“Have You Heard?” finds Emma reeling from her recent experiences, while the kids try to determine what to believe.
This recap of Chosen season 1, episode 3, “Have You Heard?”, contains spoilers.
Whoever Hans’s attacker is, he’s — as predicted — not entirely human. His blood is black. His helmet feeds tubes directly inside his body. After stealing an outfit to blend in, he stops for coffee, and you can see him trying to suss out and emulate the behavior he sees; he only asks for coffee in the first place because he’s repeating it, he starts mimicking someone tapping their foot to the radio, and when the waitress, who admittedly barely seems like an intelligent lifeform herself, asks if he’d like anything else, he smilingly responds, “Anything else.” At least he’s making an effort.
Chosen season 1, episode 3 recap
Emma is struggling to deal with everything she saw at Hans’s place, and it only makes matters worse that her story is too weird for even her new friends to believe. Not receiving any support from them, she goes to the police and tells them about Hans’s multicolored blood, his invisible attacker, and his secret basement, which has now been nicely decorated, as she finds out when she accompanies one of the officers there. With a fake voicemail announcing that Hans has gone on leave and no evidence to corroborate what Emma is saying, she herself begins to believe that she imagined everything. Marie, however, convinces her otherwise. Emma suggests going to see Susan.
Armed with the ring that Susan threw at Hans, recovered by Frederik, Emma goes to see Susan but can’t get anything out of her except that Hans left her. Meanwhile, Frederik and Mads look into Astraeus. The latter is fuming about Emma stealing all the conspiratorial glory when she didn’t even believe in aliens a few days ago, and he’s offended that Frederik is willing to believe her after months of being skeptical about Mads’s own research. But you know how hormones are. Mads needs something concrete to go on, and he thinks they’re likely to find that by investigating Astraeus, which he believes is trying to acquire alien technology for profit since they only show up where weird events are reported. He also thinks there might be a secret room at their compound, which is just as well since, while I neglected to mention this in the previous recap, Emma got a job there cleaning the toilets.
But another lead presents itself in the meantime — a van parked outside Hans’s place, which they track to a motel. Frederik dips into the reception computer and pulls the IDs of the guests, which include Jens Jenssen, who doesn’t have a picture next to his name. Then he dips into Emma, who is continuing to try and find herself by sleeping with everyone in her general vicinity. You can feel the teen-drama elements coming to the fore here — even when Marie and Elvis go back to Hans’s place, they mostly just discuss their home and family lives. It’s always good to round out characters, of course, but in this show, the sci-fi mystery is so much more interesting.
But at least some progress is made. Emma and Frederik discover that the van’s driver wasn’t the guy from the basement, but Elvis and Marie discover some of the fungus — what I was calling a sponge — from Hans’s place, which is seemingly extraterrestrial and doesn’t pop up on any of Elvis’s botanical apps. The others take this as proof that they’ve proved their alien theory, but Emma doesn’t see it that way — it’s validation that everything she saw was real, and that terrifies her more than believing she might have imagined it all.
As if to confirm her fears, Emma is promptly whisked away by the basement attacker who asks her what she knows about “the organism”. The organism is, apparently, trying to take over the planet like they took over this guy’s planet. Here’s here to stop them. His name is Lukas. Emma doesn’t tell him anything because she doesn’t know anything, but she also neglects to mention the blue orb that Hans stuffed in the back of her neck, which at home she pulls free and looks at in horror. Whatever it is, it connects her to the organism, who’re connected to each other. As she holds the orb in her palm, we see all those who belong to the organism, including some familiar faces, look up in unison, as though they’re seeing her for the very first time.