A couple of twists in “The Junkie Run of the Predator Gene” leave lots of unanswered questions that it seems unlikely the finale will be able to address.
This recap of V-Wars Season 1, Episode 9, “The Junkie Run of the Predator Gene”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
In the penultimate episode of the season, Luther (Ian Somerhalder), after some deliberation, decides to speak up about the gross malpractices of the DNS, their constant lies and ulterior motives regarding the research into the virus, and their throwing of people with a disease into internment camps. It causes a real ruckus in the courtroom, with various Senators demanding he be silenced and his mic be cut off, despite them demanding his testimony moments before. But it makes for a cool cold open in “The Junkie Run of the Predator Gene”, especially since Mike (Adrian Holmes) and Ava (Sydney Meyer) watch on. But that’s a problem in itself in V-Wars Episode 9, since while Mike considers this a win, Ava considers it an opportunity to strike.
Dez (Kyle Breitkopf) and Amelie (Sarah Abbott) continue to investigate various oddities that lead them to dead rats in the basement, killed by something or other, later suggested to be Amelie herself. Michael and Dani (Kimberly-Sue Murray) carry out a bit of business and a bit of a boogie at a masquerade party.
Since they have been separated for a while now, it’s nice to see Luther and Michael meet up again in V-Wars Episode 9. They converse and argue and eventually agree, and we’re reminded that on some level this show is supposed to be about the relationship between these two, which is often neglected and occasionally forgotten about entirely. The burden of Michael’s leadership is becoming increasingly heavy, and it’s clear that peace would be preferable for everyone – except, obviously, those with agendas and ulterior motives, including Calix (Peter Outerbridge), who ends “The Junkie Run of the Predator Gene” undergoing a procedure which will presumably turn him into a vampire.
Since being promoted to one of the true villains of the show, Calix has been a reminder that there isn’t really a proper bad guy here; there are various people with vested interests in different outcomes, but nobody who’s going to really get an audience incensed about what’s going on. That’s a notable omission that I don’t think any number of last-minute developments can offset, and with several unanswered questions still hovering around in time for the finale, I think the likelihood of yet another unsatisfyingly open ending to a Netflix Original Series is on the agenda.