While Dave wasn’t framed for Charlotte’s murder by Croatoan, he was influenced by the entity to commit the act. It’s also revealed that this isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. Dave suspects that a similar thing happened with Audrey’s son, the Colorado Kid. The show has brought this plot element several times to try and tie the show back to its supposed source material, but it was good to see this wrapped up once and for all.
The fact that Dave fell under Croatoan’s influence suggests the presence of a thinny, something they need to go into the void to get something for the barn. As the thinny is gone, Nathan and Vince decide to go back in time to find a woman who was at the scene that they believe has a trouble that allows her to open thinnies at will.
Where the last time travel centered episode focused on the butterfly effect, this focuses more on the two characters as they meetup with the past versions of their loved ones. Nathan’s reunion with his dad was especially poignant as, unlike Dave, he is no longer around. The actor they cast did a great job capturing the feel of the character. We haven’t even seen him since season 1, but you could still tell that he had the look and feel of the character down. The two manage to bond in a way that they never could and Nathan is able to get some closure as he realizes that his father’s seemingly harsh treatment was meant as a way to prepare him for the life to come.
Oddly enough, while both Nathan and Vince swear not to do anything drastic, both end up spilling the beans about where they’re from. Vince even goes so far as to tell Dave about Croatoan and the other dimensions. It’s probably more forgivable given the existence of the troubles (Harlan even knows who Nathan is talking about when he reveals who sent them back) but it was still a bit odd. Credit to Dave too for immediately picking up on the fact that it was Vince.
It was also nice to see Dave take a more assertive stance. Where present day Dave frequently encourages retreat, the past version decides not to run, grabs a shotgun, and tries to take the fight to the monster. It doesn’t work, but still, it was fun while it lasted.
As was the case before, Nathan runs into Audrey’s past self, Lucy in this case. They don’t get as much time together, but he does prevent her from killing her son under the impression that it would end the troubles. While you still feel for her as she is forced to watch her son get killed (why didn’t Nathan take her away?) some more screen time might have given that scene a bit more weight.
The episode introduces a plot point about magic rings that change troubles. It comes out of thin air and could have been better established. If it was brought up before, one would think that it would be shown in the “previously on” segment. It does tie Duke’s subplot with the thief girl, Haley, into the larger narrative as he realizes that she is the key to opening the thinny (being in the same family after all) after getting a letter from the past.
Overall, it was a decent episode. It had a fair dose of humor and there were some strong character moments. It was also nice to finally put the Colorado Kid plot to bed as the show had gone off in its own direction anyway. Some aspects were glossed over that could have used a bit more elaboration, but run time may have been a factor.