Poor Sam... Should have chose to save Sam
I'm sorry, but hating on Laura for making an impossible choice just seems idiotic to me. Anatol threatens to kill a human or a Synth (incidentally, the only Synth child in the world) and when she saves the human, she is horrible? Stanley forgets all their talk about kindness rather than hate the only guy promoting violence? Sam chooses to leave people he said he liked seconds ago... to go with guys he just saw threatening others? The kids close the door on her..... rather than consol her and hate Anatol?
I see no reason for hating Laura. If anything, she shouldn't have chosen anyone and should have made a deal of pointing out how Anatol is the only irrational being there, but that takes an extra level of bravery when your kids are in the frickin' room.
Other than that, I feel like this was a great episode more because of the direction, editing and sound design than the actual content. The background music is always on point but this time around it just felt like the best ever, that scene with Max closing the gate was perfect, captured his anger/frustration wonderfully.
Content-wise, besides the Laura/Mia/Stanley plot... the Niska story felt mostly like a filler. Scenes in the rain were great and Niska is just awesome in all she does, but the story is too slow and leaves you with this feeling that they're just padding it out until the finale, the fight on this one was just a "hiccup" until she's back on track.
With Leo/Mattie it's more of the same, but worse, because with Niska at least you expect a payoff, but with these two... I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, it just feels way disconnected to everything else going on unless that spy girl ties them to the main plot somehow. The pregnancy added to it just feels dull.
Great episode artistically, frustrating one story-wise.
Poor Laura, blew it big time. For all of that "Great" talk, turns out to be nothing but "Talk". Really screwed the pooch with that decision, which now questions here very being. And this pregancy storyline, not really feeling it, perticular when she's under big time investigation of whomever this stalker lady works for.
When one thinks this show can't get any deeper in terms of ethics and morality, this episode manages to go further down that spiral.
What bothers me is that humans are trying to find a way to cope with synths, whereas the synths seem to have become a little too focused on overpowering humans. Synths can feel, but they're feeling all the wrong feelings and aren't open for dialogue (I'm referring to the rising rebellion against humans), so their actions end up contradicting their intentions. I wish there was more of a nuance between heroes and villains, a blurred dichotomy indistinguishable to the viewer, but, unfortunately, the show seems to be heading for the usual cop-out of us vs. them (mankind vs. the evil robots).
A brilliant yet deeply flawed episode that at once stands out from the rest of season 3 yet painfully underlies its flaws.
The scene where Mia speaks before the Commission is the best one I've seen in the entire series, and the way event unfolds during and after was a true turning point for the story. Tragic, complex, personal yet global.
Then Laura's choice... The sequence was over-engineered and unrealistic. Why didn't Laura say "These are both living human beings and I choose neither"? It was crystal-clear Anatole's purpose was to show to Stanley that humans plaved synth lives below theirs, and still Laura played right into his hands. A badly-written scene that's all the most frustrating that it has massive consequences for the rest of the story.
Such a frustrating, brilliant episode.
Do all shows have to go down such cliché paths...? I mean people getting so emotional, when the choice is obviously a test, and choosing the random human would've made more sense, anyway.