The chaotic aftermath of an alien attack has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
1Live and Learn
19 Jun 2011Description ▼
The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet's remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.
19 Jun 2011Description ▼
While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts' weapons. Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages as bargaining material.
3Prisoner of War
26 Jun 2011Description ▼
Dr. Michael Harris joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. The 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with skitters and mechs when they attempt to rescue Ben.
03 Jul 2011Description ▼
Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location. They hit the jackpot until they meet some skitters and harnessed teenagers at the bike shop. Back at the base, Dr. Harris and Anne disagree over the best method to gather more intelligence on the aliens.
10 Jul 2011Description ▼
Hal comes back from patrol with Maggie. She knew where the local dealer kept his stash. They bring back pills and heroin. Anne wants to get it ready for the harnessed kids Tom plans to bring Ben back. She wants Tom to know there are no guarantees. Tom understands his son could die, but he just wants to get him first.The next day Tom relays news from a recon team that the second group of harnessed kids didn't come back last night. He shows Weaver his plan. Hal suggests just one person go in at night while the other skitters are sleeping. Weaver likes the plan more than confronting them.Anne brings the captive skitter water. Dr. Harris (Steven Weber) mocks her for taking care of it.In the chow line, a pregnant citizen named Sarah tells Maggie she's uneasy having a captive skitter nearby.Uncle Scott shows Tom the radios that they picked up the skitter frequency on. Scott says they only work when the skitters are transmitting, so he can't use it as an early warning system.Weaver listens to Scott transmit an old Jimmy Cliff song. It gets to him and Weaver goes and grabs the record.Tom and Hal work on skitter target practice with crossbows. Maggie offers a few pointers. She's also familiar with the hospital where Ben is being kept and suggests a new access door.Scott pulls Anne aside to talk about something.The skitter makes weird noises in captivity. Harris notices a new one and goes over to investigate. He sees that it's blinking rapidly and opens the access door. He shines a light in its eyes.Scott reminds Anne of a camping trip to the lake they went on years ago. He wants to put up something of Sam. They're interrupted by ferocious skitter noise.They race to the room to find skitter throttling Harris through the cage. Anne shocks it and it releases Harris. But it's too late. Harris is dead.Weaver tells someone to send word to Porter. He wants to kill the skitter, but Anne tells him she was making progress. He gives her 24 hours and says he's going to kill it.Hal finds Rick sitting alone in the courtyard. He asks him about being with the skitters. Rick says they always stuck together, but says they were allowed to go to the bathroom alone if they had to. Rick says if they try to get Ben the skitters will kill them all.Lourdes invites Maggie to Sara's baby shower. Maggie wants nothing to do with it and scoffs at the idea.Tom contemplates the missing children bulletin board. He tells Anne he's confident she can remove Ben's harness herself. Tom asks if her son is on the board. Tom knows that her son is dead, but suggest she put a photo up anyway.Tom finds Hal briefing Weaver on a new plan. He wants to strap Rick's harness to his back and walk right in. Tom thinks it's crazy. "I don't know what's crazy any more, we're fighting aliens from outer space," Weaver says.Tom tries to convince Hal not to go. Hal isn't sure it'll work, but says it's the best plan. Weaver pops pills as they debate. Weaver leaves it up to Tom. He says that until they figure out how to kill them without making any noise it's moot.Tom brings the problem to Anne, who tells them about the spot in the soft palette. She tells them she doesn't want Hal going on a theory. So she picks up a scalpel, opens the skitter crate door and jabs the scalpel down it's throat until it stops moving. Dead.She removes her bloody arm and walks to the bulletin board of children. She tells Tom that he shouldn't think it was hard for her to kill it because all she had to do was think about her family.But she tells Tom the truth is she has no photos or mementos of them. She says "all I have is this" and slams her bloody hand on the wall, leaving her mark.Later that night, Tom, Maggie and Hal sneak up to the hospital. Hal has the harness strapped to his back. Tom asks him what the distress signal is. "I yell 'Help!' as loud as I can," Hal jokes.Tom tells his son he has total confidence in him and reminds him he has 15 minutes. Hal runs off and the others hide as a mech walks by.Hal creeps down an empty hallway, making the turns he memorized. He hides as a skitter leads a line of harnessed children, including Ben, down a hallway and falls in line behind them, walking trancelike. He follows them into a room.They all like down in unison. The skitter crouches over them and pets them. He's stroking Hal's head as Hal lies there.Outside, Tom gets impatient after 20 minutes have gone by. He wants to go check on him. They creep closer as a mech patrols outside. Maggie suggest another way in.Inside, the skitter has gone to sleep literally standing over his harnessed kids.Hal slowly takes out a knife.In the hallway, Maggie and Tom creep silently.Hal is raising his knife when Ben sees him. The skitter wakes up. Hal jabs his knife in but the skitter doesn't go quietly. Tom appears in the doorway and helps shoot it with a crossbow.Tom announces they're taking all the kids. He gives Anthony and Dai the signal and they lift the kids out the window.Back at the high school HQ, Anne prepares to do all the surgeries in a row. Lourdes serves as nurse since she was in med-school.Tom helps remove the harness. They notice Ben's pulse is dropping but it picks back up when they get the harness off.Scott reports another of the kid's pulses is getting weaker and weaker, going into withdrawal. They race to get the harness removed and the kid hooked up to IV drugs. They get it removed but the kid fades quickly. They can't revive him.Anne doesn't know what went wrong. They saved five kids, but she's upset they lost one.Hal examines his chewed up arm in the hallway. Maggie walks by and he thanks her. He remarks that she knew the hospital really well and knew all the drug dealers. She confesses that she had cancer when she was 16 and a doctor told her to smoke pot. She says the doctors gave her a 50/50 chance.Tom tells Hal that Ben is still unconscious. He tells Hal he was incredibly brave and he's proud of him.Later, at Sarah's baby shower, they've set up candles and a hung a sign. Anne hangs back for a while and joins in. The women all their wishes for the baby.Anne listens with her stethoscope and lets Sarah listen.Tom, Matt and Hal stand watch over Ben, reunited.Weaver sees the happy family and then goes and puts on the Jimmy Cliff song. "Many rivers to cross, but I can't seem to find my way over...."Anne heads back to the surgery classroom. Tom takes her hands and tells her she saved Ben. Hal calls to Tom. Ben is waking up. He recognizes his dad.
6Sanctuary: Part 1
17 Jul 2011Description ▼
Anne checks out Eli, a kid who isn't feeling very well. His mom and dad hover. When Anne turns her back on the dad, he pulls a gun on her. He demands their antibiotics and pain killers. He's freaked out about the unharnessed kids walking around the school and the fact a skitter was in the building and killed someone. They want the medicine to trade after they leave. Anne resists and he whacks her. He and his wife and kid run off.Tom, Weaver and Mike go after them. Weaver says it's Tom's fault because citizens are his responsibility. The family hunkers down in a driveway and the dad trades shots with Weaver. Suddenly a man in fatigues is behind the family and has them cornered. He identifies himself to Weaver that he's Terry Clayton of the 7th Mass.The wife hands over the meds and the family runs off.Terry tells the men that the 7th Mass got wiped out by skitters and they're coming in this direction. His remaining people are holed up in a farm nearby in a valley. Porter, the commander, thinks the aliens are looking for slave labor for their structures. They're seeing one mech and one skitter patrols.Porter has ordered the 2nd Mass to stay put about 72 hours until the 3rd Mass shows up. But they're supposed to send anyone under 20 ahead with Terry. Tom's not a fan of the idea and Weaver understands, but says they might have to push for it if an attack is imminent. Weaver orders Tom to broach the idea with the citizens.Dai heads off on motorcycle recon. Tom tells everyone to prepare to be able to leave quickly. People have heard about the potential order to send the kids ahead. Anthony suggests they might be safer if the kids weren't around, since they know the aliens are interested in them.Sporting a busted lip, Anne gives Maggie prenatal vitamins to give to Sarah. She didn't want Sarah to see Anne banged up. Maggie commends her for fighting back and gives her a gun for protection.Ben does push-ups. His spikes are still protruding from his back. His little brother Matt asks to touch one. He asks what it was like with the skitters. Ben to tries to explain how their telepathy works. He says it wasn't so bad after he was harnessed. He says the skitters cared about them in some way, like family. He says he missed it sometimes. Hal hears the conversation and is disturbed.Anne treats a kid, but yells at her dad when he goes near the door. She's on edge. Hal stops by. He's worried about Ben. He tells her Ben just did 100 push-ups with little effort. He doesn't seem like himself.Anne finds Tom setting up barricades around the school, including an over-turned car. They're just designed to slow the skitters down to buy the people time to escape through the tunnels. Tom can't decide how he feels about the possible order to send the kids first.Jimmy stops by Weaver, looking for a job. He tells him he can help on watch, even though he's junior high-aged.Anne thinks about the gun again. Cut to Maggie giving her shooting lessons.Tom finds civilians confronting Terry about the order to send the kids ahead. They're in the gym surrounded by people. One man goes for his gun saying he'll react if anyone tries to take his little girl. Tom tells him to remember who the enemy is. Tom says he'll be the one to decide what they do if the skitters attack.Jimmy heads out to join Parker on watch in an old school bus. Jimmy joins the existing chess game. They're looking at the board when they hear a noise and a light shines on them. It opens fire on them directly before they have time to react.Everyone hears the shots and Tom tells them to get ready to move.In the school bus, Parker is dead but Jimmy is unharmed. He ducks and covers as the mech claws at the school bus. He makes a run for it when his people start firing on it. Weaver realizes where it's coming from and that Jimmy's out there. Jimmy comes back in the school to find it's already been cleared out. We see the shadow of a skitter on the wall behind him.He goes through a chain linked door, squeezing between the doors, but when he's on the other side, the skitter reaches through and grabs him around the neck.Tom and Weaver are out to the school bus and Jimmy is left to defend himself inside. He draws his gun and shoots at it, but is soon out of bullets. The skitter is bearing down on him in the hallway and he's unarmed when a blast rings out. It's Weaver. He smoked the skitter. Weaver finds Jimmy near tears. He hugs him and tells him everything will be OK.Later, with Anne and Weaver, Jimmy excitedly tells his story. He thinks he's in shock. "If you were a little older, we'd give you some whiskey," Weaver says.Terry tells Weaver and Tom the 7th Mass was originally tracked by one skitter and one mech. The others come when they realize their recon isn't coming back. Weaver says it's time for them to seriously consider sending the kids away.In the chow line, one of the citizens gives Ben a hard time, calling him a "razor back" and refusing to get in line with him. The man announces that kids like Ben are the reason the skitters are attacking them. Hal and Maggie intervene.Ben goes to talk to his dad. He tells Tom he wants to go on ahead, so that Tom is free to fight when the skitters come. Tom asks his son if he's happy he's back. Ben says of course.In the gym, Tom addresses the citizens. He tells them he's sending Matt and Ben ahead with Lt. Clayton. He says if everyone goes as planned, they reunite next night.Tom assigns a security detachment, including Mike. Tom wants all the kids to go because they're the future and they have to come first. He gives them an hour to pack.Hal finds Ben looking at a picture of their family from Six Flags. He wants Hal to hold onto it until he comes back for them.Hal finds his dad and tells him he wants to go with Matt and Ben. He tells Tom about the morning his mom went to get food with Dr. Harris, that he and Ben got in a fight. He remembers his mom telling them they had to start looking out for each other. He feels like he needs to go with them.The kids all say good bye to their parents. Jimmy thanks Weaver.Terry gives tom directions on where to find the 7th Mass and the kids. Hal tells Ben he's going with them. Tom says good bye to his kids. Anne takes his hand.Terry leads the kids through a forest. Hal checks the map and questions a turn Terry makes. He says it's a shortcut. They reach the ranch near nightfall. Terry suggests everyone go to sleep and they'll do a tour in the morning.Late at night, Terry comes to get Eli, the kid who ran away in the beginning. He says he's taking him to his family. Terry takes Eli outside where a young girl meets them. She tries to take Eli but he sees that she's harnessed and protests. A skitter comes out from the woods and zaps Eli with something that knocks him out. Terry remains calm and has a conversation with the skitter through the girl. She complains that he's late, but checks that he'll bring more in two days. "That's the deal," he says and walks away calmly as the skitter carries off Eli.Terry heads back to the ranch lodge. He unlocks a padlocked door and goes down to visit someone handcuffed and chained to a table. He tells whoever it is that he was right, there were a lot of kids in that school. "I knew it was a good idea to keep you alive, Pope," Terry says.
7Sanctuary: Part 2
24 Jul 2011Description ▼
The kids play a soccer game at the ranch. Jimmy sees Ben is wide open but won't pass to him. A girl named Tessa chats up Hal and Lourdes intervenes.Lt. Clayton leaves to lead the adult military escort back to the rendezvous point. Hal assures Ben that they'll see their dad when the 2nd Mass meets up with the 3rd in about two days.Tessa's dad calls her over and reminds her that she knows why the kids are there. He tells her not to like them too much.Back at the 2nd Mass high school HQ, Weaver hopes that Sarah doesn't go into labor until after they move out even though she's overdue. Maggie assures Weaver that Sarah will keep up.At the ranch, Hal makes food from the garden. Clayton tells Mike he saw his friends on their way. He brought back apples. He tells them he didn't see any skitters nearby.Lt. Clayton and Tessa's dad make up an excuse to go to the barn and check on Pope. Clayton thanks Pope again for the intel. He explains that he knew Weaver wouldn't question orders if he thought they came from Porter. Pope questions Clayton's decision to trust the skitters.They caught Pope breaking into their supply shed, where he killed Tessa's uncle to get in. Clayton leaves Tessa's dad alone with Pope. He takes out knife and Pope shows him he's broken free of his restraints. They fight and Pope gets the knife and the upper hand. He thinks about stabbing him, but leaves him unconscious instead.Pope makes his way free with a rifle. He finds the 2nd Mass military men Clayton "escorted" home lying dead in a field.Back at the high school HQ, Dai and Tom prep the motorbikes. Tom wants to go on patrol. He's anxious that the escort isn't back yet. Tom wants to do the half day walk to check on the kids. Weaver lets him and Dai go check, but orders them to come back.Tessa's dad is back up on his feet and Clayton tells him not to worry about Pope. They plan to pretend like everything's normal until the next exchange tomorrow.Clayton notices Rick's not eating. He remembers how he was sick all the time before the skitters took him. He looks at Ben and asks him how he can eat "their" food.Lourdes notices a backpack in the other room -- it belongs to Eli, the kid whose parents tried to steal medical supplies and who Clayton turned over to the skitters.Hal and Tessa check out the night sky. He's nervous there aren't even patrols. He says it's the first time he's been apart from his dad since the attack.Lourdes interrupts. She shows Hal and Mike the backpack. Hal notices where the sentries are posted and says it looks more like they're watching the ranch than for signs of attack. Mike says he's known Clayton for a long time and thinks there's nothing to it.Later that night, Mike goes to check out the locked up barn. He breaks inside and sees where they were holding Pope. He finds other backpacks and kids things, including Eli Russell's jacket. He turns around to find Clayton holding a gun on him.Clayton tells him Eli was there.Then he tells Mike about the 7th Mass getting wiped out by skitters. They retreated and lost track of a girl named Megan. The skitters stopped attacking for a week and they realized they only wanted the kids. Megan came and talked to them later, harnessed and speaking for a skitter.Clayton tells him they're trading kids for immunity for his men and their families.Mike realizes the story about the 3rd Mass was all a ruse. Clayton asks him to make a choice and think about Rick.Anne wheels Sarah on a gurney. She's in labor. The dad was a sperm donor. Maggie holds her hand.Mike tells Hal what Rick was like before he was taken. He says he hated when Rick was taken, but he hates what they did to him even more. He grabs his gun and tells Hal about Clayton's deal. They get everyone up and start to leave, but run into Tessa. Hal asks her if she knew. She says she was going to talk to her dad to make an exception for him. She calls for her dad.Mike and the kids run off into the woods around the ranch, with Clayton and the men behind. Clayton shouts that they need the little ones alive. They trade gunfire. Mike hunkers behind a truck with Rick and calls for Hal. He asks him to promise to take care of Rick.Mike tells his son he loves him and tells him to run. Rick is stone faced and unemotional, but leaves. Mike stays behind to hold them off, but doesn't notice when Clayton sneaks up behind him.The kids are running through the woods as a shot rings out.Tom comes back from patrol, reporting to Weaver that Clayton's map is wrong. The escorts still aren't back. Tom is questioning Clayton's "orders". He goes back out to search.Hal and Lourdes lead nine kids through the woods. They stop at a house to rest. Lourdes plays the piano. Ben looks at Rick's harness implants and feels his own.He goes to talk to Hal, offering to go on ahead because he has better endurance than everyone else. Jimmy questions whether Ben will go to the school. Hal OKs the plan.Ben runs to the school. He stops at a stream to get water and hears voices. He sees Clayton and his men on patrol.Sarah's still in labor but Anne determines that the baby is breech. Weaver comes to check. He hears the baby is breech and offers that one of his daughters was as well and was born at home. He turned her around from the outside. He offers to help.Tom and Dai stop on the road and see Ben. He tells them Clayton's coming and he thinks Mike's dead.At the house with the kids, Rick stands and stares out a window. He says he's waiting.They hear voices outside. It's Clayton and his men, heavily armed. They shout at the kids to come out. Hal shouts that he knows about his deal and opens fire. Clayton tells his man to take out Hal, but before he can fire, the man is hit. Pope is shooting from behind a tree."How's that skitter deal working now?" he shouts. They trade fire and Pope gets hit in the leg.Pope looks up to see Tom opposite him. Pope catches him up on the situation. Tom says they can't get into a firefight because they'll lose. He takes Pope's magazine and tosses it and shouts that Pope is dead.Tom comes out with his arms raised, saying he knows Clayton lied because he talked to Porter. He surrenders, shouting for Hal to come out. Hal listens, but asks his dad what he's done. Tom tells him he would have ended up dead. "First rule of combat is survive," Tom says.Clayton marches the kids and Tom back to the ranch. Clayton orders the kids in the stable. When Matt protests, one of Clayton's guys turns on him with a gun and a shot rings out.We see Weaver just fired. Another of Clayton's men turns his gun and Weaver takes him out too. He asks who's next. Weaver is there with dozens of men. Clayton drops his automatic weapon and asks if Weaver's going to shoot him."Only if I have to," Weaver says.Clayton takes a few steps and asks Tom what comes next. Then he suddenly reaches for a gun he had tucked in his shirt and wheels on Tom. Tom shoots him dead.Hal asks his dad if he knew they'd be waiting. Tom hoped so. Ben runs out. Tom sent him to Weaver.Jimmy thanks Ben.Weaver tells the traitors they can stay or go but if he finds them dealing with the skitters, he'll kill them all.Back at high school HQ, Pope is surly to be on a bed next to the crying baby. Tom points out he could have kept running. Pope acknowledges that he probably will if given the chance. There's a spot in the kitchen for him until then.Hal leads a service for Mike, saying he chose to fight for his friends. Maggie takes his hand. Tom tells his friend to rest easy. "We'll take it from here," he says.Weaver says Clayton told his skitter friends he'd secure their kids, so they should have a couple of days.Rick says he doesn't understand how people can kill each other. "We would never kill one of our own," he says to Ben. "You should understand that."
