I don't suppose my telling you that I fell asleep on the couch is what you're here for, but it's just about as grabbing as "Limbo." Interesting episode title, that. Are they trying to give the audience a clue as to where we are or is that just where we'll end up? Didn't the last pope hand-wave limbo anyhow?
The Breakout of the Week (BOW) isn't a breakout, but a solitary SUPE of the Week (SOW) who keeps both Ultra and The Tomorrow People (TTP) off his trail, because he works for the Sewer Department or something. Oh, and he's a rapist. He uses his powers to overcome women, then brings them down to the sewers, savages them and brings them back home -- with wet hair -- sewer wet. Thanks for making me think about that, Show. Although TTP gets a bit of a jump, SOW pings Ultra's radar close enough to the same time. Just. Like. Every. Week.
Meanwhile, Stephen has been using his powers to show off in gym class. The basketball team is down a couple of players, so the coach conscripts Stephen into service. Stephen volunteers to throw the pre-game party, as well. It's soon out of control. Astrid finds Stephen making out with some cheerleader and embarrasses him. Some best friend. Of course Astrid is in love with him and Stephen overhears her thinking that fact, which pisses off Astrid. Astrid's always pissing me off, so I don't care.
In fact, I don't care about any of this. Do you? If you do, please tweet at me, and tell me why you do -- and why I should. I mean, I guess it's a good thing that Cara comes clean with John about her dalliance with Stephen. And it doesn't suck to watch John whoop Stephen's ass. I approve of Uncle Jed's punishment of Stephen (for using TK in basketball). He slaps a power muting bracelet on the boy, but that just opens a whole new can of worms. Why doesn't Ultra slap those bracelets on all the BOWs right away and then try to indoctrinate them? Wouldn't that be more effective than either giving them an anti-SUPE injection or trying to entice still empowered breakout SUPES over to Team Ultra?
Also, why is everyone so mad at Stephen for having a party? I get why his mother is mad. It's a pity we never see her and instead only get her angry note. If one of my uncles had caught me post-party, they certainly would have let me use my powers to clean up, before my poor mother arrived home to a big mess. Some of them would have told on me and some of them would have covered for me (most would have covered, I think) but they wouldn't have acted personally offended. And Astrid -- is she not 17? I get it. She's jealous. But she was also angry about the party, even before she found Stephen making out with Boopsy. And she wasn't just angry that she wasn't invited. She was angry that her BFF was partying. This is the same BFF she's been trying to encourage to be more social -- in part by bringing him to parties.
The only important thing that happens in "Limbo" is that Stephen drowns. Don't get too excited. It's only temporary and it's only important because while he's out, he makes some sort of contact with his father. The best thing happens in "Limbo," happens after John performs CPR on Stephen; he tells Cara now they've both made out with the kid.
Cara continues to be unlikable. Stephen continues to be uninteresting. Russell continues to be underused. Irene continues to be unusual in that stilted TV way. And me? I continue to be unimpressed, except by John, because his hotness continues to prove unstoppable.
I'll be back tomorrow with the full weecap. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page, and then come on over to the show thread where the six of us who remain are asking the show, "How Low Can You Go?"
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We open at night. Well no, we actually open with the narration that opens every show in which Stephen tells us about the three Ts, and evil Ultra. And then we have the typical montage of "previouslies." Then finally, we open at night. Sheesh, Show. I know you're new and still trying to establish yourself, but I've already lost my patience. Fair warning: that does not bode well for you for the rest of this weecap.
Night. A campus security guard escorts a few young women out of a building. He tells the Victim of the Week (VOW) that he'll get the other women to the subway, then he'll escort her to her car. VOW points out that her car is just a block over. The guard tells her she doesn't want to be walking alone with "this lunatic" still on the loose. She pretends to acquiesce, but as soon as the guard and the other students walk away, VOW heads off toward her car. And you know what? The car isn't even a block over. It's across the street and down a little. It's in full view of where she and the others were standing. She could have said, "See that lone car, over there? That's mine. If you can just stay here and watch until I get in it, I'll be good." Were she to do so, then she wouldn't get abducted and raped by the creepy, whistling, teleporting psychopathic rogue SUPE, and we'd have no story. Not to victim blame (because all fault goes to the show), but see what a big difference a sentence or two would have made in her life, not to mention ours?
The soon-to-be-rapist is too old to be a breakout of the week (BOW), so we'll call him a free range SUPE of the week (SOW). He pops up in front of VOW, then behind her, then in front of her, whistling each time he teleports to a new location. VOW fumbles with her keys but can't get into the car, before he gets to her and tells her not to run, because that would make him angry. She shoots some pepper spray at him, but he holds up a TKing hand and pushes the spray back into VOW's eyes. "There, see what you did? Now, I'm upset." You're upset? You don't have to watch this, SOW. Is he wearing a police officer's uniform? What's that patch on his arm?
The next day we wake in a lovely hotel room. While he's still lying in bed and basking in the afterglow of last week's huge plotting and characterization misstep, Stephen telepathically says hello to Cara, who is showering off the evidence of her night of what is not legally statutory rape in New York, but rather moral ickitude, not to mention nonsense, since she seems to be getting some on the regular from the molten John.