Title (Episode 6, Season 2): We Should Have Seen This Coming
Director: Bruce McDonald
Writers: (created by) Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie (written by) Robert C Cooper
Starring: Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, Zoie Palmer, Melanie Liburd, Mike Dopud, Shaun Sipos
Episode length: 42 minutes
Nyx’s surprise attempt to save her brother leads to a heist with bad repercussions, and the Raza crew makes a new enemy.
Another great episode this week written by former executive producer/writer at Stargate SG-1, Robert C Cooper. Not too surprising, considering the show’s creators, Joseph Mallozzi, and Paul Mullie, had a long history with that series, and also wrote many of its episodes.
We Should Have Seen That Coming tells an action packed story that mostly centers on Nyx and includes several revelations about her past. There’s also a few other tidbits about Devon and Ann (the Android), who is shown sporting a slightly new look as part of her onboard persona when she isn’t being Kiva, the upgraded version of herself. Ann is still struggling with her identity.
(*warning, spoilers follow*)
The episode begins with Nyx having a flashback about being aboard a ship, where some men are telling her its time to go back in, but on the way to taking her, she beats them up and escapes the ship in an escape pod, just before it jumps to FTL. This is the first glimpse we have seen of her life prior to being in jail where she met the Raza’s crew.
When the crew starts talking about Arax and who he called before he left, they are able to figure out the transmission was made to Alicia Reynaud, the wealthy woman with powerful corporate connections, who wants to get her hands on the electronic ‘key’ Five has.
They decide they want to find out why she wants it, and why its so important, but don’t have enough fuel to take the direct approach, and go ask her, so they decide the need to pull a heist for funds, and at the suggestion of Nyx they go off to pull a heist of some drugs called Shadow which they can sell to get money. Shadow is a synthetic hallucinogen, a party drug that’s illegal, but which the GA turns a blind eye to.
Thye decide its an easy gig and fits their need to get some money, but Nyx has a reason for picking the target, other what she what she revealed. The ship is the same one she escaped from in her flashback, and the reason she wanted to go back was her brother is still onboard, and she wants to rescue him.
The ship turns out to be the location of a former corporate experiment into latent predictive abilities, which is why Nyx is such a good fighter, and her brother has even more powerful abilities. The experiment was also a inquiry into what happens when a lot of minds are linked creating a sort of hive mind with massive computational abilities.
At one point the people being experimented on, called seers, rebelled and killed their corporate supervisors, and then continued on their own, led by the man who led the rebellion, named Hansmeed (Daniel Fathers), who is now exploiting their abilities for himself.
The Raza attacks the ship, Two, Nyx, along with Three and Four board it, and get the drugs. Nyx surprises Two with rescuing her brother as part of the plan, and convinces her to bring him along. This was one of the few times a battle in outer space has been depicted on the series, and it was nice to see. Along with some nice shots of the Marauder, the Raza’s shuttle, it was a nice change of pace from all the interior shots that usually make up most of the show.
Meanwhile on the Raza, the doctor is treating Nyx’s brother Milo (played by Falling Skies vet Mpho Koaho). and Five finds Devon grabbing a box of the newly acquired drugs, which he claims to need to treat his patient, but we all know its the same stuff he has been previously shown craving and injecting himself with in earlier episodes since his arrival.
Milo is treated kindly by the crew, and Four, shortly followed by Five ask him questions about the future in general, and of the ship and crew, as if he’s some sort of oracle, and indeed he does seem to be one. He predicts an all out corporate war within six months, and also that the crew of the Raza will play an important role in the coming conflict. Of course, we knew this already; the series has been telegraphing what’s coming for awhile now.
After their fight with the Seership, they escape, and set up a meeting with buyers for the drugs, and Two sends Boone and Six to do the deal in the Marauder, but not long after the Seership finds them and attacks, they want Nyx’s brother Milo back or else.
This, of course, sets up the awkward situation of Boone being alone with Six aboard the Marauder. Boone is the only member of the crew who still has serious issues with Six betraying them and and handing them over to the GA. He can’t seem to get past it like the rest of he crew has, and this time alone with him doesn’t seem to help reduce the bad feelings he still harbors towards Six.
At the first sign of attack, the drug dealers flee. Boone and Six are forced to flee down to a nearby planet to escape, while the Raza jumps into FTL to escape also. The planet Boone and Six escape to has a dense atmosphere that may conceal their location, but fails to do so. The planet’s atmosphere is also toxic and corrosive, which limits the amount of of time they can remain there before it means their certain doom.
Two is left with the decision of how to outsmart a bunch of techno-psychics who can predict what they will do before they do it. It soon becomes obvious you can’t. Of course she has to go back and rescue her friends, but buys some time by threatening to kill Milo instead of handing him over.
Boone and Six return to the ship and they end up handing Milo back over to his pursuers. The seers win, but shortly after returning to the Seership, Milo takes his own life. They should have seen that coming.
At the very end of the episode, Two goes to have a drink when her hand suddenly seizes up causing her to drop her glass. It looks like the Nanites are acting up and will require attention of some kind. Looks like the leash she’s on has finally reached its limit, implying a visit back to her creators is in store soon.
A good episode, wrapped up in a neat little package of a story, but not outstanding, with a darker tone than usual for this series, that told such a sad story that it left Nyx crying at the end.
There was no comedy relief to be found this time around. The space battle bits were nicely done, with the Raza portrayed as the sporty little tank it is in battle, and I would love to see more of that sort of action included in future episodes of the show.