8What Hides Beneath
31 Jul 2011Description ▼
Weaver admires a drawing by his daughter Sophia on the fridge, then wanders outside. He hears a noise and thinks it might be his wife, Linda. He turns around to see a skitter lunging at him. Tom wakes him up. Captain Porter has arrived.Outside, Hal finds Ben doing never-ending jumping jacks. Hal checks Ben's stop watch and finds he's been doing them for two hours and 45 minutes. Ben acts like maybe he set the time wrong so he doesn't alarm Hal. He assures his older brother he's fine.Porter commends Tom and Weaver for the job they're doing. Tom suggests they move on to get ahead of the skitters. Weaver is lost in thought. Porter asks Weaver when the last time he slept was.Porter tells them recon says the skitters are pulling back to the structure over Boston. Tom thinks it could be clearing the field before a new attack. Porter has heard the same thing is happening over L.A. and Chicago. The resistance wants to launch a coordinated attack on the structures in four days.Porter tells Tom to do recon on the structure. He tells them Clayton wasn't completely lying, the 7th Mass was wiped out, and they've lost contact with the 4th and 5th. The plan is for each remaining unit to attack one leg of the structure, bomb it so it'll collapse. They have the materials, but didn't have the expertise until recently.They take Porter to Pope, who's still convalescing from his leg wound with Anne. "Isn't he the ex-con who fired on your unit?" Porter asks. "That is so three weeks ago," Pope says.Weaver sees Ricky sitting nearby and goes to check on him. He's drawing pictures of the skitters and Weaver is particularly interested in a series of row houses Rick drew.Weaver checks out Pope and decides he knows what he's talking about, but he doesn't want him on the mission, just prep.Rick gives Weaver his drawing.In the middle of the night, Weaver tries to sleep, but pops pills instead. He looks at Rick's picture.Pope checks out Uncle Scott's demolition plans and collection of mech hardware. He mocks the bomb plans. Scott shows him a piece of a mech they salvaged, but as soon as he touches it, it blasts a hole through the wall. Matt runs off.Tom finds him hunkered down in the hall. Tom tells him to stay away from Pope. Matt's eager to fight, but Tom says not yet.Hal, Dai and Tom prep for their scouting mission. Tom asks them if they've noticed anything off about Weaver. He walks in as Tom's talking and announces he's going with them. He had a construction business and says knowing where to hit the structure is key.Ben visits Anne for a follow-up. Some of the harnessed kids implants have gone away, but not his. She notices the skin around the implants looks weird. She prods at it with a scalpel, but Ben can't feel it. She really jabs, but he doesn't bleed or react at all. It's turning brown and crusty. Anne tells Ben she's worried about Rick, who doesn't seem to be reacting to his dad's death. Ben offers to talk to him.Tom, Hal and Weaver look at the structure over Boston. It's made out of general contracting materials, steel and rebar. He says it's constructed simply.Hal points out a group of skitters on a bridge. Something approaches them -- another alien entirely that's much taller and lankier than the skitters, almost humanoid. The skitters bow down to it.Tom worries that it's the first time they've seen them, that maybe they were hanging back until they thought it was safe.They see someone running nearby and follow. They start getting shot at. A woman shouts at them and they tell her they want to talk. Sonia (Blair Brown) introduces herself. She's been living in Boston and invites them to talk.Tom wants to see what she knows, but Hal and Weaver think they have to get going. Tom points out the fact she's survived this long means she knows what she's doing.Weaver tells them to go inside and he'll stand watch. He looks at Rick's drawing again.Matt wanders into the bomb making classroom where Pope is. He's nervous about some of the mech parts, but Pope assures him they're dead. He tells Pope he has nightmares and is afraid all the time, but he wants to be brave. Pope tries to demystify the mechs for him, telling him they're just parts and gears. He explains that their bullets are reconstituted from our military bullets."I wish we could use these on them," Matt says. "From the mouths of babes," says Pope, inspired.Ben sits down with Rick, trying to make nice. Rick is bothered by how people look at them. He says they don't understand, but they will. Rick isn't upset about his dad's death, he says that was part of his life before. He tells Ben they're the lucky ones and the skitters love them and will come back for them.Sonia pours Hal and Tom tea from fine china in her unscathed apartment. She's scavenged everything herself, but seems a little off mentally. She tells them aliens took her to a camp for a while, but the aliens let her go because they don't care about people like her."After what happened to us in the camp, I know that they don't want us here, not any of us," she says.They hear a noise and rush out to find Weaver racing off on his bike. He pulled the sparkplugs on their bikes. They fix the bikes, and discuss how to get to Weaver's old house. They assure Sonia they're coming back.Anne gets Lourdes for a secret project. She's cutting open the dead skitter in the basement. Anne cuts deep inside and finds a harness. It's what she was afraid of. It means they were harnessed and the thing might have been something else before.Tom and Hal pull up to Weaver's old house, which looks like the row house Rick drew. Tom tells Hal to report their recon back to Porter.Tom goes inside and finds old dried blood on the floor. He finds Weaver drinking straight from the bottle outside. He tells Tom he and his wife split a year before the attack. He shows Tom Rick's picture. He thinks it's his house and maybe the skitters planted it to get in his head.Tom says it looks like most of the houses on the block. Tom doesn't think they can read our minds. He asks about the blood.Weaver came to the house after the bombs and found his wife's fiancé badly hurt. His daughter Sophia was grabbed. He went after her and found her. He brought her home and tried to take the harness off himself. She bled out. Tom wishes he'd told him.Weaver tells Tom he's been fighting for revenge this whole time, but it's not enough. He wants to sleep in his own bed. Tom tells him he can't quit days before the attack.They hear a mech outside. Hal runs and hides. Weaver tells Tom he'll draw it out, but Tom respectfully declines that terrible idea.Weaver notices his wife's glasses and regroups. He draws the mech out while Tom lobs a grenade at it. Tom runs and it homes in on Weaver, drawing a bead on his forehead. It explodes.Hal says it came straight for the house. They realize Sonia is the only one who knew where they were.Cut to Sonia talking to someone through her key hole. The men are inside her apartment, with guns drawn. Sonia reports that she hasn't seen anyone since the men who were there earlier. Hal recognizes the voice on the other side -- it's his girlfriend Karen. She's harnessed. Tom holds him back. Sonia says Karen has been bringing her food. Tom looks through the peep hole and see one of the humanoid aliens with her.Sonia says the aliens promised they wouldn't hurt her. They realize she's been informing to them, that's why they let her go. Tom invites her to come with them, but she's delusional and wants to wait for her family to return. Tom then tells her they're heading to Gloucester. They're going in the opposite direction.Anne looks at Rick's picture of a skitter cradling him. Lourdes wants to tell people about their discovery, but Anne is worried how people will treat Ben and Rick. She knows she has to tell Tom. "After everything he went through to get him, he could still lose Ben," Anne says.Back at the high school, Tom tells Weaver he sees no reason to tell Porter about their side trip. He asks what changed his mind about coming back. Weaver shows Tom his wife's glasses. They were her only pair and they weren't in the house a week after the attack. He thinks that means there's a chance his wife and oldest daughter are alive.They hear Pope yelling in the courtyard. He's leading a demonstration. Matt comes out and hugs his dad and tells him he's been working with Pope. He knows how to kill the mechs.Pope explains the problem is it takes an entire magazine to dent a mech. He takes an assault rifle and demonstrates. The bullets bounce off. Then he shows them the mech metal slug. He loads it into a revolver. It blasts a hole clean through it.Ben notices Rick running off.Pope tells Weaver with bullet making materials he can melt the mech parts down and make more mech bullets. Weaver tells him to get on it."We're taking this fight to them," he announces to cheers.
07 Aug 2011Description ▼
As the 2nd Mass. prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart. Tom has difficulty processing the profound implications of Anne's latest discovery.
19 Aug 2011Description ▼
With Weaver leading several squads of fighters against the aliens, Tom remains behind to help protect the civilians as they evacuate. But a major breach in security endangers both the soldiers and the civilians. Tom is confronted with a decision that may lead him to discovering what the aliens want with the captured teenagers, humankind and the planet.
17 Jun 2012Description ▼
(from the season finale) A harnessed Karen leads Tom, willingly, onto the alien ship.
Three months later, Pope, Weaver, Dai, Anthony lead a resistance through the streets and draw the aliens into a trap on the ground as Maggie, Hal and Ben ambush from above.
Pope especially enjoys taking the skitters out, reminding everyone to go arms and legs first, then heads for the kill shots. Ben has to be told to quit firing and when he notices one still moving, he Spider-Man jumps out of the building and takes it on with a knife.
They hear noise down the street and see another skitter. Ben shoots it and when it falls they see their long-lost father Tom behind it, but he's been hit by Ben's shot.
At the recon point, they take note that it took the skitters less than the expected eight minutes to show up with reinforcements.
Back at base, Anne checks on the casualties. They bring Tom in.He's hit in the side and the bullet's still inside. Eight-year-old Mat comes in and cries over seeing his wounded father.
On the operating table, Tom flashes back to his time on the alien ship. They kept him locked up, zapping him until harnessed Karen intervened. She reassured her she's still Karen, but with a dreamy, creepy far-off tone in her voice that makes him doubt her. He wants to know how he can help unharnessed Ben.
She tells him the aliens are allowing the resistance to surrender. They're just an "inconvenience." She tells him once he hears their offer, he'll understand. She takes him in to see an overlord.
At camp, the bullet is out of Tom, but he's weak. Weaver is worried about the harness effects on Ben, he's noticed some changes in him.Weaver is also worried because they haven't heard from any of the other units since the attack on Boston three months ago.
On the ship, the overlord talks through Karen to Tom. He explains they've studied human history in great detail. They're offering to set aside a protected area where human survivors would be located, a concept taken from Cambodia or Nazi Germany. "Be honest, oppression is in your nature," it says. They'll decide whether humans live or die.
At camp, Matt tries to convince Ben he's old enough to fight.
Maggie and Hal flirt over reloading magazines. Hal checks with Ben to remind him he should have followed orders.
Pope and Maggie head out on a mission trying to plan how to draw skitters into their trap. A beamer, a flying alien, swoops overhead and they take over. It roasts their truck and Pope's Harley.
Back at camp, Hal reports it looks like they targeted the truck. They think they have heat sensing capabilities. Without trucks, the resistance isn't mobile, and they're sitting ducks.
The next day, Weaver talks to Jamil, engineer and tech expert, wanting a way to move the trucks without the aliens being able to pick up on the engines.
Flash back to the ship, the overlord commands Tom to lead his people to the neutral zone. Tom cautions them not to draw too many lessons from the past.He grabs a weapon off a skitter nearby, cracking it in the head and blinding it in one eye, and then zaps the overlord, but they quickly knock him out.
Tom is let off the ship in a field with other captive resistance leaders. As the ship takes off, Tom realizes something isn't right. The ship takes off leaving just a mech and the red eyed skitter he wounded behind. They quickly mow down every human but Tom, teaching him a lesson.
At camp, Ben shows Matt how to shoot. Hal and Maggie find them and Hal takes rifle, which has live ammo in it. Hal reminds him their dad didn't want that for Matt. Ben just doesn't want the aliens to be able to take Matt, like they did him, or Karen.
When he says Karen, Hal gets angry and rushes him. Ben grabs him and is easily able to hold him off with his superior harness strength.
Tom finds a map at a burned out convenience store and sees he's in Michigan. He starts walking., following the train tracks.
One day he comes on a man trying to steal from a teenage girl. Tom attacks him and gets his gun, scaring the man off. There's a body nearby.
He wants to look at the girl's bike. She is scared and doesn't trust him. He wants to borrow the bike to Boston and she can come with him. They bury her friend first.
Anne reports to Weaver, who's worried about what happened to Tom on the ship. He offers her some 30 year old Glenfiddich he found. Weaver feels responsible for letting Tom go and the lack of success they've had fighting.
Jamil reports in with fiberglass, saying the warehouses nearby are full of it and if they wrap the engines, they won't heat through for an hour.
Anne gets called to Tom, who's feverish and bleeding again. She thinks she missed a fragment of the bullet inside him.
On the road, Tom and friend arrive outside Boston. They're near the school, but Tom knows his people wouldn't be there anymore. The girl tells him the woman they buried was her mom. She's lost all hope.
Back at camp, Anthony tries to figure out Pope's motivations. Hal reports a mech convoy a mile out headed toward camp, but they can't move Tom yet.
Weaver orders the convoy to leave. Maggie, Hal, Ben and Dai stay with the medical bus. Anne operates by flashlight.
Outside, Hal orders everyone to hold their fire as the mech pass by.
The mechs clomp past the bus. Anne finds the fragment in Tom.
The mechs don't stop.
The medical bus meets up with the convoy.
Flash back to Tom and his friend entering the city. He hears people firing and stops. She wants to go into the mountains like her mother was planning. She rides off.
Tom follows the sound of gunfire and Weaver's voice and comes upon a skitter. He fires on it then skewers it with rebar. He's struggling with it when Ben fires on him.
Tom wakes up in the bus next to Anne. Ben comes in and apologizes. Tom knows it was an accident. He's reunited with all of his boys.
He gets back on his feet and says hi to everyone.
Pope is suspicious out of how Tom got free.
2Shall We Gather at the River
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Tom dreams feverishly about Red Eye, his nemesis skitter, creeping into his bed and attacking him. He wakes up with a start.
The next day, Anne checks him out. He's worried about what they might have done to him. He's angry he fell for their ploy with Ben, getting him to go with them willingly.
Tom learns that Rick didn't make it, but she tells him not to worry about Ben, he hates the skitters. She says his crusty skin is spreading but she needs an x-ray to be sure of the effects.
Jamil checks out a bridge. Hal gets busted checking out Maggie's butt. Ben still feels guilty for accidentally shooting his dad.
