Title (Season 2, Episode 7): She’s One Of Them Now
Director: Jason Priestly
Writers: (created by) Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie (written by) Harley Peyton
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
The episode’s title, I think, refers to Five, who has emerged from her former status as a mascot, to a full fledged member of the Raza crew, and possibly the most talented, crafty, and formidable criminal among them.
She’s One Of Them Now was a solid episode with lots of spy-fi flavor that has the Raza’s crew acting as a kick-ass team again and features them going after what they want in a pair full frontal assaults. First, to a space station to acquire the assistance of Talbor Calchek (guest star, David Hewlett), and next, carrying out a raid on Alicia Renaud’s complex, in search of answers about the electronic key that Renaud is so desperate to acquire. The ‘key’, and acquiring it, is the subject this episode mostly revolves around.
The episode featured David Hewlett as a guest star, in a story his character really played no great part in, except as a means for the crew to acquire some information and tech they need to pull of a futuristic high tech heist.
Hewlett was playing the same sort of annoying, whining Rodney McKay schtick as he did on Stargate Atlantis, except this time around he was a lot less enjoyable in the role, because in this he had none of McKays redeeming qualities, leaving just the annoying parts as his contribution to the episode. I suspect his reprise of the Rodney style character was meant to amuse, but failed to do so
(*warning, spoilers follow*)
Th episode begins with Nyx approaching Devon for some medication to help her ‘take the edge off’ after last week’s episode with her brother. He refuses, on the grounds the drugs are not for recreation, and she responds with the revelation that she knows he is a user himself, so he breaks down and gives her some pills.
Next we find Talbor Calchek (David Hewlett), the criminal talent broker, in a spot of trouble as he’s shown being assaulted by an unhappy party that he was apparently involved in a business transaction with. The man is unhappy about the outcome of their dealings, and wants some money he’s owed. Just as he’s about to really do Talbor some damage, he’s stopped by Two who makes short work of the assailant and leaves him for Boone and Six to get rid of.
They are visiting Talbor for info on how to get into Alicia Reynaud’s (Inga Cadranel) complex, and they take him along back to the ship in order to get him to help them acquire some of the transfer transit pods of the sort we have seen before that immediately creates a clone of the user in some distant location, as a future means of travel. They hold on to him until the job is done so can’t snitch them out to Reynaud in the meantime.
These pods are a clever creation, and the show has barely scratched the surface of how they could be used, until now, that is. Just imagine if someone had ten thousand of these devices, they could send an endless supply of troops into a conflict, without losing a man.
After he is taken, the scene of his abduction, his apartment, complete with an annoyed female companion of his, is briefly shown being visited by the GA who, after watching some security footage, sees him leaving with the Raza’s crew. Inspector Kierken is there to remind us he’s still on their heels.
After getting the hardware, Five shows off her tech skills by tracking down Reynud’s headquarters and hacking her transit pod security software, so the team can use it enter the place.
After, the Raza crew is ironing out the details of their plan. Just as it seems they are acting as a team again with no issues, Four raises an objection regarding Six’s role in the plan, because he’s ‘still on probation’ and he still doesn’t trust him.
Three, Four and Five are chosen to enter the place, while Two and Six serve as a safety net by standing by in the Marauder to bug them out from the roof of the place, in case things go badly and they need an alternative exit.
Th team actually going is outfitted with some bio-synthetic clothing, so they don’t arrive at their destination naked. When they are shown in these special out fits, Four’s seems too small for him like a set of pajamas made for a much smaller person, and Ann remarks on how snug it is, more than once, and she seems slightly obsessed with his appearance, in an oddly amusing scene.
Their invasion of Reynaud’s complex goes off without a hitch, they arrive as planned, and it looks like they may not to have to even leave the room they arrive in. Five not only finds out what the key is for, but that its part of a new sort of spaceship drive called a blink drive, that gives any ship its installed in, the ability to go from any location in the galaxy to another immediately, much faster than the standard FTL drive most ships use, and without consuming fuel to do it. Obviously this would give anyone in possession of it a huge advantage over anyone else. Its one of a kind, and they decide to steal it.
