Helix 2×5 Review: Oubliette
In this week’s episode of Helix, we actually opened with a bombshell: Kyle was hired onto the CDC team to collect intel on Alan to place him under arrest for the destruction of Arctic Biosystems and bombing of Ilaria in Paris. It appears that Kyle is working for Ilaria! Speaking of the company of immortals, Peter comes clean to Michael about his relationship with Jerome (Alan), and Michael is not happy about the secret. In retaliation, Michael throws the brothers into a stone pit (an oubliette) together to hash out their differences. This did not end well.
Back to Kyle, he is clearly the smartest one of the team by not only suggesting that they quarantine the orchard (common sense), but also trying to stay far away from the crazy (in particular, Amy). The fight scene between Kyle and the followers choreographed to high-intensity disco music was over-the-top in true Helix fashion. And speaking of Amy, the weird relationship that she has with Landry is super uncomfortable to watch, and I am not sure how some of these scenes get past the censors. I really could do with never having to see any of those again.
In the future, Caleb saves Julia from death, and we get a little more insight into how being an immortal in the Helix universe works. According to Julia, she doesn’t age, she heals faster, but she can’t re-grow her finger; she’s not Wolverine! Trauma can obviously cause death to an immortal. Caleb fixes Julia’s wounds and they talk for a while about their daddy issues. Julia says that she wasn’t sure if Hiroshi survived the fight, so his fate is still in question. Later, while Julia is resting, Caleb steals the katana and wanders off. He obviously knows the importance of the relic, even if we still have no idea.
There were even more bombshells that went off in “Oubliette.” We learned that Agnes, Anne, and Amy are all Michael’s daughters (in addition to those whose portraits are on the wall), and that he is an immortal. Whatever the followers are trying to achieve on the island has been 500 years in the making. Oh, and they also know that Sarah is an immortal, too (and apparently the baby is as well, because it somehow survived the stabbing). And Michael kills Agnes for finding out and knowing too much.
I am still unsure about what is happening, but I am really enjoying the slow burn of crazy. The musical interludes that have become a staple in each episode are just insanely fun. I cannot wait until next week when we find out more about Ilaria’s hand in everything. And hopefully we will see more Sergio, because he was once again absent from this episode.
Erin has reviewed many shows over the years including Orphan Black, iZombie, Penny Dreadful, and Killing Eve. She has a keen eye for on-screen chemistry, and loves to tackle the subject of casting. She is also our horror aficionado. She live tweets shows, and loves to share her feelings. Erin has a BA in History, and likes to analyze the lore behind historical fiction. She attends San Diego Comic Con every year and has also attended C2E2 and WonderCon.
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