A beamer flies overhead. Dai shoots at it with a really big gun and hits it, but shrapnel also takes out a piece of the bridge they were hoping to cross.
At camp, Weaver briefs Tom on what he missed. Ben found a soft spot in their lines when the skitters surrounded them in Fitchburg; but they still lost more than 100 people. Now they aliens are surrounding the resistance again.
Weaver is eager to have Tom's input again. But Tom is reluctant to take up arms. "I don't trust myself, and you shouldn't either," Tom says.
Lourdes fixes a gouge in Pope's hand. Pope wants to know what happened to Tom, but she has no info.
The scouts return and take people out to the damaged bridge. They try to figure how to get across the four foot missing section. Jamil has a boat but Tom thinks that'd take too long.
Tom and Jamil come up with a plan to patch the bridge. They need a scout to check the other side. Ben offers to swim across.
Back at camp, Hal explains to his dad that Ben can run for miles without breaking a sweat.
Tom tells Hal he can't remember big chunks of time from when the aliens had him. He asks Hal to promise to watch him and stop him if he does anything strange, by any means necessary. He doesn't want to hurt any of the boys. Matt hears outside the tent. Tom starts yelling at Hall and blood comes from his eyes. He collapses.
Anne looks at him. She looks in his eye and sees a tiny swimming wormy thing. Weaver holds him down as Anne pulls it from his eyeball and puts it in a specimen jar. It snaps curls up from a wormy shape to a hard, almost metal ball.
Late at night, Ben easily swims across the river as Jimmy waits on the bank for his signal.
Tom, Weaver, Jamil and Anne debate what to do about it the parasite they took out of Tom. Tom wants them to put him in restraints until they're across the river.
Ben looks around in the woods and finds the wreckage of the flying skitter. Its radio frequencies start squealing in his head. He finds the core and snaps a picture of it then stamps it until its dead.
He follows the path the hit beamer took until he finds a giant alien structure set up in a clearing. He snaps pictures.
The next day, Matt doesn't want to see his dad.
Pope comes looking for information. He doesn't think Tom should go across the river with them. He draws on Weaver and Hal, but backs down when Anthony joins them.
"Don't kid yourself, captain. Sooner or later you're going to have to deal with that human lojack you got in there," Pope says.
Ben visits his dad. He can relate to the nightmares Tom is having. Ben's secret to keep them from controlling him is hate. He thinks he's a freak. He shows his dad his spine, which is covered in crusty spots where the harness was. Tom tells him hate is strong but it was his love for his boys that kept him going.
Ben reports his scout findings. When Jamil asks him if he heard any frequencies, Ben lies and says no. They make plans to take out the structure, figuring it's a communications tower.
Pope and the Berserkers mount up to take on any mechs that try to follow them across the river.
Hal and Maggie flirt as Lourdes wishes Jamil good luck and sends him off with a kiss.
Matt is reluctant to ride on the med bus with his dad, whom he now doesn't trust. In the bus, no one notices as the alien worm from Tom's eye unrolls, cuts its way out of the specimen jar and crawls all over Lourdes before sprouting tiny wings and flying away.
Under cover of darkness, Hal, Maggie, Ben and Dai take the boat across the river. The rest of 2nd Mass waits on the other side as Jamil oversees putting the bridge patch in place.
Ben leads his group through the forest toward the communication tower. Maggie notices the stomped on beamer.Ben and the group reach the communications tower as Jamil and the men prepare to blow the bridge once everyone's safely across.
On the bus, Tom tries to reassure Matt he's OK and he still feels like himself. He's not entirely convincing since he's handcuffed.
Hal and his team hear Pope and his team start firing on the mechs, which means they're near the teams on the bridge. Ben holds his head as the frequency hurts his ears, but tells Hal it's nothing.They watch a few beamers take flight.
Dai runs down the hill to get a closer shot at the communications tower.
On the bridge, they fire at the beamers overhead.
Dai hits the tower signal squarely.
With no signal to guide them, the beamers head back to the mothership.
Pope tells Weaver the mechs are coming and Anne slowly drives the bus over the patch. It breaks in one spot and she gets stuck. On the bus, Tom tells Matt to forget what he said and cut him loose.
Anne doesn't want to leave the wounded on the bus.
After some hesitation, Matt frees Tom and he runs straight for the big gun to fire on the skitters and mechs. Matt follows, with an automatic weapon, taking out a skitter.Tom gives his toting eight-year-old son a nod of approval, but shooes him away from the fighting.
The troops push the bus across the bridge.Everyone makes it to safety, but Tom stays behind, firing on the skitters and mechs. Weaver shouts at him to get out of there so they can blow the bridge.
Tom runs toward them with skitters right on his heels, telling them to blow it. They all wait to give Tom the best chance, but finally Pope grabs the detonator and blows it. Tom is lost in the explosion but it looks like he hits the water.Everyone thinks he got caught in it and Weaver yells at them to get moving.
Safely on the other side, Weaver tells Hal that as soon as they're at the next camp, they're going back with a search party. They lost three vehicles, a food truck and six fighters.
Maggie reports an abandoned airport five miles away, a good base.
Matt feels bad for being afraid of his dad.Pope tries to tell Hal that what Tom did was brave, but Hal slugs him, saying Pope saw a chance to frag him and he took it.
They're arguing when Tom comes sloshing up out of the river.
Back on the bus, Lourdes notices the parasite is gone from the jar.
It flies away and finds Red Eye the skitter. It lands on its face and crawls in Red Eye's good eye.
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Jimmy and Ben head out on patrol at night and come upon a skitter. Jimmy knocks it down with a single shot. They walk over to inspect and it pops up and tries to attack Jimmy -- Ben grabs it and stabs it easily, enjoying the kill.
Tom checks on sleeping Matt back at camp, he insisted on sleeping with his shotgun, but Hal assures his dad it's not loaded.
They've been in the airport hangar for a week and Anne is worried it's a breeding ground for disease. Tom wants to convince Weaver it's time to move out. She shows him her calendar -- she marks off every day as another they're still alive.
Tom finds Weaver, their recon has spotted skitter patrols trolling for them. Weaver wants to go to the Catskills to hole up for the winter. Tom argues the aliens will think they're surrendering if they hole up. Weaver takes note, but sticks with the Catskills plan.
Tom heads outside the hanger and hears a noise and goes to investigate. He finds Pope and is soon ambushed by his Berserkers."Let's get this alien stooge out of here before he causes any real damage," Pope says.
They take Tom into the woods where Pope gives him the option of leaving. Pope thinks people are creeped out by Tom's triumphant return from the aliens.
Pope is shoving Tom when suddenly Ben comes out of the darkness and holds a knife to Pope's throat to get his people to back down. Jimmy fires a warning shot. They free Tom and head back to camp.
Back at the hangar, Weaver interrogates Anthony to make sure he wasn't in on Pope's plan. Weaver wants to leave Pope and his people all behind but Tom argues that they need every fighter they can get. Tom concedes that they can't be sure what the aliens did to him.He suggests he join Pope's Berserkers to keep an eye on them.
They break the news to Pope, who reminds Weaver that he's not the enemy.
Out on patrol at night, Jimmy and Ben see a group of skitters, including Red Eye just sort of lurking in the woods. Jimmy stole a flaming round from the Berserkers and uses it to light two of them up. Ben rushes Red Eye but gets knocked down. Red Eye bashes Jimmy into a tree and Ben rises up to take him on. But Red Eye raises a, uh, hand and freezes Ben in his tracks. His harness ports glow blue and he's immobilized. Red Eye seems to talk to him, then he releases him and leaves.
Ben notices that Jimmy is skewered on a tree branch.
Ben brings Jimmy back to camp with the branch through his gut. Weaver and Tom demand to know what he was up to and are angry when he says he was hunting skitters.
Tom and Weaver take turns blaming themselves.
Tom and the Berserkers sweep the area to make sure there aren't any more skitters nearby. They find Jimmy's gun and compass and take cover when they hear noises. Two skitters come into the clearing and Tom overrules Pope's orders to fire.A mech joins them and picks up the carcasses and carries them off. Tom gets credit for keeping them from danger by firing. Pope is annoyed.
In the hangar, Hal is annoyed with his younger brother. Maggie tries to convince Hal to cut Ben some slack. Jimmy is still in surgery.
Tom gives Ben Jimmy's compass. Anne tells them she's done all she can for Jimmy. Ben takes off. Hal suggests his dad not try to follow.
They're interrupted by the noise of a byplane overhead. It lands and the female pilot Avery Churchill introduces herself. She's been looking for the 2nd Mass. She and four other pilots left South Carolina looking for survivors. She has orders from the new Continental Congress elected by 3,000 people in Charleston. The aliens' radar can't detect the plane because it's made out of fiberglass and cloth.She wants them to come to Charleston to join the resistance.
They've made contact with other parts of the world and her mission is to head on to Greenland and then Europe.
Weaver is suspicious and suggests she stay with them until they relocate, so she can't give away their position. Tom thinks Charleston sounds a lot better than the Catskills.
Tom finds Ben at Jimmy's bedside, blaming himself. Tom tries to reassure him.
In the hangar, Avery talks to the people selling the idea of Charleston. Weaver still isn't sold and asks Jamil to find snow tires for the mountain passes. Avery tells Tom they need people like him in Charleston.
Ben comes to get Anne, Jimmy's not breathing. She can't find a pulse and starts CPR. It has no effect. Jimmy's gone.
Weaver goes to dig a grave and Avery finds him. She tells him his people trust him and he should lead them to Charleston.
Tom and Ben prepare Jimmy to be buried. Ben is upset when he can't find Jimmy compass.
Tom finds Pope, who is kicking back drinking beer and has no plans to go to Jimmy's funeral, an "incredibly empty gesture."
Tom notices Pope has Jimmy's compass around his neck and gets angry. Pope taunts him, telling him to come get it. Tom charges him and they start brawling. Pope throws him into a car windshield but Tom gets up and takes him on again and starts wailing on him. Finally, one of Pope's guys breaks it up. Tom walks away with the compass.
They take the dispute to Weaver, who isn't inclined to do anything about it. Pope tells Tom he should have killed him when he had the chance. Pope threatens to leave and Weaver shows him the door.Pope's Berserkers don't follow, but Anthony volunteers to go with him. He feels indebted to Pope for saving his life, plus he tells Weaver someone has to make sure he doesn't double back.
Anne finds Tom tending to his wounds. He disturbed that he snapped and nearly killed Pope. They have a moment and Tom leans and kisses her. Anne's upset -- it's her son's birthday. All she wanted was for no one to die on this birthday.
At the funeral, Tom gives Ben the compass. Weaver gives a eulogy about Jimmy turning into a good soldier and dying a hero. Hal tries to comfort Ben.
Later, Weaver stands over Jimmy's grave as Avery takes off. Ben joins him, returning the compass Weaver gave Jimmy. "He was a good solder, that boy, but he had no sense of direction," Weaver says. Ben fights off tears and tells Weaver he's sorry.
Anne marks another day off on the calendar.
Weaver and Tom prepare to head out -- to Charleston. There are 176 people left out of the 300 they had when they started. Weaver wants to get back in the war.
Ben kneels in the dark at Jimmy's gravesite. He gets up to leave and nearly walks into Red Eye the skitter. He leans over Ben and Ben's harness knobs glow again. Hal's bike roars in the distance and Red Eye runs off.Ben tells Hal he's fine.
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Matt zips through the city streets on a scooter. Skitters track him. He finds himself trapped in an alley as two of them close in on him.
From up above, two of the Berserkers, Tector and Boone, blast the aliens with a giant caliber gun. Matt is covered in blood, but he loved it. "That was awesome!" he says.
Out on recon, Hal and Ben find the aliens are using a warehouse, with power. Hal tries to get his brother to talk, but Ben clams up. As they're talking, two people steal their motorcycles and take off. Ben can hear which way they're headed with his super alien hearing.
Back at camp, Tom presents Anne with junk food. They found a Korean grocery store and have food for a week. They take advantage of the alone time to do some making out.
They're interrupted by Lourdes.
Ben and Hal approach a burned out warehouse and hear voices. They split up. There are 15 disaffected youth inside. A kid named Diego is their leader. Hal walks in unarmed as Ben aims at the leader from above. The youths drop their guns.
Hal realizes there aren't any adults there. He offers them food and water and bike parts.Diego and some of the kids go with them.
Matt hangs out with the guys he went on patrol with and Tom finds them. He keeps them from giving the nine-year-old beer. Tom learns they used Matt as bait and is pissed. He takes their gun, and takes them off sniper duty and puts them on sanitation. Matt yells at his dad for ruining everything.
Hal and Ben come back with the kids. One of the girls gets off the bike and heads straight for Weaver. He's her dad.
Jeannie and her dad catch up. Her mom died of a stroke after she ran out of her blood pressure pills. Weaver tells his daughter that he came looking for them.
Diego and Hal talk about the area as Matt plays soccer with the kids. Tom invites them to come to Charleston with them.
Diego rounds everybody up and comes to check on Jeannie. He's her boyfriend
Lourdes hears Diego speaking Spanish and goes to talk to him, asking about the area of Mexico where her family is from. He tells her it was destroyed. Jamil sees she's upset but she won't talk to him.
Weaver hates to say good bye to his daughter even for a little while as they run to bring supplies to the kids.
Diego and the kids find a truck burning outside their hideout. It's trashed inside and they find blood. They hear someone crying in the corner. The skitters took all the kids.
Back at 2nd Mass camp, they figure the factory they saw might be a harness factory. Weaver tries to formulate a plan but Diego thinks they're wasting time. Weaver barks at him to wait and Diego tells him he doesn't take orders from a man who "couldn't save his own family."
Jeannie has to break up her dad and boyfriend.She says he's the same angry control freak "this is exactly why mom kicked you out."
Diego and his kids head out. He invites Matt to go with him.
Weaver leads his people out. Tom tells Ben he can sit the mission out and avoid going to a harness factory.
Weaver thinks his daughter was right about him and Tom urges him to talk to her. Tector asks to be allowed to go and Tom lets him.
They discover the kids and Matt went without them.
Outside the factory, they see Matt's baseball hat on the ground. They prepare to go in.
Matt wakes up strapped to a stretcher surrounded by the other kids. Some already have harnesses. Weaver's daughter Jeannie is there, too.
A skitter inspects the kids. A girl screams in the distance.
A wormlike thing comes out of a tank and slithers on a conveyor onto a boy's back. It releases spines into his back and locks down, turning from all organic to partly metal.
Diego and the other kids are held in a room, bound on the ground. Maggie and Hal find them.
The skitter moves on to Matt and another worm comes out of the tank. It's sliding on to Matt's back when Tom and Weaver come around the corner shooting. It's about to clamp down on Matt when Tom pulls it off and blasts it. Weaver frees his daughter who immediately apologizes.
Ben is suddenly mesmerized by the tank full of harness worms. He puts his hand on the glass and his harness ports glow blue. Hal sees. Ben shoots the tank and they pour out.Maggie and Diego lead the other kids with Tector and Dai.
The rest of the group takes garget practice at the worms. They're preparing to leave when a worm latches on to Weaver's leg. Jeannie helps pry it off. They get the harnessed boy and leave.
Back at camp, Anne gives Weaver antibiotics for his leg.Jean checks on her dad. He tells her he knows he let her down before and he wants to make it up to her. But she's not angry. She says he wasn't the best dad, but he is a great leader. He tells her he wants to change -- for her.
The kids are planning to leave. They don't want to be part of the resistance and they just want to find somewhere to hole up. She doesn't want to say good bye to Diego. Tom gives her the compass he always meant to give her.
Hal checks on Ben. He asks Ben about his glowing spokes. Ben denies it. He's ignoring the problem. He tells Hal to back off.
Tector reports to Tom and picks up laundry. Appreciative of his efforts to save Matt and the kids, Tom puts him back on sniper duty.
Jamil finds Lourdes alone in her bunk. She tells him about her aunt and uncle in Mexico. He tells her it's normal to be upset, she just has to start to hope for new good things.
Jean covers her dad with a blanket and leaves him a note saying she's not coming with them to Charleston. She doesn't want to give up her life with Diego and the other kids, they need her like the 2nd Mass needs him.
Jean gets on Diego's bike and rides off.
Matt climbs into bed with his dad; Lourdes holds onto Jamil. Everyone trying to find a new home in the world.
5Love and Other Acts of Courage
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A skitter addresses a crowd of gathered skitters, howling into the air. Red Eye responds. Ben hears the cries and runs to the roof and falls to his knees, raising his arms like the skitters.
Hal finds Maggie enjoying the skyline view. He's been keeping tabs on his "partner."Weaver wants them to scout pharmacies and hospitals. As they're talking there's a giant explosion in town.
