Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Broken Places” | Aired July 3, 2014
Previously:One of Gabriel’s minion angels was able to infiltrate the House Reisen and nearly killed Claire and the jaundiced orphan until Alex fought her off. Gabriel taunted Michael with his possibly being out of job now that Alex has been revealed as the Chosen One. Michael should chill because Alex wasn’t into being the Chosen One and fled Vega with Claire. General Edward, who has congestive heart failure, was revealed to be having relations with an 8-Ball.
Our swaggery villain, Gabriel, has a breakfast meeting at a honky-tonk outside Vega with secret disciple William Whele. It’s the third ep, so it’s time to start delving into our main characters’ motivations, fears and dreams; hence, us finding out that Gabriel likes pudding. But not from a can. Angels eat? William is upset over Claire being injured in the angel’s attack on Alex. Gabriel assures him that he needs him to spread his word so God will cut his vacay short and that he cares about William’s pain.
Speaking of pain, Gabriel introduces the poor waitress’s eye to his fork and kills the rest of the staff and patrons. This is why they want you to stay inside Vega’s walls, people. The IHOPs aren’t safe. Gabriel explains to William that God made man skittish about blood and pain to keep them in line. A design flaw, however, makes the strong lust for more when they encounter blood. Gabriel tells William he is one of the strong and to go back to Vega and prep his acolytes. We also learn that the pudding isn’t that bad.
Alex and Claire are fleeing Vega in his Jeep and, after a cutesy convo about what their life will be like in Delphi, Claire vanishes. Alex was merely wishing for her as his copilot. General Edward asks his secret 8-Ball girlfriend if she’s seen any of the higher angels disguised as humans, like the one that attacked his daughter. Secret 8-Ball Girlfriend laughs this off because she’s too busy being the sole guest of the Luxor’s crumbling remains, eating jam(?) from a jar and waiting around for Edward to soothe her “itch.” Yes, she said “itch.” Someone should clue her in that mentioning “itch” in the same context as sexual relations is skeevy.
Arika is out of jail due to her retinue offing themselves to free her. She verbally spars with David Whele over her newfound freedom and his wanting Helena’s Air Force. He wants to use them to blast Gabriel back to Heaven. Arika’s city will get a nuclear reactor setup in return. David says it’s a lock that the Senate will approve all of this, because General Edward is on his way out. David is probably right. Eddie has congestive heart failure, and he’s putting it to a demonic angel with pointy teeth. Longevity wouldn’t seem to be in the cards.
The Senate meets and calls Michael on the carpet for not telling them that there are angels besides him and Gabriel who can pose as human. Michael explains that it was news to him, too, but Giles … I mean, David Whele (I can’t help it—he’s Giles) isn’t buying it. David Whele gets all syrupy-voiced and proposes that since Michael betrayed his own people for them, what’s to say he won’t flip once more and go back to his peeps? Michael agrees with his logic and asks if it’s true, then what’s to keep him from killing David and the rest right there and then? He points out that murder is a crime for men, but who knows if that holds true for angels? That’s a really good question, but David’s expression betrays his wish to table it for now so he can go change his shorts.
Alex is still on the road, denying his cool new tattoos and future as the savior of mankind. He rolls up on the aftermath of an angel attack on a married couple. The woman is dead, the man is dying and Alex lies to him that his lady is all right, so he can die in peace. Alex helps him along with a gunshot to the head.
Gabriel is back at his palatial cave in the Rocky Mountains. His right-hand angel, Furiad, wants to know why he doesn’t just storm Vega and take Tattooed Love God himself. That’s right, I didn’t type “kill” because it looks like the plan is to get Alex over to their side.
Alex’s pal and fellow Archangel Corps soldier Ethan is at the barracks, selling a bottle of Polo cologne to a coworker looking to get laid. And, wow, suddenly I’m back in junior high, it’s the eighth-grade dance, and every guy in the room is REEKING of the stuff. Or Drakkar Noir. Thanks for those traumatic olfactory memories, Dominion. Noma tells Ethan that Alex is missing, and Ethan resolves to go and talk to Michael about it. Ballsy guy. But how is he to know that their angelic leader just threatened to kill all of Vega’s politicians and is probably having a frowny day?
William Whele stalks Claire in the market. She admits that Alex probably isn’t coming back, and William pees a little. He explains that he wasn’t aware that their fathers were going to announce their engagement. She assures him that they are still friends, but he wants more. Claire suppresses her “eww” and skedaddles.
Meanwhile, in another part of the market, Michael pays a visit to a vendor named Lewis. Lewis swears that he didn’t know Felicia (the angel-disguised-as-nanny whom Alex had to kick out the window) had joined Team Gabriel. Michael wants Lewis, who is one of those higher angels masquerading as a produce vendor, to keep any eye out for others like him that might be planning something. It seems that there are a bunch of “neutral” angels in Vega that just want to live in peace and have opted out of the war. Michael tells Lewis to let them know that there is no Team Switzerland anymore, and they either join him or flap their wings out of Vega.
Ethan and his impossibly white teeth nervously approach Michael about Alex. His opening conversational gambit is to ask Michael if angels sweat. Michael: *blank stare* Right. Ethan asks why Michael might have kicked Alex out of Vega, but this is news to him and—flap flap flap—Michael is off!
