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Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Review of Falling Skies 4.03- Exodus

Tom and the gang execute a daring plan to escape from the ghetto, a plans whose success hinges on one of the least likely people possible, Ben and Maggie confront Lexi, Anne has a dream, Matt makes a choice worthy of his father, and a reunion occurs....

The fact that Tom's plan ended up depending on Pope was just too weird.  It did work though, so that's a good thing.  It is nice to know that beneath the bluster Pope has changed enough to still throw his lot in with the gang if needed.  Basically, the plan called for Tom to create a distraction big enough to draw off all the Skitters so that the tether could be severed by Dingaan thereby allowing the people to escape through underground tunnels.  Setting fire to the Espheni Overlord definitely did that.  What Tom didn't foresee was that the Dingaan would be injured and Pope would have to put on the Faraday suit and sever the tether.

I so cannot blame Tom or Weaver for not trusting Pope.  Pope has shown too many times that he will put his personal welfare above the welfare of the people in general.  On the other hand, Pope has also shown an increasing tendency to do the right thing when the chips are really down, which they definitely were this time.  Pope just has to keep in mind that if he really wants to be trusted, he has to show that he is consistently worthy of that trust and not just occasionally so.  I know he does not think highly of Tom or Weaver, but those three really have to work their issues out.

Ben is stuck in the middle of an almost impossible situation.  Maggie is right that Lexi should have told everyone that she is meeting the Espheni.  If what she is saying is true, I do get it.  As a hybrid, she is uniquely qualified to act as a bridge between the humans and the Espheni.  The major problem is that the Espheni have shown themselves to be untrustworthy, so it is very hard for Maggie and Ben to accept that Lexi is doing the right thing.  Ben wants to believe Lexi, but he is definitely struggling with it.  The interesting thing is that he himself was in almost the same situation with the rebel Skitters in season 2.  He was the go between for his father and Red Eye.  Granted, the situation is not exactly the same, but it is similar.

Now that Anne has been rejoined with Lexi and Ben, I wonder what she'll do.  I missed some of the episode near the middle (right after a commercial break), so I might have missed something, but I did not see the point of her flashback with Karen.  All it did was show us what we already know, that Lexi has Espheni DNA in her makeup.  So my question is whether Anne will do anything about Lexi meeting the Espheni or not.  I do wonder *IF* she can do anything, so the more appropriate question may be if she can do anything about it.

I admire that Matt lied to save Mira, but I wonder if it was the right thing to do.  It was definitely something Tom would have done, but by saying that he took the bolt cutters, Matt may be setting himself up as a target.  I will say that, after last week, I suspect that he may have been one already (and I think he knows it), so saying that he had done it might not have that huge of an impact aside from saving Mira's ass.

I have to wonder if the Espheni will do much to Matt.  The entire Mason clan is obviously quite important to the Espheni plans, so they may need him alive.  If you doubt me, witness how often they have tried to turn Tom.  First at the end of season 1/beginning of season 2, in season 2 with Karen, and then again now.  I think I may have missed a time or two.  Because Tom is so important, they have tried to use his kids against him.  Ben was captured and harnessed before Tom emerged as an effective human leader, but they put that thing in Hal last season, captured Anne and used her to create Lexi, and now they have Matt captive.  The thing is that Tom is a serious and credible threat to the Espheni because he can rally a lot of humans to his side.  If they can turn people against him or bring him to their side, it will be a major blow to the humans.

Until next week!