The 2nd Mass mobilizes. Tom suggests if a resistance group is getting hit, they should help. Weaver authorizes Tom to take the Berserkers and go check it out. No one is sure where Ben is.
Tom and the Berserkers head toward the explosions and find a graveyard of smoldering skitters. There doesn't seem to be any live humans or skitters. The skitters were all killed by mechs.
Hal notices glowing blue spikes under a skitter and uncovers the person thinking it's Ben. But it's Rick, the formerly harnessed kid who wanted to be harnessed again.
Back in camp, Anne has patched up Rick's shoulder. Weaver is concerned about him as a security risk. Anne notices Weaver wincing. His leg wound is healing slowly and he needs new antibiotics.
Back at camp, they still can't find Ben. Hal tells Tom about Ben's spikes glowing at the harnessing facility.
Rick wakes up on the med bus and is completely disoriented and panicked. He tells them Ben's badly hurt and in danger. He offers to show them where he is and Tom is willing to take the risk it's a trap.
Rick leads Tom, Weaver, Dai and a few others. They notices Rick's spikes glowing. Rick says: "Ben's here, too."They notice a trail of blood and go into a warehouse.
Ben is upset Rick brought Tom and everyone, but Rick says that "he" is hurt and he needs their help.Ben holds a gun on his dad and then reveals who they're talking about: it's Red Eye.
Tom remembers Red Eye tried to kill him on the ship, but through Rick, Red Eye explains he saved Tom. Both Rick and Ben want them to help Red Eye, who is injured.He tells Tom that they are fighting the same enemy.
Red Eye collapses and so does Rick. Weaver and everyone want to kill Red Eye, but Tom argues he might be good for intel.
Hal, Maggie, Tector and Crazy Lee are out on recon at a hospital for supplies when they hear a mech approaching. Hal and Maggie get in a car in the backseat and he pulls her down on top of him as they hide. The mechs stomp past.
Tom, Weaver and the rest of the group bring Red Eye back to camp, strapped to a truck. Ben tries to get people to listen to him as he argues to save Red Eye.
Tom pulls Ben aside. Ben tells him Red Eye is in charge of the skitter rebellion and he's been in communication with him since Jimmy died.
Ben explains some skitters have been able to resist the effects of the harness and they've been resisting for 100 years but never able to get anywhere. Red Eye had to go along with torturing Tom to gain access to the ship and their plans.Ben says Red Eye believes the human race is their best chance for resistance, by forming an alliance.
In the back of the car, the mechs continue clomping by Hal and Maggie. Hal remembers making out with a girl named Rita in the back of his first car. Maggie mentions Karen, Hal's harnessed former girlfriend, killing the mood.
Out of the car, she apologizes to Hal.
In camp, Rick talks to Tom for Red Eye. Tom wants to know why Ben is so important to him. Red Eye tells him there's a death squad on the way to kill Red Eye and everyone in the camp.
Hal and Tector go through another hospital and find a fully stocked pharmacy. Hal goes to get Maggie, who's not eager to go back into a hospital after her battle with cancer.
She tells Hal she had brain tumors, they did three operations. She talks about losing her will to live and getting it back. They kiss, but she gets freaked out and runs off.
Back talking to Red Eye, he mentions the 20 revolutionary skitters that died that morning. Tom doesn't buy the idea of a skitter revolution. He wants to know why they'd revolt.
"They" came to the skitters planet and turned them into slaves, infusing the chem-lock into their spines as children, the same way they've harnessed humans. They tried to fight back, but "they" were too powerful. But they've seen how humans fight back. Together they could overthrow their oppressors.
Tom still doesn't believe him, having seen skitters kill without remorse. Red Eye is willing to debate but then says the main point is that human's weapons are substandard and they don't understand the aliens tactics."So you can join us and survive or fight alone and die," he says.
After they nap for a few hours, Hal tries to talk to Maggie, but she says nothing can happen between them. They're racing back on bikes when they start getting shot at from the sky.
Tom hears it and Red Eye tells him it's the death squad on his trail.
Maggie gets hit and Hal speeds back across to get her, taking fire. He reaches her safely and picks her up.
Back at camp, Weaver thinks the attack means Red Eye lead them straight to camp. Tom tries to talk to him, but he and the others don't want to hear it. Weaver orders Tom to stand down, but Tom won't.
Red Eye slips out of his cage and scampers up the ceiling. Someone shoots at him with a shot gun and Rick steps in front to protect him. He gets shot and Red Eye escapes.
Hal brings Maggie to Anne. Weaver tells them they're moving out.Anne looks at Maggie's wound, she's shot through the side.
Ben looks over Rick as he gasps for breath. He tells Ben to make his father and everyone believe.
The 2nd Mass packs up and moves out. They settle into the hospital. Lourdes tells Hal that there weren't any bullet fragments in Maggie and she should be OK.
Hal goes in to talk to Maggie, telling her he needs her. Maggie asks him to stay with her until she falls asleep. She takes his hand.
Anne gives Weaver a sedative. Tom comes to talk to him. Weaver is "pissed as hell" that Tom disobeyed a direct order. Tom apologizes.
Weaver is worried about Ben -- not his well-being, the risk he poses to the 2nd Mass. Weaver warns him hard choices have to be made some times and asks if Tom will be able to handle it.Tom's not sure. "I'd just as soon not have to make it for you," Weaver tells him.
As Weaver's sedative kicks in, he confesses to Tom that he didn't like him much when he met him, but he respects him now.
Out in the hall, Tom is glad the hospital will give them all a chance to recharge on the way to Charleston. Tom thinks Ben is a typical teenager, wanting to change the world.
Jamil gets the hospital's generator going. Tom takes Anne by the arm and mentions the number of empty rooms around the place. They find one.
Up on the roof, Ben sits alone and looks at the stars. Matt finds him.Ben has a secret. He tells Matt he has to go away for awhile. "Is it because of that skitter?""Something like that."He doesn't know when.
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Tom and Anne wake up in their shared room in the hospital, where they've been hunkered down for two weeks. They enjoy how almost normal it seems. Tom remembers the old days, including the smell of coffee brewing and his boys fighting and his wife breaking them up. He apologizes for bringing up his wife, but Anne understands -- she had a husband, too. This is the life they have now and they're enjoying it.
Tom gets to Weaver's briefing late, expecting him to jump on him. He does, giving a mini-lecture on complacency and how they can ill afford it. Tom notices Weaver's arm twitching, then suddenly he's flopping around like a fish. Tom looks at Weaver's skin and they see his veins are turning black."What have those damn aliens done to me?" Weaver asks.
They bring him to Anne, who knows immediately that it's the result of the infection in his leg spreading. It's the wound from the skitter spike and Weaver forbid Anne from telling Tom.
Tom is crappy to her and yells at her for keeping the secret. He wants to get Weaver to Charleston ASAP, where a doctor might have a better idea how to help him. Anne tries not to be insulted. Tom resolves to leave for Charleston tonight.
Maggie goes on patrol despite her stitches, wanting to get out of the hospital. Hal tries again to convince her to go out with him, but she's resolved not to. She asked to be transferred to another unit.
As they're walking out in the woods they see a human foot under leaves. It's a dead child with their harness removed. There are more of them. They uncover all the bodies and check for a pulse. They're all dead except one: Karen.
Tom addresses the troops, telling them he wants to leave for Charleston tonight. Jamil points out Weaver has had him using the diesel from the trucks to power the generators, but they haven't been able to find more fuel. Worse, they only have 12 hours of the generator left.
Tom orders them to conserve the generator and sends out fuel search parties.
Hal and Maggie return with Karen, who's barely breathing. Ben warns them not to let her in, saying she's still connected to the aliens. He can hear it.
Tom orders her brought to a secure room. Later, she wakes up surrounded by Maggie, Anne, Hal and Tom. Ben tells them again not to trust her.
Karen tells Tom not being able to stop the aliens from torturing him was horrible.
She only remembers being on the ship and then waking up and seeing Hal's face. She guesses that she'd served her purpose so they removed her harness.She tells them she's happy to be home. Maggie doesn't believe her.
Ben wants to stay with her, saying he has the best chance of finding if something's not right. Hal asks Ben why he's being so suspicious. Ben has never met her -- she got captured trying to rescue Ben.
Ben says she'll manipulate Hal and he should stay away. Hal is angry, but Maggie thinks Ben is right.
Tom checks on Weaver and Anne says he's getting exponentially worse. She thinks the toxin in Weaver needed time to mature. Tom wants to just drive him to Charleston, but Anne doesn't think he can be moved. They get in a shouting match over whose call it is that ends when Tom accidentally calls Anne by his dead wife's name. Anne understands. They continue calmly, with her asking to have until midnight to come up with a plan and if she can't, then Tom can take him. Tom thinks the survival of the 2nd Mass depends on Weaver.
Ben sits outside Karen's room. She asks about Uncle Scott and Ben says he's dead, along with a lot of other good people killed by her "masters."She plays dumb.
He tells her he can hear her, she's still connected to them. She says she just hears a kind of static. She describes being harnessed like having a hand wrapped around her throat, moving her around like a rag doll. She says being on the mother ship was 10 times worse than being with the skitters.
Ben goes to get her more bread and Karen seems to enjoy the effect she's having on him.
Lourdes has a plan for Weaver. They noticed his temperature was dropping, which is the opposite of what happens with an infection. They think heating him might slow or stop it. They want to try a technique of pumping out his blood, heating it, and pumping it back in. They ask Jamil to build a machine to do it.
One of the fuel scouting parties comes back. They don't have fuel, but they do have Pope and Anthony. Pope's knocked out. Anthony says they got hit outside of Durham and he got them out of there but eventually collapsed. Anne says Pope has a concussion but should be fine.
Ben brings Karen more food. He mentions they're leaving, but says he doesn't know where. Karen tells him she can hear conversation far away. She also has crazy strength. She picks up her bed. He rushes over to her and tells her to put it down. When he gets close to her their spikes start glowing, they can feel what the other one is feeling. They're close to kissing when Hal comes in. Ben runs out.
Jamil has a machine rigged and ready to go but it's going to take eight hours to pump all his blood. Tom apologizes to Anne for thinking he knew better. They're talking when the power goes out in the generator. Tom works Weaver's blood pumping machine manually. Jamil brings the generator in and hooks it up.
Tector comes back with a truck bed full of fuel.
Maggie tracks down Hal. He thinks something bad is going to happen to Karen. He thinks Ben's trying to recruit her. He tells her what happened between Karen and Ben.
Maggie takes it to mean the opposite and tells Hal to find Ben because if anyone's in danger, it's him.
Maggie goes to the room where Karen is being held and relieves the guard. She goes in and pulls guns on Karen and tells her to quit pretending.
Karen turns the tables on her, saying she doesn't deserve Hal. She keeps taunting Maggie until she fires. Karen runs up a wall and flips over Maggie's head, kicking her to the ground. Karen is standing over Maggie when she hears Ben approaching. She throws herself against a wall for effect and, with Maggie unconscious, tells him that Maggie tried to shoot her and they (Karen and Ben) aren't safe here.
Ben says he knows a place where they'll be accepted, but they have to leave. Ben shows Karen to the stairs and they run up to the roof.
Hal follows them up there, telling Ben to come with him. Ben says they need to leave for their protection and for the 2nd Mass. Ben walks toward Hal and grabs him around the neck, knocking him out. Karen says she's sorry it came to this.
Ben and Karen stare out into the darkness off the roof. Their spikes glow. He takes her hand and they jump off the top of the four stories and run into the woods.
Inside, Weaver seems to be getting better. He's breathing on his own and his temperature is getting back to normal. But Anne has no way of knowing what other damage was done.
Tom worries about what to do about the lack of fuel, food and ammunition. Anne assures him they'll get through it together.Weaver wakes up. "How much fuel did we burn saving my sorry ass?" he asks.
Pope is awake and asking for Tom. He says it's life and death. Tom visits Pope, who is fighting to get out of bed. He says the aliens are on their way to get Ben. Pope ran into a bunch of them and a blonde girl was talking for them. They realize he's talking about Karen.
They wanted to know where to find Ben and there was some talk of a skitter rebellion. That was at least two days ago.
Tom races off to find Karen, and finds Maggie bleeding on the floor. He finds Hal unconscious on the roof.
Ben and Karen run through the woods, their spikes glowing.
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Ben is placed in harm's way by someone who he thought he could trust. Tom captures another hostage. Weaver offers Matt a job to lift his spirits and make him feel useful. And when members of the 2nd Mass are trapped in the basement of a building, the situation takes a turn for the worst when they find themselves faced with a new enemy.
05 Aug 2012Description ▼
On the road to Charleston at night, Tom thinks about saying good-bye to Ben.
He wished him luck and hugged him. Ben assured his dad it'd be OK and they'd see each other again. Then he walked away.
Back on the bus, Tom doesn't want to stop even though Anthony says they're low on fuel. Matt gives his dad his will, because everyone's saying they're not going to make it to Charleston.
In another truck, Tector drives for Weaver.
Hal drives with Maggie, with Pope in the back. "All this Beer Duty is starting to take its toll on me," he announces. But they can't stop til they run out of fuel.
Maggie says she is ready to kill Pope and Hal assures her he's thought about it. She doesn't think he has that darkness in him.
In the medical truck, Lourdes is having a hard time focusing on the patient.Tom has a blister, but doesn't bother Anne with it.
Weaver notices Tector avoids the word "sir," but he can tell from his skill with a weapon that he has a military background. They're about to talk about it when the truck hits something. It's a harnessed young girl.
Anne looks her over. Her harness isn't glowing, so Anne thinks it's damaged. Weaver wants to leave her in case she's a spy.She wakes up and asks about her brother Tyler. Weaver decides to lock her up in the back.
Hal hopes Ben is waiting for them in Charleston. Maggie tells him to trust in fate, noting how much her life has changed for the better. Their truck starts to overheat. Pope tells them to keep going, he knows there's a river up ahead -- he used to take the road to visit his kids in Florida.
On the med bus, Tom wonders what will happen to the kids who have been harnessed. Matt goes to get a look at the girl, who has scales starting to grow on her face. He brings her food and mentions his brother was harnessed. He offers his hand and she extends her, which is already half alien, webbed with long fingers and nails.
Hal pulls the scout truck over and worries what will happen to the others without them in front looking out. Pope says the radiator hose has a hole and sends Hal for water. Maggie stays behind to watch him."What's going to happen when he finds out the truth about you? About who and what you really are, what then?" Pope asks Maggie.
In the med bus, Anne passes a sign saying they're 146 miles outside of Charleston. The water tank is about a third empty from a leak. Tom tries to fix it and yowls in pain.Lourdes hovers over Jamil's tools, collecting them.
Stopped on the side of the road, Pope tells Maggie that people like them don't belong in Charleston. She thinks nothing good comes from Hal finding out about her past, but Pope urges her to tell the truth.
Ben talks to Jenny the harnessed girl. She explains Tyler and some others kids became her siblings when they were "joined to the same guardian." They were all killed by humans. She says she loves her guardian, she took care of her. Ben tells her the 2nd Mass can be her family. She asks what's in Charleston.
Weaver continues interrogating Tector and figures out he was a Marine. He admits to being a gunnery sergeant who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Weaver wants to get Tector a leadership role, but Tector plans to leave after Charleston. He doesn't want to talk about it.
Ben tells Jenny all about Charleston, reading from his journal. He wants her to come so he'll have a friend. She thinks people won't accept her.
Jenny starts to feel something and then says that she can feel Tyler near. A skitter jumps on the side of the bus. They pull over to inspect but don't see anything.
Pope gets the truck started again. Hal tries to figure out what route the convoy would have taken. He drops hints at Maggie to fess up. Hal tries to ask Maggie about it.She tells him when she got out of the hospital, she got overwhelmed and wanted to get away from everything. She got into drugs and stealing to support her habit. She got caught and ended up in prison. She had a baby boy in prison, but the state took him away.
Pulled over, Tom notices they've seen no sign of Hal, Maggie or Pope for 250 miles. Weaver promises they'll circle back after they reach Charleston.
Back on the truck, "Tyler" jumps on the bus again, Jenny's harness lights up and she easily breaks her chains. She tells Matt she has to go. She knocks him over and runs off the bus, harness glowing into the night.
Back on the road, Tom checks on Matt, who has a bump on his head. Tom explains Ben is only with the rebel skitters so he can fight with them to protect his family. Matt's worried Ben might not come back. He writes in his journal.
Lourdes goes to check on their severely dehydrated patient and realizes he's dead. Lourdes is not handling things well.
