Things aren’t looking too good for Nathan as a woman died on his watch and the town wants him held accountable. There are calls for banishment, but Dwight, knowing the circumstances, isn’t so quick to dole out punishment anymore.
To quell the angry mob, Audrey suggests putting Nathan on trial. It will give them the sense of justice that they want and it will buy them time to fix things. As it is revealed that the woman, Kira, is still alive, it’s just a matter of having Dwight and Charlotte go out into trouble alley and get her.
The decision to go with the Athenian tribunal as opposed to the more traditional American trial was an odd choice. It does give everyone a vote, but at the same time there’s no apparent reason for it. It even ends up working against Nathan at several points. Not only is the prosecuting fiance not obliged to share where he got “inside” information on Nathan’s doings, but he is able to set the sentence, and he wants death.
Wasn’t banishment essentially a death sentence anyway? Yes, Vince, Audrey, and Dwight know otherwise, but as far as the rest of the townsfolk are concerned, those who were banished died as a result of the darkness trouble.
Said darkness trouble is also dealt with as it just so happens that the prosecutor is the one who possesses the trouble. It does seem a bit like plot contrivance, but it ties together well enough. Having it be the result of another may have felt superfluous anyway.
We are introduced to Grayson, a deaf troubled person who Audrey discovers is about to be killed for being a possible cause of the dark trouble. He says she saved him, but the way the scene plays out, it seems like the opposite was true. For that matter, why didn’t he whip out his banshee power earlier? It would have saved both him and Audrey a lot of trouble, oh well.
As for Dwight’s and Charlotte’s fetch quest, it actually goes fairly well, all things considered. The invisible monster doesn’t “appear” here, but they do contend with slamming doors. Actually, it does become a problem when they are suddenly trapped in a dark room with only a glow stick to delay the inevitable. Of course, by the time the stick is drained, the trouble has been dealt with, so there wasn’t a whole lot of tension on that front.
They also discover a loooot of aether after finding Kira. This is presented as a good thing; after all, Charlotte did say that she’d need a lot of it to make a cure, but at the same time, one can’t help but feel like that much aether is going to pose a huge problem to the town. Then again, after the “trouble bomb” there’s really not much else that can go wrong, right?
The episode also gives Duke a subplot that really doesn’t go anywhere. He reluctantly trains the girl from the last episode to better use her ability to phase through things. As she owes money, she quickly uses said ability to rob a bank.
This results in her getting injured, which allows Duke to absorb some of her blood and go into beast mode. While Duke is able to restrain himself against a security guard, he seems to go into stalking killer mode with the girl. Why he can’t control himself when he seemed to have a better handle on it isn’t really explained, but he does fall into an obvious trap that gets him contained for the time being. As said before, it doesn’t really go anywhere, but it may lead to things later on down the line.
Overall, the episode had a lot of potential, but didn’t live up. The trial could have been a good way to examine Nathan’s decisions, but it doesn’t go into that all that much. His speech at the end is also a bit on the cornball side. You can see what they were trying to do, but it doesn’t resonate as much as you would hope. It wasn’t as strong as the episode that came before it, but it did pack more of a punch than the season opener.