The episode picks up right where we left off last week with the outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever. Once again the episode also manages to tell the viewer something about past events and cultural relations while also revealing some new facets of the characters.
The misperceptions between the races was an interesting facet of this episode. While the “typhoid Mary” scenario felt a bit cliché, it still worked. While the Irathients really do seem to be the more primitive and animalistic of the races, they were praying for the other races before the miners got violent. The humans seem to tolerate the other races but remain ready to become hostile primarily out of fear. I can hardly imagine the Castithans praying for any of the other races. Of course, so far, the only real Castithans that we’ve met have been the Tarrs.
While Nolan and Connor Lang (Gale Harold) rush to pick up the cure, Lang tells Nolan about his relationship with Amanda (Julie Benz). Nolan is surprised to learn that Amanda ended the relationship after getting pregnant and aborting the baby without even telling Lang. I was really sorry to lose Harold at the end of the episode. I enjoyed his performance and his chemistry with Benz. Benz’s performance of Amanda’s loss was particularly good. I’m hoping that we will see that the Amanda who would walk away from a relationship, I’m assuming because she didn’t want to bring a child up in such a hostile world, is also the type of woman who would know exactly what Nicky is really up to. I suppose another possible scenario could be that because Amanda essentially brought Kenya (Mia Kirshner) up, she didn’t want to have another child to tie her down...
In the end, this wasn’t my favorite episode so far even though it did raise a number of interesting issues. What did you think of the episode? Do you think Amanda will be able to retain her position as mayor? Were you sad to see Connor Lang and most of the Irathients killed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.