Maggie prods Hal for a reaction to her news. He wants time to think. Suddenly there's a bright white light in front of them. Hal slams on the breaks.
Weaver thinks Tector feels guilty over Boone's death. He tells Weaver about leading his patrol into an ambush in Afghanistan. Weaver start yelling at him that he killed those men, and Boone, then says of course it's not his fault. The enemy killed those people.
Weaver knows what it's like to lose people. He contemplated leaving after they lost all those people in Fitchburg, but he knew he couldn't desert his people.
Suddenly, the whole convoy stops.
Lourdes apologizes to Anne, saying she's just still mad. Tom and Weaver and the rest go to inspect Charleston. The main bridge into town is destroyed. The city is in ruins, bombed beyond recognition. They take it all in, realizing their dream is dead.
On the med bus, they try to cope with a day of failures. Tom was so sure Charleston was real, he knew how badly they needed it. "I don't know where Hal is and I don't think I'm ever going to see Ben again, and my nine-year-old just made out his will," Tom says.Anne tries to convince him not to lose hope.
Weaver tries to figure out what to do next. Tector tells him his people need him, even if Weaver doesn't know what to say to them. "I respectfully suggest you make something up, sir," Tector says, saluting him.
Weaver fires a shot into the air to get everyone's attention. He tells people he should have known better, but now they have to work harder to make the dream happen. He tells everyone they're going to get back in the vehicles and forge on.
They hear a rustling in the woods. It's Col. Jim Porter from the First Continental army. He heard the shot. He presents Weaver with a bag of strawberries.He tells Tom there's a legend building around him.
The strawberries came from the new capital of the U.S., Charleston. Porter explains that looks can be deceiving. Hal and Maggie are with him. Hal's confident they'll see Ben again; he thinks fate owes them.
9The Price of Greatness
12 Aug 2012Description ▼
Col. Porter leads the 2nd Mass to the new headquarters. It's an underground mall that looks destroyed from the outside.
They walk down the escalators and see a giant American flag and hundreds of people waiting for them. They're greeted with cheers and hot food.
Weaver runs into his daughter, Jean. She says things with her boyfriend "got all messed up" when they left.
Pope assures his Berserkers that he plans to leave soon.
Matt is excited that there might be school.
Tom is spotted by Arthur Manchester (Terry O'Quinn), the former head of Boston College's History Department. Tom took all his classes. He's the new "majority leader, 'President' felt presumptuous."
Tom gives Arthur a list of all the people in the 2nd Mass and their assignments. Arthur promises to find them some housing and real beds.
Captain Weaver and Tector go meet General Bressler (Matt Frewer). Weaver is surprised when Tector gives his old Marine Corps rank.
Bressler offers them a drink.
Weaver goes to the map and tells Bressler where they've spotted aliens. He offers their scouts, but Bressler says they won't be needed and dismisses Porter.
Bressler explains that the aliens think Charleston has been conquered and so the civilian authority has decided not to engage the aliens and give them any reason to come back. Bressler explains that Manchester began building power early and earned a loyal following.
Weaver is taking this all in when Hal comes running.
They find Tom in the middle of a group of people shouting. Tom is face to face with a member of the army named Clemons, who has orders to take the 2nd Mass' weapons and split them up in different housing units.
Porter explains that they store weapons in one place and issue according to mission, but he'll back down if Weaver tells him to.
Weaver agrees with Porter and Tom goes along, saying they have to start thinking beyond the 2nd Mass. They turn over their weapons.
Tom wakes up in a real bed with sheets in his room with Anne. They get a delivery of the South Carolina Gazette and an invitation from Manchester. Anne is assigned to the medical shop with Lourdes.
Tom visits Manchester, whose office is stacked with books. He even has fresh tomatoes from their hydroponic garden.
Manchester has visions of a new government, from the ground up. He wants a new political system, for a post-invasion world. He compares them to Washington and Jefferson.
Manchester explains there's a confidence vote on his leadership tomorrow and he wants Tom to stand with him.
Tom tells him about the rebel aliens and suggests they ally with them. Manchester tells him not to say another word because it would induce panic.
Weaver finds his daughter working the chow line. He asks again what happened with Diego. A skitter patrol ambushed them and they scattered, but Diego and the rest never made the rendezvous. She came to Charleston alone.
Manchester refused to send a patrol. She wants to say something in the meeting tomorrow, Weaver promises to back her.
Anne reports to the hospital area and meets an arrogant heart surgeon who tries to dump a bunch of easy cases on her. She shouts him in place, explaining that she might be a pediatrician by training but she's been a combat surgeon for the past year.
Later, she finds Tom in the chow line. Jean serves them food explaining that last night was a special meal to impress them. She also says most people don't have their own quarters and are sleeping 10 to a cubicle. She's on edge and warns them to watch themselves.
Tom and Anne eat, discussing the odd vibe. Everyone seems very casual, like they've forgotten the aliens are even there.
Pope and his people check out the weapon stores. Maggie hears him saying they're just getting the lay of the land so they can figure out what they can grab and leave.
Clemons and Tector, now going as Gunnery Sgt. Murphy, bark at them to fall in line.
Weaver finds Hal practicing putting his weapon together. He tells Hal that a lot of people have never seen combat and because Hal has, he might end up leading them so he needs to earn their respect.
Maggie sneaks a gun from the weapons lock-up.
Tom goes back to his quarters and finds Anne patching up Matt. He got in a fight. A kid said the 2nd Mass is a bunch of cowards who just came here to steal from them and that Tom made a deal with the aliens to get released. Matt acknowledges he took the first swing. He's been suspended for a week.
Maggie finds Pope and the Berserkers trying to steal the weapons and gives them a chance to walk away. But before they can, Clemons and Tector bust them. When one of the Berserkers charges, Tector shoots him in the arm.
Pope now has it in for Clemons. They take Maggie in with them as she's saying it's not what it looks like.
Tom finds Manchester, urging him to let Maggie walk. He doesn't think they belong in lock-up and says that they'll need people like them to fight the aliens.
Manchester says he can't afford to look weak now. He asks Tom to back him in the vote tonight and he'll look into things.
Hal pays Maggie a visit in lock-up. He wants to get her out of there, but she's still angry about his non-response to her news that she had a kid in prison. He apologizes, but she runs him off.
Jean speaks at the meeting, saying that she's grateful but she can't help thinking about the friends she has out there and the fact they're not doing anything. "I don't think that makes you a bad man, Dr. Manchester, but I do think you're wrong," she says.
Manchester introduces Tom as "the hero of the 2nd Mass."
The room of hundreds cheers for him. He congratulates them on rebuilding, but talks about the resistance, and wonders if their real mission has been lost. He takes out Manchester's book and reads from it: about people who advocated for accommodation during the American Revolution and those who understood the fight would only be over when the enemy was gone.
Tom goes on, saying that the aliens will only leave when they're forced. He's not ready to stop fighting.
Clemons interrupts with a message for Bressler. There's a de-harnessed boy outside who says he has a message for Tom.
It's not Ben. Tom doesn't recognize him. He says there's been a development with the overlords and Red Eye is waiting nearby to talk to him.
Tom is ready to go. Bressler, Weaver and Tom think the rebel aliens are their only tactical advantage, but Manchester orders the de-harnessed boy put in lock-up. He is upset that Tom didn't mention his son Ben was with them.
Left alone, Manchester tells Tom he didn't expect his friend to turn on him. He thinks Bressler got to him.
Manchester brings Pope up to his office for a steak dinner. He wants info on Tom Mason. "If you have anything on Mason that could impact our security, I'll look into letting you out," Manchester says.
Pope tells Manchester that Mason is pompous but if anyone's going to knock him down it'll be him and not Manchester.
Dai and Hal go down to lock up to break out Maggie and the de-harnessed kid to meet with the aliens.
Hal explains that he needed time to think after Maggie told him about her "bad girl past" because he's never met that Maggie. He offers her a clean slate. She agrees to go with them.
They meet up with Weaver and Tom and Porter clears a path for them. Before they can leave, Bressler busts in with his men and surrounds them. Bressler announces that Manchester has declared a state of emergency and the "dissidents" are all under arrest. Tom tries to get Bressler to talk to Manchester, but he refuses. Tector puts down his weapon and respectfully declines to arrest them, so they round him up, too.
Elsewhere, Manchester orders all members of the 2nd Mass rounded up, including Anne and Matt. He says they have to be watched until they prove they can be trusted.
Tom and Weaver are brought before Manchester, who says Tom should have told him he was abducted. He tells Tom people in the 2nd Mass told him about it. Manchester tells Bressler to lock them up, but Bressler asks "then what?"
Manchester plans a civilian trial for treason. There are announcements telling people to report anyone they see in the 2nd Mass.
Bressler comes down to lock-up and orders everyone released. He puts Manchester in a cell and announces Charleston is now under martial law. He urges Tom to hustle if he wants to make the meet up with the rebel aliens.
"Nice work, boys, look like you dropped us in the middle of a good old fashioned coup," Pope says.
10A More Perfect Union
19 Aug 2012Description ▼
When skitters approach the newly combined resistance force, the groups' interaction surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Tom finds out life-changing news just as the 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with their most dangerous threat to date.
1On Thin Ice
Harnessed children work in a mine as skitters and mechs supervise. Weaver, his daughter Jeanne, and Matt peer from the edges of the mine as they try to rescue her harnessed boyfriend Diego. Matt sneaks in and plants alien charges around the mine. They detonate the charges. Ben and another teen rappel down the cliff to take on the skitters as Pope and his band bust in firing, with Maggie and Hal in Jeeps. It's a full on assault of the aliens.The 2nd Mass loads the harnessed kids into vans, liberating them. They think they've won but suddenly two giant Mega Mechs rise up from behind the boulders, where they appeared to be waiting. The rebels run for cover, but are sitting ducks. A fresh wave of skitters runs out of the mine and attacks Ben. From above, Red Eye the rebel skitter and his cohorts race down to aid the human rebels. Tom rides in on horseback with a new Volm alien at his side and they help end the fighting. The members of the 2nd Mass head home. Back at base, Tom is greeted by Bressler, who calls him president. Marina Perlata (Gloria Reuben), one of Tom's aides, beseeches him not to go out fighting anymore, but he won't hear it. Seven months have passed. Hal is helped out of the Jeep's firing tower and into his wheelchair. Jeanne brings Diego to Anne Glass, who is super pregnant, to remove his harness. She has a fancy new Volm contraption she uses to remove it easily and painlessly. She's the only one the Volm have taught how to use it. Tom reports to a debriefing attended by Weaver, Bressler, his sons and Cochise, their new alien ally. They think the ambush means they have a mole. Cochise politely weighs in, saying they're unnerving the Espheni. Tom wants to appoint Arthur Manchester to head an investigation into the mole. At night asleep, in a bed he shares with Maggie, Hal dreams he is walking through a forest to meet Karen, his old girlfriend turned alien collaborator. They kiss passionately until he wakes up with a start. He tells Maggie he doesn't remember what the dream was about. Ben tells his dad that Red Eye wants a meeting tonight outside of town; the rebel aliens don't want to come into town because of the anti-skitter talk. In physical therapy, Maggie shares her concerns about what Karen might have done to Hal. Lourdes assures her they checked him out thoroughly after his alien encounter and found nothing wrong, even though his legs don't seem to work. Manchester tries to recruit Anthony (Mpho Koaho) to help with his investigation into the mole because he used to be a police officer. Manchester has a list of 50 possible suspects and needs help to narrow it down. Red Eye meets with Weaver and Tom and tells them they've heard word of another major attack on Charleston. He says the new alien Volm are targeting the Espheni, who have a new even more dangerous overlord: Karen. Back at the base, Manchester tells Tom he's narrowed the list of suspects down to a dozen. He's about to inform Tom when Anne goes into labor. Jeanne explains to Diego that she'd been looking for him. The Volm have given the humans new weapons, technology and strategies to defeat the Espheni, whom they've been following from planet to planet trying to fight. In a saloon in Popetown on the edge of Charleston, which looks like something from the Wild West, Pope shushes anti-alien talk, lording over the place that bears his name. An unseen person pays Manchester a visit. He's not surprised to see them, asking if it's that time already, but then sees the gun. "So it's you?" Manchester says.Whoever it is shoots him in the chest. Later, looking into Manchester's murder, Anthony looks at the blast that killed Manchester and thinks it's from modified Volm technology. Tom asks Anthony to pick up the investigation into the mole. Tom rushes to Anne's side as she gives birth. It's a girl. Tom opens the Citizen's Forum by welcoming his new daughter Alexis. He gives a rally-the-troops speech. Pope watches, annoyed, and says he has a plan. At night, Hal is with Karen in the forest again. She talks about her "transformation" to become one of the Espheni. She planted a probe in Hal's brain, so they'll be connected. She kisses him again. She says he woke up paralyzed from the neck down seven months ago because he was fighting the probe. She strips and climbs on top of him, her alien spine glowing. Weaver and Tom share a toast to the future. Weaver admits he doesn't trust the Volm, but Tom thinks Cochise and the Volm are the reason they're winning against the Espheni. Anne wakes up in the middle of the night to see her newborn sitting up in her bassinet smiling at her. Hal wakes up in the morning and can't find his boots, which he left by his bed and are now in the back of his closet covered in mud. Tom and Cochise take Weaver down to a secret underground tunnel that only they know about. There are towers around town that prevent the Volm ships from entering the atmosphere. Tom shows Weaver a giant weapon the size of a building that's being constructed underground.
Ben sneaks a look at a nuclear plant where dozens of Mega Mechs are waiting to refuel. Harnessed kids are working below but dropping like flies from the radiation. Hal sees Maggie goofing around with Lars, her battle buddy, and gets jealous. Maggie can tell Hal's holding something back about what Karen did to him. Weaver lays out plans to attack the nuclear plant from behind, with Marina Perlata and Porter. Weaver will take a small team while the Volm stay behind to protect the city. They're worried about blowing up the plant and setting off a massive radiation leak. Marina mentions Roger Kadar (Robert Sean Leonard), a nuclear physicist, who's an agoraphobe who never leaves his lab. Marina brings Tom and Weaver to see him. He's talking to himself and running experiments. He's the reason Charleston has power. He's intrigued by their request for help to safely destroy the reactor. Anne is changing her week-old daughter's diaper when she takes her eyes off her and finds her under the bed, saying "Mama." When Tom comes home she tells him Alexis is very advanced. Matt and his friends set off a half stick of dynamite in an abandoned house. The blast is so big it brings troops. Anne chews him out later for scaring people. He says he was bored. She tells him he has to start going to class again and he throws "a you're not my mother" at her. Down with Dr. Kadar, he explains how to turn the reactor off before they blow it and make sure the containment doesn't meltdown. They need him to show them where to put the charges, but he freaks out over the idea of leaving his lab. Up in the war room, Gen. Porter leads a briefing on the attack, which relies on surprise. Kadar is there. Weaver explains that his fighters, including Anthony and Pope, will sneak in from the undefended back of the plant. Nobody is being told more about the mission than they need to know for their part, but Pope's guys are nosy. Someone sneaks into the war room at night and scans the plants with alien tech. The scanner turns into a tiny flying machine and takes off. Out in the forest, Pope, Weaver and his men walk right into an attack. The back way wasn't left open. But it turns out, that was exactly the plan. Tom knew the mole would leak the plans. He and his men and Dr. Kadar are waiting to enter the plant now that Weaver and Pope have drawn the mechs away. Tom and Anthony are quickly fired on by harnessed kids who are guarding the plant. They fire on them but then go to rescue a harnessed kid who's crying in pain. The kid barely looks human anymore and quickly dies. Another harnessed kid attacks Lars. Tom and Maggie lead Dr. Kadar into the plant. Out in the woods, Ben, Pope and his men are fighting off the mechs when Hal rides in on his Jeep and joins the fight. In the plant, Kadar calculates they have 15 minutes to set the charges before the radiation gets them. When a skitter fires on them, Kadar falls and breaks his glasses. He's useless in the control room and starts to freak out. He directs Tom on what to do to shut down the reactor. Maggie fends off harnessed kids outside the control room as Tom tries to hot wire the control board. They succeed in shutting it down and get out. Weaver and his men collect their dead. The plan they died for was a success, the mole never learned the real plan. Pope is angry they used their own as sacrificial lambs. Weaver doesn't seem particularly pleased about it either. Tom, Kadar and everyone get clear of the plant and watch it blow, and no mushroom cloud ensues. Back at Charleston, Lars is dying from a toxic bite from a harnessed kid. Tom thanks him as Hal and Maggie sit at his bedside. Lars asks Maggie to keep his dog tags. Later, Tom and Weaver toast the fallen. Weaver is still skeptical of the Volm.He worries that the weapon they're building might not be what they say it is. Cochise drops in, to thank them. He tells them to expect the Espheni to attack Charleston in force. They are bringing in every surviving mech and beamer in the region and will hit them hard to prove the humans haven't weakened them. "I advise you to keep your soldiers on the perimeter on high alert," Cochise says. Later, Matt visits his dad to apologize for blowing up the building. Tom has put him on a detail to rebuild it. Matt still doesn't see the point of school during war. Tom tells him they'll need people to rebuild when the war is over. Tom feels bad for not being around more and promises to help with his homework. Matt tells his dad he said something really mean to Anne. Tom tells his son to talk to her. Matt goes to Anne to apologize. He asks if he can call her "mom." Matt notices the baby never cries. Anne settles for calling her unique. Maggie wakes up in the morning to see Hal gone and his chair empty. She finds him in the woods, walking away from her. He's in a trance. She shakes him out of it and points out he's walking. She helps him away. Karen and a skitter watch him go.
