P.S. @Nick, it's "Janus," the two-headed Roman god, not "Janis". Janus appeared on ancient coins, and it's at least somewhat fitting that Janus would be associated with an artifact that turns one into two, splitting the body and the consciousness.
1. There were times when this show had just the right balance between banter, mystery, weirdness, humor, and suspense. Those were the days. It's too bad SyFy didn't kill the show off this year so they could (wishful thinking, for sure) greet us with something fresh, new, and exciting in 2014.
2. They have the gall to tease the fact that Claudia has an evil sister and then tell her absolutely nothing else about her? I'm pretty sure that Claudia never mentioned a sister before, BTW. This is a last minute invention to give them something to do next season. Sis will probably help defeat Peristalsis before becoming the final bad guy of the series.
3. How is Peristalsis' takeover the Warehouse not Pete's fault?
4. It will be nice to see Claudia doing cool things with the Warehouse next season, but it will be too little, too late.
Bottom line: This was the best episode of the season. It was intense and occasionally even surprising -- like in the Tarr's tag-team murders. If they were able to bring this level of intensity and depth to next season, it would be incredible. They won't, of course, but we can still hope. And it's going to be a whole year!?!!? Shtako!
Lame bad guys, etc.: As is so often the case in TV shows, the elite mercenary bad guys can't shoot straight. Admittedly, they do hit Rafe and Nolan, but they get wiped out, and even the really sinister baddie, the torture guy, might be dead. (On the other hand, it's more likely they'll bring him back to be a frightening menace in the early days of next season.) The music was too heavily BSG-accented; wake up, composer! This isn't BSG! The editing was choppy and moving among locations was sometimes confusing. They either shot too much material and had to do a hatchet job, or they planned for a 2-parter and really had to do a hatchet job.
Nolan and Irisa: Didn't see his death coming. Not even slightly surprised that it didn't stick. (Frankly, I thought she was going to kiss him on the lips and unintentionally pass some healing nanobots.) Not entirely disappointed about that. What is Irisa's status now? I don't think it's decided, and I will not be surprised if she spends all of S2E1 battling with the ship/device to decide her fate, and will be even less surprised if the price she has to pay for resurrecting Nolan is something really bad.
Datak and the Colonel: This once we are emotionally behind Datak's brutal instincts. The colonel not only used Datak - which both he and we saw coming - he also correctly anticipated that he could not trust Datak, therefore blindsiding him on the mines. I loved how Datak laid his bloody hand on Stahma's white dress, implicating her in murder. They each killed, and in their own style - Datak with violence, Stahma with subterfuge.
This episode was packed. It was brutal. And it should have happened weeks ago.
Kenya and Stahma: Maybe Stahma cared about Kenya. With a character who lies as consistently and fluently as Stahma, it's impossible to say. I really dislike having a character whose motives are so opaque, even though that makes her the almost perfect complement to her impulsive husband. Maybe Stahma spared Kenya. I, too, hope she's really dead, not least because that makes her dying moments, with Stahma singing sweetly to her, that much more poignant and twisted. Bam!
I agree with @Prost, although this doesn't explain why he took Lyric or where she is.
As for Linden, her empathy and interpersonal skills seem to vary depending on how awkward the writers want her to be in a given situation. She can come across quite well at times, but in this episode she treats her young boyfriend with a casual brutality he doesn't deserve. You can break up with somebody without pissing on them, especially when they haven't done anything to deserve bad treatment. Undoubtedly, the point of her treating him badly is that it will cause him to do something bad that dovetails with other narrative threads floating around out there. I don't buy that Linden would be so unnecessarily cruel, and I don't think the writers should make her cruel just to set up a plot twist in an episode or two.
I don't think Lourdes did DNA tests on Alexis; she did simple blood tests.
@Jim, on second thought, it's possible that the device in Irisa is in some sense a parasite. It doesn't look biological, although it could be some sort of partially organic tech. Even a pure machine can be, by analogy, a parasite, in the same way the machines in The Matrix were parasitical. So, Yewll could have been telling a small truth while hiding larger truths. On the other hand, I suspect that, if the device can be compared to anything biological, it is a symbiote.
FWIW, I would have edited that last post, but tvfanatic doesn't allow it.
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