What is new in Episode 2? Well we get a closer look at how the aliens use the kids they have captured, a new character is introduced along with a complication to personal relationships that it brings, and a bit more insight into the intelligence level of the aliens.
Every work of fiction requires us to suspend our rational selves to accept certain elements of the plot. This work of fiction is a bit more intelligent about it. Some of these elements are as follows.
1. The aliens kill the adults, but use a spinal like device to control the children. They are used by the aliens to carry out tasks like gathering scrap. Now my question is this...why? Wouldn't an advanced alien culture be able to construct machines to do the same job faster? Then again a ready made expendable organic work force might be better? That is something worthy of discussion.
2. In one of the first scenes, the character played by Noah Wyle organizes a group to try and free some of the kids, primarily his own son, exposes another good point for discussion. If you had invaded and defeated an enemy that you consider inferior, what precautions would you take in guarding your captives? The aliens only used a few mechs and skitters to protect their captive work party. Does this mean the aliens are spread thin? Maybe they are so convinced of their own superiority that they don't feel they need more?
3. During the attempt to rescue some of the kids one of the rescuers sees his own son, and in true movie fashion he screws up the plan by dashing out to save him. This sets in motion a series of predictable events and also gives us a little more insight into the aliens. During the ensuing short battle, the rescuers save the man's son, but at the same time two of the rescuers are taken prisoner by a mech. Later, some of the kids drag off one of the rescuers to do who knows what to her, while the other rescuer is left behind. A mech is guarding him when a group of captured children are lined up and then shot by the mech. The rescuer is set free to tell the others of what will happen if the resistance continues to resist. This is straight out of World War II tactics by Nazi Germany. It didn't work for the Germans...of course it will not work here. But would it work in today's world?
Those are some interesting things to ponder.
A new character is introduced...I remember this guy from the show "Wings" even though I seldom watched the show. I also think he was in the movie "Hamburger Hill"...good movie. The new character is a doctor who says he can remove the mind control device from the kids. We will see how that works out.
The main charcter (Noah what'shisname) captures an alien and now we will probably learn a lot more about these skitters in the next episodes.
The premier had way too many commercials...this time out in a 60 minute show there were ~20 minutes of commercials. Commercials can be annoying..but they do make TV possible. I will say that they planned the breaks in a fairly artful way.
This is only the second episode, will it keep me for the third? Yes. However, I do reserve the right to go fishing for the 4th.
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