While Big Jim wants to kill Eva before she can give birth to the new queen, Barbie decides to make one last attempt to save her as he also hopes that the baby is still human. Had he seen the tentacles that were popping up from under Eva’s skin, he’d probably be more pessimistic, but one can’t blame him for something he never sees.
As others had, he tries to appeal to the emotional bond that they share as well as the one that will be formed with the child. If any sort of emotional plea would work, one would think that this would do it. It looks like it’s working, but the instant that Barbie lets his guard down, it’s revealed that she was bluffing to prove he wasn’t one of them.
You could see it coming too, the instant he drops character and talks about how they can run away together, you know Eva’s going to turn on him, which she does. On the other hand, it’s surprising it took them this long. The way Barbie had been acting wasn’t very kinship-esque. Maybe they just wanted more concrete proof before doing anything? Either way, Barbie gets thrown into a wall.
In an interesting parallel, Big Jim falls for the exact same ploy with Junior when they capture him through the power of plot convenience. No joke, they were looking for a sample of Christine’s DNA and a live test subject for a cure. They instantly find a strand of her hair (with the follicle I assume, since that’s where all of the DNA actually is) in a barn covered in hay. Seconds later, Junior walks in and gets captured. It strained suspension of disbelief more than the impenetrable dome and the alien eggs.
To be fair to Jim, his is more justified as they had injected Junior with a possible vaccine. The two even share a rather nice moment when Jim says that he wants to start fresh and build a more solid relationship with his son.
Things seem to be looking up, but Hector advises keeping him tied up just to be safe. It’s a perfectly sensible mindset that Jim ignores when he decides Junior is OK and cuts his bonds. As was the case with Barbie and Eva, the viewer knows that this is a horrible idea and the instant Junior is free he….throws Big Jim into a wall.
But wait, this sequence of events repeats itself yet again with the baby. Yes, the new queen is born in one of the more bizarre birthing sequences you’ll come across. When Julia discovers that Eva isn’t pushing as hard as she can to stall for time, she takes measures into her own…arm by pressing down on Eva’s stomach.
Apparently doing that will cause the baby to pop right out. It was bizarre. If there’s an OB/GYN reader out there, leave a comment explaining the logistics of this because it was goofy and head tilting. If it is in fact a legitimate measure to get the baby out, frankly, it would be amazing.
Sidetrack aside, Barbie is convinced that the baby is just a regular human. It isn’t. Oddly enough, those tentacles we saw appear to be absent. I’m not sure what that was. Really, the only thing marking it as alien is the glowing blue eyes that were vaguely reminiscent of the Fremen from ‘Dune’. Though they do also display swollen glowing veins as well, which were kind of creepy. Eva’s “voice of the legion” was also fairly effective as she declared that the baby wasn’t Barbie’s before throwing Barbie through a window. You can only throw characters into walls so many times before it becomes redundant, so they decided to add some variety to it.
Joe’s subplot was probably the most entertaining. Not only does he learn more about the kinship’s motives, but he gets to rock out to some Pat Benatar. They probably had to include it in some fashion, but it’s a great song and seeing Joe rock out and sing along to it was endearingly dorky, favorite moment of the episode in all honesty. Also, Marg Helgenberger deserves credit for being able to keep a straight face during that. You have to figure there’s at least 3 or 4 blooper cuts where she just corpses and bursts into laughter.
On a similar note, we also learn that the kinship has horrible taste in music as they all look at him funny when he’s playing the song. You’d think he would use the fact that the amethyst responds to sound to try and justify it as “an experiment” (the amethyst is surprisingly picky about what sort of sound it responds to) but he admits he just needed the break to clear his head. It does pay off though, as he achieves the desired goal of splitting the amethyst so that they can bring the dome down.
The biggest development comes courtesy of Christine who reveals that the kinship is being pursued by a bigger enemy. This is confirmed by Junior, who relays similar information to Big Jim before his apparent conversion.
Yeah, it’s just laying plot seeds for the fourth season, but those moments were appropriately tense and dramatic. It also expands the scope, so who knows where things are going to go from here.
The episode had its moments and there were some interesting developments. However, it suffers from having several characters go through the same plot beats. The big ending also fell a little flat. You can see what they were trying to do by having Christine kill Eva while singing a lullaby, but it didn’t achieve the creepiness that the writers were shooting for. It happens. On the plus side, they got to work a sweet Pat Benatar tune into the episode; can’t knock that.