This week’s episode of Helix started off with a bit of levity as Julia pulls a fake-out on Alan and Sarah, mimicking a scene straight from the movie Alien (sans the chest bursting critter, of course). Alan is baffled by her turnaround, and wants to know how she became cured. Julia does let him know that it was Hatake who got her off of Level R. Alan wants answers from Hatake as to what he did to her. Problem is, Hatake is no longer in charge of the base, and is a prisoner of Constance Sutton. And Alan isn’t the only one who wants answers from him, as Sutton is very curious as to what the relationship between Hatake and Julia consists of. Jeri Ryan continues to establish her character as the big bad of the moment, even bringing out some tools of torture to help get her the answers she desires.
Sutton does her fair share of threatening several people in this episode, trying to get Hatake to talk by threatening Julia, and threatening Alan after a botched attempt on her life by saying she would kill Peter. It seems Sutton is used to getting her way, and doesn’t like it one bit when things don’t. She is driven by the goal set for her by the Ilaria Corporation, and seems not to understand why others would be turned from that goal which she believes is for the good of mankind. Hatake doesn’t see things that way, and it seems the two were quite close in the past. Sutton even remarks on the fact that he still wears the watch she gave him. Wonder if she knew the watch had a built in garrote (or maybe Hatake modified it). The watch in the end is what does Sutton in (as I said, she was the big bad of the moment), but you have to wonder: Why does Hatake preserve her head in one of the mysterious glass canisters outside? What exact purpose does it serve? That question is yet to be answered.
We did apparently get an answer as to Julia’s identity, though many have already guessed at this. Yes, it turns out that Dr. Walker is indeed Hiroshi’s daughter. With this revelation, we have to now wonder if her ability to overcome the virus was based in genetics or not. The bit about the silver eyes still hasn’t been quite explained (it was slightly amusing to hear Sarah’s reaction to those eyes: “Holy-” and then the cut to the title screen with its upbeat music). Hatake having them and now Julia could make sense if it is a genetic mutation passed from father to daughter, but what about Sutton? Or are the eyes more connected to Ilaria? Julia certainly seems to hold a key, since Sutton was even ready to box her up for shipment to her corporate bosses prior to her getting killed by Hatake. But just what is she? And why doesn’t her blood contain any antibodies to the virus, even though it appears that she has been cured?
Overall, the episode was a decent one, though it’s a shame that Jeri Ryan seems to be exiting so soon. However, dead may not always be dead, as we’ve seen on this show, and even though she’s beheaded you have to wonder if we haven’t been fooled again. The episode moved at a solid pace, though little suspense was generated. We knew that the Vectors in the ducts would end up leaving Julia alone. It seemed unlikely that Sarah and Alan would succeed in their attempt to kill Sutton (Klein saw the trap and saved his boss). It did have a couple of amusing moments, with Julia’s fake-out while eating with Sarah and Alan, to Sutton’s remark when she first finds Julia (“My. What beautiful eyes you have.”). And while entertaining, the show does maddeningly raise more questions as it slowly gives out answers.
Anana appears to have gotten away from the base, but will she stay away? And is Balleseros a bad guy, or a good guy? He keeps going back and forth. And will Daniel (Miksa) ever truly forgive Hatake for taking him from his family? Sutton may be gone, but she did tell Klein that the next wave would be coming soon to clean up Hatake’s mess. Hatake has regained control of the base, but for how long? And what lengths will Ilaria go to in securing both the base and the virus that they want? Why did the Vectors take Peter’s body? And how does Hatake control them? Hopefully these questions will soon get answers. To the show’s credit, they do make things tantalizing enough to make us want to return next week.
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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