Death March: Matt Mason’s Reactive Attachment Disorder
*WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the current episode “Death March”, it is written for those who have seen the episode*
About a month ago, I made a promise (on Twitter, so it was a scared vow…) that I would never be a mouthpiece. No matter how much I love a show, I will always point out the flaws. And I am forced to do that for this episode.
So, after 2 long, long weeks, we finally meet again, Falling Skies. I predicted a Ben-less episode would be cold and empty. Unlike everything else in this episode, I was not disappointed in that prediction.
Thanks for saving the Hal and Maggie byplay for the second scene, that was considerate of you. Oh and the third scene was an awkward interaction between Anne and Tom. That was awesome.
Once again, Anthony is the quick voice of reason. Listen, as a Ben fan, I understand that not every Previously-Harnessed-North-American is a dangerous alien agent. Some of them (Ben) are awesome superheroes. That being said, I am going to say the same thing about Suspicious Scaly Lizard Girl that I said about Karen: She is a freaking trap, and kill her with fire. Seriously, look at her. LOOK AT HER. She has scales, they have no idea how damaged her harness is, if it has the ability to heal itself, or even if it is actually disabled. Anybody else want to know how she landed right there, right then? Oh good, I’m not only the one.
Tom brings up a good point I have never considered before. What will happen to all the Harnessed after they kick the aliens off the planet? I think that will be the real test of how serious the Skitter Rebellion is about being better than the Overlords. Will they throw off their yoke, give up their harnessed kids, and return to their planet? Or will they hang on to their slave army and prove to be just dangerous to humanity as their previous masters?
New and improved Fatalistic Lourdes takes a bite out of Anne. Then, ten minutes later, she apologizes and it seems like timid Lourdes is back.
Let’s move on to Matt Mason, liability extraordinaire. First of all, it took all of an hour for him to bond so completely with SSLG that he was reading her his diary (he can call it a journal all he wants, it’s a diary), tell her the others will come around like he did. Matt Mason clearly has reactive attachment disorder. It takes half a day for him to agree to being used as skitter bait by Tector and Boone, he goes off with Diego to the harness factory, he tries to stop SSLG from “escaping”. Pre-invasion they would have got him a dog and a couple sessions of talk therapy and he would have been fine. Sadly, post-invasion his inherent need for the approval of EVERYBODY BUT HIS FATHER is nothing but a liability to the lives of everyone around him.
It was pretty obvious Hal, Pope, and Maggie were picked up by the main resistance body. Fear not, they showed up to lead the 2nd Mass to Charles-trap, where Arthur Manchester will kidnap the civilians for slave labor, the women for breeding programs, and trade their kids to the aliens in exchange for not being neutron bombed into subatomic particles.
Okay. Positive things. Ryan Robbins is an awesome actor, I have been a fan of his since Sanctuary (he was also in an episode of one of my favorite shows, Jeremiah). His portrayal of Tector is spot on! The back and forth between him and Weaver were awesome scenes. Even though when Tector is driving a multi-ton truck is probably not the best time to try to break him down emotionally.
Alright. That’s it for now. I realize this was one of my most scatter brained reviews. Most likely tomorrow I will have thoughts on the Maggie’s secret angle, etc.
Keep the Resistance Strong!