The episode begins with our heroes putting the late Danny into the ground. Rachel goes to take Charlie’s hand during this emotional moment but Charlie pointedly moves her hand away. So Charlie obviously is not happy with her mother for some reason and I’m sure the episode will explore this.
Bella’s dad is not impressed with the caliber of talent that the rebels possess and decides to go look for another old comrade who used to be in the militia. He finds out where the guy is now living and heads off with Nora, the hot chick who isn’t Charlie. However a former rebel sees him and sells the information to the militia. Who promptly kill the informer. Now, you would think the best way to get information is to build up an army of informants and sow mistrust and fear. But no, they kill the guy who has just brought them important information.
Charlie and the others head off to another spare rebel base in a former hospital that the rebels have in reserve. In fact I think I heard them refer to it as Echo Base, an obvious Star Wars reference. Rachel investigates the little microchip she removed from the dead Danny but is interrupted by the whole non-communication thing she has going on with Charlie.
Meanwhile Randall Flagg – sorry, Flynn – is tracking down the rebels with the use of his necklace tracking device. Somehow Rachel got her hands on two more of the devices, I missed how exactly. Rachel realises this and destroys the necklaces, but not before her and Charlie and the beardy guy who owned Google are trapped in the former hospital.
Elsewhere Bella’s dad and Nora find the dude they want in a well-kept town. He’s running a library. And guess what, the library has a STEPHEN KING section. I have to put that in capitals because the makers of the show want you to know about the STEPHEN KING homages you might have missed. Library guy hands a copy of THE STAND to some book browser and tells him it’s about the end of the world. We know!
Bella’s dad tries to convince library guy to join him but he refuses. It takes a militia invasion for him to change his mind. Bella’s dad, Nora and library guy turn a small militia army into mincemeat with their swords. Badass.
Back at the hospital Charlie is actually acting all badass as well. She can’t even be bothered loading her crossbow bolt into the crossbow and just let’s some militia dude run into it. Then she picks up his machine gun and shoots all the bad guys holding her mother prisoner. Except for Randall who lives because obviously he’s the big bad of the season. On a brighter note it seems Charlie has forgiven her mother for not being there as she grew up.
In a flashback sequence we see Randall, who was a high-up DoD person, order the electricity-negating weapon be used on the day of the blackout. Interestingly he and the military types refer to a “Tower”. So obviously there is some big tower somewhere that is the source of he electricity-negating. I wonder where it is…
Overall not a bad episode. Charlie seems to be acting a bit stroppy towards her long-lost mother for no particular reason. Well, except for the dead Danny situation I suppose. Still, she looks totally hot while doing her badass action things in the hospital.