Helix: Review of the episode “Level X”- The rabbit hole goes further down

helixWARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE WILL FOLLOW.

Turns out Level R isn’t the lowest level in the base, as we find out in the aptly named episode “Level X”. Alan learns that level holds a “virus vault”, a secure room that houses the original strains of Narvik-A and Narvik-B, in addition to many other viruses (“They have more strains here than we do at the CDC,” Julia tells Alan). Naturally, the plan is to go down there, destroy all of the samples so Ilaria can’t return with their army and take the virus for themselves, and hopefully get out alive. In their way- all of the Vectors from Level R. Who now apparently have a leader in Peter, who was awakened by a cup of goo filled by Vectors spitting into said cup (not one of the more pleasant scenes in the series that has had its share of unpleasant scenes). Of course, things don’t go as planned.

The episode began with what appeared to be at first Sarah doing something dumb again. But she was only acting as bait so a helix3Vector could be captured and studied on how to neutralize them. Following the Vector’s capture was the discovery of Level X, which Hatake didn’t want to talk about but Daniel gave him no choice. The scene showing all of the Vectors moving through Level X was nicely creepy, as they were drawn to Peter’s body. Peter being their leader explains why the Vectors took his body, and you have to wonder if Hatake knew that. Along the way, Julia makes a couple of discoveries and Hatake confirms to her what we learned last week. It was a nicely done scene when Hatake turns around and shows Julia his silver eyes. “You have your father’s eyes,” he tells her. The may have been the ultimate shock, but it wasn’t the only one in store for Julia. She learned that the house in Montana was a lie, as the rooms of the cabin she remembered were in fact at the base.

We also find out who Julia’s mother was. Her name was Jane, but little Julia called her Jaye. Yep, that woman Julia hallucinated earlier in the series was her mom. Julia doesn’t take the news well, and even Hatake had a bit of an emotional moment after he revealed his relationship with Julia. We’ll have to see where things go from here.

Sarah’s tumor got the best ofhelix2 her. As her and Hatake were implementing part of Alan’s plan to infiltrate Level X by shutting the boilers down to immobilize the Vectors, Sarah began babbling about not being able to lead a fulfilling life. It all seemed a little silly, and it’s hard to really care about Sarah. She eventually collapsed and Hatake discovered the tumor on her back. Turns out Alan knew, but didn’t want to know, as he felt he needed her along on the mission more than he needed her to be healthy. Which seemed a little out of character for a guy who seems like he needs to do the right thing all of the time. There was an amusing moment when a delirious Sarah asked Alan to sleep with her again right in front of Julia. Julia brushes it off since the pair was divorced, but Alan seemed a bit flustered by it coming out in the open like that. Now we’ll just see if Sarah gets nursed back to health and coherency, or if she’ll be allowed to die.

Elsewhere, Balleseros learns from Klein a squad was sent by Sutton to go after Anana and kill her as well as wipe out her village. Balleseros decides he can’t let that happen, and for this episode he and Daniel get to play hero along with Anana, killing the Ilaria squad and saving the village. Daniel gets a nice little reunion with his brother and they talk Hot Wheels, like brothers would. Balleseros warns more will be coming from Ilaria, that things aren’t over yet.

Hatake had warned of the same thing, that Ilaria would return to the base with an army in order to get the virus. Alan and Julia couldn’t find the original strain of the Narvik virus in the vault on Level X, making Alan wonder if either someone got to it first or if it wasn’t placed into the vault at all. As things would have it, Dr. Adrian has the Narvik-A strain. But why does he have it? Is he operating under Hatake’s orders? Or is he yet another mole for Ilaria?

Once again, the show gives us a reason to return next week. This was another solid episode, despite Sarah’s rather silly babblings, and had its action moments as well as its creepy horror moments. Some answers were given, but more were raised. But the show is doing a nice job of making me want to come back and see just how far down the rabbit hole goes.

 

8/10

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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