“The Doodad” falls into The Peripheral’s usual traps. The story is needlessly complex, and most of the characters seem to have swallowed a dictionary in this installment, talking in riddles once again. Fortunately, that exciting ending will keep viewers interested for another week.
We recap the Prime Video series The Peripheral season 1, episode 7, “The Doodad,” which contains spoilers.
The Peripheral has a habit of overcomplicating the narrative with futuristic technology, complex jargon, and enough time paradoxes to leave a theoretical physicist scratching their head. This reaches its convoluted peak in “The Doodad,” where the characters discuss alternate realities and neural adjustment mechanisms in casual conversation. In contrast to this futuristic wizardry, the characters in the 2032 timeline are just as confused as us, referring to the magical weaponry as thingamabobs and doodads.
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Deputy Sheriff Tommy Constantine is the one who refers to the sonic gun as a doodad, as he searches for this evidence down at the station. Poor Tommy is seen as a crazy person by his fellow colleagues now when talking about invisible cars and these unusual weapons. But Tommy suspects foul play and hunts out the disappearing evidence without any assistance. Down at the yard, he finds the impounded car and the missing guns. He accidentally fires off the sonic gun, just before the Sheriff calls him up. He may be on paid leave, but Tommy is needed at Corbell’s pad.
Meanwhile, Ella Fisher’s vision goes again, and one of Burton’s guards, Reece, escorts her to the local doctors. Assassin Bob follows them there, hoping to force the Fisher siblings out into the open with a hostage situation. He violently stabs and chokes Reece to death, taking Ella and doctor Dee Dee as prisoners. The hired hitman has his reasons for killing Flynne and Burton, but the mother tries to talk him around anyway.
Tommy heads to Corbell’s mansion, where he discovers the untouched crime scene. He finds Corbell’s wife dead, surrounded by shattered glass, and the bloody footprints from Bob, leaving the building. Tommy then spots the Sheriff and Corbell in a heated debate by the pool, clearly in some sort of collusion together. Sheriff Jackman tells his side of the story, but Tommy doesn’t believe a word he says. Sensing corruption, Tommy considers arresting the criminals on the spot, but Jackman talks him out of it, informing the Deputy of the very real consequences of these foolish actions. No one would believe Tommy, and he may lose his job in the process. They offer him a promotion instead. Tommy leaves without making a final decision, angered by the injustice of it all.
Over in the future timeline, Inspector Lowbeer is updated on all of Flynne’s misadventures. She asks to take the three peripherals aside to interrogate them in private. Lowbeer takes them to a Met Police training facility, called the Zoo. Here Burton and Conner are thrown into a training exercise, whilst Lowbeer questions Flynne further. Burton and Conner are given a chance to test out their new bodies, taking on Koids (robots) in this safe, but exciting environment. Robot Beatrice leads this mission, as they work their way up the levels, taking on more and more robots with each completed floor.
Alone with Flynne, Lowbeer discusses the Aunties (there’s that jargon again), which are the Met’s data sorting algorithms. These Aunties have discovered that the stub (Flynne’s timeline) was actually opened at least a decade earlier than everyone had previously assumed. In Lowbeer’s past, Conner didn’t lose his limbs. The haptic technology wasn’t invented yet, Conner and Burton fought in a different war as common soldiers, but Burton died. Flynne married Tommy and had two children. In Flynne’s current timeline, it would seem the apocalyptic Jackpot is occurring at an accelerated rate, which the Research Institute is to blame for.
Lowbeer starts to ask Flynne some personal questions and then Flynne flips the conversation and interrogates the Inspector instead. Burton and Conner fight their way to the rooftop, where Beatrice battles them both at once, killing each soldier with ease. Lowbeer terminates the conversation with Flynne too when asked a tricky question. All three of the peripherals wake in their timeline. Burton notices a message from Reece, their mother is unwell. They all immediately head over to the doctors.
Beatrice is impressed with Burton and Conner’s fighting skills, but her discussion with Lowbeer is interrupted before they explain their reasons for the exercise. Cherise is here to pay the Inspector a visit. Cherise explains how there was a data breach at her company. Aelita and Burton broke in and stole some important data, which she calls a neural adjustment mechanism, the technology to manipulate an individual’s emotions. She implores that this would be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. Then, Cherise asks Lowbeer to destroy Lev and Flynne’s families in both the current timeline and the Stub, to eradicate them all completely from history. This would in turn stop anyone from spreading or using the technology. Lowbeer is shocked by the proposal but doesn’t exactly say no to the villain. Is she actually considering this as a viable option?
The Peripheral season 1, episode 7 ending
While Lev’s future hangs in the balance, his assistants Ossian and Ash are stealing from him. Lev reveals that he can understand their secret language though, and he knows all about their plans to con him. He threatens Ossian with a knife and asks Ash to reveal her plan in full. Ash explains how Aelita was planning to download stolen files from the Research Institute and place them into Burton’s haptic implants, where they would be untraceable in the other timeline. But Aelita was unaware that Flynne was piloting the peripheral at the time. The headset translated the data into bacterial DNA instead, which is now consuming Flynne’s brain. Ash wanted to sell the data and destroy the world in the process. Lev is intrigued by this proposition and spares the traitors for now.
Back in sunny America, Burton senses a trap and stakes out the building before rushing in to save his mother. Using their heat signature technology, they notice that there are three figures inside the doctors and acknowledge that Reece is clearly dead. Leon synchs up with Reece’s body and causes the corpse to twitch. This forces Bob to investigate, and Burton shoots the assassin from a safe distance. They head in, and Burton finishes the job, executing Bob.
At the end of The Peripheral season 1, episode 7, Tommy returns to Corbell’s mansion. He talks of a new story and shoots Sheriff Jackman with Bob’s weapon. Corbell is shocked by Tommy’s actions and tries to calm the shooter down before he comes to a similar fate. Corbell states that Tommy doesn’t have enough bullets to finish him off though. Corbell dives for Jackman’s weapon, and Tommy fires the doodad instead, knocking Corbell flying. But is the criminal actually dead?
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