In Helix, these sometimes pesky little creatures bring something new to the inhabitants of the island!
However, we know that, with Helix, nothing, even bees, are anything but ordinary!
The Densho episode reveals more tantalizing questions that we, the viewers are figuratively dying to get an answer to regarding the islands disease and madness!
When an orchard worker on the island, Travis (Daniel Harroch), gets stung, it seems that the next consequence is to morph into an infected “vector”.
Travis, obviously no longer himself, then attacks his girlfriend, who is pregnant with someone else’s child.
We do not know until later in the episode that Travis has killed her. We also are left wondering if the bees are the carriers of the disease.
We do not know who is on the other end of the line, but they are listening to Peter when he tells the person that Alan is up to something. Peter is told to find out what it is!
To make matters worse, thirty years in the future, Hiroshi Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada) seems quite pleased to announce to his daughter Jules (Kyra Zagorsky) that they will be spending some much needed quality father/daughter time together!
Back in the present, Peter wakes Alan aka Brother Jerome (Billy Campbell) from his smack on the back of the head. It seems that Peter has no knowledge about being the person who whacked his brother.
Perhaps he is also a victim of the psychotropic plant?
Brother Michael (Steven Weber) is such a nice guy. He apologizes on behalf of his children to Kyle (Matt Long). Brother Michael may or may not be aware of the reason behind the kid’s attack on Kyle.In fact he seems clueless to what is really happening!
Either way, he is playing the innocent very well. Whatever the reality, Kyle is convinced that Brother Michael is manipulating the children to his own ends. As Kyle leaves, Brother Michael remarks that Sarah (Jordan Hayes) seems very familiar to him.
As they make that pronouncement, the bells in the church ring. For Whom the Bell Tolls?
Another victim of the disease has been found!
It is Travis, the same yellowish material filling his mouth. Wow! Talk about killer bees!
As they walk in the compound, Sarah is completely astounded when she discovers that young Soren’s mother Sister Olivia (Sarah Booth) is not overly worried about what has happened to her missing son tricked by Brother Landry (Sean Tucker) into leaving the compound in the previous episode!
So far, so normal. We know that things will not stay that way. Hiroshi has a surprise for Jules – a therapy that will help her join the family. Normal just fell off the edge into the insanity pool.
Brother Michael puts on a great game face for the CDC, but we discover during this episode that this is all a put on. Michael demonstrates that, not only do his people not hang on his every word, but also that, he is beginning to doubt his own abilities as a leader.
Later, as he chats in his office to his “three best girls” that they can handle things, I got the impression that Michael is really old and is somehow staying young at the expense of the women around him. He mentions that there will be no need for any new pictures on the wall anytime soon. It sounds like a threat.
Sister Agnes (Clare Coulter) ends the spat between the two by slapping Amy. She tells them to both behave.
Then she adds something odd, “where would we be if something happened to mother”?
He tells Peter the same thing he told Sarah – leave the island! We know that will not happen.
Kyle and Sarah autopsy Travis and discover the puncture from the bee. Death by bee sting sure would be an effective way to get even with humans for all the chemicals we’ve used.
Back in the future, Hiroshi is all set to give Jules her “treatment” when imaginary Daniel (Meegwun Fairbrother) shows up. He is a little put out that Hiroshi will not take him fishing.
Thankfully, Jules manages to convince Hiroshi to go fishing with Daniel.
So they head on down to the lake to the tune of The Andy Griffith Show while Jules tries to escape…and fails.
Alan and Peter are continuing to have a chat, this time, with Sarah and Kyle. Alan learns that of thirty people, 29 died and one got better. This intrigues Alan. The victims also have a new name – necrotic. Vector is so passe.
Eventually, of course, Jules is brought up in conversation between Alan and Peter. Alan is sure that Julia is a big part of Ilaria – Queen bee, perhaps. As an immortal, she is now as bad as the rest of them, Alan believes. Poor Julia – tried and convicted by her ex-husband.
Soren’s mom denies that Soren would have ever broken the rules of the cult. This is my guess, Sarah; how about honey? Revenge of the bees, remember?
Unknown to him as he tells the other party that Alan is up to something. Alan is listening in! Surprise, surprise; the other person is none other than Major Sergio Balleseros (Mark Ghanimé), working back at Ilaria!
Holes in the wall are just dripping with honey. Brave Kyle gets a sample of the honey with no real protective clothing. If they are wrong and it really is the bees, he is taking his life in his hands for his job.
Back in crazy acres, Jules pleads with Hiroshi not to inject her with the serum that she believes will kill her. Hiroshi is not listening. As the liquid slowly moves through the tubing toward the needle in her neck, Julia begins humming. Inexplicably, Hiroshi begins to hum too and then removes the needle. Perhaps he is still reachable and not completely wacko.
Julia asks Hiroshi if she can hug him, appealing to his father instincts. He removes the bindings around her wrists. As she gives him a hug, she injects him with a syringe of liquid. He passes out, allowing Julia a chance to escape. The drug was not very potent since Hiroshi recovers quickly. He pulls a Samurai sword from a hiding place and runs after Julia.
After that brief Kyle/Peter diversion, Hiroshi shows us all his sword fighting skills, which are considerable. However, Jule’s ducking skills are also pretty good too.
He gives the sword to Jules telling her that it is his legacy and that he should never have made her like him. Hiroshi manages to return to the cabin to die among his dead family.
Sarah also gets more than she was expecting when she confronts Soren’s mother, Sister Olivia (Sarah Booth) seems a bit batty as well. She gets extremely agitated with Sarah’s prodding until she attacks Sarah with a knife.
Sarah falls to the floor, stabbed in the stomach. Will Sarah survive? I believe she will. Her relationship with Alan has not yet been resolved.
My Thoughts on Densho:
Although Hiroshi Hatake was always the bad guy in Helix, I liked him. He was unpredictable and what I like to call a morally ambiguous character.
Hiroshi would not ever see himself as evil. He would just do whatever it would take to achieve his goals.
Equally enjoyable, Daniel Antonov’s misplaced loyalty, even in the face of his peculiar upbringing in the sterile world of the Arctic lab, was played very well by Meegwun Fairbrother.
I liked they way they tied out the Daniel story, but what of Tulok?
I hope we see much more of this talented actor and look forward to seeing all the great cast in the near future on Helix!
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