It was really hard for me to even approach the TV again after going through PTSD from this week’s The Good Wife. But, as all warriors do, I powered through and got back in the saddle with Star-Crossed, a welcome reprieve from-let’s be honest-any deep emotional investment.
Let’s bitch it out…
When we open, tensions are high thanks to last episode’s Red Hawk terrorist explosion in the Atrian Sector. In creepy stalker fashion, a reporter intercepts Emery (Aimee Teegarden) on her run to ask her about Ciper. He caught her and Julia (Malese Jow) on tape discussing Julia’s miraculous discovery thanks to the Atrian plant. Since Emery won’t confirm his story, he makes her a deal: she has 48 hours to give him an even bigger story about the Atrians, or he’ll tell the world about Ciper.
Though the obvious solution would be to give up the information that Grayson’s (Grey Damon) parents are the leaders of the Red Hawks, Emery rejects this to avoid hurting him. Instead, she has Julia help her find alternative solutions (sort of useless but gives Julia some fun spy scenes). Unfortunately, in the end, Emery unwittingly gives up Grayson’s mom when the woman shows up at a Red Hawks meeting that Emery led the reporter to. Not only does Grayson’s mom announce she’s the Red Hawk leader, she also confirms she is behind the violent attacks and is gathering more explosives for bigger hits. Oops!
Before all this goes down, Grayson’s parents host a Charity Ball for the Atrian and human students (Side note: if I got to dress up and go to half as many balls/Founder’s Day festivals/Carnivals as the teens on The CW, I would have LOVED high school). During the Charity Ball – aka cheap photo op in which Atrian students are “paraded around like a bunch of monkeys” – Drake (Greg Finley) and Zoe (Dora Madison Burge) receive a Trag mission: capture Grayson so the Trags can hold him hostage in return for the imprisoned Atrians. When Roman (Matt Lanter) intervenes, he’s able to save Grayson but Drake and Roman are left with a pissed off Zoe who is sure to come back and exact revenge in the near future.
The most frustrating – and the best part of this episode – is the revisiting of the Roman/Emery relationship, which reminds us why we’re supposed to care. During their confrontation about Emery not telling Roman who the Red Hawk Leaders are, Emery accuses him of ignoring her and he grabs her face and promises he’s doing this to protect her. “I would give you everything, just not now.” I’m sure I heard the squeals of teenage girls across the street at that moment. Unfortunately, you can’t have “star-crossed lovers” without the “star-crossed” part, so by the end of the episode, they’ve read each other’s signals and we’re back to square one. Le sigh…
- Is it me or does Roman’s tattoo get bigger every episode? It looks like it’s about to swallow his neck.
- 100 points for Taylor (Natalie Hall) and the major shade she throws Drake at the Charity Ball. If only she had stuck to her guns before trying to show him the bedrooms upstairs (oh Taylor…).
- Something is going on with the hot biology teacher who slept with the reporter for information on Ciper. Man, talk about taking one for the team…
What did you think? Are you ready to see Drake and Roman battle the Trags? What do you think is going on with that biology teacher? Sound off below!
Star-Crossed airs Mondays at 8pm EST on The CW