Matt totes a rifle through outposts around Charleston, resupplying soldiers on guard for the expected Espheni attack. Anthony mans one, Ben another and Pope and his Berserkers another. Matt brings food and coffee to Pope and Crazy Lee. From afar, as they're distracted, someone takes aim at Crazy Lee. Back at base, Tom watches Hal do his physical therapy. He's walking again, with crutches. Tom checks on Jeanne's efforts to construct a Liberty Tree in the town square, as a symbol. Crazy Lee goes to another pile of rubble to go to the bathroom. Pope makes her put on a bullet proof vest made of car tires before she goes. Shots ring out. Pope goes to check on her and thinks the vest has saved her, but then he sees that she fell on a piece of rebar and it's skewered in the back of her head. She can't see. He sends Matt for a hacksaw. Tom and Weaver hear reports of gunfire and head out to investigate. There's lots of firing, but they can't see who's doing the shooting. Weaver hits a shooter and goes to investigate: it's a man, not an alien. Pope is about to saw at the rebar through Crazy Lee's head when notices how deep it is. It goes all the way through her head and comes out the top. Back at the base, Anne goes to draw blood from her daughter Alexis and thinks she hears the infant say "don't". When he looks at the blood, she turns back around and sees her weeks old daughter standing in her crib. Anne freaks out and tells Lourdes it's not normal, but Anne's the only one who's seen it. Amid the shooting, Weaver aims an AT-4 at the shooter and President Mason says he wants to talk. When the man fires, Weaver blasts him.Except that it turns out to be a woman. Crazy Lee is alive, but still impaled. Pope gently saws at the rebar as Matt hold's Crazy Lee's head. Eventually, she tries to tell him to stop, but Matt doesn't want to give up. Back at base, Lourdes goes to Tom and tells her she's worried about Anne and thinks she might have post partum depression or psychosis. Lourdes ran tests on Alexis when she was born and they were all normal. Maggie comes back to her room and sees Hal packing up to leave. He tells her Karen implanted something in him and he's been going to see her. He's worried he's the mole. Maggie assures him he's not and vows to stand by him. Tom goes to see Anne and apologizes for being neglectful. "You have no idea what you're talking about, Tom....I don't think she's human," Anne says of their daughter. Back at base, in the hospital, Loudres explains Crazy Lee's injury to Pope. The rebar is the only thing keeping her alive. Later, Tom changes his daughter's diaper, marveling at her. She seems like a normal 3 week old. Anne insists she's not crazy. In jail, Weaver and Bressler talk to the woman who was firing on them. She'll only say her name, Katherine Fisher, and her rank and serial number. Tom joins them and offers to guess what happened: they watched Charleston for a few days and saw them working with the Espheni, harnessed kids and a new race of aliens and thought they were human collaborators. He explains that the Espheni are rebels and the Volm are helping them. When she's told Tom is the president, she says she works for the real President, Benjamin Hathaway. He sent her there. Later, Bressler, Weaver and Tom try to figure out what the rest of people are going to tell the President about them. They worry about how to prep for an Espheni attack and deal with whatever the President is going to think. Lourdes goes to check on Anne, who is worried about keeping it together. Anne is ready to accept her help until she realizes that Tom sent her. Weaver visits Jeanne by the Liberty Tree, which welders are still working on. Jeanne is worried about the threats they're facing and he reassures her. Tom visits Crazy Lee in the hospital to comfort Matt and thank her. Pope stops him and gives him grief for the lack of information he's giving them. He blames Tom for what happened to Crazy Lee. Tom doesn't argue. Pope sits by Crazy Lee's bedside and talks to her. She asks him to take her to Disneyland. But he can't go, he got in a fight with Goofy and is banned for life. She passes away. Pope takes her necklace and gives it to Matt. Back with Hal, Maggie tries to jog his memory to see if he really is the mole. She says he isn't responsible if Karen is controlling him somehow. She tries to convince him not to turn himself in, worried about the repercussions. Marina tries to help Tom compile a list of VP candidates, but he skips ahead and picks her. Tom addresses the crowd at the dedication of the Liberty Tree, promising to inscribe the names of the dead on leaves of the tree. He tells people to remember what they're fighting for. He hangs his wife's name on the tree. Pope watches the ceremony with a bottle. Hal is walking over to talk to his dad when there's a giant explosion on the horizon and alien ships race overhead.Anne holds her daughter Alexis, who smiles at the chaos.
4At All Costs
Mega Mechs take fire through the battlements outside the Charleston HQ. Hal and the other soldiers hold them off in a vicious fire fight. Down in HQ, the human prisoner Katherine is asking to be let loose to join the fight. Tom gets word that beamers are inbound and is excited to hear the Volm are ready.Tom takes Katherine topside and insists she watch the night skies with binoculars as flying Espheni ships zoom in. She thinks they're sitting ducks. Then two Volm aliens take aim at them with alien bazookas and blast them out of the sky. Katherine is baffled -- and then Cochise the friendly Volm shows up and her jaw really drops. The day after the battle, everyone cleans up the compound, including collecting their dead. Tom and Weaver don't understand why the Espheni would wage a fight they can't win. Maggie gets nervous as Hal asks his dad to talk. He makes plans to talk to him later, but Maggie insists on going with him. After watching Hal blast away on Espheni, she's even more sure he's not secretly the mole, even if he has his doubts. In her apartment, Anne takes a cheek swab of her daughter. Lourdes interrupts and Anne hides what she's doing.When Lourdes leaves, Anne tells her infant daughter she loves her and the girl replies she loves her, too. Later, Tom and Weaver review the list of the dead, including a tough fighter named Cyrus. Anthony brings Katherine by. After seeing how the Volm helped, she's ready to apologize. She suggests they radio President Hathaway to tell him. She reaches Hathaway and hands it over to Tom, who catches the president up on their Volm allies. President Hathaway asks to meet face to face at "keystone." Lourdes walks Ben and Denny through the process of removing their remaining internal harnesses, using their new Volm technology. Ben has a hard time with the idea of losing his super alien strength and getting his asthma back, but agrees. Tom, Weaver and Bressler meet with Pope and ask to borrow his vintage plane. He insists on going with them. Weaver worries about the risks of Tom going to meet Hathaway personally, but Tom thinks it's worth it. He's surprised to see Anne waiting to send him off on his secret mission. She gives him a medical bag and he assures her he loves her no matter what.Cochise and Katherine join Tom, Pope and Bressler for their flight. Ben and Denny talk about what having their harnesses out will be like. Ben will miss translating for the Espheni and being needed. Anne visits Dr. Kadar, the nuclear physicist. She tells him about the Volm technology that removes harnesses and he says they'd need a DNA test to confirm if they've been totally removed and if any alien DNA remains. He gives her a list of things he'd need to devise one. Ben shares his de-harnessing concerns with his younger brother, Matt, who suggests he just keep his spikes if he wants to. Meanwhile, Pope's plane touches down at the meeting point. They are immediately surrounded by troops, with weapons. General Donovan greets them and freaks out when he sees Cochise. The troops punch Tom and knock him to the ground to arrest him, followed by Cochise. Then President Hathaway shows up and diffuses the situation. Still, Tom is alarmed when the president has Cochise taken away for "security reasons." Cochise assures Tom he'll be OK. Anne brings Dr. Kadar the supplies and tissues samples from the deharnessed kids and, presumably, her daughter Lexi. Tom and Bressler sit down with President Hathaway and General Donovan. Hathaway explains a communication network they have set up and that's what he's protecting by keeping Cochise away. Still, he wants to know more about the Volm weaponry, since it's been more effective than any human weapons against the Espheni. General Donovan worries about the Volm's plan for earth after the war. Tom brought Cochise so he could explain. Hathaway asks Cochise why the Volm are fighting the Espheni: for a flower, the Catarius, a flower from his homeland. But he's never seen it, he was born on a ship that left their homeland hundreds of years ago. He tells them to be grateful they're fighting on the soil of their homeland. He's fighting so someday his grandchildren might see a real Catarius. Hathaway is convinced. Denny tells Ben she's decided to go through with the surgery. Hal goes looking for his dad. Weaver tells him Tom will be back in a few days. Hals says it can wait, but goes home angry. In his room, he imagines a version of himself mocking him for staying quiet. Hal tries to convince himself maybe he was dreaming of meeting Karen, but mocking Hal says he'll keep lying to everyone because he wants to keep seeing Karen. Hal punches the mirror and turns into the cocky version of himself, who tells Hal he'll take over for awhile. Basically, Hyde is running Jekyll. Tom radios Weaver to tell him he and Cochise are going to present their position to Hathaway's people and are staying longer. Anne comes in and via the radio, Tom tells her he'll be back as soon as he can. Maggie runs into new cocky Hal, who tells her he's decided he was just dreaming and won't tell his dad anything. Anne meets with Dr. Kadar, who tells her 11 of 12 samples are normal, but one has alien DNA wrapped around human DNA, "like a parasitic jungle vine slowly strangling it."Kadar guesses it's from Lexi and insists they tell Tom. Anne agrees, but when his back is turned, she picks up a wrench and knocks him out. She takes Lexi's sample and leaves. Hall makes vigorous love to Maggie and tells her he loves her, then gives a sinister smile. Ben goes to check on Denny. It turns out she changed her mind about the surgery. She snaps the glasses he brought for her. Anne returns home to Lexi with Lourdes and offers her a glass of wine. Lourdes drinks, Anne watches her as she passes out. Anne packs up her things and grabs Lexi. Later at night, Ben points out star systems to Denny, who's wearing her taped together glasses. (The significance is unclear, since Ben also has glasses on. Probably just for show.) With the president, Hathaway thanks Tom for his sacrifice. Gen. Donovan reports enemy aircraft are in-bound and implies Tom and Cochise led them there. In the race to flee, Hathaway and Donovan grab Cochise and take him on their plane, saying there's no time to argue about it. Anne runs through Charleston at night with Lexi. She runs into a skitter and a harnessed kid talking for it. "No, you can't have her," Anne says.She turns to run, but Hal is there and stops her, telling her everything is fine. In the air, beamers fire on the president's plane and they watch it go down. Bressler tries to avoid the incoming fire but they're hit, too. He struggles to get the plane to the ground, but it comes in disabled, with the ground rushing up.
5Search and Recover
Tom wakes up in the wreckage of their plane crash. Bressler, the pilot, is dead. Tom pulls Pope from the wreckage as the plane goes up in flames. Back in Charleston, Hal is woken up in his room by Ben, reporting that Anne and Alexis are missing.Later, Dr. Kadar explains the DNA test he ran on Alexis to Hal, Ben, Matt, Lourdes, Weaver and Marina. He explains that Alexis is a hybrid, human-alien. Weaver wants to send out a search party, but Marina Peralta, the acting president, doesn't think they can spare the men from protecting Charleston. He explains the members of the 2nd Mass are family and he has to go look for Anne. She gives him 24 hours and worries how people will react to the hybrid baby. She makes clear that she completely understands what they're fighting for. In the forest by the crash, Pope blames Tom for rushing off to Keystone when they knew they had a mole. A beamer hovers overhead, scanning for them. When it flies off, Tom gets up, but Pope yanks him back down, saving him from its returning search beam. As someone who knows how to hide from the authorities, Pope suggests they wait it out. Back in Charleston, Matt wants to go on the search party. Hal (who was the last person to see Anne, even though nobody knows it), says no, but Weaver overrules him. Marina comes to say good-bye to Weaver, gently. Jeanne watches the scene informs her dad that Marina likes him (in case you, the home viewer, missed it). In the forest, Tom plans to walk back to Charleston. Tom realizes that the president hadn't given them the coordinates to where ever they were traveling, so how could the mole have known where to shoot them down?Pope chalks it up to Tom being the "king of chaos." The search party, which includes Weaver, Hal, Maggie, Ben and Matt, stops when they see blood on the ground outside an old abandoned building. There's a body at the top of the front steps. Weaver inspects, but it's not Anne. Matt wants to stop and bury her. Back in the forest, Tom wants to stop and make camp, but Pope argues they should keep moving. Tom needles Pope for not knowing how to build a fire. Tom gets to work essentially rubbing two sticks together.Pope taunts Tom for the idyllic childhood he imagines he had, but Tom says his father was a mean drunk and it's a miracle he survived. Weaver says a few words over the dead woman they found. Matt takes a bracelet off her. They imagine what kind of mother she was. Hal remains aloof and distant and Maggie notices. Marina visits Dr. Kadar, who is at work running the DNA of the other seven children who were born in Charleston. She shows him photos of the giant machine the Volm are building and asks him to determine what it is; she says Tom Mason sent her. The search party stops for food. Matt and Ben talk about their last memories of their mom. Ben remembers being bothered by seeing their mom's body later, with a shoe missing. Matt worries about finding Anne. In the forest, Pope roasts squirrel over a fire. Tom says his wife, Rebecca, did most of the cooking. He cooked breakfast for them on the weekends. Pope mentions his two kids, Brandon and Tonya. He last saw them five years ago. He tells Tom a story about working on a mini-bike with his son. A car raced by as his son was riding down the driveway and Pope confronted the driver. They got in a shouting match and Pope decked the driver, knocking him to the ground. His head cracked. The man died."I was never cut out for a home life, but prison I understood," Pope says. In the morning, Pope wakes Tom up by dropping a dead snake on him. Pope is laughing, but Tom doesn't think it's funny and says they're not pals now. They start fighting, bashing each other over trees, escalating, using branches and finally pulling knives until they hear skitters in the woods and hide. They blast one and run, but Tom realizes they're surrounding them. Tom and Pope reach a rushing river 50 feet below. Pope can tell what Tom is thinking and thinks it's a terrible idea, but before he can protest, Tom tackles him over the edge. They wash up down the river, but alive. Pope decks Tom, and Tom pulls his gun. Then Tom tells him it's over, Pope wins. Tom tries to get up and realizes his ankle is badly hurt. Searching for Anne with her dad, Jeanne worries about the aliens turning humans into them. She asks him to promise he won't let the aliens use her. They stop when Ben finds a baby blanket in a puddle. Maggie asks Hal what's going on with him, saying he's been acting weird.Ben sees human and skitter tracks together. Weaver plans to ask the rebel skitters to spy. Maggie sees Hal look around, seemingly angry at the sloppiness of the skitters. Tom and Pope try to get dry. Tom is still trying to figure out how the Espheni tracked their plane.Pope puts Tom's ankle in a splint with a belt and tree branch, but Tom still can't put weight on it.Tom tells Pope to go without him.When Pope resists, Tom tells him he's a coward for not having the balls to walk out of the forest without him. It works. Pope takes his coat and leaves. As night falls, Tom is cold and alone. Marina visits Kadar, who is puzzled by the Volm technology. He says it has way more power than it should need. It might not be what they think it is. Kadar realizes Tom didn't ask her to look into it. Kadar tells her all the other children's DNA tests were negative for alien DNA. At night, Tom dreams his sons come to get him, saying Lexi needs his help. He wakes up when he hears skitters approaching. He shoots one, but the other keeps coming -- until someone blasts it away.Pope is back."There's only one thing I can't stand more than you on this planet, that's skitters," Pope says. He helps Tom through the forest to a gassed up truck he found. Back in Charleston, Matt hands the dead woman's bracelet on the Liberty Tree, for his own mother. Hal watches coldly from a distance. Tom and Pope limp back into Charleston. Tom wakes up in the infirmary two days later with Pope at his bedside. He's been there the whole time.He wants to get their stories straight -- they each saved each other's lives, so now they're even. Weaver reports that the Volm are searching for Cochise. Of their tie, Pope tells him "next basket wins." Matt, Ben, Hal and Maggie come visit. Tom asks about Anne and Lexi. Weaver tells him they're missing.