The drive is there, but when Five goes to take it, it sets off an alarm that creates a situation where they have to fight their way out as security forces attempt to capture them. After a brief fight, Three and Four get captured, but Five slips away into the ventilation system like she has done in the past.
Reynaud is justifiably angry about the invasion into her world, and and reveals that although Three and Four are transit clones she can still make them suffer, and has a goon there just for that purpose, who goes about beating them mercilessly. She also reveals she has a way of tracking the pods they used to get there, and can send an electronic charge back to their pods, that will fry their brains, and kill them in their real bodies.
Meanwhile Five is successfully eluding her pursuers and swings back around to hellpThree, and Four escape, but when she’s unable to do so, she simply kills their clones which is the next best thing, and releases them back into their bodies back on the Raza.
Five, once again proves she’s a worthy adversary, and may be the most valuable member of the crew. the whole caper depends on her abilities, and her stealthy abilities make the heist a success.
It seems she can pretty much surmount any situation she’s faced with once again in this episode, and when she gets to the roof where Two and Six are watching for her in the Marauder, they come to lift her out, after avoiding some anti-aircraft fire on the way in and out to do so.
Meanwhile back on the Raza, Nyx comes across Devon who’s sitting around feeling sorry for himself, and once again confronts him about his drug use. She seems to have taken a special interest in his case, he reveals his history, and a sob story about how he was high, and because of that during an unexpected emergency, lost a twelve year old girl he might have saved if he hadn’t been.
Nyx gives him back the pills he gave her earlier, and they have a conversation about how its impossible to escape the past, by using drugs or otherwise.
Android and Talbor have a conversation about her upgrade, and clearly it has left Ann changed, she is showing signs of being more human, and when Talbor begins mocking her upgrade, she even gets a little scary when she responds to his sarcasm in manner that is distinctly human. Earlier in the episode she actually tries to console Nyx about the loss of her brother.
While Two, Six and Five are on their way back to the ship, the Raza is attacked by one of the sleek corporate ships that demands they surrender, but Ann out thinks them and damages their weapons just long enough for the Marauder to get back on board, and for them to escape.
They check out the blink drive they have stolen and decide to try it out, and while they do Devon announces he’s leaving the ship for a break to go into the space station for reasons he does not reveal, and Nyx elects to join him, so they can continue their earlier conversation. She waits for him in one of the station’s bars.
Devon is shown meandering in a shadowy, less frequented, part of the space station, as if he’s waiting to meet someone, when he’s approached by the leader of the seers, Hansmeed (Daniel Fathers), and some of some of his fellow seers, who question Devon about the whereabouts of the Raza, and when he has no answers for them one of them stabs him in the gut and they leave him for dead on the floor.
Meanwhile the Raza crew decides to test out the Blink drive, but something goes wrong, and when a high pitched sound begins it seems to cause them suffering, the ship is shown quivering and suddenly blinks out of sight, leaving us to wonder about the fate of the ship, and her crew.
I really enjoyed this episode, for the most part. I was disappointed by Hewlett’s contribution to the story , and was expecting him to play a greater role in the episode, since they bothered to have him in it, but the episode didn’t suffer for it.
Still this was a great action packed story, with the flavor of a James Bond movie, or maybe Mission Impossible might be a more accurate comparison. In any case, it was an enjoyable spy-fi sort of a narrative, of the sort that I always enjoy. Five once agin showed she might be the most bad ass member of the crew, and the crew worked together again this time around, which is one of the things i also really enjoy about this series.
The evolution of Ann’s character story is also something I am really enjoying about this show. She has been one of the most interesting characters on the series since it began. Admittedly, I had issues with her at first, but soon came to enjoy whenever she was on the screen, and her character was involved in the story
We are just past the halfway point of season two, and its been shaping up nicely with some engaging storylines and interesting developments. I can’t think of one weak episode so far this time around. Its one of the advantages of having a thirteen episode long season, there’s no room for filler episodes, for padding, or episodes that use clips from earlier shows to fill in a season that lasts for 20+ installments.
I can’t wait until next week to find out what happened to The Raza and her crew, and also, what’s going on with Devon. Happy viewing.