I doubt â€œDensho,â€ the title of this weekâ€™s Helix, was referring only to Hatake passing on his legacy via the katana to Julia. As Sarah lay bleeding and gasping about her baby and Peter and Alan continued to feel the aftershocks of their troubled childhood, that Juliaâ€™s last resort when confronted with her imminent death was to sing Hatakeâ€™s song was just the final scene of an episode that really delved into what it meant to pass something on to the next generation.
And while Hatakeâ€™s dreamy break with reality got played up more for the twisted humour of the showâ€”through an amazing, revert-to-childhood fishing tripâ€”it also showed how Hatake was still trying to sort out his ties to his children: one of his flesh, as the series put it, and the one heâ€™d raised and who died for a sister he didnâ€™t even like. Considering everything about Hatake in Season 1 revolved around revealing himself to Julia and making her immortal, itâ€™s fitting that his final preoccupation was whether or not what heâ€™d passed on was actually as lucky as he thought it was. And that despite thisâ€”and the troubled times the father and daughter alluded to while sparring in the woodsâ€”Hatakeâ€™s last breaths were spent getting himself back to the table so he, Jane and Daniel could be together forever.
That same paternal discord could be felt between Peter and Alan as they struggled to work together despite years of mistrust. Except this time around, Alanâ€™s only playing the trusting brother to Peterâ€™s lies, knowing full well that it wasnâ€™t a random blow to the head that brought him to that field. Although I doubt even this new, killer Alan could have expected Balleseros to be the person on the other end of that phone exchange.
As Hatake weighed his legacyâ€”and then passed it onto Juliaâ€”it doesnâ€™t entirely feel like a coincidence that Balleseros is involved with the island too. It’s another community whereÂ parental ties are dissolved at a young age and smacks of Hatakeâ€™s own kidnappings. Is Balleseros still on the hunt for Ananaâ€™s orphans, or is he back in Ilariaâ€™s pocket? Either way, heâ€™s looking less like the organization’sÂ Doberman and more like a man in chargeâ€”though who between he and Peter is the least trustworthy one is still a hard call. But for all the answers that were dished out tonight, the pull the island has for immortals remains a mystery.
One thing that is starting to come together are Michaelâ€™s â€œgirls,â€ as mother, daughter and grandmother faced a grilling over Sorenâ€™s fate. Michael seems to be just as in the dark as the CDC when it comes to the generations of women who have clearly been involved in protecting him and the island. If nothing else, it dropped a couple of hints about what Michaelâ€™s actual secret might beâ€”and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s the one Kyle was alluding to when the doting cult leader stopped by to check on his bruises.
Still, whatever legacy the women are passing on, itâ€™s growing more corrupt with each generation as Amy took matters into her own hands last week, leaving Anne and Agnes to try to reign her in this week. Despite appearances, Anne seems to be weakest of the threeâ€”making me slightly nervous about Michaelâ€™s habit of resting his hands tightly around her throat. But while sheâ€™s still trying to maintain the isolation of their colony in a way thatâ€™s putting her at odds with Michael, I suspect she just might be the only one in that family thatâ€™s still playing by the same rules he is. Whatever Amy is trying to accomplish with Landryâ€™s help seems darker than anything her mother could dream of cooking up.
For a man who clearly canâ€™t handle losing a smidge of power, Michael seems oblivious to the fact that heâ€™s already lostÂ control of the situation. And Iâ€™ve got a feeling that while Michael and the CDC play their little games with each other the real danger was standing right beneath him in that hall, awaiting her own legacy.
- Between Michael’s comments about grafting and humans and Mischa’s remark about her pregnancy, does anyone else suspect the cult of practicing eugenics?
- Do Sarah and Kyle know Peter has a working phone? Because when your vectors go murder-y on each other being able to call for backup might be a good option to have.
- The fact that Jordan Hayes is only listed as a guest star might make it a bit of a giveaway, but Sarah’s behaviour this season has me thinking she’s not going to immortal her way out of this one.
- Again, that fishing montage was the series’ sick humour at its best. They need to find a way to keep Meegwun Fairbrother around again (like putting Tulok with Balleseros).
Helix airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Showcase.