This show should have died in development, hereafter ;
There would have been a time for such a wordy recaplet.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from week to week,
To the last syllable of recorded time slots;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to permanent hiatus. Out, out, brief series!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the set
And then begs for a second chance to cover Sleepy Hollow. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
And recapped by same.
What fresh hell did I land in, where I willingly requested a chance to cover this show? Mind you, it took me until 1:30 AM (Eastern) AFTER this episode aired, before I could force myself to watch it. Ugh. Here we go.
Six years ago, Ultra performed mad experiments on mad men, with mad nipples. Oh, that's John. Hey there, John. You're the only thing (well, you and the paycheck) that keep me tuning in. Jed tries to talk John out of doing "this." John pooh-poohs his sentimentality and says the risks are worth it. This experiment will make Ultra's best agent (i.e. John) even better. Science stuff happens. Jed wells up with concern and then...
Wakes with a start in his present-day bed, complete with present-day secret SUPE girlfriend, Morgan. They met on Coney Island, where Morgan was "posing" as a psychic. They're all passionate, intelligent, vulnerable and whatnot. They're a web of contradictions, not to mention an enormous contrivance. Just go sex each other up, so I can finish this recaplet, oh randy ones.
Back at the SUPE lair, John mocks Stephen's alleged intel about his father. John pretty much says what we all were saying when the last episode squirted itself onto our screens. Stephen was dying. His visions are dreams and his dreams are crap.
Cara volunteers to get inside Jed's head and see what's up. Russell backs her, so John then asks Stephen if he too supports Cara's suggestion, just because he wants to bang her (again). Stephen spews about how his dad and the refuge are their goal. I look for a gun, thinking if I can just press it to my temple, I can make the pain go away. Then I remember how no one will let me have a gun. Darn it. I must make this short. Russell and I agree; we're off like a bra on prom night.
Cara and Russell sneak into the sleeping Jed's pad. Cara does some brain probing. Jed wakes. Cara gets away in time. Russell does not. He only manages to teleport out by tapping Jed's bedside alarm thingy. The only problem is, since Russell is entwined with Jed at the time, he brings Jed back with him to the SUPE lair. Alone, this action doesn't reveal the fact that Cara was never actually de-SUPEd, but don't you worry. Jed will learn that before the hour is up.
Jed wants to speak only with John, alone. There's much back and forth. Jed's big question to John is: "What do you think they'd do if they knew the whole truth about you? Would they still consider you their leader -- their savior? We both know how this ends. Even these sewer rats will abandon you." Clearly, John, the sewer rats haven't seen you shirtless.
There's high intrigue with Stephen doing double-time at Ultra, in order to locate the uncle he already knows the SUPEs are holding. Stephen even momentarily subdues Jed's SUPErgirl, Morgan, but then has an attack of conscience, and releases her. Meanwhile, I have an attack of, Whatever, Show.
In the course of the hour, past-Jed seduces past-John into killing past-Roger (i.e. SUPE savior, Stephen's daddy). This still weighs upon John, and he's not above screaming at Jed about it. In the present day, John seemingly unloads his gun into Jed, but it's a fake-out, and I can't figure out why we had to endure it. What's worse is he does so in an Ultra safe house, so John can't escape. Stephen watches as Ultra drags John to their headquarters, and if I'm not mistaken (possible) he tele-learns about John's final moments with Roger.
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 we're trying to teleport out, while drowning, if necessary.
The show is still opening with two recap segments (Stephen's narration about SUPES and Ultra and then the"Previouslies"). Let's skip those shall we and flashback...
SIX YEARS EARLIER, when John wasn't a sewer rat. Instead, he was Ultra's lab rat. The father-son vibe is heavy as Jed encourages his best agent not to serve as a test subject for whatever this malarkey is. The "scientists" and "doctors" lower John's body temperature, hook him up to monitors and inject him with all manner of junk at lethal doses. And then...
Jed wakes in a cold sweat. We're in the present. Jed's SUPE girlfriend, Morgan (Carly Pope) tries to get him to open up. Jed just says there's a lot going on at work, and no he can't tell her about it. Morgan changes the conversation to how they met. She was posing as a psychic on Coney Island. When she read him, she wasn't scared or repulsed. Morgan says she's never met anyone like him. Passionate. Intelligent. Vulnerable. Blah. She says he needs her inside his tangled head. So is she a danger junky or a garden variety sociopath? Anyhow, she tries to get Jed back to bed, but he says it's too risky. We cut to the...
SUPE Lair. Stephen has already told John, Cara and Russell about his "encounter" with his father. When John scoffs at the idea that it could have been real, Stephen tells him he did some digging at Ultra and found some redacted files related to "Thanatos" -- the word Roger used in Stephen's encounter. Stephen says he thinks his dad was in the middle of a big project and that Jed buried all the evidence. Cara volunteers to get into Jed's head. Russell says he can help her break into Jed's well-secured place. "I'm like a one man Ocean's Eleven." John thinks this is way too risky, so of course he turns to the teenager for his opinion. "I assume you're taking her side in this." Stephen knows exactly what John means by this, but ignores it and stays focused. Their whole goal has been to find his father and the refuge. Against John's better judgment, he gives a reluctant okay, "...As long as at the first sign of trouble..." Russell snaps at the bait. "We're off like a bra on prom night."
Stephen, John and TIM monitor Jed's building, bypass the security system and whatever else to allow Russell and Cara entry. Russell has some device that unlocks Jed's door. What I want to know is, how did they know he'd be asleep? How did they know he wouldn't be up watching an old movie or running to the bathroom or adjusting the heat? Whatever. They get in and he is asleep. Cara taps into Jed's mind. She sees flashes of Morgan; Jed with John; Jed shooting someone; Jed and an orderly with a corpse. The flashes turn to an actual flashback scene. Of the corpse, John says, "I guess he wasn't as lucky as me." Jed smiles and asks how he's feeling. John reports feeling well, but he thought he'd feel changed. Jed tells him he will and to rest up for the next phase of his training.