Threshold improves this week, but still falls short of the hype the series has generated.

Writer: Anne McGrail
Director: Bill Eagles

Cast
Carla Gugino as Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey
Charles S. Dutton as JT Baylock
Brent Spiner as Nigel Fenway
Robert Patrick Benedict as Lucas Pegg
Brian Van Holt as Cavannaugh
Peter Dinklage as Ramsay
Steven R. McQueen as Jordan Peters

Plot:

An investigation into signal-related activity at an elite military school proves that contamination has spread beyond the crewmen who survived the alien encounter in the first episode.

High Points:

The twist, of sorts, when we learn about the motivations of the children whom we thought were infected worked for me. It’s a pity they followed that with a quick, shoddy resolution.

Low Points:

I don’t care how secret they want to keep alien contact. I don’t care if it means that you risk losing rather than inform more people (well, actually, I do, but let’s move on). You would tell a few more people so that your brain trust would not be wasting time doing menial chores.

In cutting some slack for the plot-hold-riddled pilot, I said that I’d accept the super-brilliant überbabe whose hair and makeup remains impeccable even under the most desperate of circumstances. Well, I take that back. It’s too much, under too many disparate, desperate circumstances. Does she have a clause in her contract that she can never look like anything less than a model about to take the runway, or is this the old Brannon “Decontamination Chamber” Braga at work?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6. This week’s drinking game will focus on horror movie clichés. I also hope they spread beyond “Team vs Infected Guy” plots. That’s going to get old fast.

Effects: 4/6. This episode features few effects, but nothing that stands out as a poor effect. Negative-flash-o-vision is, thankfully, gone this week.

Story: 4/6. A little better than last week’s, but I don’t believe in the characters enough to care, and the Threshold protocols leave much to be desired, especially if you’re one of the six people constantly facing danger without adequate resources.

Acting: 4/6. Nothing great, and nothing really bad. Also—-and I don’t know if this goes under “Acting,” “Production,” or “Low Points”-—with all of the actual children in this episode, why did they cast an obvious adult as Jordan Peters’ roommate?

Emotional Response: 4/6. The funhouse sequences will cause some reaction in some of the audience.

Production: 5/6.

Overall: 4/6.

“Blood of the Children” receives a score of 27/42

Additional Comments

This episode improves over the first one, but I doubt I’ll be watching further. At least, this won’t keep me in Friday (and next week, Serenity arrives). If no reviews are posted, do people want a discussion of this show?

The Timeshredder’s reviews may be found here.