|"I just want to know... Where did you get that coat?"|
"What have you got against Vega?" a guard demands whilst kicking Alex in the ribs*. The irony is too delicious.
Meanwhile, a senator takes Alan Dale and Evil Giles hostage, demanding to meet with the Chosen One. This provides a chilling view of the future, as Claire and William step up to assume their fathers' mantles and fail to convince as leaders at all, basically leaving the ball in Sexy Lady Senator's court.
Speaking of Sexy Lady Senator, she gets some dimension, nicking the sword fragment from Michael's wound to analyse (unless that was Pseudosapphic Diplomat; it was dark.) Michael himself is healed with an angel feather and then runs into his sister Uriel, a higher angel apparently intent on playing Michael and Gabriel off against one another. Uriel may or may not have been the one who healed him; I wasn't sure.
"You've fought before, but never like this!" she accuses them, apparently having missed that time in the movie where they basically killed each other.
Oh, and you know how I predicted orphan waif would be sacrificed around Episode 5? Does the end of 4 count?
'The Flood' is an aptly named episode, not for the attempted flooding of the farming towers but for the absolute deluge of character development. Alex goes from total rejection to pretty much full acceptance of the Chosen One role, a development which might have benefited from a whole episode in solitary and perhaps some visions to externalise the internal conflict. It would also have helped not to be sharing screen time with the introduction of Senator Frost (he's been in before, but his importance was not previously made clear) and Uriel.
On the plus side, with pretty much all of the character development out of the way, next week may settle into plot and action mode.
* As a note, I'm not rechecking my quotes, so they may not be spot on and also the guard may actually have been punching or slapping him or something.