Claire finds out that some of her students have been taken out of their homes by David Whele’s Abercrombie & Fitch death squad. She finds out that anyone who had contact with Felicia is being arrested and questioned. She fights with Daddy over it, and accuses him of using this strategy to make himself look like a protector-hero person. She wants the lower caste to be treated like people, and he tells her she needs to marry William for it to happen. He also tells her he’s sick. He avoids revealing his BIG SECRET:
(Yeah, I live-tweeted during the show for the first time last night. I received one interaction, and it’s only because I mentioned Sharknado‘s upcoming sequel. *sigh*)
Alex and his Jeep—which is such a total shade of orangey clay that it looks like it’s made of adobe or rolled out of a kiln—are confronted by Michael. Our Chosen One can’t bring himself to run his mentor down, so he exits the Jeep and tells Michael to get off his jock. I know he’s had a new purpose in life forced upon him, but he’s acting a little emo-teen about this whole thing. Michael calls shotgun. Alex wants to keep this trip solo, so he holds a gun to Michael’s head. Michael notes that it’s a shame that Alex will have to lose his hand and that bullets have a way of bouncing off of him and killing the shooter. Alex wah-wahs about how he wants to live his own life and destiny sucks, man. Michael says the he only wants him to make one stop before Delphi.
Vega’s deep-red political chamber. David wants to yap to Becca, and she’s not having it. Becca is starting to grow on me. She doesn’t care that her boyfriend Michael brings multiple people into their bed, and she throws a really good side-eye. Nice work, Rosalind Halstead! David wants to examine Michael’s biological makeup to get a grip on what makes angels tick. He begins dropping hints that he knows all about her relationship with their angelic ally. Becca counters by noting that bringing down Michael will weaken General Ed and allow David to grab power. Proving what a gentleman he is, David basically tells Becca she’s a whore just like her mother before her (!!!), and that sleeping with an angel will make her a “pariah.” I don’t know about that. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that sex with an angel is heavenly, and people would be jealous as opposed to shunning. He tells her he wants reports about Michael from her.
Alex and Michael pull up at Alex’s childhood home. It seems that this is one of the places his long-lost (and now dead) dad Jeep had been hiding out. Alex’s tattoos start acting up, and he has a vision of his dad trying to translate the tattoos and, failing at that, drinking heavily and trying to commit suicide. Michael reveals that Alex’s mom (the waitress from Legion) died here protecting him. Nice, Michael. Way to traumatize the already self-pitying and freaked-out man-child.
A mysterious package is air-dropped outside of Vega. It’s for Arika, it’s from her wife and it contains the dead body of her sister! Yep, Queen Evelyn of Helena took out her sister-in-law just to keep her wife from flapping her gums and making deals behind her back with David. Communication is key in any relationship, and Queen Evelyn has really embraced that. She knows how to get her point across—kill and deliver! Oh, and PRIOR to that, Ethan showed up to escort her to her plane, and Arika guesses that Ethan is gay. Nice teeth, handsome AND gay! He’s not into Ethan because they’re like brothers. I’m going to start a Tumblr dedicated to their love anyway.
Back at Alex’s childhood home, a crying Michael reveals that this is where he found Alex with his mom and Jeep. He was being protected by his mother’s dying body. Jeep took Alex on his responsibility from then on. Alex reminisces about what a great dad Jeep was until he abandoned him. It turns out Michael made Jeep set Alex adrift. Ouch! Michael says that this was all done to make Alex strong. Eh, not sure how well that worked. When times get tough, he hops in his adobe-mobile and takes off. He’ll wish he took off in a second, because Furiad and his action-figure armor are on the way to kill them.
David taunts Arika about her wife killing her sister, and notes that the deal is obviously off and he doesn’t need her ass. Arika confesses that she has compatriots in Evelyn’s inner circle. If David helps her assume the throne, their Air Force deal will be her highest priority. Later on, sly and shifty Arika activates a beacon she had hidden in her earrings and someone responds.
Alex thinks that there’s something Michael isn’t telling him about why he’s the Chosen One. Before Michael can issue a denial or a lie, he senses that Furiad is here. Angel combat breaks out. During the melee, it appears as though Michael willingly lets Furiad put a sword in his gut and break off a piece so he’ll die slowly. Perhaps to get Alex back to Vega? Furiad exits via sky, and Michael passes out before he can tell Alex what to do to save him.
William and Daddy Dearest spar verbally. David needles him about making the wedding happen and decides to tell a creepy story about how his pet lion sexually ravished a lioness. William retaliates by alluding to how his mother raised him, and he doesn’t know his father. We get our first look at at a meeting of Gabrel’s Vega acolytes. William inducts a new follower by attaching a wide tourniquet around his midsection and tightening it so much that it cracks the man’s ribs. Ouch? Couldn’t he just sign something in blood or get spanked with a paddle?
Claire visits William later on and explains that her father has agreed to draw up a basic bill of rights for the lower castes. How did she accomplish this? She agreed to marry William. That’s gonna be one awkward wedding.
Gabriel is on his throne playing his trumpet, and that’s pretty funny. Furiad returns and Gabriel finds out he attacked Michael. Gabriel kills a female angel friend of Furiad out of revenge. Gabe is obviously unhappy about the broken-off-sword-in-his-brother’s-gut thing. He tells Furiad he’ll spear him next if Furiad keeps it up.
We end this week’s episode with Alex urging Michael to hold on, as his claymation Jeep approaches the gleaming lights of Vega.
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