“It’s Not Enough to Have Lived” delivers some surprising but perhaps harmful plot turns in an odd, confounding installment.
This recap of V-Wars Season 1, Episode 6, “It’s Not Enough to Have Lived”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
V-Wars Episode 6 opens with tried-and-true narrative trickery: A dream. And not a pleasant one. But the real world doesn’t look much better in “It’s Not Enough to Have Lived” since Dez (Kyle Breitkopf) is deteriorating and Mike (Adrian Holmes) is becoming much more comfortable as the leader of a vampire gang. It’s not a good combination, really.
Tension is building and suspicions are mounting now. Bobby (Greg Bryk) thinks Jimmy (Michael Greyeyes) is a Blood, for instance, and General May (Jonathan Higgins) has a problem with Luther (Ian Somerhalder) despite how necessary the good doctor is in dealing with the vampire crisis. But things aren’t all bad. Mike and Dani (Kimberly-Sue Murray) get closer and share a romantic smooch, for instance.
But some things really are that bad in V-Wars Episode 6. The Jimmy and Bobby situation reaches a surprising conclusion when Bobby attempts to hoodwink the Fed and ends up taking a bullet in the face for his trouble. It’s an unexpected development that I’m not sure entirely works, but you can’t fault its shock factor. And then there’s the matter of Dez, inevitably going to turn at some point, who is able to be spirited away. Oh, and Jergen (Teddy Moynihan) gets killed while Kaylee (Jacky Lai) leaves him alone.
But what’s of particular note in “It’s Not Enough to Have Lived” is the true allegiance of Calix (Peter Outerbridge), who seems to be playing several sides. He presents as an ally to Luther, someone who recognizes his importance, willing to take him out of the facility and drop him off in the middle of nowhere. But he also sets another man on Luther’s trail. What’s his motive? The bluff might, like Bobby’s death, have been a surprise, but what is it going to amount to? There aren’t too many episodes left in which to find out.