Price of Greatness: The Land of Intrigue?

After so many false starts (if you read the Twitter, you know the story) I finally finished watching “Price of Greatness” here’s my initial reactions. I am splitting this week’s review into two parts so I can have some more thoughts on the end of the episode later.

I promise, I will not mention the lack of Ben in this episode. (Except I just did, but still)

I really want to like this episode. I really do. It has everything I usually love in a story: coups, dystopian futures, dictatorships…man I really am depressing person. Maybe because I am in such a bad mood over the problems trying to watch the episode, etc., that I am just not giving it a fair chance.

Sure Weaver, hand over all your weapons to the people who just told you they don’t use them to fight the enemy. It’s not like the first thing any dictatorship does is disarm the populace or anything. Tom? Want to chime in here with some historical references to Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cambodia, and China? Anything? Really? Ok, thanks history professor. Gandhi himself said that in the history of the British Empire, its blackest mark would be depriving a whole nation of arms. From Weaver’s perspective, his initial actions make a certain kind of sense. He never expected to lose Porter or the rest of the Massachusetts Resistance, and have sole responsibility for what was left. It is understandable that he may want to turn some of authority over and rejoin some sort of command structure. He also wants to provide a sense of normalcy for his daughter (more on her later).

Tector’s conversion, perplexing at first, makes sense as well. He is racked by guilt over the loss of the men under his command. He tried to go to one extreme, shedding his Marine past completely and joining the decidedly unmilitary Berzerkers. That seemed to be working OK for him until Weaver broke him down to the emotional level of a baby while driving a multi-ton vehicle. So now he runs to the other extreme, trying to immerse himself completely in the military. But of course this lasts only so long (like half-a-day? How long were they in Charlestrap?) Before he decides his real loyalty is to the 2nd Mass. I can only assume such noble and frequent side-switching helped Matt Frewer decide that the 2nd Mass could be trusted. That was a great decision by the way. Who the heck tries to set up a civilian government in the apocalypse? The aliens are over the hill folks, we don’t have time for voting, how about we shoot some aliens?

Oh good, looks like Lourdes is on her way back to her normal, chirpy self. I guess we don’t get to see her charge at a company of mechs with a flare in one hand, a machete in the other, screaming “They will never take our FREEEEDDDDOOOMMM!!!!” This is disappointing to say the least. At least Anne showed some backbone and stood up to the cardiologist. Good for her. Seriously? I am heart specialist so I’m better than you? I understand one requires more schooling than the other, but I wasn’t aware doctoring (yes, doctoring) had a rank system. I’m pretty sure. Also, you spent all of Season 1 complaining about how you weren’t trained for combat medicine…

That’s all for now, more tomorrow most likely.

Keep the Resistance Strong!

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~ by The Falling Skies Blog on August 14, 2012.

6 Responses to “Price of Greatness: The Land of Intrigue?”

  1. Maybe it’s because I read or heard too many spoilers, but I was a bit disappointed by this episode. To me at least, it was obvious Charleston wasn’t going to be what the second mass thought and Terry O’Quinn as a gray area character was entirely too predictable. But that could be my own fault for reading too many spoilers. Also where is the character development for Dai and Anthony?

  2. I actually liked the episode, but you make some good points. Lourdes has annoyed me since day one, but at least she had a chance to die a noble emo death. Nice to know she got over Jamil so quickly and is now back to “looking forward to learning more medicine (simper simper)”

    Tom and Weaver giving up their guns…I’m on the fence on that. On one hand, they’re picking their battles and still getting a feel for the place. On the other hand, taking the guns AND splitting up the 2nd Mass? Come on, Tom and Weaver. That’s a big red flag. I would at least have kept a backup.

  3. I felt like everyone made sense in this episode from their own position. Charleston is a jewel in the middle of the apocalypse. Manchester makes sense wanting to preserve this, the last shred of civilization. How much complaining did we hear in Season 1 that the fighters should ditch the civilians? The civilians can stay in Charleston manufacturing bullets and growing hydroponic berries for the front lines. The military can set up a fort safely away from there and continue operations. I did not buy Tector’s complete 180 until after I read this, though.

    I was also a little annoyed at the 2nd Mass for coming into Charleston and expecting not to integrate into the community and follow their rules. Yes, they make sense wanting to keep their arms, but expecting the established inhabitants to move so they could have an entire city block to themselves? It’s okay though, they managed to destroy the whole city within a day anyway.

  4. Why did Tom not mention “Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cambodia, and China”? Because that’s not AMERICAN history and hence not relevant. Those things do not apply to the humans, only to the aliens. Thinking about it, it would have been hilarious to reveal Dai as Cambodian, casually walking by and telling Manchester to stop going all Pol Pot on them, leaving a “O.o” look on Tom’s face.
    Tector turning around and realizing his real loyalties are with the 2nd Mass, well, that was to be expected. At least if it you compare the role to Ryan Robbins’ role in Stargate Atlantis for fun, as I do. However, it seemed a bit rushed, as many other details in this episode. I really wish they had made it a two parter and given it a bit more time.
    Anne… I’m not saying pedeatricians need *less* training than heart surgeons, but they certainly need training in different areas of medicine. It depends on the situation what skills are required. In a combat situation, a surgeon is infinitly more useful than someone with, let’s say extensive knowledge of birth defects. (I want to see the post apocalyptic survival show where the only medics the group ever finds are a cosmetic dentist and a witch doctor. And I shall make it happen in my spaghetti western AU.)

    • I think Tom and Weaver were taking a wait-and-see approach to the whole thing. It wasn’t a great choice to give up their weapons, but the alternative was to throw down with Charleston’s soldiers on their first day there.

      I agree with Lauren that the civilians should be left behind. If you’re not willing to pick up a weapon, enjoy Charleston “hospitality”. But then, I also noticed that when Anne whined to Weaver about how the civilians were being treated differently in the first episode that there seemed to be a lot of civilians just sitting around. I wanted Weaver to say, “Okay, you’re in charge of making sure that every–and I do mean EVERY–civilian has a job to do and does that job. Cooking, cleaning, teaching, scavenging for food, and while you’re at it, how about taking a few of the half-bright ones and training them as medics?”

      • Why no-one had that genius idea is a mystery to me anyway. Everyone with a driver’s license has SOME first aid training, as well as soldiers, policemen (both are present) and other occupations (that may be present in the group of about 150+ random extras sitting in the background). Anne, hell, even Lourdes alone, could have taught some folks to treat basic wounds. Especially since the 2 ONLY people with medical knowledge are usually travelling in the same car/are in the same tent, increasing the risk to lose both at once. At least hand out some bandages and alcohol to desinfect wounds to the bigger fighter units.

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