Watched through ep 6 last night. Pretty good overall, though some of the LOOK HOW TIGHT MY FOCUS IS MHMM nonsense gets on my nerves.
Ep 6 done pissed me off, though:
[spoiler] Okay, so “Protocol 3 has not been waived!” Meaning none of the travelers are to kill anyone, which Major Dickless realizes and quickly slices murderously through the defense right to the reactor room.
Nevermind that they all know that Dickless & Co are going to die in the blast, even though their plot armor protects them from the nerve gas (ugh).
Nevermind that they happily kill them all as they take them over one by one so as to turn the key after Blue is like “no stress smoke weed erryday” instead of oh I dunno setting up a timed activation of the laser that depends so much on timing the blast right and is hooked up to a bunch of computers, which as we know are terrible at executing commands at a specific timestamp.
(She’s been building this for 100 years. Maybe she should have spent another half hour or so to paper over the obvious stupidities in the UI. Then again, this is probably a pretty decent portrayal of engineer-designed UI.)
Who the fuck provisioned this mission with only lethal weaponry that they know they’re not going to be allowed to use? Christ, give them some FUTURELASERS or something that shoot stun beams.
Oh but it’s super important for the main characters to be elsewhere for no particular reason even though THIS LASER THING IS GOING TO SAVE THE EARTH AND HUMANITY because for God’s sake, man, we’re only six episodes into this thing!
The whole thing was just lazily written to get to the scene they really wanted in the reactor, with Maj. Dickless shooting his own men and then himself. But then he fails to shoot himself anyway and the laser fires and doesn’t fucking work (apparently, I haven’t watched any further), so he doesn’t actually have any agency or effect on the plot in the end any damn way.
It’s a cool scene. And it should have been the capstone of a pretty darn good mid-season peak episode, except the writers all apparently had a collective stroke when it came to “how do we get Dickless into the reactor room?” There is an infinity of ways to write that that aren’t transparently stupid and break your own rules.
Just bad, bad, bad plotting that pissed me off because it suborned the already detailed rules of the scenario (nerve gas) and had characters make unbelievably stupid decisions (manual firing, only lethal weaponry, for fuck’s sake they’re dead anyway) to get the main characters to safety and set up the final reactor scene. AND removed any actual impact of the reactor scene anyway, which would have landed so much harder if Major Dickless had actually offed himself and prevented the laser from firing, or done…anything at all that altered the outcome that would have happened had he not been there at all.
Ugh, I’m still irritated.[/spoiler]