Thursday, September 24, 2020

What I’m Watching: Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves: Season 1, Episode 8 “Mass” (C+)

This episode opening with brutal, disturbing scene, one which I now see was symbolic of how Marcus feels that he’s coming apart and losing his sense of self. He and Sue have diverged completely on their perspectives, and hearing him pray before setting fire to the church indicates both that he’s become a true believer of sorts and a man determined to do everything possible to preserve his power. That includes locking his wife in a tower in full view of all of his loyal supporters, crying out to Saul that she has lost her faith. Fortunately, Paul is a good egg, and he was already making sure to give Campion fungus before he realized just how poorly his father was treating his mother. It was interesting to see how Campion kept himself focused by reciting jokes one after another, and I liked his sarcastic response to Paul’s suggestion that he start digging. Father really has been reprogrammed, communicating in Morse code “Saul is the answer” and then trying to kill Campion when he found him out in the snow. The biggest revelation came to a startled and unhappy Mother that she is intended to give birth, with Campion and all the other babies merely practice for the ultimate mission to create a future for humanity. That could at least be worthwhile as a new direction for this show, especially if Sue, then Lucius and maybe even Marcus become aware of it, and I’m hopeful that the final two episodes of this season.

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