Joe’s efforts to bring down the dome would appear to be hindered by his now being held captive. As it happens, though, the kinship wants him to bring the dome down so that they don’t all suffocate. As their goals are aligned, Joe naturally….declines, because of…spite?
As that goes on, the newly liberated Barbie decides to become the resistance’s mole and infiltrate the kinship. His first order of business is to rescue Joe. He succeeds…sort of. Barbie gets to Joe easily enough, but manages to convince him to stay so that he can work on the device to bring the dome down so that they don’t all die. So that was a nice little plot cul-de-sac.
On other fronts, Aktaion arrives to help the resistance when an angry mob arrives to end their struggle once and for all. Again, there’s a situation where two parties have the same goal but refuse to work together for some unknown reason.
To be fair, Jim says he doesn’t trust the corporation, and the episode later reveals that he was right to do so, but even that it seems like they just have a different way of dealing with the same problem.
One gets the impression that Aktaion is going to try to contain the problem by letting the dome stay up and calcify. If this is the case, though, why go in at all? They say that they’re going to blow up the exit, so why not just do that? Then again, Christine is planning to bring the dome down, so it would have to be insurance that nothing goes wrong. It kind of makes sense.
Another thing that makes sense is the revelation that those who were “cured” aren’t really. The condition is suppressed, sure, but Hector, the head of Aktaion says that it will come back eventually and that the only hope is to come up with a bona fide vaccine. While humans fighting against alien oppression with heart and will power is symbolic, this is a more logical setup.
There were some other small progressions, such as the reveal that the tune that infected characters whistle is somehow tied to the glowing rock. At first it seemed like Sam was intentionally giving Joe a clue, but given the look that he gave when Joe started to act excited, it could just be coincidence. The prior is a bit easier to believe, but that might be fleshed out later.
Norrie also learns to handle a gun. Not only that, but she kills her first person, via headshot no less. She’s apparently a quick study.
Sadly, this episode was underwhelming. There was some plot advancement, and we did get new information, but it lacked the energy that its predecessor had. As the finale approaches, one would expect things to get ramped up, but that didn’t happen here.