Intergalactic season 1, episode 2 recap – here I was thinking it might improve

May 6, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV
1.5

Summary

More of the same thinly-written cliche claptrap proves that the low bar set by the abysmal first episode might be the best things get.

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1.5

Summary

More of the same thinly-written cliche claptrap proves that the low bar set by the abysmal first episode might be the best things get.

This recap of Intergalactic season 1, episode 2 contains spoilers.


Considering how much of a fuss was made about Ash piloting the Hemlock in the dreadful premiere episode, Intergalactic episode 2 makes you wonder what all the fuss was about when the prison ship crash-lands on a vague sci-fi planet that only really earns that distinction in its makeup and costuming. Given that everyone hops off the ship and starts wandering around as if they’ve always been there, little about this place feels otherworldly in the way a better show about alien planets and cultures might make it.

Ash, having seemingly forgotten about any small matters of mass murder that might have occurred in the premiere’s climax, goes off on a solo jaunt in Intergalactic episode 2 that introduces her to Echo (Oliver Coopersmith), a standard scoundrel archetype with whom she enjoys a bit of flirty patter. As it turns out, Ash is as good at sneaking around and stealing from regular folk as she is at causing many, many deaths, so she’s able to call home to Rebecca and alert the Commonworld about what’s happening. More on this shortly.

In the meantime, Tula (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), Genevieve (Diany Samba-Bandza), and Candy (Eleanor Tomlinson) head into town for a business transaction with a local criminal bigwig type; the contraband in Candy’s innards sufficing in exchange for coordinates to Arcadia, some kind of nebulous, elusive destination that everyone seems particularly interested in. It’s all a con, predictably, and so Candy ends up in shock and bleeding out for basically no reason at all. Trying to humanize these characters after they’ve needlessly butchered a load of innocent people is a tough sell, even for me, but that seems to be the direction things are heading in.

Anyway, the Commonworld. As it turns out, the traitorous Wendell is a member of the ARC, some kind of terrorist organization – by the definition of the Commonworld government, anyway – who also count the enigmatic Emma Greaves among their members. That gives Ash her next mission, which is to apprehend this so-called enemy of the state, a former scientist with an obvious long game, and who makes a call from the top of a radio tower in Intergalactic season 1, episode 2 to persons as yet unknown.

Emma is easily the most interesting character in the show, despite having done nothing thus far, which is pretty telling. By the end of the episode she has confessed to knowing the way to Arcadia, and with Echo now capable of flying the ship, she and Ash are very much kept apart from the others. They probably have an ally in Drew, but for how long? He’s rapidly learning how much of his life has been a con job, and there’s a chance that this mob will make him feel valued for the first time. It’s hardly a compelling question to keep viewers engaged, but then again Intergalactic as a whole is pretty light on those.

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