Extant 2×10 Review: Don’t Shoot The Messenger

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I have no idea what the writers of Extant have in store for the second season finale. The stakes keep getting higher every week. The current pace of Extant can be described as plot twists galore, and it’s awesome!

Molly Woods (Halle Berry) died and came back to life, which was expected. You can’t kill off the main lead of the show, especially when it’s played by Halle Berry. I liked how the whole scene about her coming back to the land of living was more or less a metaphor about her shedding her previous life and embracing her hybrid evolution. We didn’t see much of the changes because of the ton of stuff that was already happening, but I hope to learn more about the new Molly in the coming weeks. Does she have more powers than a normal hybrid? I have my fingers crossed that she shows some telekinetic abilities in the near future.

The dream she had about JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) being injured and holding a weird device in her hands makes me think she might have some untapped precognitive abilities. There’s definitely a destiny that Molly needs to fulfill, and I’m looking forward to her journey. Heroes need a direction to go in instead of waiting for things to come find them. They need to be proactive about saving the world, and I think Molly will do her best to track down the person responsible for all the bad stuff that’s been happening.

In the beginning I thought Nicholas Calderon was going to be the bad guy, but by the end of “Don’t Shoot The Messenger” I’m not sure anymore. Extant has a way of making audiences feel confused about the supposed antagonists.

Tobias Shepard (David Morrissey) started out as suspicious at the start of the second season. He ordered a drone strike in an area Molly was in and released a virus knowing it would kill her, too. However, this week he seemed to come to his senses and helped Molly escape with JD, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) and Terra.

The same goes for Julie (Grace Gummer). The writers set her up as a character for the audience to hate, but as the plot progressed she apologized to Molly and decommissioned the Humanich program. It’s not enough for me to forgive her, but at least it is a start.

extant 2x10 2Now the writers are doing the same with Nicholas Calderon. Is he the bad guy or not? Why did John leave a message urging Molly to find him and retrieve an item that looked like the strange thing she was holding in her vision?

The scenes showing the characters bonding were the highlight of the episode. I liked Molly and JD’s sweet scene where he suggested they should vanish and start a new life. They even shared a kiss that officially made me fall in love with Molly and JD as a couple. What is their ship’s name anyway? Jolly?

I also liked the scene where JD taught Ethan how to play poker. I enjoy watching scenes where characters bond and appreciate writers putting them in episodes. It allows the characters to come across as more human and relatable to the audience.

Lucy came back this week as the leader of the Humanichs and she was scary. She killed a human and I was surprised that Madam Secretary wasn’t worried about her decision. Is she not scared the machines will rise against humans? Is she not familiar with the Terminator franchise?

This week’s episode of Extant clearly setup things for Molly’s next mission. Every hero needs a good team for support and I want Molly to team up with JD, Julie and Ethan to face all the threats. Also I hope that Julie ends up being the one who shuts down Lucy for good!

Extant rose in ratings this week. So, hurrah!

What did you think of Extant this week? Do you think Nicholas Calderon is a good guy? Is Tobias really dead? What will happen to Terra? Let us know!

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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