6Be Silent and Come Out
Red Eye tells Tom and Weaver that his spies have confirmed that Karen is holding Anne and Lexi. Tom wants to rush out and look for them, but Weaver convinces him to wait 24 hours to hear from Karen.Hal argues for going to look for them and tells Weaver if Anne and Lexi die it'll be his fault.Maggie tries to talk to Hal but he's totally zoned out. Marina takes Tom outside to talk to him about the Volm machine, telling him what Kadar said and her belief that the Volm are lying to them.They're interrupted by Hal, who knocks Marina down and puts a gun on Tom, forcing him into a Jeep. Tom is trying to make sense of everything as Hal tells him he's taking him to Karen. Marina sees Maggie and tells her what's going on and she runs for a machine gun. She takes out their Jeep, which flips over. Hal drags Tom out and into a nearby building. Tom figures out that Hal isn't himself.Tom tries to get away and Hal stomps on his busted ankle. Karen wants information on the machine the Volm are building. Outside the building, Maggie tells everyone what's been going on with Hal. Pope can't believe that she knew Hal was the mole and did nothing. He keeps going, taunting Ben about not wanting to get his spikes out until Ben decks him. Weaver puts down his gun and walks closer to the building to talk to Hal. Tom hears him mentions Karen doing something to him and starts trying to reach his son, asking how he can help him. Real Hal tries to talk, but Bad Hal takes over and demands a Humvee and safe passage out of town. He shoots around Weaver. Everyone opens fire on Hal. He and Tom duck for cover. Down on the ground, Pope questions why they aren't just shooting him. Weaver sends him awayMarina checks with Tector to make sure he can take Hal out with a sniper rifle if he needs to. She tells Weaver if the time comes and he can't give the order, she will. Matt tells Maggie she should go talk to Hal, he says he knows a way in. Ben joins them. Upstairs, Tom correctly guesses what's going on below, with Marina calling the shots and Tector lining up to shoot Hal. He tries to convince Hal to give up. In Popetown, at his bar, Pope takes bets on the odds both Masons will die, or just one will. Back up in the building, Tom blames himself for not noticing what was going on with Hal. Tom talks to his son about his mom, saying she thought Hal would be a fighter pilot. Tom didn't think he had the focus, but after seeing him fight the aliens, he's realized his mom was right. Tom sees Hal's hand start quaking with the gun in it.Hal shouts at him to be quiet or he'll shoot, but Tom doesn't think he will. Maggie, Ben and Matt reach the door. Maggie walks in unarmed and tells him to fight it, then Ben joins in. Hal cocks his gun and aims at Ben, but Tom tells him he won't hurt his family. Hal puts the gun to his out head. They're trying to talk him down when Ben grabs him from behind. They all struggle and the gun goes off.There's blood on Hal's face and he's unconscious. Pope lays out the next round of bets if Hal lives. Odds that he'll be charged with espionage (3:1), murder for the death of Arthur Manchester (12:1) or get off scot free (5:1).Weaver walks in sober and seething and the proceedings quiet. He orders a whiskey.He issues a warning to Pope: "If anybody tries to affect the odds one way or another, I will personally mount your head on the wall of this establishment.'Pope sends Lyle to the infirmary to stand guard to make sure nobody gets any ideas. In the infirmary, Lourdes tells them Hal has a concussion, but is OK. X-rays didn't show any alien stuff in him, but she's going to do a blood work up. To learn more about the bug, Tom talks to Red Eye the rebel skitter. He explains each bug is specific to the person it is made for. He tells Tom they have something that will kill the bug in Hal if there is one; if there isn't one, it will kill Hal. Tom wrestles with the decision. Maggie goes to see Hal, who is strapped down. He tells her he felt the bug leave and begs her to let him go. He tells her he knows where Karen is keeping Anne and Lexi and he'll take her to them to prove he's on their side. He takes her hand and tells her to let him go. She runs off. When Tom comes by, Hal breaks down in tears, telling his dad he doesn't want to die like this. They begin the procedure, drilling into the large amber-looking object to remove a small cocoon inside. It opens up and sprinkles tiny organisms all over Hal's face. They race into his eyes and course through his body, turning his veins black. He screams and writhes and twitches. Then he stops. A liquid pools from his mouth. Lourdes collects it with a syringe. It looks like mercury. They burn it. Hal's heart has stopped. Lourdes injects him with epinephrine as Tom watches. Hal wakes up with Tom and Maggie at his bedside. The last thing Hal remembers was going to talk to Tom about nightmares he was having. That was a week ago. Tom tells him he had a bug and they got it out. "I'm the mole?" Hal says."Not anymore," Tom says. Maggie assures him he's not responsible for anything Karen made him do. The rebel skitters get Tom word on where Karen is keeping Anne and Lexi. He knows it could be a trap, but he's going anyway. He gives Marina his whole file on the Volm technology and his letter of resignation. He urges her to talk to the Volm, because they need them, and to rely on Weaver. Weaver sees Tom and the rescue party off. Pope adds his two cents: "Remind me to pull the old 'Eye Bug' defense next time somebody wants to lock me up."Tom and his three sons head off in search of Anne and Lexi. Back in Charleston, Marina takes the oath of President of the New United States.
7The Pickett Line
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The Mason men continue their search for Anne and Lexi. Ben asks his dad if they'll go back to Charleston once they find them. Tom's not sure there's much for them there, but Ben has made friends, like Denny. He wants to help Lexi deal with being half-alien, since he has some experience there, with his spikes. Tom asks Ben about the new rebel leader, who Ben describes as more patient than Red Eye. Suddenly, in the dark, a wounded rebel skitter tumbles over the cliff near them. He warns them to get moving to avoid the skitters, who are looking for them. Tom and Ben head back to Hal and Matt at camp, warning them to get moving. Back in Charleston, Pope is rolling in credits (money), but has nothing to do with them. He needs someone or something to trade with, like the people where President Hathaway was.Pope hears a noise and is informed by Weaver that, per President Marina Peralta, Popetown is being moved to make way for refugees. A call for medical help goes out. Everyone rushes to see Cochise, the Volm, carrying wounded President Hathaway into town. Tom and his sons are on horseback through a forest road when a truck pulls out in front of them and masked men come out. They pull guns on the Masons. Ben is able to use his alien speed to disarm one, but has to back down when they put a gun on Matt. When Tom realizes the robbers are isolated, he tries telling them about Charleston, but the robbers don't believe them. They take the Masons' stuff and leave. In Charleston, President Hathaway recognizes Marina Peralta from Jim Webb's office. She was his Chief Administrative Assistant. Cochise saved Hathaway by shielding him from the impact of the crash. The Volm body is designed to withstand greater punishment than the humans. Marina wants more information on the Volm weapon, but Cochise says it has to remain confidential given the security breaches in Charleston. He doesn't believe Hal Mason was the only leak, given how the Espheni work. Marina and Weaver share their concerns about the Volm weapon, but President Hathaway says it's key to beating the Espheni, and Tom agreed. The robbers return to their farm. It's two men and teenagers, the Picketts. Ben tracks the robbers to their home with his dad and brothers, determined to get their stuff back. A young teen girl goes to get water for the horses and Ben grabs her at the pump. Ben sneaks up on the two boys as they're going through the Mason's food. He quickly gets a gun on them. Hal goes after one of the adults, named Gil, while Tom disarms the dad, Wayne. Hal is still grappling with Gil over a knife when a shot rings out. It's young Matt, firing at Gil. Gil's hit. "What'd you do that for?" he asks Matt as he slumps to the ground. Back in Charleston, Weaver is annoyed to learn that Pope is encouraging a work slowdown of repair on army vehicles to make his point about citizen rights being infringed. He doesn't think Tom is coming back, saying Tom knows when to abandon a sinking ship. In the country, Ben and Hal tend to wounded Gil while Tom tapes up Wayne and his children, explaining they only want their stuff back and they'll be on their way. In his bar in Popetown, Pope addresses the gathered masses, urging them to say no to working for the Volm. Weaver joins them and tells them it's dangerous to stop work and it won't be tolerated. He arrests Pope for civil disobedience. Ben works on Gil, talking to one of Wayne's son. He explains that his mom was killed by humans, so his dad is distrustful of them and they just stay up on their farm. Tom talks to Wayne, explaining that they can't just hide forever. Hal comes in to tell Wayne that Gil is dying. Wayne asks Tom's permission to see his dying brother and gives his word he won't try anything. Wayne kneels at Gil's bedside and grabs the shotgun underneath and turns it on Tom. His sons disarm Hal, Matt and Ben. Wayne coldly marches them and lines them up against a wall, planning to shoot them all. Tom pleads with him, telling Wayne he shouldn't let his kids see him stop being human. He tells Tom to say good-bye to his sons. Tom turns around and faces Wayne, daring him to go through with it. Wayne's daughter tries to stop him and the Masons take the opportunity to take back the guns, except from Luke Pickett, who manages to keep his. Wayne won't tell him to give it up, but Tom points out it'll just lead to everybody getting shot. The boy finally turns it over. Cochise takes Hathaway, Marina and Weaver to the Volm machine. He explains the machine is to destroy an Espheni energy grid encircling the earth so that a Volm ship can get in, but if it goes awry, basically everybody gets nuked. Tom knew all of that, but didn't want to panic people. Weaver visits Pope in lock-up, saying he might need his help. Weaver will only tell him he might be right about the Volm. He lets Pope go. "No more riling up the civilians," Weaver says. On his way out, Pope tells Maggie that stuff might be brewing. She doesn't appreciate his gesture. "I just figured without the Mason brood around, you might just need a friend," he says. They argue over their past sins, including him allowing his brother to abuse her. "There's going to come a time, some time soon I suspect, when this pantomime of yours will come to an end, and you're going to come crawling back to me," Pope taunts. Lourdes goes to change President Hathaway's IV. He calls her doctor and tells her young people like her give him faith that they'll rebuild when the aliens are gone. Lourdes leaves and ducks into a stairwell to go down a flight. She counts off a certain number of paces in the floor, moves a bed under onto the spot and lies down. She takes out a Volm gun and aims up through the ceiling. She blasts a hole through President Hathaway on the floor above. Later, she prays the rosary as alien squiggly things prance all over her face. When someone comes, they swim back into her eyeballs. She's called to examine his dead body. Anthony says it was the same type of Volm gun that killed Manchester. They realize Hal wasn't the mole. With Lourdes in the room, Weaver and Marina tell Anthony to put together a task force to track down the mole. Marina stops Weaver from telling Hathaway's people he's dead, she doesn't want his people in town on a witch hunt. Later in the hall, Pope and Weaver essentially tell each other to watch their backs. The Masons are on horseback 15 miles from Anne and Lexi in Mechanicsburg. Ben senses Mechs coming. There are two of them and skitters. They're headed right for the Picketts' farm. Hal doesn't want to go back, but Tom thinks if they don't help, they're no better than the aliens. He decides to go back alone and sends the boys on to recon Mechanicsburg. Tom rides up outside the farm house, the front door is open. He looks around inside but the house seems empty. He hears a scream outside.Three skitters approach him. Tom's about to fire on them when bright lights shine behind him, a giant Mech stares him down.
21 Jul 2013Description ▼
Tom wakes from the sounds of battle and rolls over and turns off his alarm. He's in bed with his wife Rebecca and was dreaming that aliens invaded.It's 10 days before Christmas, he's home in his bed with the house dressed up for the holidays.It's snowing outside. All is right with the world on his idyllic neighborhood street. Inside, he marvels at his wife.She mentions he was talking about a woman named Anne in his sleep. He has no idea who she is. The family gathers around the table for breakfast. Ben the bookworm reads. They leave for the day. Ben gets a ride from Deni. A girl named Rita climbs into Hal's car. They're either going to Florida for the Gator bowl or New York to see Rita's aunt for New Year's. Stopped at a light on the way to work, Tom sees Daniel Weaver, a homeless man, banging on his hood with a sign that says "the end is near." Karen, a police officer, hauls him away. At school, Tom runs into John Pope, a philosophy professor, who spent the night with Lourdes. Anthony is the Dean of the history department and hears Tom is in line for the spot. Jeanne Weaver is Tom's secretary. Anne Glass has called twice for him. Tom gives a lecture about Paul Revere and Longfellow's poem. Maggie and Lourdes are students in his class. After class, Maggie tells him he's the reason she switched her major. She asks if he's moving to New York. Back in his office, there's a bottle of McCallan 18 waiting for him with a note: "They'd be lucky to have you as Dean. Love, Anne." In the teacher's lounge, Marina Peralta talks to Doc C (Cochise actor Doug Jones). Outside, homeless Daniel Weaver rants about the end. Dai is waiting for Tom in his office. He says he's Anne's husband and thinks they're having an affair. He found brochures for New York, Chicago, Boston and Jacksonville. Tom sees Weaver hauled away by Karen the cop outside. Back home at night, Tom is brushing his teeth when he says outloud: "Who is Anne Glass?" Then he wonders what's so important about the four cities he keeps hearing about.Rebecca worries and thinks he has a fever.Tom looks in the mirror and sees his post-invasion self. The next day at school, there's a note from Anne about their upcoming trip that weekend. In the lounge, Tom tells Pope he thinks someone is trying to gaslight him. Pope says it's the simulacrum, where he can't tell his real life from his dreams.Tom sees Weaver outside again. Ben drops by his dad's office and asks where he's going this weekend. Tom rushes out when he gets a text from Anne to meet at a coffee shop. Anne takes his hand and asks him where they're going, it's his Christmas present. She has brochures for each of the four cities, even though they're in Boston. Tom sees Weaver again.Tom tells Anne he doesn't know her and what she's talking about would blow up his world. She suggests he take Rebecca to one of the four cities. Tom realizes it's not Anne and hears Karen saying "Tell me where you're taking her, you owe me that." Cut to Tom with an alien probe strapped to his face. A harnessed child rips it off and Karen comes out. She knows the Volm are attacking one of those four cities, which is why she's pushed to get the grid up. Suddenly Hal, Tom and Ben with Weaver and Pope bust in and grab Karen. She claims she doesn't know where Anne and Lexi are, the overlords took them. So he shoots her in the head. Tom wakes up in a hospital bed with Ben at his side. He's been out two days. Tom gets up and runs into the war room and tells them Karen has moved up her schedule. Weaver says they're ready to go in 24 hours and asks Tom to lay out the map of their target: either Boston, New York, Chicago or Jacksonville. He realizes it's a trick again and shoots Weaver. The harnessed child pries the mind control device off Tom's face and he laughs over how worried Karen is. She thinks he'll talk. Next Karen threatens Anne and Lexi. Back in Charleston, Maggie and Pope sit watch. Pope thinks Hal's never coming back. Anthony reports on his investigation to Marina Peralta. Everyone in the hospital at the time of President Hathaway's assassination has an alibi, except Marina. She says she was in her room, guarded by a sentry. Weaver shares things with Pope, who thinks she's the mole. He suggests that's why she hasn't let him radio Hathaway's people. Maggie asks Weaver to put him on the first team in on the attack, she's after Karen. They're walking through the hallway when there's an explosion. Back with the aliens, Karen shows Tom Anne and Lexi, encased in some sort of cocoons. He thinks Karen killed them. In Charleston, the communications room is in shambles. Weaver would have been in there if Maggie hadn't stopped him, he grants her request to be on the front line. Anthony thinks the explosion is Espheni-made. Karen tells Tom the defense grid goes operational in a matter of minutes, and then he's lost. She tells him he can save the human race if he tells her the plan. "Never," he says.It starts. From inside the giant alien structure, Tom watches as an electromagnetic grid of sorts goes up around it. They're a hundred feet in the alien on a platform when suddenly Tom grabs the skitter standing by Karen and jumps off, using the alien as a landing pad. In Charleston, Weaver tries to get people to refocus as the grid goes up. Marina talks to Weaver, she knows he thinks she's the mole, but she's ready to back the Volm plan because anything the Espheni are putting up can't be good for humans. She hopes he won't take over, because then the New United States will be under military rule. Weaver goes to tell Pope not to make a move on Peralta, they're going forward with the mission, but she won't know the target. Back on guard duty, Hal, Ben and Matt come back. Tom walks alone through wreckage and burned out houses, coming to his own. He goes inside and takes his wife's Christmas list off the fridge. He goes upstairs and lies down on his old bed and cries. He sees his wife, who tells him he was the love of his life and she cherishes every memory of him. She wants him to do one thing for her: Get up and leave and don't come back. He wakes up and she's gone. Tom gets up and starts walking.
