“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” was rife with romantic melodrama, but finally revealed what’s in the box.
This recap of Pandora (The CW) Season 1, Episode 11, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Pandora Episode 11 was an unusually character-focused episode of the CW’s soapy teen sci-fi series, which, given how annoying most of these characters are, isn’t necessarily a good thing. But I respected “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” more than I typically would because I really felt as though it was trying to say something meaningful about these people and the world(s) they inhabit, even if, as ever, it was mostly saying them in the form of cloying romantic melodrama and awfully-written conspiracy.
But there were some highlights, which we’ll get to. The big event in Pandora Episode 11 is the Armistice Day Ball, a formal anniversary of the end of the Zatarian war — functionally, though, it’s prom night. So the chief concern is who’s taking who; Pilar (Banita Sandhu) is inundated with offers, Ralen (Ben Radcliffe) is determined to ask Jax (Priscilla Quintana) even though his wife, Matta (Amy McPherson), is still on campus and is determined to make her political union with him work, and Xander (Oliver Dench) is so determined to take Jax that he’s willing to quit his job working for Professor Osborn (Noah Huntley) when he’s told they can’t fraternize.
Most of this is tedious, but “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” manages to use this event both as a catalyst for Ralen deciding his time on Earth as a Zatarian infiltrator sent to spy on Pandora is over with, and for Atria Nine (Raechelle Banno) to decide to return to her homeworld and run for the position of Seeker. This latter strand is the better of the two; Atria’s only other experience with formal events is when she and her fellow clones were presented, naked, to potential buyers, so she’s nursing a deep-seated trauma that I actually think was quite convincingly put across. Ralen’s status as a double-agent should have landed with a lot more impact, and I can’t help but feel that having the whole matter be brought to light by his heretofore unmentioned wife dampened the revelation a bit.
Lost in space, Thomas (Martin Bobb-Semple) wakes up in the captivity of a returning Tierney (Tina Casciani), who reveals herself as the head of an Amazon-style all-female crime syndicate populated exclusively by sexy women; it takes Thomas all of five minutes to determine he enjoys this lifestyle, spending most of Pandora Episode 11 doing a smug ladies’ man routine while privately determining to find his father and goodness me, this guy seems scientifically designed to make me hate him.
But the big revelation of “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” is what’s inside Pandora’s Box. Thanks to Ralen, Jax and Xander are finally able to find out. And it’s… dun, dun, dun… another Jax. Whatever could it mean? And could it have anything to do with the young version of Harlan Fried (Luke Fetherston) that Regan (Tehmina Sunny) finds herself confronted with? Either way, I hope we only have to endure one version of Thomas.