|Not exactly the Princess and the Pea, but...|
Like many fantasy series, 'Star-Crossed' can get a bit complicated, so if you need a refresher on characters and the plot so far, have a look back at our Episode 2 post. This week we get deeper into the human and Atrian conflicts, learn more about the different power players, and end with another surprise death. Here are 13 new things we learned from Episode 3, "Our Toil Shall Strive to Mend":
1. Teri apparently has the ability to work some wicked mind control with the help of special flower petals. What else would a teenager use this for than to insert herself into some of Roman's wicked sex dreams? Oh and yeah, by the way, while humans have "after glow," Atrians have "blue glow," courtesy of those natural tats.
2. Even with half her life spent in a hospital, Julia has learned: "A way to a boy's heart is not through his dead father's passion project." Emery persists, however, in contributing to the "Arrival Day" memorial event. She wants to film the Arrival Day stories from the Atrians' point of view, with Grayson as her volunteer video camera operator. Gloria gives her the go-ahead to film a segment during a human-students-visit-The-Sector field trip.
3. Sometimes dragging a boy into a storage closet and taking your top off is a totally innocent and necessary thing to do. At least it was for Julia, who decides a lot of "show not tell" is needed to illustrate that all her veins are glowing blue ever since Roman cured her--and then touched her again at the Fair.
After his teenage libido cools down from the free show, Roman understandably freaks out. Secrets like this are tough to keep when the object of the secret can be seen for 10 miles in the dark.
|Welcome to the Trags...|
4. Sometimes getting dragged into a dark alley with a bag over your head is a good thing. Erm, at least Drake thinks so, since it means an introduction to Vega, leader of the Trags. Apparently all his "Kill all the humans!" ranting has gotten him noticed. And since Drake will be attending the special Arrival Day memorial event, he'll have important access to the crashed Atrian ship that still stands as a monument to all who were lost. All he needs to do is some training shirtless with Beaumont. And learning how the Atrian version of brass knuckles (a ring of woven thorns) can drop somebody dead with one blow. Fun!
|Erm, this isn't what it looks like...|
5. When Roman's sister Sophia agrees to be interviewed for Emery's video, she shows the budding filmmaker and her cameraman their home. Emery is pleased to discover Roman still has a metaphor-illustrating star made of yarn hanging by his bed--the same yarn she used as a child to calm her Atrian refugee friend with string games.
6. Emery later follows a young Atrian girl through The Sector and discovers the Atrians have a candlelit memorial wall (just like that hallway in "Battlestar Galactica"). When she's surrounded by angry Atrians, she's rescued by Castor, who explains it's a wall depicting those missing since Arrival Day. Asked if he believes they're still alive and living on the outside somewhere, he says he doesn't know, but it gives people hope.
7. When Beaumont reports to Castor, we learn that Castor isn't necessarily a Trag enthusiast. He's an opportunist, who believes in always being on "the winning side." Asked how to deal with Emery, he tells Beaumont ominously, "Leave her to me."
|Who knew herb gardens could be so dangerous?|
8. Feigning an interest in horticulture is not going to work when Trags find you in their own personal herb garden. Feigning interest in the Trag leader's daughter seems equally stupid, but somehow gets Roman out of trouble, thanks to Teri. Oh yeah, did we mention Teri is Vega's daughter? She's conflicted about her mom's Trag ways, and even sneaks Roman some of the plant he needs to cure Julia's glowing problem (though like the original ciper, the cure might have unforeseen side effects).
9. Grayson shows his hand a bit early when Emery's video gets broadcast on Arrival Day and it's been overwritten with Redhawk propaganda. He tries to pretend it's his Evil parents who stole the footage from him, but Emery's not buying it. We'll see how long it is before he talks his way back into her good graces, though.
10. Roman does have his father's spirit after all. When the memorial event is hijacked, he steps into his father's shoes and takes the podium, sharing his story of Arrival Day and how a young girl saved his life. He says not all Atrians are as hostile as those shown in the video, and he thinks not all humans are like the Redhawks. Emery is more in love than ever, and Gloria tells him he's saved the integration program.
11. Drake is brave enough to go through with his mission, sneaking onto the Atrian ship on Arrival Day and retrieving a small silver cube from a storage bin. He's not ruthless enough yet to kill a human guard who discovers him, but luckily Teri is there to save his bacon and wipe the guy's memory clean with her wicked-witchy ways.
|And red ciper becomes deadly black ciper...|
12. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Teri decided Trag business was her business once she realized Roman was more interested in Emery than her. And her mom has decided that it's time to use some of that healing ciper with the cube Drake procured. The thing is, the cube magically activates ciper into some deadly flesh-eating cloud that Vega tests out on Beaumont. Seems she found out he was meeting secretly with Castor. Drake looks slightly less sold on this whole Trag thing now.
13. Our last big shocker of the episode comes at the end, when Gloria returns home and uses a security code to enter a secret room. A room where she's apparently hiding her Atrian child. We're not sure if this means she's another secret Atrian, or if she had a child with an Atrian man. So many questions!!
Watch "Star-Crossed" on The CW, Monday nights at 8/7c.
PHOTOS: "Star-Crossed" Episode 3 screencaps, 2014 The CW, fair use.