Granted, this is just my theory on what retains an audience! Anyway, let's get into the recap/discussion!
Okay, I was sorta brief last week, I'm going to try and slim it down even more this week (I swear I tried!). Here were the story lines:
Reunion/Stalker dude with attack Dogs
Miles promised to return in 2 weeks, and he did with Charlie and Norah. Aaron and Maggie were waiting. Hugs went all around. They continued their trek to get Danny. But, they got sidetracked when they ran into some attack dogs. Aaron got bit, and complained about maybe getting rabis. They ran into "Nate is not my real Name" again. Charlie saved him from Miles's wrath saying he may have information they need. So, he becomes a captive. It turns out the attack dogs belong to some guy that has set up camp at an amusement park. He comes back for another attack. In this encounter Maggie gets stabbed in the leg (and one of her arteries got opened). Miles and Norah try to create a diversion, but the guy kidnaps Charlie instead. Miles and "Nate" go after Charlie while Aaron attempts to perform surgery on Maggie's artery. Stalker dude is a lonely guy who lost his daughter after the blackout. He starts making some creepy moves on Charlie, but she wants to part of it. He sets up the booby trap of all booby traps. I haven't seen strings and levers this complicated since Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Anyway, it's all rigged to a crossbow pointing right at Charlie. If anyone opens the door, she's got one coming to her head.
Charlie and Nate face off against Stalker dude and they put an end to his life. They go after Charlie, and fortunately (or unfortunately depending what you think of her acting skills) she was smart enough to pry the chair loose a bit from where it was stationed. When Miles opens the door, she was able to dodge the arrow. Whew.
Everyone returned to the diner where Maggie was, but it looks like it was too late for her. She was bleeding out and no surgery was going to fix that. She and Charlie made some amends before the end. Charlie talked about how Maggie was always there for her. Maggie talked about how Charlie saved her (more on that in a bit). Maggie asked for her iPhone so that she could think of her kids in her final moments. She flashes to reading the Wizard of Oz to her children and then it was over. RIP Maggie, sorry that we theorized you were up to some secret shenanigans!
"Storm's Coming" - More than just a Metaphor
Apparently, Danny can predict the weather due to the air shifting. He warned Tom that things were about to get crazy. They were about an hour's walk from the Militia camp/base. But Tom heeded Danny's warning. Danny once again was able to pull free of his bindings at a barn and try to escape while a tornado was starting to brew. No fear, Tom leaped out of nowhere to take him down. They got into a storm cellar before it was too late. The tornado ended up going away before causing damage, allowing Tom one moment to have a big dramatic "Hallelujah!" and then get slammed with a collapsed storm shelter.
|Did they teach you to predict the weather at a box company!?|
He is able to talk Danny into saving him, saying it would be murder if he left him there. "What would your Daddy think?" Danny saved him and then got recaptured. Tom talked of how important Danny was. Nice job there Danny Boy!
Monroe and Rachel had a few scenes that just reminded us that the "power" discussion was still around. It also acted as a way to get us to a key flashback moment. Basically, Monroe repeatedly asked Rachel about the power. Why did Ben have certain clearance while he was just a simple Algebra teacher. Why did he call Miles 5 minutes before the blackout to warn him about it? How do they get the power back? Rachel provided no answers. So Monroe switched his tactic and asked how it felt to abandon her children? What kind of emotionless mother is she? What is he talking about? Ahh next section.
- Maggie - It turns out Maggie was in Seattle when the blackout happened. She was video chatting with her kids and she would not read them the Wizard of Oz. It looked like she was going out on a date or something. And then she'd have to live with the regret that she could not give her kids the time of day and that it was the last time she'd ever see them. She trekked the country trying to find a way back to England. She must have been somewhere on the East Coast (having walked from Seattle) when she asked a man of how to do it. He said she'd be just as likely to get to the moon. There were no boats. She told Miles in the present day that she searched for her kids for years and eventually gave up assuming they were dead. She was going to poison herself when Ben found her and took her in. Ben, Charlie and Danny became a family for her and essentially saved her life. She mainly gave credit to Charlie for being there for her. This discussion was key to convincing Miles to stay. He was planning to leave and Charlie overheard him. But Maggie told Miles to give her a chance. (By the way, with Maggie having flashbacks and giving all of this important wisdom to Miles - people had to know she was going to die, right???)
- Charlie/Rachel - We saw a scene from both of their perspectives. It was Rachel saying goodbye to the kids and Ben. She said she was going out for supplies and would be back in 2 months. Charlie could not process this and did not want to see her mother go. Rachel repeated that she had to be there for Ben and to protect Danny. Then, we see from Rachel's perspective that it broker her heart to leave. But, that's not the kicker. She turned herself in to the Militia! And who's idea was this? MILES!! The only thing she asked it return was that she wanted Miles to promise she'd see her kids again. Oh boy. And Miles is bringing Charlie to Danny and the militia right now!
- Aaron and Maggie both agreed to keep the "Power Pendant" a secret for now. The less everyone knows, the better. Of course, it goes without saying that only Aaron knows this secret now. Well, at least based on what we know. There's a chance that Miles knows of these pendants, but I'm going to guess he doesn't.
- So, Miles wanted Rachel captured. Why? For the same reason Monroe is interrogating her? And, is Miles still working for the militia? I'm sure they want us to think that could be an upcoming twist. Miles is with Charlie, Danny is with the militia and he is bringing her right to them. The whole "I'm leaving" schtick could be exactly that, an act. I, personally, don't think so. But it's worth discussing I guess. We just need more pieces of the puzzle. We need to know why and when Miles left the militia. He said last week to Charlie that he doesn't care. This week, there was a dude chasing down Charlie. Miles stopped it all and told the guy his name. He looked pretty darn scared. Charlie questioned Miles about it and Miles wouldn't talk. So, they're obviously trying to paint a big question mark on Miles and his motivations. We'll see where it goes!
- Nate is another ambiguous character. He seems to have conflicting feelings towards this crew and mainly Charlie. Of course, he and Miles may have been in cahoots this whole time. We'll see on this one too.
- Tom seems to have taken a bit of an admiration towards Danny. Each week, he also seems to be telling Danny more of his motivations for being with the militia. He does it for his children. He wants to keep them safe. He talked about how awful it was those days after the blackout. I still get that vibe that he's trying to recruit Danny. He also told Danny how important he is. Sure, it may just be to get Rachel to spill the beans, but maybe there's more to it.