If you’re like me, then after the last few episodes you’re probably thinking, “Jeez, is this stuff with Blink and John and the implanted memory ever actually going to go to anywhere??” Based on tonight’s episode, I can now say that the most up-to-date answer is: Kind of? Maybe? We’ll see!
Basically, after teleporting away in a huff last week in response to John and Dreamer lying to her about the fake memory, Blink hasn’t gotten very far. She’s mostly just walking around empty apartments, burning her hands on soup. That’s where John finds her, with the help of his handy-dandy tracking abilities. After learning that Blink set off to find out why her portal storm earlier in the season kept opening to a random country road, John decides to help her with her quest of self-discovery — both because she’s too vulnerable to Sentinel when she’s out on her own, and because maybe (just maybe) he’s starting to feel some feelings for her.
Speaking of feelings and the people who feel them, Lauren Strucker’s romance with the illusion-making Wes seems to be blossoming — which is her dad’s cue to come in and screw everything up for her. Looking through the hard drives he and Marcos lifted from the government last week, Reed discovers police records showing that Wes used to employ his mutant powers for criminal ends. Like any teenager, Lauren doesn’t react well to this information and insists there must be some explanation. Indeed there is! As Wes says, after his powers made him an outcast in the world, he had to do what he could to survive.
In that way, he’s not too different from Marcos — who, unfortunately, is not around to compare experiences with Wes, because he’s busy repaying the debt to his cartel-leading ex-girlfriend that he struck when he had no other options. Doesn’t that sound familiar? It’s almost like being oppressed and ostracized by the public requires people to make tough sacrifices in order to survive. But Reed’s still stuck in prosecutor mode — that’s right, even after being almost sent to a literal black site prison, he still believes that institutions like lawyers and police are always in the right. He still has a lot of learning to do; as Caitlin tearfully tells him, they were blind to so much in their old lives as comfortable suburbanites.
They still are. Reed’s doxxing inspires Wes to come clean with the Underground leaders about his past. They’re forgiving, but he’s still being assigned elsewhere, to a different base. At least Lauren manages to give him a passionate kiss before he leaves. (Recap continues on page 2)