9Journey to Xilbalba
28 Jul 2013Description ▼
Project Orange using the Volm weapon gets underway tomorrow morning at dawn, but Weaver won't tell Marina Peralta what their target is. If they don't knock out the Espheni grid, humans will be wiped out in three months, so they have to trust the Volm weapon will work. Lyle notices something odd in the nearby river: a sailboat. Tom Mason has returned. Weaver and his sons welcome him back. Tom has to break the news to his sons that Anne and Lexi didn't make it. He tells them to take the pain they're feeling and use it against Karen. Tom goes to discuss strategy with Weaver, he suggests making Karen's Boston base a target, even though it was never under consideration.Porter likes the idea. Tom says the Espheni are low on fuel for their mechs since the resistance took out the reactor, most of them are just standing around dead.Weaver worries Karen put a bug in Tom. Tom tells him to keep his eye on him and put a bullet in him if he gets suspicious.Porter needs to think it over. Tom says hello again to Cochise, who offers his sympathies about Anne and Lexi. Tom pays Pope a visit. Pope expects that Tom has a bug in him and promises to take him out if so; Tom is reassured that Pope wouldn't hesitate.As they're talking, they're suddenly knocked off their feet by a giant blast. As the dust settles, Pope and Tom go investigate and find the whole Volm complex is gone. They find Cochise in the wreckage and take him to Lourdes. She tries to make an excuse for not treating him right away, but Tom yells at her and she joins them, but can't help Cochise because she doesn't know anything about Volm physiology. Tom comforts Cochise as he tells Tom not to give up hope. He tells Tom if he's left alone, he'll regenerate. He seems to twitch dead, but is still breathing. Lourdes checks her watch and disappears to set an Espheni charge in the air ducts. Weaver sees her walking away but thinks nothing of it. Hal and Maggie go to the armory to restock. The Espheni charge grows in the ducts, collapsing the cement walls around Hal and Maggie and everyone down below. The explosion also collapsed the walls around Tom and Marina, who try to dig themselves out. Ben uses his harness senses to help locate people in the rubble. Weaver leads the effort to dig people out and Pope helps. Matt suggests they go through the storm drains to get to people. Down below, Marina worries they lost hundreds of people. Tom sees Lourdes under rubble. He digs her out, but she's unconscious. He takes her to the infirmary. Porter explains all the main exits are blocked with rubble. Tom and Anthony volunteer to go investigate elevator shafts. Another doctor diagnoses Lourdes with a concussion and wheels her to the side to recuperate. She's next to Cochise and alone. Tom and Anthony reach a caved in dead end. They hear noises in an air vent and prepare to lob a grenade. But it's Dr. Kadar. As Hal tries to figure a way out, Maggie uses the moment to pout about being left behind when they went in search of Anne. Dr. Kadar looks at blueprints and figures out where to blast to get free. Tom hears Lourdes trying to get out of bed and checks on her. She worries the mole was responsible then says she feels like Anne's death was her fault. She lays it on thick, making Tom feel worse, noting how sad it is that Anne died back where she started. He leaves her alone with Cochise. She takes out a scalpel. In the armory, Hal gets morose, thinking it's the end. Maggie tells him there's no one else she'd rather go out with if it's her time. Kadar lays his first charge, but notices a giant crack in the ceiling beam. If it's load bearing, their charge could just lead to further collapse. "Oh no, we're just right back where we started," Anthony says.Something about that statement strikes Tom. Tom goes to get Lourdes, who manages to hide the scalpel she was about to use on Cochise. He tells her Anthony needs help, but when he brings her to him, he pulls a gun on her. Tom remembers the med pack she sent with him to see the President and thinks it had a tracker in it. Tom mentions Lourdes' comment about Anne dying in Boston, back where she started -- he never told her where Anne died.He demands to know why she wasn't in the infirmary when the charge went off. She pleads her innocence, but he doesn't believe it.Finally, she draws her Espheni gun, but he disarms her before she can fire. Matt and Ben look for a way down through the storm drain. Matt is feeling pessimistic, wondering if his family dying might be better for them. In the armory, Hal and Maggie are getting low on air and are nearly unconscious. Maggie starts banging on a pipe. Matt and Ben hear the clanging and run for help. Maggie pries the pipe open and gets them fresh air. They have Lourdes strapped down in the infirmary, but she wakes up and starts ranting about Tom's mistakes causing many people's deaths.Tom takes her Espheni weapon and walks off. He fires at Kadar's charge, ignoring the perilous cracked beam. It works, and the people trapped underground are free. Anthony tells everyone that Lourdes was the mole. Hal apologizes to Maggie for not taking her on the search party, and promises they'll take on Karen as a team. Tom checks in with Cochise, who is fully healed. Some of his people are trapped in the collapsed Volm headquarters, but he doesn't think he can get them out. Tom suggests Kadar likes a challenge."First we bury or dead, then we start digging like there's no tomorrow," Tom says.
04 Aug 2013Description ▼
Weaver, Pope, Lyle and Anthony drive a train to Chicago. They're decoys. Cochise and Kadar prep the Volm weapon.Tom worries about the plan, that the Volm ship will come when they see the heat signature of the explosion as it's supposed to. They've brought Lourdes as bait for Karen, to lure her out. Hal talks to Maggie about the prospect of war possibly being over. He wants a house and big back yard, which seems to sound like hell to Maggie. If she survives she expects to just keep fighting. Three mechs appear in the train's path and Weaver prepares to blast them. Meanwhile, Tom and the attack team open the doors and reveal that they're on a ship in the bay outside Boston. It looks like a ghost town; they hope their plan to fool the Espheni into thinking they're in Chicago worked. Kadar fires the weapon, a blue ball of energy flies out and hits one of the tower's legs. But nothing happens. They need 10 minutes to recharge, during which they're practically sitting ducks. Two beamers fly out at the ship and Hal fires a giant gun at them, taking them down. Just as everyone on the boat is starting to get really nervous, they notice that the tower is starting to crumble. It collapses in a giant heap of alien rubble and the grid disappears from the sky. Moments later, a giant Volm ship emerges from the sky and settles on top of the rubble, in an ominous alien swap. Later that night, they celebrate their victory around a camp fire. Tom prepares to meet with the Volm commanders. He wants to introduce them to the rebel skitters, but Ben says they've left their encampment because they're nervous about working with the Volm. Weaver and the train crew return to cheers. Cochise asked the Volm commanders to send help and they bailed them out. Tom makes a toast, noting that they're at "the beginning of the end." "To the fish heads -- may they freeze their asses off at the North Pole!" Pope adds. In the morning, Cochise takes Tom and Weaver to meet the Volm commander, who turns out to be Cochise's father. Tom is eager to discuss their strategy, but the Volm commander tells them the Volm will take over the fight from here on out. "Commander, with all due respect, our planet, our fight," Tom says. They're informed the Volm plan to relocate the humans to Brazil and the Volm will provide security. Tom argues, saying they don't need the Volm help and there's no way they're leaving. The commander says it's settled, they will be relocated. He turns to leave and when Tom grabs him to stop him, he backhands Tom to the floor. Weaver returns to camp and tells everyone to be packed up in an hour before they can be shipped to concentration camps. The Volm are holding Tom. Weaver goes into his tent, but feels weak. He grabs his arm as he tips over. Jeanne helps him take a nitroglycerine pill for his heart. He's been taking them for a few months, but begs her not to tell anyone. Cochise shows up with help to move people. Pope wants to fight, but the Volm are armed with superior weapons. Cochise tells Weaver he's just following orders. Weaver has no choice but to tell his people to lay down their weapons. Pope is angry. "Congratulations, Colonel. The Volm have just done what the fish heads never could: brought us to our knees," he says. On the Volm ship, Tom seethes over Cochise's betrayal. The Commander tells Tom that no species they have "liberated" has ever resisted relocation and they're confused by the humans' "tenacity."Tom makes a pitch for the human spirit, saying they'd rather die than have their rights taken away. He asks again that they be allowed to fight. The commander struggles with questioning his orders and tells Tom they'll talk further. Hal checks on Lourdes, who is ravaged by the Espheni worms in her head. She screams at him, pleading for him to take them out. He promises he'll find a way. Maggie suggests they might have to put Lourdes "out of her misery," so that Karen can't track them. Cochise returns to lead them. They're reunited with Tom. They're all stunned when Cochise leads them to a cache of weapons and tells them they're free to go, they just have to leave Boston right away. Tom notes they'll probably end up in the Volm's way, but says he hopes they meet again. Cochise and his father have never left an indigenous people in harm's way, but hope the humans are different and will survive. The remainder of the 2nd Mass heads out on foot. Maggie revels in the fact the war isn't over. Suddenly, Ben tells everyone to stop. Something big is coming. Lourdes collapses, twitching. A beamer ship lands nearby. Karen walks toward them, waving a white flag. She says they need to talk. "It's about the Volm," she says. "I am confident there will be more unpleasant discoveries about the Volm. This war has gone on for centuries and it will continue for a long time to come. And as you know from your own history, there might be a day when our interests will coincide, so I want you to know my door will always be open," she says. To prove her good faith, she says she's brought a gift. "That's funny, I have a gift for you," Tom says. He shoots her. Her skitters attack, but Tom, Weaver, Hal and Maggie take them out. Karen reaches out to Hal as she bleeds on the ground. She tells him she's sorry. He goes to hear her out, but Maggie shoots her twice more to finish her off. Tom watches the Espheni ship fly away, then turns around to see Anne standing there. He asks about Lexi. They didn't do anything to her, but.... Tom sees a six-year-old girl. It's Lexi. In the morning, there's clear tension between Hal and Maggie over her shooting Karen. Kadar isn't surprised over what's happening with Lexi, saying he saw hints of it in her DNA. Anne doesn't remember anything about her captivity. They plan to return to Charleston, and maybe look for Hathaway's people to form a new human resistance movement. Tom notices Lexi checking on Lourdes, who is in a cage in the back of a truck. Lexi puts her hands through the grate to Lourdes' face. Tom and Weaver watch in stunned silence as the worms infecting Lourdes pour out of her eyes and into Lexi's hands. And then Lexi calmly crushes them to dust.
1Ghost in the Machine
22 Jun 2014Description ▼
On the outskirts of Charleston, just steps away from perceived safety, The Mason Clan and the remaining 2nd Mass suddenly find themselves under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine - and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided like chattel and spread to the winds, The Masons must each forge new relationships and abilities to survive. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
29 Jun 2014Description ▼
The Espheni reveal their new plan to Tom, and he is faced with an impossible decision. Meanwhile, Weaver and Pope investigate a way out of the Espheni prison, while Matt struggles to hide his true allegiance from the "Team Leaders" at the Espheni Youth Camp. Elsewhere, Anne leads an exhausting search for her daughter Lexi, while Ben's concerns about Lexi's increasing powers uncovers a devastating secret she's been keeping. Treva Etienne and Robert Sean Leonard guest-star.
06 Jul 2014Description ▼
Tom and the 2nd Mass hatch an elaborate plan to escape the confines of the Espheni Ghetto. Meanwhile back in Chinatown, after learning from Ben that Lexi has been keeping a deadly secret, Maggie confronts Lexi publicly. At the Espheni Youth Camp, Matt tries to talk Mira out of a dangerous escape plan. While trekking through the woods with her guerilla fighters, Anne has a flashback to her time in the Espheni Tower with Karen (guest star Jessy Schram), where a terrifying secret about Lexi is revealed. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
4Evolve or Die
13 Jul 2014Description ▼
After breaking out of the Espheni Ghetto, Tom and the 2nd Mass seek refuge in a Volm hideout, where tensions run high between the Volm and humans. Tom sets off with Weaver and Cochise to find Matt, leaving Hal in charge. Meanwhile in Chinatown, Anne is reunited with Lexi, and comes to realize that the little girl she saw 6 months ago is now a grown woman. Mira Sorvino and Treva Etienne guest-star.
20 Jul 2014Description ▼
After freeing Matt from the Espheni Youth Camp, Tom encounters two mysterious strangers in the woods, who attack his family before embarking with him on a violent journey. Hal faces almost insurmountable odds as he tries to lead the remaining Volm and 2nd Mass to a place of perceived safety. Lexi and Anne have a difference of opinions - resulting in dangerous consequences. Mira Sorvino, Treva Etienne and Robert Sean Leonard guest-star.
6Door Number Three
27 Jul 2014Description ▼
After months apart, Tom finally reunites with his family and the 2nd Mass. But the joyous reunion is cut short as Lexi undergoes a health crisis tied to her hybrid DNA. The crisis pits family members against one another as they fight over how to deal with Lexi's illness. Anne goes to great lengths to save her daughter. Treva Etienne, Jessy Schram and Robert Sean Leonard guest-star.
7Saturday Night Massacre
03 Aug 2014Description ▼
Lexi emerges more powerful and ruthless than ever. Tom and the 2nd Mass must work together with the Volm to hold off the invading Espheni forces in what becomes the bloodiest battle of the series. Mira Sorvino, Treva Etienne and Robert Sean Leonard guest-star.
8A Thing with Feathers
10 Aug 2014Description ▼
The 2nd Mass picks up the pieces after a devastating alien attack leaves Maggie fighting for her life...and Hal fighting for Maggie. Meanwhile, Tom and Dingaan (guest star Treva Etienne) are cut off from the rest of the group, buried under tons of rubble, where they must rely on an Enemy Ship to rescue them. Mira Sorvino guest-stars.
9Till Death Do Us Part
17 Aug 2014Description ▼
While members of the 2nd Mass attempt to dig out a shot-down Beamer, Tom and a small team follow the Volm to a supply cache in search of equipment to expedite the process. Along the way, they encounter a friend, and must decide whether or not to trust her. Back at camp, Maggie and Ben grow closer as he teaches her to hone her new skills, while Pope and Sara (guest star Mira Sorvino) continue to clash, resulting in a fight from which they may never recover. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
24 Aug 2014Description ▼
Tom and the remnants of the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni Power Core, and the group draws straws to see who will embark on the dangerous mission. The threat of death hanging over everyone triggers long-simmering confrontations between many of our main characters, ultimately bringing the 2nd Mass closer together. Treva Etienne guest-stars..
31 Aug 2014Description ▼
Tom's mission to destroy the Espheni Power Core is complicated by Lexi's return. Lexi is forced to take extreme measures to save her father's life - and her own - after a Beamer malfunction. Meanwhile, the 2nd Mass fears an impending Espheni strike by the scorched Overlord. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
12Shoot the Moon
31 Aug 2014Description ▼
With the weight of humanity's survival on Tom and Lexi's shoulders, they must defeat Tom's mortal enemy and find a way to destroy the omnipotent Espheni Power Core. Meanwhile, a new, terrifying Espheni Bomb is dropped onto Chinatown, immobilizing the 2nd Mass and preparing them for Human Skitterizaton. Mira Sorvino and Treva Etienne guest-star.
1Find Your Warrior
28 Jun 2015Description ▼
Find Your Warrior Tom's life hangs in the balance as his beamer drifts into space and Tom encounters a surprising guest. |
05 Jul 2015Description ▼
A surprise skitter attack leaves the 2nd Mass without food. In desperation, Maggie, Ben, Pope, and Sara...
12 Jul 2015Description ▼
The 2nd Mass discovers the source for the supply of enemy forces, and with the Volm's help, Tom's leadership begins to spread to remaining human militias around the world.
4Pope Breaks Bad
19 Jul 2015Description ▼
A mission to procure vehicles and fuel goes awry. Cochise shares troubling news with Anne that will test both her medical and leadership skills...
26 Jul 2015Description ▼
The 2nd Mass leaves Chinatown en route to what they hope will be the final Espheni battle. Along the way...
02 Aug 2015Description ▼
Injured, Tom takes refuge with a unique family who has distanced themselves from the fight, giving him a glimpse of life without war...
7Everybody Has Their Reasons
09 Aug 2015Description ▼
The group finds a safe haven in the form of a functional military base run by Weaver's old flame. Meanwhile, plans spin into motion for a final assault on the Espheni, yet it dawns on the 2nd Mass that things aren't exactly as they seem.
8Stalag 14th Virginia
16 Aug 2015Description ▼
Weaver discovers a shocking truth about an old friend and must decide how to best protect the 2nd Mass. Maggie and Isabella are forced to work together, while the remainder of the 2nd Mass attempts an escape led by Tom. |
23 Aug 2015Description ▼
Tom gains a powerful new weapon against the Espheni. Ben puts his life on the line to extract enemy plans...
30 Aug 2015Description ▼
The final standoff brings the Masons, 2nd Mass, and their new allies into the bowels of an American location, wrought with unpredictable obstacles.
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