The Outpost season 4, episode 2 recap – “A Throne of Our Own” under new leadership

July 23, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

“A Throne of Our Own” makes some big changes to the status quo already, continuing the fourth season’s intriguing start.

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3.5

Summary

“A Throne of Our Own” makes some big changes to the status quo already, continuing the fourth season’s intriguing start.

This recap of The Outpost season 4, episode 2, “A Throne of Our Own”, contains spoilers.


Last week’s premiere of The Outpost’s fourth season wasn’t shy about making some major changes to the status quo, and “A Throne of Our Own” continues along those lines by developing some key ongoing storylines, killing off a major character, trying to kill off another, and introducing several long-term problems for our heroes to solve in increasingly hostile circumstances. That leaves a lot to unpack, so let’s get on with doing so.

First up, Janzo is going to be a father, and now he knows it. Predictably, he doesn’t keep the news quiet, and even though I historically don’t care for his character I thought he did a good job of selling his elation here, and his relationship with Wren is sweet. Where the show is going with this angle is anyone’s guess – will Wren being pregnant and Janzo grappling with his forthcoming responsibilities as a father form one of the season’s overarching narratives, or will the child itself become important in some specific way? Hard to tell right now, but with Falista having closed down the Nightshade Inn, Janzo better figure out another revenue stream pronto.

Yes, Falista. She’s still ruling as of The Outpost season 4, episode 2, now with a newly resurrected Tobin by her side, but her husband is quick to deduce that it’s really Two and Three pulling the strings, and Falista is playing right into their hands. “A Throne of Our Own” is playing a dangerous game with Falista’s character, but thus far getting away with it. She isn’t annoying despite her falling victim to obvious manipulation since she’s obviously earnest in her love for Tobin. She listens to him when he refuses to execute Garrett, and her close-call with the Dragman’s sister rightly terrifies her, which is a justifiable reason to hand some power over to the Three. It’s a pretty big move to have Tobin kill off Three this early in the season, but the fact he manages to pass his kinj onto Tobin is bound to have consequences. Now he and Falista are both among The Three, which you’d think would be an advantage, but there’s no way Three would have graciously passed his teleportation power along out of the good of his heart. He had an ulterior motive, and we’ll see what that was in coming episodes.

Amongst all this, there’s potentially an even bigger issue, which is that the Blackbloods have lost control of the Lu-Qiri, who have all gone missing, and a devilish-looking horned figure is communing with both Talon and Zed in visions that seem to be linked to the random, violent behavior of the demons. It stands to reason that this is one of the Old Gods, but what’s their game? Why are they referring to Talon as the betrayer? What relevance do they have to the Lu-Qiri? There are many more questions here than answers, obviously, but we’re still early in the season, so that’s to be expected. Either way, The Outpost season 4, episode 2 continues to build a compelling framework for this latest outing, with some surprisingly bold storytelling keeping things interesting. And to say I used to hate this show!

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