Raised by Wolves ends its season by confirming that, yes, the creatures are some version of human being, so Terrans have been to Kepler-22B before, or we’re dealing with a bizarre parallel world, or…. Well, see below.
Title: The Beginning
Cast and Crew
Directors: Luke Scott
Writers: Aaron Guzikowski
Amanda Collin as Mother
Abubakar Salim as Father
Sienna Guillory as Mary
Niamh Algar as Sue
Jordan Loughran as Tempest
Felix Jamieson as Paul
Travis Fimmel as Marcus
Aasiya Shah as Holly
Ethan Hazzard as Hunter
Winta McGrath as Campion
Matias Varela as Lucius
Ivy Wong as Vita
Litha Bam as Bartok
Clayton Evertson as Dorian
Loulou Taylor as Cassia
Fadzai Simango as Leash
Marcus survives, new survivors arrive, evidence confirms that humans have been on Kepler-22B before, and a terrible beauty is born.
This season has given us a compelling mystery, connected to the notion of cycles in history, though how that resolves remains uncertain.
Amanda Collin and Abubakar Salim continue with note-perfect performances as Mother and Father. Salim even makes the jealousy subplot work, while Collin deals with circumstances that would have strangled another actress.
Biological “devolution” does not, strictly speaking, exist. Evolution has no fixed direction. A follower of Sol might be open to that interpretation, but a dedicated atheist would not, and that’s who describes the concept here.
Originality: 4/6 Raised by Wolves uses several established SF tropes, but it’s like nothing I’ve seen before on television.
Incidentally, we’ll be reviewing Rosemary’s Baby (book and movie) later this month as part of this year’s October Countdown.
Story: 4/6 The story is gripping, but it throws a good many twists and new subplots our way, with too little explanation for a season finale.
Effects: 6/6 Once again, we have a number of exceptional effects. The awkward ones are mostly limited to visions, so I’ll give those a pass. Visions do not have to look real.
Emotional Response: 5/6
Overall: 5/6 So did Terrans land here before? Are we witnessing weirdly-specific parallel evolution? Will time-travel play a role, wherein the plane’s past is the survivors’ distant future?
Or will something quite different answer our questions?
In total, Raised by Wolves, Episode 10, receive 35/42
The season leaves too many lingering questions, so I’ll express a lingering fear. I hope they’ve worked things out, and we’re not witnessing yet another Twin Peaks, Lost, or Battlestar Galactica, where brilliance spirals into an annoying conclusion that reveals only that the writers had no idea where they were going.