Episode 3.03: Shanzhai
Written by: Jorge Zamacona
Directed by: Paul Holoran
Original Airdate: June 26, 2016
This episode came complete with the soundtrack of your life, In a Gada Davida, played over it as Slattery and his fellow POWs contend with that mysterious and enigmatic Asian man always played by the same actor (Hiroyuki Sarada, from Lost, Helix, and Extant) hunkered down in a steaming jungle camp in the heart of darkness. Slattery gets bled in what I imagine is an attempt to create a cure or immunity for the plague, or something. At one point, two guys “crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to.”
Meanwhile, Chandler, Sasha, and Danny make their way back to land looking for signs of their missing shipmates. This time, Chandler wears a hat down low to disguise himself, because that’s not obvious at all. There’s a moment when Sasha confronts Chandler about his need to play hero and control things, and he gets pissy with her. I gather, given the lack of followup, that we’re supposed to think of Chandler as some heroic, macho guy who takes risks and runs headfirst into danger to protect his crew. In truth, he just comes across as a controlling asshole in moments like this, stiff and unbending and not at all a commanding figure. So I see what they’re going for, but it makes me kind of hate the character at times.
Burks brother…friend…I kind of didn’t pay attention to that part, gets Thomas Dekkered when Chandler assumes command of the good ship U.S.S. Nathan James and makes Granderson his XO. Granderson and Cameron Burk discuss their different command and persuasion tactics in a “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” moment. Granderson’s more feminine approach is to ply Jesse with cherry soda, cigarettes and repairs in the hopes that she’ll stay, instead of conscripting her and forcing her to serve, which is Cameron’s approach. Granderson’s approach works. Duh. I bet Chandler would’ve conscripted her, too.
Big gunfight toward the end. Very boring. Fast forward.
The best part of the episode is that I may have to start shipping Sasha and Jesse. Hard. Like Chandler/Beard theirloveissopure hard. And that was…unexpected. But damn, Bridget Regan brings the eye sex with other women. She did it in Legend of the Seeker, even though that show had an established het relationship in it (that was boring). But oh, delicious confrontation and tension between the two women, and Dichen Lachman held her own with Regan. They’re going to make an electrifying screen pair that makes up a tiny bit for the loss of Rachel.