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Extant recap: Don't Shoot The Messenger

Molly sheds her past, Toby finally joins the right team, and we get the kiss we’ve been waiting for.

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Halle Berry, Brad Beyer, Goran Visnjic
Sci-fi, Drama, Thriller

Another week, another win for Extant. I truly hope this show doesn’t get canceled. The writers have done a remarkable job reviving this show from the lackluster season 1. Either that, or my obsession with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character is clouding any criticism I have for the show.

This week brought more action and, unfortunately, more deaths. We also saw the return of Ares, back to corrupt Terra once again. Let’s dive right into the dirty details and break down “Don’t Shoot The Messenger.”

The episode starts back in Molly’s carnival sequence, this time with her dressed in her regular garb, holding a gun in one hand and a mysterious pendant-looking object in the other. A vision of JD walks toward her, bleeding from the stomach. It’s presumed Molly has “shot” JD, a metaphor displaying that this is now her new fear, seeing that in the last episode she came to terms with what haunted her during her human life.

Molly wakes up and is still old and decrepit. She begins to shed her old skin and hair, crawling out the shell that was her past life. She’s trapped inside of the room (remember, her hybrid-mojo won’t work in there,) but Ethan has come back to get her and opens the door. They embrace and are greeted by JD, who is equally as happy to see that Molly is alive and no longer sick with the virus.

They rush to escape the facility and come across the vault where Terra is planning her suicide mission. Molly’s mojo is able to see what she is doing behind the vault doors, and she enters to try and stop her. Toby is in there with Terra, and Molly is able to convince Terra that she and Toby are only wanting to promote peace between the hybrids and humans. Terra finally puts down the trigger, and Toby tells them both to escape with JD and Ethan through the secret evacuation tunnels. Toby snags JD’s handcuffs before they head out and pretends that he has been cuffed inside, a cover for their escape.

Meanwhile, Julie is looking for Ethan. She sees Lucy on one of the screens and fearfully hides when she enters the facility. Not knowing how Lucy was able to be rebooted, Julie continues to escape and look for Ethan. Lucy’s reboot seems to have the same attitude problem, as she swiftly breaks the neck of scientist Nate Malone when he refuses to let her through the door.

Lucy finds Toby, uncuffs him, and he instructs her to look somewhere other than the evacuation tunnels. She goes against his order, saying someone higher up overrules him. A bomb then goes off, killing several people.

Fortunately Molly and Co. have escaped by the time the bomb goes off and are safely in a bunker provided by one of JD’s friends. The bunker is cloaked in ferrofluid, preventing anyone at the GSC from finding them. An old TV in the bunker shows them that the bombing at the facility has been dubbed as a terrorist attack linked to JD and Molly, further worsening their situation. Even though the bunker has enough food for months, they know they can’t stay there forever.

Toby has headed back to the GSC and is greeted by the Madame Secretary, Fiona Stanton. He tells her that Molly is dead, but she wants to see her body as proof. She’s also convinced there is a mole, and she wants Toby to provide her a list of names of those who knew about the evacuation tunnels. Gulp.

Even more concerning, Fiona is fine with Lucy killing scientist Nate Malone. She called the situation, “regrettable,” but necessary and tells Lucy to bring her Molly—dead or alive. I liked Fiona’s character at first, but her tunnel vision on the hybrids versus Humanichs issue is starting to annoy me. Yes, some of the hybrids are a threat, but Fiona is starting to toss away innocent lives like it’s nothing, and that’s exactly what Lucy wants. I was hoping to see Fiona mic drop a hard shutdown on Lucy at some point, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Julie escapes the facility unharmed and rushes to Toby’s office to see if Ethan’s alright. Toby assures her that Ethan wasn’t among those who died in the bombing, and Julie shares the details about Lucy, her reboot, and Anna’s (possible) mysterious part in John’s death. Toby plays it cool to start, saying he’ll privately investigate into everything and find Ethan. When Julie leaves, he hurries to research with the new information.

NEXT: Things heat up between JD and Molly.