Synopsis: As animal rights activists ransack a laboratory, they get more than they bargained for when one of the caged “animals” unleashes a ferocious appetite. Leaving grotesquely mutilated dead bodies in its wake, the scientific engineered beast – with the body of a lion, claws of an eagle, fangs of a viper, skin of a rhinoceros and tail of a serpent – attacks Charlie. With Charlie’s life on the line, Walter must come face-to-face with both his past and the beast.
Below the jump I share my new observations and perspectives, and take a quick look at the unresolved and closed mysteries from “Unleashed”.
New Observations & Perspectives
1.) I Hate to say this but the episode was even more hammy than I remembered! Many of the character actions felt way too forced and contrived, and once again with this episode, I failed to buy into the world of the show.
2.) Rachel and Peter shared a joke about the name of a song they were trying to remember. How lovely for them. The song was called “Escape” – I wonder if that’s the attraction there..escapism? Heavens! Are they kindred spirits??
3.) Peter calls mixing a bunch of different species together “unnatural”. I wonder what he thinks of beings from parallel realities inter-mingling? It’s interesting how we separate natural from the unnatural - after all, how do we define right from wrong, when even 10 years ago some of the things generally frowned at are now commonly accepted norms in society. Is it about ethics..evolution? Is this our journey, to progress as a species, but not in spite of our humanity?
4.) Dr. Swift places humans on a rung above animals – suggesting that it’s better for an animal to undergoing testing on our behalf. Hmm..where do we fall in this perceived hierarchy in a world filled with other worlds? The alternate reality angle kinda distorts the food chain somewhat.
5.) Sewers or no sewers, I can’t see how the monster was not sighted more often. I mean, it wasn’t exactly shy when taking out the activists at the beginning of the episode.
6.) I did like the moment at the end when the fearless Olivia turned on her night light – the irony of her bedtime story with Ella the night before surely not lost on her. She had been brave and unflinching throughout the monster hunt but I guess she needed a bit of reassurance before letting her guard down. I do wish she had switched the light on with her mind though – in a kind of reversal of what she did in Ability. Perhaps it would have been a bit early in her journey for that – season 2, maybe?
1.) Why did Walter hook Gene up to the solar panels?
2.) What was the purpose of creating the monster in the first place? Was there even a purpose other than to prove it could be done?
3.) Who was Walter talking to in the Lab – Himself? AlterWalter? Peter1?
4.) What kind of “classified” work did Kelvin Genetics do for the US Military?
5.) What would Charlie’s babies have looked like?
1.) According to Walter, the monster attacked but didn’t eat its victims because they were carrying its offspring – the result of being injected with its stingers.
Best Moment: Walter calling for a bucket, then upping it to “TWO BUCKETS” – one of the few dead-pan funnies in this episode.
Best Performer: Jasika Nicole
Retrospective Rating: 3.5/10
Our original Unleashed posts can be found here.