Thursday, September 10, 2020

What I’m Watching: Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves: Season 1, Episode 5 “Infected Memory” (B)

It might not be a great indicator of how I perceive this show that I value the flashback scenes most, but I think that’s mainly because I’m always interested in how societies changed and are undone by catastrophic events, sometimes more than the post-apocalyptic reality that sets in after the damage happens. There’s also the factor of Mother using a simulator that is specifically designed for humans and therefore might be altering her perception of what she’s seeing, but I think all that means is that she’s able to eject herself from it if, say, she suddenly becomes aware that her child is in danger. Learning that Campion was the name of the hacker who saved and reprogrammed her is enlightening, and perhaps prescient because his namesake would be the only one to survive. She killed the baby that was an android and presumably didn’t kill him when he gave her back her eyes, and seeing all this play out may help her have a more lenient attitude towards the Mithraic search party that’s absolutely ready to take her out to rescue the children in her care. It’s unclear how she is hallucinating just like Father, and I don’t think she’ll be able to realize that his earlier distraction isn’t just a limitation in his processing power but a threat that’s somehow able to influence androids along with humans. With Lucius’ help, Marcus made fast work of the next challenge to his leadership, and now he’s completely in charge. Sue’s concern with not forgetting their real identities seems misplaced since they’re never going to be able to be their true selves unless they plan on killing their Mithraic colleagues after the eventual retrieval of the children. The prisoner who claims that Saul commanded him to be fruitful earned a thought-provoking sentence from Marcus, one that does indeed put him in proximity to more he could hurt but assures his eventual sacrifice should they need to send someone ahead to the android who hates being called a necromancer.

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