Invasion – Season 2 Episode 3 “Fireworks” Recap & Review

Fireworks

Episode 3 of Invasion Season 2 begins with Mistuki’s interaction with the alien force. Having already found a frequency range to get a response from it, she starts to walk off. But she stops and looks back at the force, unable to shrug off the feeling that it is watching her.

The analysts, who have been studying the ship for months, mention the appearance of an intermittent signal from the downed ship. The ship has been emitting this signal in set patterns, to the extent that the analysts can even count down to the exact moment when it happens.

While venturing outside, Mitsuki notices something strange. She briefly sees the ship use its cloaking mechanism to become almost undetectable. What immediately strikes her is that the signal might be correlated to this phenomenon. Mitsuki explains to the analysts how the signal aligned perfectly well with a cubic spline and that it was an SOS call that was being made by the aliens. The downed ship was sending a distress signal to the Mother Ship for a rescue mission. Mitsuki figured out that at 5:32 that evening, they would once again make a signal, and she proved to be right. 

Dr Maya Castillo has been closely observing the scientists who have been assessing the ship. She warns Mitsuki that her obsession will drive her crazy like it did all the others before her. But Mitsuki, who remained unaffected physically and mentally after the interaction – something no one could ever do – wants to take revenge on the aliens. She is ridden with guilt and feels she is responsible for Hinata’s death. This revelation is a big breakthrough for the entire team. Mitskui takes her findings to Nikhil. She explains that since they know when the signal is emitted, she can hack into the Mother Ship’s system and reverse the cloaking mechanism when its carrier ships enter Earth’s atmosphere.

It is a very risky call as nothing is certain. But being the sociopath he is, Nihil wants to take this bet. Maya warns that this could mean that the ships will fall on human settlements and kill millions. Nikhil compares this to the Battle of Stalingrad and is ready to sacrifice the lives of a few to potentially save the lives of many. He relays his plan to President Benya. Nikhil requests her to consider using tactical nukes aimed at the sky for half an hour and shoot at the mother ship when it is decloaked. 

Benya knows the risks attached to the decision and faces opposition from heads of the military. But eventually, she is able to convince them to go ahead with the plan. When the clock strikes 9:32, the carrier ships appear in the sky, as Mitsuki predicted. The nukes are fired, bringing it down. Amazingly, only Eastern Russia experiences human casualties, while all the other carrier ships are downed in water bodies.

Trevante is still stuck in the holding cell. Due to the call to arms, the military transportation that was supposed to take him has been cancelled. Rose is a native of the town where the military has built its base. It turns out that it is the same one as Sheriff Tyson’s place from season 1. The military has not cared to find the missing locals. She keeps trying to bring up the possibility of a rescue mission but they do not care. Moreover, Rose has not been allowed to help them locate these missing persons either.

At first, her interaction with Trevante flares her up. It is probably driven by her detestment of how the uniformed personnel have treated the locals. However, Trevante appeals to her by explaining how desperately he has tried to fight the aliens. He has lost everything in the process and found hope in a place he never imagined he would.

Trevante pleads with Rose to bring him the notebook from the locker and she finally listens to him. He shows Rose one of Casper’s drawings which is Tyson’s star symbol. Around the star, Casper scribbled some numbers which seemed random at first. But it turns out that all the numbers are an exact match for the dates the 37 locals went missing. Rose is stunned and decides to free Trevante.

Meanwhile, the Malik family is being taken to a safehouse by Clark and the members of the Movement. Aneesha does not want to extend the family’s stay with them since it puts them in a line of danger. During the transportation, Clark gets a distress call from a family stuck in a ravine. He takes two trucks with him to rescue them, even though Aneesha protests the move. He gets out, leaving the Maliks and his own daughter, Ryder, in the car.

When she listens to them being overwhelmed by attacking aliens in the ravine, Ryder goes out to help. Aneesha decides to drive away as Clark has given her the keys. But Luke stops her, comparing the situation to his father’s abandonment. Suddenly, he sees more of the aliens coming and runs out of the car to help. Aneesha has no choice but to run after him, leaving Sarah alone in the car. When the carrier ships were downed, all the aliens attacking the ravine also died. When everyone comes back to the car, Sarah is nowhere to be found. Her fate hangs in the balance and we will have to wait for the next episode to learn what happened to her.


The Episode Review

At this point, it is vain to think Season 2 of Invasion can get any better than the previous season. Episode 3 did do one thing very differently and that was some progress in the long path to defeating the aliens. Mitsuki came very close in the last season and will be key once again to saving the human race. Hers is the only arc in this episode that makes any sense. It is likely the only thing in this episode that will keep viewers from switching off their TVs.

Episode 3 has some of the worst dialogue in this season so far. There was no depth, texture, or effort to make it drive the narrative or even sound normal. They were derivative to the extent that you could predict what the next line would be. The writers have clearly rehashed scripts from old alien invasion movies to come up with Invasion.

The over-the-top characterization of Nikhil, Maya, and others, also add to the mounting frailties in this episode. I scoffed and rolled my eyes throughout, the peak of which came when Luke ran out of the car. I do not think Apple will be happy with their decision to spend big on the second season of Invasion, which is turning out to be another dud.

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4 thoughts on “Invasion – Season 2 Episode 3 “Fireworks” Recap & Review”

  1. Oh, so the eye-roller for you was when Luke does what kids do? Not the true cringey eye-roller of Mikskui “hacking” into an alien mothership and commanding it to uncloak a whole fleet of ships — all without knowing squat about how their systems work, much less their command/programming language, and performing it perfectly, the first time, without a single test, and accomplishing the task in a tiny, tiny time period? That magic/fantasy bs wasn’t an eye-roller for you? But a kid doing something stupid, but exactly what would happen in every sci-fi story — that’s where you draw the line??? Unbelievable — you and these writers.

  2. Your tone when giving a factual account is somewhat at odds with your very severe criticism and low rating. As a former SF reviewer for the Chicago Tribune and strong admirer of the pioneer 1950s films The Day The Earth Stood Still, the original film of War of the Worlds and original Body Snatchers film I see a feshness in this work that is missing in many recent remakes and flankers. It makes a good effort at showing what such an invasion would be like for people caught in the middle of their everyday lives and except for the billionaire not holding a privileged vantage point. Even his Musk-like narcissism is realistic although I did think a bit about the place of money and wealth in a crisis like this. A couple of the best SF films in recent decades have treated actual end of the world situations which have something of the intensity of this effort. I’m surprised a serious reviewer doesn’t see that.

  3. Nikhil is, indeed, over the top. Terrible acting. I also find Golshifteh Farahani to be shrill this season and unbelievable in her craft, with more of an accent than she had in Season One. And the child actors are just awful. Especially Luke. BTW, how did these kids get so old in four months?

  4. Well idk, I didn’t hate the episode but I’m invested to see what this targeted attack on the carrier ship does. I feel like we’re yet to see the real aliens and that the ones so far (except the globby looking one in the downed ship) are more like drones.

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