“I asked you to be careful with the grenades. We got the discount for a reason.”
–Jennifer Goines

Title: “Hyena”

Directed by Bill Eagles
Written by Christopher Monfette and Sean Tretta

Aaron Stanford as James Cole
Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines
Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly
Kirk Acevedo as José Ramse
Barbara Sukowa as Katrina Jones
Tom Noonan as the Pallid Man
Christopher Heyerdahl as The Keeper
Brooke Williams as Hannah Jones
Ramon De Ocampo as Oliver Peters
Andrew Gillies as Dr. Adler
Peter Outerbridge as Dr. Elliot Jones
Alisen Down as Striking Woman
Eve Harlow as Vanessa
Andrew Gillies as Dr. Adler
Sophia Walker as Marjorie
Gloria Gifford as Helen
Konima Parkinson-Jones as Peggy
Jee-Yun Lee as News Reporter
Sam Kalilieh as Dr. Bandara

Premise

In the present, Cole joins forces with Jennifer Goines and Daughters 1.0. In the future, Railly and Ramse approach the disturbed Keeper of knowledge with the hopes of learning more about Titan.

Katrina and Hannah start to bond; the characters learn of a crucial primary, somewhere in the recent past.

The Pallid Man comes calling.

High Points

The breakout had an interesting “Harley Quinn in Arkham” feel, joyously demented, and we initially question how these profoundly damaged souls could have become the very effective Daughters we know from the future.

Amidst the action, the episode provides a grim answer.

Low Point

The acting and the writing remain strong, but it can be a strain to have so many over-the-top characters receive so much of an episode’s attention. For the insanity to work, a balance must be struck.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 The episode features, inevitably, and echo of numerous time-travel tales past.

Effects: 6/6 I have to hand it to them: the visuals this week were effective, if a little unsettling.

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 According to the Keeper, “Mankind did for its words what it could not do for itself. Digital immortality.” Those words may yet prove prophetic.

In total, “Hyena” receives 34/42