The farther that Star-Crossed veers away from the titular love story, the more interesting it gets.
Let’s bitch it out…
In “Dreamers Often Lie,” Roman (Matt Lanter) discovers that his dad is only human. Er…well, only Atrian as the case may be. As we learned at the end of last episode, Nox had an affair with Gloria (Victoria Platt) and fathered a half-human/half-Atrian child. While Roman does not yet know about his half-brother, after searching for answers about why his dad was using illegal technology, he discovers a map his father left behind. It is a map to Aljeedah, the oft believed mythical place where Atrians live off the grid away from the Sector. I had all these visions of this ethereal utopia surrounding this place…and then we learn it’s deep in the Bayou. There goes all my excitement, especially when we see the crocodile pop up. Woh woh.
So now Roman has a map to Aljeedah. Luckily, the contrived Atrian/human bonding experience o’ the episode allows him to follow it. You see, the integration program calls for the Atrian 7 to go shopping in the town square and play darts.
During the excursion, Roman breaks off and starts following his dad’s map. He lights three fires to summon the Atrians to come take him to Aljeedah. After waiting for hours, they don’t show up…but Gloria does. She tells him about her affair with Nox, but not the fact that he has a half-brother. After Roman leaves, the fashionably late Atrian boatman arrives (is anyone else getting flashbacks from reading the Aeneid in high school?). Gloria sends her son off to be protected from the Red Hawks.
Meanwhile, Drake (Greg Finley) and Teri (Chelsea Gilligan) use the visitation day to complete a Trag mission: bring the scary black ciper cube that burns people’s faces off to the Trag contact outside the sector. Drake proves to be more teenage boy than Atrian spy when he mistakes Taylor (Natalie Hall) for his contact, has an unhygienic quickie with her in a bar bathroom, and then immediately regrets it when he realizes she’s a…ewww….human.
I do, however, like where this relationship is going. First of all, Taylor is probably the most fun human on this show. Second, the relationship could prove interesting if it develops and gives Drake pause about wiping out the entire human race. That’s right, turns out the reason they needed the cube is to bury it with a dead Atrian (Office Beaumont!) to grow black ciper, which will kill all humans around. Drake goes along with it, but has the decency to look a little taken aback. Also, in a nice reveal, the Trag contact on the outside turns out to be Taylor’s ditsy BFF.
Over in B plot land – during which I began checking my email – the budding romance between Grayson (Grey Damon) and Emery (Aimee Teegarden) takes a detour when Grayson gets arrested for an Atrian hate crime he didn’t commit. They play amateur detectives and grow closer. Zzzzz.
- Poor Lukas’ (Titus Makin) love is destined to be unrequited. Turns out Sophia (Brina Palencia) is into…Taylor! I guess if you’re going to get rejected, “I’m a lesbian” is a pretty concrete reason.
What did you think? Are you excited to see what Aljeedah looks like? How badly do you think I misspelled that word? Are you glad Drake and Taylor got together? Sound off below!
Star-Crossed airs Mondays at 8pm EST on The CW