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Extant recap: Change Scenario

The alien show’s sophomore season gets a boost in the form of Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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

Following an intriguing yet rocky first season, Extant returned with Molly six months ahead of where we left her last summer: confined in a “resting facility” (read: psych ward). Season 2 poses two threats, one being the government and their initiative to turn Humanichs into weapons, and—of course—aliens. Let’s dive into this revamped season…

Molly’s worst night ever. The opening scene shows Molly (with a fierce new hairdo and ombre, I might add) receiving treatment in a resting facility. She is a different Molly than season 1—she’s edgy, jaded, and has lost her innocence. She’s tougher, and it’s noticeable that she’s been through the ringer. In a flashback six months prior, we see Molly testifying in a federal court about the last Seraphim trip (the ship she was on for 13 months). As a refresher, she blew up the ship in an effort to prevent alien life from coming to Earth. She lies in front of the jury, telling them there’s no way alien life is on the planet. Right, because your supernatural mind-bending alien-son couldn’t have survived the explosion from last season’s finale. This, of course, was a second explosion catapulted by her Humanich son, Ethan, in a government facility on Earth. Ethan saved Molly’s life by risking his to override the escape pod’s system so she could fly home before the Seraphim exploded.

Still in a six-month flashback, we’re introduced to a friend of hers, Tobias “Toby” Shepard. Bonus about this character: He’s the Governor from The Walking Dead. Yes, he looks weird without an eye patch. Toby seems to have a tight relationship with Molly and John and also seemed to have some sort of romantic feels for Molly. It is Halle Berry after all—can you blame the guy? Thinking she can put the past behind her, Molly flies home early and surprises John at the lab, where he and Julie are repairing Ethan’s body. Apparently, Ethan was able to back his mind up to the cloud before he blew up the lab. When Molly arrives, John and Julie are doing some sort of sensual palm reading, giving Molly home wrecker vibes. Molly quickly gets distracted when John tells her that Ethan is ready to be put into his upgraded body. Ethan wakes up, hugs Molly, and Julie storms out of the room. Uh, oh. This is where it gets crazy.

Molly waits for John to fall asleep and grabs a bottle of red, Olivia Pope-style, and heads to check out security cameras. She finds footage of John and Julie having an affair, and John tries to defend himself. Even his season 2 scruff couldn’t save him. This was the beginning of the character development we needed for Molly. She was too safe and too much of a victim last season; she needed some depth.

Immediately after the reveal of the affair, national security arrives at their home and declares that Ethan is now property of the government. Apparently his little stunt last season of breaching national security firewalls and blowing up a government building raised some concerns about Humanichs. Toby can’t help them get Ethan back, so John decides to take matters into his own hands. He visits the lab and discovers he is no longer allowed access. Julie tells him that she is the one who told the government that their Humanichs project could be used for building defense weapons, and this way her and John can still, “live their life together.” This is where I started to have Ali Larter Obsessed flashbacks. Is she insane?

John brushes her neurotic fantasy aside and heads to figure out another plan. After calling Molly twice and her declining his calls, John gets trapped inside his car. His car mysteriously parks on train tracks, leaving John unable to get out. John ends up getting hit by a train and killed. I smell a murder conspiracy!

Queue Molly’s breakdown. Following Ethan’s robot-abduction and John’s death, Molly had several drunk and disorderlies, burned down her house, and attacked Julie with a shovel when she showed up at the funeral. This was so awesome that I thought it deserved its own section. The bold move of making Molly fierce, semi-crazy, and the only hope for humanity was a Hail Mary for Extant writers—and it’s working.

Julie, we don’t like you. Julie is now head of the newly revamped Humanichs divison, in charge of shifting and leading the organization from developing artificially intelligent robots with humanistic qualities into terminators. Grand idea—because that always works! Charlie (the cutie in glasses) is still there, and he still has a major crush on Julie. Julie, however, is too busy harboring Ethan at her home, building her fantasy family sans John. Ethan doesn’t like living with Julie and wants to go home, and we’re left not knowing if he knows John has died or that his mother is being held captive in a psych facility.

NEXT: Bring on Jeffrey Dean Morgan