Last episode before the season finale, and while it starts a bit slow, the ending makes for quite a finale to come. MEGASPOILERS
Episode 21 - "The Last Sam Weiss"
Zach says: More crazy events occur due to the machine, and Walter unwillingly pulls himself away from Peter to investigate and find a way to stop the events. Naturally, his cleverness does allow him to figure out a pattern to the events and find a solution.
Peter does wake up as well, although his mind is a bit fuzzy....I'm not surprised something was off about him after what had happened with the machine, so we'll see if that has any major impact in the future.
Sam and Olivia go to figure out how to turn off the machine and get Peter inside. They learn that not only is Peter attached to the machine, but so is Olivia; go figure. Apparently, she can use her telekinesis to turn the machine off. Naturally. We also learn that Sam's family have long been researching "The First People" and learning about the manuscripts of the machine, etc.
By the end of the episode, Peter gets in the machine, and then!!!!! He wakes up in the streets of New York and there are fires and the city is rioting or something and it doesn't look good. Peter also looks hurt, and some police officer recognizes him, because I guess he is an important person? And he might be in the future? I don't know, but the finale should be exciting.
Zach's Score: 8/10
JDW says: So I actually really liked this episode. I didn't like it at first, but when it finally got running and the use of the machine was reveal, I was giddy. For real. I mean, some of it bothers me; why is it called "The Last Sam Weiss"? It's not like he dies in the episode, and unlike my theory, that the machine opened a third universe where we then learn that Sam Weiss is some crazy universe hopper and is the last of his kind or some crap. But yeah, aside from that, the fact that in this crazy mystic box from a race of people we never even knew existed, theres a drawing of Olivia. I know this is a fictional show, but give me a break.
However, when Olivia gave Peter the go to enter the machine at the end, and it turned on, the sequence was kind of magical. And when he awoke in some post apocalyptic version of New York City (soon revealed to be sometime after September 11, 2021; where a new building has been erected at Ground Zero), I was really excited. In a way, it reminded me a lot of the cliffhanger ending from the Season 2 (and series) finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where John Connor transport to the future, and no one knows who he is. Yeah, thanks for cancelling the show after that one, Fox!
So, for that reason alone I was excited, because if the show was canceled this season like we expected (it was thankfully renewed for a third season), I would have hated to have a repeated sequence like that. Thankfully, there's just one more episode, so unlike Terminator, we're at least getting some follow up of Peter's travels in the future before waiting a year for the next season.
JDW's Score: 9/10
Overall Score: 8.5/10
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