IN REVIEW: MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (S1-EP 5) – Bellweather Season

The unit travels off base for the high society wedding of Abigail's cousin.

Synopsis: The unit travels off base for the high society wedding of Abigail’s cousin. Raelle throws herself into her relationship with Scylla, who, unbeknownst to Raelle, faces an impossible choice.

The Story

When Scylla fails to secure an invite to the handfasting of Abigail’s Cousin. She sets about gatecrashing by disguising herself as help and relying on her relationship with Raelle to remain in place as her guest. Meanwhile, Abigail is stressing about the pending meeting that she and their unit has with the Dean of War College and is determined to get in on her own merits and not because of her social standing in the hierarchy of Salem Society.

Tally, who is heartbroken after finding out that Gerit is too handfast with another woman witnesses Scylla talking to her Spree contact in the restroom and rushes to warn Anacostia, but she is too late.

 

The Acting

Ashley Nicole Williams puts in a solid performance as a somewhat out to prove herself Abigail, who despite being at a family function seems to be ill at ease with her worry about meeting the Dean of Salem War College and making a good impression. She has some great scenes with Catherine Lough Haggquist who does a brilliant job of playing Abigail’s mother. The somewhat stern and in very much in control Petra Bellweather. But the scenes between Abigail and her cousin Charvel, who is played by Bernadette Beck doe a great job of setting up the emotional impact of what is to come.

Jessica Sutton also puts in a great performance as Tally who has a lot to deal with in this episode and will likely still be dealing with it in next week’s show too. Given the revelation of her lover being promised to another.

 

Overall

Written by Joy Kecken and directed by M.J. Bassett. This episode could have gone either way in that it could have been incredibly soapy or just plain bad. Thankfully it was neither in that a balance was struck between the various dramas surrounding the principal characters and the overall storyline and plot. When you have episodes of series that are set at a high society party. It can be sometimes rather cliche, but thankfully this wasn’t.

I really liked the fact that we get a little hint that Abigail’s mother is considering making a play for General Adler’s job. Adler was conspicuously absent, but it is pretty much obvious that her position at Fort Salem isn’t as secure as it once was with the continuing Spree attacks. And this latest one isn’t likely to help her case. Especially given that it was pretty much on home soil.

Overall. A solid episode with a nice balance of character development, intrigue, and some awesome action. This one ticked most of the boxes.

9.5
MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (S1-EP 5) – Bellweather Season
  • Story
    9.6
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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