by Billie Doux
Definitely a mother love theme going on in this one. After the Blackout, Maggie practically moved heaven and earth to return to her children, and couldn't. Rachel left her children to give herself up to the Militia, and Miles. (We don't know why, but I think they were hinting that it was to keep her family safe.)
The Maggie flashbacks certainly did their job, because they added dimension and poignancy to her character before she was fatally injured. She walked *from Seattle to Buffalo* and up and down the east coast, trying her damnedest to find a way to her kids in England, and I'm a mom, I totally get it. "Getting to England is like trying to get to the Moon." Poor Maggie. She was about to poison herself (she was big with the poison, wasn't she?) when Ben and his kids happened along and needed her as a substitute mom. It was like a cosmic joke that Maggie, the doctor, couldn't fix herself. Meatball surgery by Aaron in an abandoned restaurant with angry dogs barking outside wasn't enough to save her.
Charlie has abandonment issues, and I understand why. At least Maggie's death got Miles to finally man up (or "uncle up") and accept his responsibilities toward Charlie. I'm glad, because the way Miles was treating Charlie has been so incredibly irritating. I also liked that Miles made a snap decision to free Nate to help him rescue Charlie, and it immediately paid off for him. Not that I thought the booby trap would kill Charlie. Although killing off Charlie instead of Maggie would certainly have shaken up the series.
This was a good episode for Charlie. I'm still not warming for her, but I liked how she dealt with Amusement Park Dog Guy. She was smart to keep him talking, asking about his daughter, and smart to start rocking that chair since it was her only chance to escape that booby trap.
Now that we know why Monroe wants Danny -- to torture in order to get Rachel to talk -- Danny's importance as a quest object has definitely increased. It's too bad that Danny was too human to let Neville get crushed to death in that storm cellar. But then again, Danny is no match for Neville. Although, if Neville has anything resembling a conscience, he might be reluctant now to see Danny tortured. Here's hoping.
Bits and pieces:
-- Shades of Lost. The title of the episode is the title of a novel by Richard Adams, and the plot has some interesting resonance.
-- Rachel is working on a notebook that she's keeping concealed. Is she maybe sketching Militia holdings? Secreting plans for an Acme brand catapult to break herself out?
-- Before the Blackout, Ben was an algebra teacher working for the Department of Defense. We didn't know that, did we?
-- Aaron used to be a dog person. He had an expensive dog named Zoe that wore sweaters.
-- Amusement Park Dog guy had a daughter named Lilah who died of tetanus, something that probably wouldn't have killed her before the Blackout. Like Maggie's injury.
-- This week's coolest set was the amusement park covered with greenery, even though they've done that one before. No more amusements for the post-Blackout population.
-- This week's anachronism: Billy Burke (Miles) was absolutely and no mistake wearing contacts. Watch those close-ups, people.
-- Charlie: "What stories does that guy know about you? He looked like he was about to wet himself."
Each episode has gotten just a little bit better, and this was the best so far. I even cried a little when Maggie died. Two and a half out of four copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,