Things seem to be going fairly well for the resistance. Not only have they dealt a blow to the kinship through blowing up the mines, but Hunter manages to decode Christine’s recording device, granting them insight into what the next stage of her plan is. It is through these recordings, that they discover her plan to create a new queen through Barbie and Eva.
As such, Julia’s resolve to bring her boyfriend back returns to the forefront. Fortunately for her, Barbie attempts to arrange a meeting.
At first, Julia’s agreeing to this seems like the dumbest thing she could possibly do. It is so obviously a trap. Credit to her, though, she uses the chance to drug Barbie and take him hostage by testing out a new way of freeing people from the collective. Not to get too into spoilers, but a car battery is involved.
No, it isn’t that, they attempt to use the Jack Bauer technique when Julia concludes that pain might be a factor in deprogramming.
What follows is a pretty tense standoff as Barbie appears to be unaffected by the brutal shocks. In a very Joker-esque fashion, he not only laughs off their interrogation methods, but proceeds to mock both Julia and Big Jim with taunts centered on their weaknesses and insecurities. He especially relishes pointing out how ridiculous his and Julia’s romance was given how they started and who they were. Adding to that his budding romance with Eva and you have a pretty devastating emotional blow.
Oddly enough, this is the most entertaining Mike Vogel’s been the entire series. Not only is he given some pretty solid dialogue to work with, but he jumps at the chance to chew the scenery. It works really well.
By the latter acts of the episode, I was wondering why Julia didn’t just shoot the guy. He clearly wasn’t going to turn and he was intent on killing her. Fortunately for her, though, the power of love is able to prevail and the two are reunited in the episode’s final moments. You kind of figure it had to happen, he is the main star, but you can’t say she didn’t earn that happy ending.
As with many things, there is a balance and while the heroes got a new ally in Barbie, so too do they lose one in Sam. Yes, we learn that Christine’s efforts to convert him worked. You suspect something is amiss, but at the same time, the episode didn’t really tip its hand until moments before the reveal when he double crosses them and takes Joe hostage. While the viewers have reason to be suspicious, I’m not sure why Joe and Norrie were, last they saw him, he was on their side. It was a little bizarre.
Before being taken captive, though, Joe does surmise that sound waves could possibly be used to take the dome down from the inside. Whether this works or not will probably depend on whether there’s a fourth season of the show. Given that the dome is calcifying, it certainly seems more feasible, but we’ll see.
All in all, this was a rather strong episode. It was engaging and kept my interest the whole time. Keeping the main focus on Barbie and Julia worked well, but other plot lines were advanced as well. We also got a short, but rather sweet, fight scene between a pregnancy superpowered Eva and Big Jim. It came out of nowhere, but was certainly enjoyable, especially as both parties got a chance to land some solid hits and throw the other across the room.
The next episode should certainly be interesting as one would assume that Christine will pass on the torch to Eva’s child. It’s a little weird, seeing as she was the season’s big bad, but Marg Helgenburger was just a recurring guest star, so it would make sense to have someone else take over for the last few episodes.
Coming down to the final four episodes, things should really start to get interesting.