While Maureen leads a mutiny, Hastings visits John to deliver an ultimatum. Penny tries to convince Will that his Robot has changed.While Maureen leads a mutiny, Hastings visits John to deliver an ultimatum. Penny tries to convince Will that his Robot has changed.While Maureen leads a mutiny, Hastings visits John to deliver an ultimatum. Penny tries to convince Will that his Robot has changed.
The Robinson's execute a perfectly planned mutiny to take command of the Resolute. None of them though, have figured with just how villainous Hastings (Douglas Hodge) is prepared to be to regain control of the ship, or how long he's been planning. Meanwhile Will (Maxwell Jenkins) and Penny (Mina Sundwell) discover that Will's control over the Robot is not exactly how he imagined it.
I feel like some aspects of this particular episode drifted into the questionable science area so often visited in the first season. Much of it for me, revolves around exactly how treating the water actually works. I decided to just let that wash over me a bit. Then I didn't quite get how Maureen's jaunt outside the ship actually had the effect it did, I'm assuming its some sort of external manual override for the airlock, but what practical use would that have, other than in this exact scenario?
Still, that's not to say the episode was bad, it was nicely acted. There was lots of shifting allegiances to admire. Smith, who seemed to genuinely enjoy being part of the family again is destroyed when John doesn't believe she tried to contact the bridge, this might be the final chance for redemption lost. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that though the robot has affection for Will - that doesn't extend to humanity in general and the likelihood of the Robot willingly piloting the ship to Alpha Centauri now seems remote. You also have to say that visually, this episode is pretty stunning. The scenes inside the atmosphere of the gas giant are wonderful to look at, if apparently as people have said in the trivia section, not particularly accurate.
I'm slightly concerned that the underwhelming first season, and the fact we haven't heard anything about a renewal from Netflix yet, it might all be over soon. It would be a shame after the course correction done in this run.
- Feb 11, 2020