Extant - Born Again
Did I suspect the Katie that was cavorting with Sean Glass aboard the Seraphim was not the real thing?
Especially after sideways glances such as those pictured above. Very suspicious looks.
But was this Katie a projection/spirit or some sort of alternate reality version? (On the "previously seen on Extant" lead in, we had Gordon Kern refer to an alternate reality again. This may be telling or just a red herring.) Or was this Katie version 1.0 and if so, where was her Offspring?
Thanks to the shocking ending I think we now know this if the Offspring of Katie. Obviously beacuse we saw the corpse of Katie and the fact that projections can only be seen by the first person.
Right John? It was a little funny to watch John whisper sweet nothings to his imaginary wife. Good thing his robot son was around to snap him out of his reverie. And, of course everyone at the ISEA was able to see Katie 2.0.
Why do I think that it's "Okay" to see Katie 2.0 as the Offspring of original recipe Katie?
Because of this...
The point of egress from Katie's Abdomen.
It made me think of the point of egress from Molly's abdomen. Neither birth was of the vaginal type and in retrospect it looks as though Yasumoto did Molly a favor. If these Offspring are a hybrid of the the Space Spores and a human being it may be they can only be born like some sort of fungi bursting forth and spreading it's seed. A close call for Molly.
So why do we see the Offspring of Molly with the glow eyes? Is it because that's they way he chooses to be seen? Perhaps the Katie offspring chose to hide her glow eyes in order to keep up the subterfuge.
I made the prediction back in my blog post "A Stacked Deck" that we were headed towards an invasion. With the Space Spores growing like fungi on the outside of the Seraphim and the station on a collision course with the Earth's atmosphere it looks as though that is the way Earth will be seeded.
Poor Alan Sparks thinks this is a good thing. Everyone will get a living avatar of a dead loved one. I think rather we'll all be hosts and our bodies will let loose the hybrid offspring of these space invaders. Too bad, I was hoping they would be a benevolent species. Molly's offspring seems to be ok but we still don't know what he exactly wants. (As Kern often warns her.)
Yes, I'm still a little suspicious of Molly's offspring. Why did Ethan choose to break the glass and scare off the Offspring? I don't think it was to break the "illusion" of something that wasn't there such as what he did with his father. Ethan is a lot smarter now and I think he knows there is a threat.
The Offspring boy also said he did what "they wanted," you know the things "Before the Blood."
How they are going to wrap all this up in one episode is beyond me. There is talk of Molly going back up to the Seraphim to change its trajectory. Can they fit all that in one episode and bring us to a satisfying conclusion?
Maybe I'm a little like Ethan because I sense a cliffhanger.
This show has been taking its lumps in the media and there has been no talk of renewal. I've got a feeling we're going to be left hanging and the show will come to a close. I've seen it before and I won't like it but what can we do?
(A fan campaign sending mushrooms to CBS? Yuck.)
Odds and Ends
See the wall hanging behind Ethan? It is not only evocative of galaxies and space but it also suggests the swirls of the Space Spores as they enter the space stations. I should have seen that before! There is also that little spaceman floating within. Is that Ethan and he is only thing that is standing between us and the invaders? Or is it Molly and her venture into space to stop the invasion?
Death Star Alert!
Has everyone seen the tweet picture of JJ Abrams teaser from the Apple I-phone 6 announcement? In the background of his post-it note we get the familiar Death Star architecture. A clue perhaps that Star Wars 7 will see a Death Star?
Do we see similar architecture in Extant? We do!
In fact we've seen it several times. A salute to Star Wars or are we to see the Seraphim as a Death Star of sorts? Why not? It would be cool!
We even get an image behind Sean Glass' head similar to the image of the Death Star coming around Endor before it comes in range of zapping the rebel moon. Work with me people!
We get the phrenology picture in Sam's office again.
Juxtapose that we the image of Charlie wearing the "Doofus cap" for Ethan. It's all suggestive of the theme of what it going on inside the character's heads. What is imaginary and what is real. Sam also says to Molly, "Who am I to say what is real?" Also cool.
I haven't spoken too much on Odin and his subplot. Once again that would be a lot to cover in one finale episode which also makes me think we're headed for a cliff hanger. Kudos to Julie for bringing Ethan back from the dark side. (Star Wars reference!)
"If you can love something then you can be loved." Good on you Julie. To think I've disparaged you in the past. Now I have a feeling she'll be a victim of Ethan's bomb. Not to worry it'll only blow off her legs. She can get another pair.
One episode to go! Can they tie it all up or will they give us a "Death Star" of a cliff hanger and cancel the show?
I can sense the disturbance in the force now.