Episode 6 brings a dark-twisted story on giving birth following near-future and new IVF treatment.
This recap of Amazon Original series Solos season 1, episode 6, “Nera,” contains spoilers.
The sixth episode definitely takes a darker, Black Mirror-like turn which is welcome as we nearly get to the end of this anthology series.
Episode 6 opens with a weather warning playing on the radio — lockdowns are implemented. The fireplace is burning nicely, and we see the lead character Nera (played by Nicole Beharie) for the first time laid on the couch — she’s heavily pregnant. On the table next to her, there are loads of fertility treatments. She’s struggling with morning sickness, with burps coming up.
Going into labor
Nera hears something outside and locks the door. She starts singing Celine Dion in her kitchen, but the record keeps repeating the same line — she turns off the music player. When she opens the fridge, we see medication for BetterBaby — it’s IVF treatment. Suddenly, Nera is getting bad contractions, and she calls the doctor from BetterBaby. She tells him she’s going to labor, and he tells her that isn’t possible and must be a fault with the programming. Due to the bad weather, the connection is severed. Nera rings 911, but they cannot hear her.
They grow up so quick
Episode 6 then takes an unusual turn — whatever treatment Nera was receiving, it’s certainly not worked as intended.
Fluids spill from Nera, so she gets into different positions to start her birth. She delivers her own baby and quickly focuses on looking after her child, and cuts off the umbilical cord. She nestles her newborn baby in the pram to sleep and then swigs some water. When she checks her baby again, he’s not in the pram. When she enters the living room, her baby Jacob is now a child running around giddy. Nera calms down and gives her baby a jumper to keep him warm. Jacob bites her and runs off. The doctor tells Nera she’s experienced a malfunction and she needs to be careful — he suggests she needs to kill the child.
When she sees Jacob again, he’s a young boy and wielding a knife in the kitchen. He tells her he’s done nothing wrong apart from being born. Nera tells him to give her the knife, but he tells her he needs it for protection. Nera explains to her son that she’s scared and asks for the knife again. As Nera receives more voicemails from her doctor, Jacob threatens her with a knife and tells her he’s hungry.
While making Jacob food, Nera tells Jacob a story about a little girl who wanted to find a family, but she’s always alone. Jacob grows up even more, and Nera manages to sneakily grab the knife and put it behind her back as she continues the story — she explains that this girl who aged into a woman finally had a baby, but it didn’t come out as she thought.
The police turn up and ask Nera if she’s okay. However, when she looks into the kitchen, Jacob is now an older teenager. Jacob asks about the ending of the story, but Nera tells Jacob that the woman’s child was “perfect”. In the end, she accepted who her son was and decided to stay with him until he ultimately dies of old age.
Solos season 1, episode 6 brings a dark-twisted story on giving birth following near-future and new IVF treatment.