IN REVIEW: MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (S1-EP 6) – Up is Down

Abigail has to come to terms with her vulnerability in the aftermath of a horrific event

Synopsis: Abigail has to come to terms with her vulnerability in the aftermath of a horrific event. Tally struggles with being supportive while also keeping a secret from her unit.

The Story

Still grieving from the murder of her cousin. Abigail has to take a step back and come to terms with her vulnerability and is offered help in the form of Bridey who is a war veteran who lost one of her eyes when she failed to save her sister. Bridey is set on teaching Abigail how to improve her defenses and becomes fiercely protective of her. Elsewhere Tally is struggling at being supportive due to the fact that she knows that Scylla is Spree and helped orchestrate the attack that killed Abigail Cousin. Meanwhile, Raelle is determined to find Scylla and is obsessively doing all she can to do so.

 

The Acting

Ashley Nicole Williams gets some difficult scenes this week as she has to show us how Abigail is struggling with a combination of grief and post-traumatic stress from her encounter with the Spree in last week’s episode. The training scenes that she has with Bridey are well-acted. Particularly the scene where Abigail gets Bridey to reveal how she lost her eye and why she never had it fixed. Lillian Lim is great as Bridey and looks pretty damn fierce with the eyepatch.

Taylor Hickson also puts in a solid performance as she shows us Raelle’s struggle in regard to the uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to Scylla.

 

Overall

A strong episode, which builds both on the story arc as well as events from last week. I appreciated the fact that we got to see Abigail’s struggle with PTSD and how the trauma of last week’s events affected her. I also enjoyed seeing Tally struggle with the secret with regards to Scylla. In particular, the scene where Tally looks to Anacostia Quartermain for guidance.

The scene toward the end of the episode where we see Raelle flying was done well and it was great to see her struggling to get a smooth flight during her initial take off.

9.4
MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (S1-EP 6) – Up is Down
  • Story
    9.4
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.3
  • 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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