The previews for this episode kept hyping up the werewolf angle, and while the idea is brought up, it turns out to be something different. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. On the one hand, giving away the answer in the commercials doesn’t make for a good mystery, but marketing bait and switches are vexing. The plot is pretty simple, local hunters are being attacked by animals. The conditions of those attacks is what sets off alarms in Audrey’s and Nathan’s brains.
The Micmac tribe gets mentioned, although they pronounce it weird. It was a fitting name drop. You can see it as an allusion to Pet Sematary and given the true nature of what was happening, it’s not that far off.
While there were a few lines of witty banter thrown around by the main characters, the funniest thing to me occurred when a woman attacks them with a knife. He grabs her and pins her to the ground yelling “Down! Down! Drop it!” I was almost expecting him to follow it up with “No! Bad!” When in doubt, talk to your armed attacker like a Golden Retriever, that’s an interesting tactic.
One of the locals agrees to help Audrey investigate the case involving her mother. It’s nice that the arc gets mentioned in every episode, but again I have to wonder what the point was. These stories stand on their own. At first, I liked the idea that it was sort of the show’s myth arc, but it’s so peripheral that I’m forced to ask myself, why bother? Besides marketing I mean. The show’s good, you don’t really need the story tie in for it to work.
I was kind of surprised when Audrey didn’t really react after Nathan asked where the bear was. I figured that would warrant an “oh crap”. Earlier in the series, she was giving Hellboy a run for his money, now she just shrugs this sort of stuff off.
Am I the only one who was unsettled by all the talk of the metas or special people or whatever you want to call them being better than us. I understand them reassuring each other so that they don’t feel isolated, but the idea that their powers make them superior is Magneto talk. While I wouldn’t expect Audrey to be well versed in X-Men lore, she’s genre savvy enough to know that that sort of talk should qualify as a red flag.
The episode was well paced and had just enough plot twists to keep you intrigued without going over the top. The idea for the episode is pretty King-esque and it drops a few hints in terms of character foreshadowing. I would recommend checking this episode out if you get a chance.