1) I went through the vent.
This is my favorite scene in this episode. A lot of nice little beats here, from FIVE’s slow bullet spill to THREE’s uncertain weighing of his guns.
2) You might want to hurry.
This scene in the final cut is a shortened version of what was originally envisioned. From the script:
ONE, SIX and FIVE head out. TWO trains her weapons on THREE and FOUR.
THREE: Is that really necessary?
By way of an answer, she motions for them to raise their hands – a little higher. They do.
—After a cutaway to the rescue, we cut back to the bridge where:
TWO still has her guns on THREE and FOUR. Beat.
THREE: Look, they’re back on the ship, we’re safely in FTL. We done here?
She doesn’t move.
THREE: It wasn’t personal. We were –
TWO: Just looking out for yourselves.
THREE: Looking out for all of us.
Off TWO –
THREE: If the shields had failed while we were waiting for them to haul him in, we’d be singing a different tune now. We were lucky.
He has a point. She lowers her guns. THREE and FOUR lower their hands.
THREE: Alright. I’ll be in my quarters. Let me know when we get to the station.
He starts off. She stops him with –
TWO: Not so fast. We’ve got to finish something first.
Off a confused…
— We SEGUE TO THREE in the hot seat, finishing up his lie detector test.
3) You would’ve done the same for us.
In the original script, this scene played out much differently. ONE gets an injured but still conscious SIX to the infirmary – where they are later joined by FIVE and the Android. Executive Producer Jay Firestone felt that the episode needed more jeopardy in order to a build to its satisfying conclusion, and so the original scene was rewritten and replaced by this much more dynamic sequence.
4) We move on.
Well, whaddya know? THREE was telling the truth after all!
We come away with three conclusions from this scene:
1. Even if one of the crew members was responsible for their communal mindwipe, he/she doesn’t remember.
2. The communal mind wipe may have been an accident, the result of a crude program designed to target someone else’s memories.
3. In TWO’s words: “Finding out whoever did this is going to be next to impossible.”
Ah, well. Two out of three anyway.
5) Looking out for number one.
This was another scene that played out a little differently from the way it was originally scripted.
In the script, he leans in and kisses her. She pulls back. He immediately backs off and apologizes. There is an awkward exchange and then, he leaves.
I actually preferred this original version which made TWO more emphatic and clear but, in this instant, production concerns necessitated a tighter version.
6) One final round of discovery!
Just as we draw closer to some answers, a few more questions are thrown our way. How did FIVE know where to look? Does this suggest some sort of past connection to the mysterious key card and the gun? Will we be learning more about the key card as the season progresses? Will that gun pay off in some way further on down the line? Do the writers actually have a game plan? Tune in to find out!
Ah, the bookend. We conclude our opposite in much the same we started – with our Android on the bridge, giving the crew the 411. THREE seals up his vent, SIX touches up that nasty burn on his arm, while FOUR considers – oh, yeah! – that ring he discovered in the puzzle box. Yet another loose end we’ll presumably be getting around to sooner than later.
8) Jace. Jace Corso.
So, after everything our crew went through, the burgeoning suspicion and shifting alliances, the suspected sabotage and lie detector test, we must finally come to terms with the fact that we’ll probably never know who was lying.
Until about five (show) minutes later with the final reveal of an all too familiar face sitting at a bar on some space station. The guy, a dead ringer for one, says he’s been after The Raza for a while now, looking to catch up with someone.
P.S. This concluding WTF?!! scene was shot by Episode 4 director Amanda Tapping since this Cygni 4 bar set up was shot concurrently with the upcoming bar, lounge, casino, and back room scenes in #104.
PPS. Isn’t that space station establisher amazing? Kudos to Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and our VFX team on the gorgeous visuals.