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'Extant' recap: 'You Say You Want an Evolution and The Other'

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Extant

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
2
performer:
Halle Berry, Brad Beyer, Goran Visnjic
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Sci-fi, Drama, Thriller

The two-hour special begins with Molly identifying that her body is producing alien DNA, a result from her pregnancy with Adhu. She sees that there is still human DNA present, but the alien DNA is producing at a rapid pace, explaining all of her side effects and recent “powers”. She knows that in order to reverse this, she needs more of the alien spores, compared with a sample of her bone marrow. JD takes a sample—I can’t say enough about how awesome it is that JD’s character is bringing out the badass in Molly—and Molly heads to the lab to collect the alien spores.

On her way, she stops at Julie’s place to tell Ethan that she loves him, but their inevitable reunion is going to have to go on hold because she’s ill. Ethan doesn’t seem too torn up, but that’s probably because he’s slowly becoming a sociopath due to his memory swipe and messed-up living situation.

Meanwhile, at the GSC, we learn that the hybrids have raised their body temperature to go undetected and blend in more with humans. Lucy explains to the government that she’s found a new way to detect the hybrids, by identifying the delta waves they emit. Humans only emit these waves when they’re sleeping, so when Lucy sees someone emitting these waves awake she knows they’re a hybrid.

This success brings the government to request that 100 more Humanichs like Lucy be produced—and they want them immediately. Anna, of course, is quick to comply, and Lucy happily shares the news with Ethan. They are both thrilled that their “family” is growing. When Anna gives this order to Julie, she stresses how this can’t be done in a short amount of time, but Anna argues that they can simply put Lucy’s program into the 100 Humanichs. This defeats the whole purpose of John’s project though, as it won’t allow the Humanichs to organically have human experiences and interactions. As one can predict, Anna doesn’t give an alien spore about the ethics of the Humanichs project, and Julie is forced to move forward.

Julie starts to have nightmares about her situation with Molly and Ethan, leading me to believe that she might actually feel bad for sucking so much all the time. Julie even confronts Anna about John’s death, saying that 20 minutes after she called Anna about John and his disapproval for the new Humanichs program, John was found dead. Even more mysterious, Anna had previously said to Julie on the phone that she would, “take care of it.” This accusation obviously pisses Anna off and she refuses to encourage Julie’s conspiracy theory. Julie, your hole keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Later on, Julie finds Ethan playing with electronics in the lab, and she tries to have a meaningful conversation with him since things have been so crazy lately. She even offers to give him his memories back. Ethan declines her offer and quickly moves on, clearly not wanting to continue with Julie’s lame attempt to get closer with him. When Ethan meets up with Lucy later, he tells her that he’s making “spider robots” that will record things while he’s in power-down mode. Ethan’s memory loss combined with Lucy’s ongoing manipulation is starting to push Ethan to trust humans less and less, turning him into a possible threat.

An even odder situation arises when Julie and Ethan leave to go home. In the elevator on the way to the parking lot, it appears that Ethan took over the controls and forced the elevator to the top floor, then purposefully dropped it—stopping it only right before it almost crashed into the ground. When Julie panics and asks if he’s alright, Ethan nonchalantly tells her he’s fine and walks to the car. There is nothing creepier than a sociopathic child that gives off Omen-esque Damien vibes.

JD’s storyline wouldn’t be complete without a dash of family drama each week, and in this episode he misses Kelsey’s ultrasound. His excuse is of course that he was saving the world, but his ex-wife (and judge), Dorothy, won’t believe anything he tells her. She tells him that their daughter never wants to see him again, and she even returns her key. With nothing he can do at the moment, JD continues to try and redeem himself by helping Molly save the world from an alien war.

When Molly arrives at the GSC to get her alien-spore sample, she runs into Toby who tells her that her work on the virus has been successful—they now have the ultimate weapon to kill hybrids. Knowing that she herself is becoming a hybrid, Molly rushes to the lab to grab her sample before it’s too late. It’s also worth noting that Lucy’s scans on Molly were inconclusive, making her a questionable target for Humanichs. It’s only a matter of time before Lucy’s program comes up with a way to detect people like Molly that are slowing evolving into hybrids.

Molly is able to copy the data, but she breaches a security protocol and is forced to use her alien-mojo to escape from the GSC. She calls JD, and they escape to an empty warehouse outside of the city where they steal a car and drive around to think of a plan. Molly believes she can telepathically communicate with Adhu somehow and discovers that the “help me” audio that she heard before at the lab is the ticket to communication. Playing the audio over the radio frequency, JD drives them to the highest altitude possible so they can sit and wait.

NEXT: JD and Molly stargaze…

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The two bond while lying under the stars, and Molly tells JD that he isn’t a terrible father and is actually a pretty wonderful guy—making JD fall even more in love with the perfection that is Halle Berry. Molly is even able to tap into his memories, seeing the horrible experiences he had while in Kuwait. Their special moment is interrupted when Molly gets a “feeling” and knows where the hybrids are hiding.

After roaming around the woods all night, JD and Molly stumble across the hybrids’ compound, which is full of not only adults, but kids. They are welcomed peacefully, and Molly asks her son for a sample of his DNA, explaining that she wants to reverse what is happening to her. Offended at first, Adhu refuses. After realizing that she wants this only to be with her other son (Ethan) again, he has some empathy for her and offers up his blood.

Adhu still won’t give up on making Molly believe that becoming a hybrid is a good thing and that they are a peaceful species. He shows her what happened to his species on their previous planet, and she sees that they were almost completely wiped out by a virus. They sent their spores out into space with the hopes of finding a host to survive, and their wish is simply to coexist peacefully. He even calls Molly their leader to one of the other hybrids.

