The mysteries continue to pile up in “Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow”, and the tension remains high in an intriguing chapter.
This recap of Emergence Season 1, Episode 2, “Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Emergence Season 1, Episode 2 delivered all the mystery you might expect when you have a telekinetic girl living in the attic. Piper (Alexa Swinton) is cute, but when she gets scared she blows all the lights and sends the hungry, hungry hippos frantic. She can’t remember who she is or where she came from, and if she can she’s not likely to share it. And she might have crashed a plane.
That’s a lot, for a little girl.
It’s also a lot for Jo (Allison Tolman) in “Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow” since she’s the one keeping Piper — I’m sure against a whole slew of regulations — in her home. Jo’s father Ed (Clancy Brown) likes the kid and can keep an eye on her during the day, and eager young copper Chris (Robert Bailey Jr.) has festooned the house with state-of-the-art home surveillance equipment, but even that isn’t enough to keep intruders out. In Emergence Episode 2, the body-melting satchel-carrying clean-up guy was able to stroll right in. Luckily Piper had already excavated her tracker and flushed it down the sink — but it was a close enough call that Jo’s ex-husband, Alex (Donald Faison), saw fit to move back in. He’s on the couch for now. But for how long?
That’s the least of the mysteries. What is the relevance of magnetism, aside from apparently being a good hook for a fun action sequence? What’s with the airband radio from the plane and its weird phantom frequencies? What does that metal card thing do? What is it, for that matter?
Questions, questions. “Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow” presented a lot, and wasn’t forthcoming with answers; as things should be, really. But at least Emergence Season 1, Episode 2 managed to differentiate the show even further from its influences. This isn’t very much like Lost at all, despite the promise of Terry O’Quinn cropping up as a regular character in what is almost stunt-casting at this point. It’s its own thing, occupying a weird space on current network television that it capably fills with its measured revealing of information and consistently high doses of tension. But the biggest question of all remains: Will people stick with it?
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.