Tom to be a bit more stoic and silent, though. I can't help but think the whole thing would be more effective if Tom had been a bit more of a distant father figure, before this all started.
So not much Matt this week. Perhaps that was why I wasn't as irritated as with previous episodes. Yeah, keep that kid cranking the radio like he's in a Dickensian workhouse. Best use for the annoying little moppet.
And was the mech singing to itself, while it was on patrol? Probably not, but that's what I choose to believe it was doing.
The Skitter affectionately stroking the kids was, by far, the most disturbing thing they've had on this show. And then it slept alongside them, cuddling them! More of that, less of dads hugging kids, please. But if the Skitters are able to psychically connect to the harnessed kids, like the now dead one did with Ricky, then why didn't Skitter Dad immediately know that Hal wasn't really harnessed?
And do the kids start to die if their Skitter Dad is killed? Doesn't bode well for those kids at the motorcyle shop last week.
Baby shower at the end? Yeah, didn't care about that. I'm starting to come around to Weaver's initial opinion that the civilians are an unnecessary drain. Regarding Weaver himself, I hope he keeps his moments of humanity a complete secret, not softening at all in front of the people he's in charge of.
Finally, they got Ben back! Thank god for that, I was worried that they'd drag this story out for the entire season. But now we're probably in for a whole load of family drama where Ben angrily declares, "I wish Skitter Dad were here. He'd let me wear my harness whenever I wanted!" Oh joy. Still, now that Tom's got all three sons back, it looks like time to starting working on stepmom.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jul 11, 2011 @ 9:24 PM.