Further proving to Molly that the hybrids are not a threat, Adhu shows them a memorial they made in honor of the humans they killed. He tells her that they had no intention of killing their hosts, and they have evolved so the hosts live after birth. I want to believe him, but this species will do anything to make sure they survive, and that means killing humans if they have to.

Let’s cut to the second portion of the episode, “The Other.” It begins with JD kidnapping Toby in a parking garage and taking him to Molly to discuss a possible meeting between the GSC and the hybrids. Toby is—unsurprisingly—having none of it, and Molly is forced to blackmail him. She tells him that she’ll expose his involvement with the alien situation while she was in space and that he made her lie to congress. She also expresses how the hybrids are a peaceful people, and that their DNA could possibly be a medical miracle. Knowing that they probably didn’t get through to him at all, they take him back to the GSC, giving him 24 hours to convince the rest of the agency.

Toby’s ex-girlfriend is meeting with a woman who survived an alien pregnancy, and it’s revealed that she is starting to have the same side effects as Molly. Scientists at the GSC tell Toby and his ex that the only person with the same anomaly as this woman is Molly, and they now know that Molly is a hybrid—or close to it. Toby orders for the woman to have all of her bone marrow and plasma replaced to see if the hybrid DNA takeover is reversible, even though it will probably kill her. The scientist at first refuses, saying she has rights; Toby’s ex quickly offers the rebuttal that she’s now an enemy of the state.

Meanwhile, at the Humanichs lab, Charlie, Lucy, and Ethan wake up the newly-programmed Humanich soldiers. Lucy names one Lucas and they bond over their shared memories (being that he’s programmed from Lucy). Ethan gets jealous and annoyingly begs to be a part of their bond, further showing his growing loyalty to Lucy and her initiative.

Lucy happens to see an “expiration date” on one of the computer screens and confronts Charlie about it. Charlie apologies that she had to find out the way she did, but says that John programmed Humanichs to have an end-of-life date, just like humans. This was in order for humanichs to grasp the ultimate human experience and—one can assume—to value life. Lucy is pissed, saying that she should be able to choose whether or not she should be terminated. Welcome to life, Lucy!

Things take an even worse turn for Charlie later that evening when he overnight-sits Ethan and Lucy at Julie’s house while she’s out of town in DC. Charlie discovers photos of Julie and John, learning that they had an affair. Sulking and realizing he’ll never be with Julie romantically, he begins drinking. Lucy takes advantage of this situation and tells him that she wants, “the full human experience.” She begins taking their clothes off and kissing him, but Charlie stops her before things go too far. It’s too late to turn back now, though, because Ethan’s spider-camera caught the whole thing, unbeknownst to Charlie. Whoops.

JD takes Molly to his secret war-goodies hideout in the woods, preparing for the worst after their confrontation with Toby. It turns out that was a good move, as later on they find out Toby has declared a red alert 72-hour lockdown and named JD and Molly as enemies of the state. They head back to the hybrid compound and tell Adhu they are pretty much stuck at the compound until the lockdown is over. One of the other “adult” hybrids, named Aris, doesn’t agree with staying at the compound and thinks they should scatter. Ahdu shows his authority over Aris, telling him they are going to trust Molly and JD.

NEXT: Aris continues to push buttons.

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Aris does his alien-mojo to JD while he’s on watch with another hybrid, Helios. Aris sees all of JD’s memories of war and being a bad dad and uses this to argue that they shouldn’t trust him. Molly makes Aris stop, and JD heads to his jeep to cool down. While watching TV in his car, he sees that Toby has resorted to kidnapping his daughter in an effort to drag him out of hiding. Molly knows JD has to try to rescue her and lets him leave—but not without Aris fighting back. Aris believes JD will give up their location, and Molly has to use her alien-mojo to stop him from hurting JD. Molly seems to overpower Aris, even breaking a mirror—which surprised Aris. Is Molly truly meant to be the leader of the hybrids?

Molly and JD share a tearful goodbye, saying how “in another life” they could have been together. I’m glad they didn’t share their first kiss here, because that would have been too cheesy.

Toby goes to visit, “TAALR,” which is an artificial intelligence that stands for, “Threat Assessment Algorithm Research.” He tells this intelligence to find out where the compound might be, and he discovers where the hybrids are most likely hiding. He sends in Lucy and Lucas, with strict orders to get information and not kill anyone. Lucy almost kills Molly, but Lucas stops her. On their way out of the compound they run into Helios, who peacefully asks who and what they are. Lucy knocks him out, and she and Lucas take him back to the GSC.

A lot happened in tonight’s two-hour special—and we’re left with even more questions:

  • Should we trust the aliens?
  • Should Lucy be trusted? Did she know she and Charlie were being recorded while kissing? She seemed to threaten him before she left for the hybrid compound, too.
  • Will Lucas and the other Humanichs develop the same feelings towards humans as Lucy, since their intelligence is from the same program?
  • Are the aliens really wanting peace? This is a long shot, but what if the humans are forced to partner with the hybrids to fight the war against Humanichs? There are 100 of them now with a baseline program that feels threatened by humans.
  • Toby’s ex-girlfriend is now moving to DC—will this cause Toby to lose his humanity in this “war”?

Favorite quotes:

“Julie, grow up. This isn’t a product launch, it’s a war.” —Anna

“I saw you do a DNA test with two paper clips and a bottle of iodine.” —JD

“I can’t plug ‘somewhere’ into a GPS.” —JD

“I’m hearing a lot of voices too, and they’re telling me to put that tarp back on that car.” —JD

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