Hunters: Pretending to See the Future – Finnerman an Exalted? (Review)

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Hunters zooms toward its season one finale and in “Pretending to See the Future”  things come to a head between Truss Jackson and Ruth Finnerman.  McCarthy makes a surprise reappearance. Regan and Flynn grab Carp’s son and Carp loses his head.  Musa was injured at the hotel attack and things begin to point to Finnerman being an Exalted.

At the start of the episode Truss is at church with his family after being removed from the ETU by Finnerman. A man dressed as a missionary finds Jackson’s car and plants a sonic bomb under it. Truss and his family narrowly escape being killed. Jackson calls Finnerman claiming that Hunters have tried to kill him.

As Flynn gets coffee for himself and Regan, the news is blaming the hotel massacre on a lone shooter. The two track down Carp and kidnap his son instead of the arms dealer. The young man is dying of leukemia and they learn that he is meant to have Regan’s blood injected as a cure.

Pablo begins to die and starts going through a seizure. Regan injects the blood and Carp’s son responds well. He announces himself cured and then dies horrifically.

While the two ETU agents wait for Carp to show up Jackson meets Briggs at a safe house. Finnerman’s “boy” is there to kill Truss and he gets the upper hand, temporarily. Briggs shoots his old boss in the shoulder and Jackson escapes. Shortly after he talks his would be assassin out of killing him.

Flynn and Regan wait to meet Carp at the docks. A car; its speakers playing loud rock music, pulls up and stops. The lights blind the two agents. Regan calls out to Carp and the weapon dealer’s head comes flying out of the vehicle.

It is McCarthy and he wants to swap sides. He has been exiled by Musa and he wants to strike back.

Musa r is paranoid now that his healing powers have been damaged by the attack on the hotel.  He demands that everyone prove who they are and afterward he tells Abby about the Exalted. Musa claims that they are there.

He also tells her that they want to stop the purge. After their little talk the ship can be seen in a giant hanger. Whether this means that they really intend to escape and not blow up the world remains to be seen.

Finnerman gets a text from Briggs asking her to meet him at the safe house. She arrives and discovers that Briggs has gone back to Jackson. After a short bit of conversation  Truss explains that his old boss  crossed a line attacking his family.  He apparently  shoots Ruth Finnerman although it is not a head shot.

There are flashback throughout the episode where Truss re-lives his first exposure to Hunters. He also remembers the first time they use Echo Protocol to kill innocents to protect the secret.

Rather interestingly, Ruth, despite her family line recitation of ancestors who have served their country,  seems less than human. Something about Finnerman is odd. Her tunnel visioned mission to stop the Hunters and  lack of  emotions about family and killing innocents makes her seem less than human.

Listening to Musa talk of the Exalted; who also want to stop the Hunters makes one wonder if she is one. Disguised, as the Hunters are, to be human. Her position in the ETU makes for the perfect cover and allows her to stop Hunters.

This may seem a little far out but the woman’s behavior is less human and more automaton. Finnerman ruthlessly goes after everything that protects the secret. It also   allows her to kill more Hunters. Could Ruth be an Exalted Hunter?

Along the way Emme tells Flynn that she still loves Abby regardless of whether she is human or not.

Next week’s episode is the season one finale.  Will the Hunters use the ship to go home as Musa claims or will they destroy  the planet.

Hunters is deadly serious with no humor to lighten the load. Show creator  Natalie Chaidez has given us a grim and suspenseful science fiction thriller. It is a world  where the terrorists are aliens who are different from us under their skin. 

(Sidenote: There was one moment that was unintentionally funny. After Musa goes through the proving ceremony. Liana cuts her arm to the “bone” and shows her inner Hunter. Holding the bloody limb up in the air she states, “One of us.” Meant to be a serious moment, it brought to mind the dinner scene from Tod Browning’s 1932 cult film Freaks.  All that was needed was the “Gooba  gobble”  part of the line to make it complete.)

The season finale “New Holy Ground”  airs July 11 after the show takes a break for the Fourth of July.


Bait 2012 Jaws in a Grocery Store

Bait 2012

I finally broke down and watched the Australian/Singaporean horror film Bait. In a film that can be best described as Jaws in a grocery store, my sights weren’t aimed very high.

But, I was surprised to find, I liked it.

Directed by Kimble Rendall and starring, sort of,  Julian McMahon  of  Nip/Tuck fame (who looks like he’s had a nip or a tuck, or at the very least a shed load of Botox) and a host of Australian character actors it was actually fairly entertaining.

It might have something to do with my low expectations going in. Although, to be honest, I always try to keep them low  when watching any film, it tends to make them all that bit more enjoyable. At the heart of the movie it is just an old-fashioned disaster film that, in this case, takes the recent (and somewhat disturbing) trend of tsunami films and adds in a few great white sharks.

The film opens with a couple of good looking Aussie fellas (read the previous sentence with an Australian accent, it helps set the mood) who are lifeguards. One is extremely hungover from his bachelor party the night before and his best mate goes out to “set the buoy” in the water.

Hangover boy goes to see his fiancé who happens to be his best mates sister. While they are visiting, a great white shark makes a snack of an old loud mouthed swimmer and then goes on to his best mate. In the best tradition of shark films everywhere, the best mate gets almost  rescued before he dies.

Fast forward and hangover boy has obviously lost the girl and works in a grocery/department store and Julian McMahon is about to rob it. As soon as the action starts (the robbery action) everything is interrupted by a tsunami.

We are then treated to some jolly good Aussie stereotypes who are trapped in the store with one man-eating monster and a trio of more stereotypes who are trapped in the underground car park. The action moves between the two groups until near the end of the film.

All the characters were fun except for McMahon. His biggest problem was his accent. He didn’t (again, read this bit with an Australian accent) “sound like a Yank” and he didn’t sound like “an Aussie.” No one even brought up the fact that this robber wasn’t a local lad.

Okay, so they were all trying to keep away from a giant great white shark, but hey, his accent was pretty noticeable. I could not for the life of decide if he’d been living in Australia in real life and his accent was just the result or if he was trying to sound Australian.

Either way, it was a bit off putting.

Still, accent problems aside (as well as the fact that the film was obviously film for 3D, which I don’t have) the film did one thing very well, it entertained.

All the characters were pretty much two dimensional and for some reason that didn’t bother me. To be honest, to expect multi-layered characters in what was essentially a disaster film is being a bit foolhardy, not to mention optimistic. If you want depth, go watch Oliver’s King Hamlet.

Besides, if you’re going to keep killing your cast off,  just how deep do you want them to be?

The film looked great. The cinematography was crisp and looked so inviting that even after the tsunami hit, I wanted to head over there and throw a few more “shrimp on the barbie.”

I’d have to say that this was a 4 out of 5 stars just for the entertainment value (and the novelty) of sharks in a car park and a grocery store.

A fun film to watch.

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