A bonkers last-minute development threatens to completely upend an already average season in “The Attack”, a damagingly bizarre penultimate episode.
This recap of The Stranded Season 1, Episode 6, “The Attack”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Time becomes complicated in The Stranded Episode 6 – a week and a day seem to pass by just the same, promising a temporal mystery to unravel. Arisa (Chaleeda Gilbert) perceived her seven-day disappearance as a much briefer one, and the past and the present collide for Nahm (Chanya McClory) in disconcerting flashes.
And then there’s the character drama. Ice (Kittisak Patomburana) and Ying (Ticha Wongthipkanont) attempt to reconcile while May (Chayanit Chansangavej) finds out that she’s pregnant – a fact she tries and fails to keep from Anan (Chutawut Phatrakampol). That presents all kinds of problems, from the parentage to the number of available seats on the boat, not to mention the lingering guilt. Given how much time has apparently passed between episodes, there is almost no chance of the baby being Kraam’s (Papangkorn Lerkchaleampote), which apparently doesn’t occur to May.
Regardless, plot developments threaten to overwhelm all this stuff anyway. The Stranded Episode 6 reveals a cave system – discovered deep in the jungle by Arisa and her new companions – that leads back in time to before the tsunami and then back into the present, purple glows and ominous sound effects included. It’s a fine if recognisable device, and leads to the reveal that Professor Lin (Sinjai Plengpanich) is deep inside, meaning the version sneaking around with the students is an imposter. Whether it would stand much examination or not, it’s a decent enough twist.
Elsewhere in “The Attack” things get sillier. Nahm has more bad trips. May admits to Anan that he isn’t the only potential father of her baby, which sends him crackers. He drags her to the shore and binds her to the boat’s mast, deciding he’s just going to get off. A brawl erupts as a result, which isn’t that weird all things considered, but then the water glows orange and flaming meteors start blasting out of the sea and smashing up the beach. There are surprising developments, and then there are developments that make precisely no sense for no good reason, and this is one of those.
I’m sure the finale will make an effort to explain these things, but I struggle mightily to imagine how almost anything that happened in The Stranded Season 1, Episode 6 could be sensibly resolved. I do like surprises, though, so I guess we’ll see.