Falling Skies: "Door Number Three" (Season 4, Episode 6)



It's the Lexi show tonight. In a passive aggressive sort of way. Lexi actually spends most of the episode in a cocoon while everyone else reacts to that fact around her. Which is a roundabout way of saying not much happens after she goes into the cocoon.   

Not to mention that it's kind of rude to refer to her as Door Number Three. I mean, geez, she's standing right there in that cocoon. Little pitchers, big ears, right?

We open with a recap. This is probably rude, too, but I noticed that the last episode works much better as a thirty second recap. It actually seems exciting. Then we rip straight into a big downer of Ben making out with Maggie (his brother's girl), which turns out to be another stupid dream sequence. Of course he's awakened by Maggie. Extra embarrassment that way. She tells him that Gandalf, the Espheni Overlord, has escaped.

Ben's response is all kinds of dumb: "No. Anthony was guarding him. He was trained." Well, that's that then. We all know if people have received anything resembling training it's impossible for them to make a mistake.

As Vizzini would say, "Inconceivable!"

Lexi talks to Lourdes. Lexi notices some icky fluid on her arm. The next thing we know Lourdes is bringing her tea, and we'll be darned if Lexi isn't encased in a pulsating, lava-colored cocoon. One with a convenient window to show her face.

Hal and company arrive at Chinatown, wherever it is. They're slow because Weaver and Tom have caught up with them to arrive at the same moment. It's convenient timing for an extended sequence of hugs. Even a little humor. When Toms sees Anne, he says she looks unbelievable; she replies "You look awful." Lourdes arrives to say something wonderful is happening, as in something freakish and disturbing.

Ann wants to cut the cocoon open. Tom says they can't until they know more. That's the cue for Dr. Kadar to launch into a lecture premised on the belief that most viewers are unfamiliar with the concept of caterpillars and butterflies. Lexi, didn't you know, was a blond caterpillar. Tom tries to get Anne to remember how she escaped from an Espheni cocoon herself when she was held by Karen. The ever helpful Dr. Kadar says he could do some repressed memory therapy.

So let's see... Dr. Kadar is already a metallurgist, a nuclear engineer, a civil engineer, a doctor, a physicist, and a genetic researcher. Now he's a psychiatrist, too. Maybe he's the actual star child.

Blah blah blah, Lexi's all grown up and I hardly know her, blah blah blah, she's still your daughter, Tom, blah blah blah she's a threat, blah blah blah don't give in to fear, blah blah blah, we need to kill her, blah blah blah cling to hope, blah blah blah which do you prefer--Pepsi or Coke? Oh, and her cocoon burns Colonel Weaver when he touches it.

Maggie is rousing the mob. Hal decides Lexi may be a threat. Tom does his best angry patriarch routine before announcing that no one comes near Lexi.

Dr. Kadar's repressed memory therapy sucks. He tells Anne to think of her child over and over. So of course she relives her original son being killed in the alien invasion. That's not helpful. She finally works her way to memories of Karen saying she created Lexi to end this war and change the face of history.

Hal decides it's time to face off with Tom. He wants to go see his father alone, but of course the angry mob follows him. They turn out, however, to be a rather polite angry mob, one that pretty much just watches Tom and Hal talk. Maggie, who started all this stuff, decides to give hope a chance and says "Never mind." Hal wimps out. Tom says everyone should retreat to a safe distance. He and the Lexi crowd will do what they have to if she comes out of the cocoon as a danger.

So nobody's really committed to any particular position here. It's the most wishy washy civic strife I've ever seen.

A vision of Lexi appears to Anne while she's tripping out to say everything will be okay. Anne wakes up, races to the cocoon and put her hand on it. Not only is she not burned; Lexis's hand actually reaches for hers at that convenient window. Then the star child opens her eyes. She still looks the same.

Well, that was... Whatever.

Next week's preview promises a big battle against the Espheni. Hopefully that means a little more movement on screen than we've had in the last two episodes. The review probably won't be up until Wednesday or so after the showing, since I'll be on vacation with the family.

Have a nice transition to August.