Flashback opener! To a young Alex and his now dead father, Jeep (are we really going with that as a name? Jeep? Was his brother Humvee and his sister Land Rover?) being all bondy when creepy skitter angels attack (8-Balls I guess. And they do a really good job with that creepy skitter crawl). Jeep looks all badass while the camera focuses on his improbably beautiful blue/green eyes (yes, I’m shallow, sue me). Alex runs inside to get a gun while Jeep continues to badass slaughter everything (we also learn 8 Balls can imitate voices). It ends with a super angsty “I’ll never leave you”.
Which of course he did so it’s to adult Alex, Jeep’s funeral and a metrick fuckton of angst. And they can’t even have a funeral ceremony without mentioning the chosen one. This sends Alex into even more angst, trying to rub off his tattoos and generally being sad.
The council of senators/consuls/it seems to change meets to discuss getting the power back on since half their defences are down without the main reactor. Whele’s little stunt with the 8-Ball has also kind of backfired, no-one’s impressed. Whele tries to spin it, not very successfully unfortunately, General Riesen is too damn noble and speaks up in Whele’s defence.
When they’re alone there seems to be some pragmatism to his decision – he’s not impressed by Whele but Whele pretty much keeps the whole city running. To more business – they fear religious fervour caused by the Chosen One so want to take steps to stop the news getting out. These steps include rounding up everyone who was there to see it and feeding them to Whele’s pet lion.
Alex decides to see Clare in the middle of the night, while drunk which is definitely questioned by Noma (a fellow soldier and his friend) who promptly puts him in an arm lock before Clare oks it. He wants to run off, Clare thinks everything is wonderful because he’s the Chosen One and can save them all. Yeah, Alex isn’t actually that much of a fan of saving Vega – a city that abandoned him to become a low class V1 when his dad left. And, no, he didn’t become a soldier out of any lofty ambition to protect the city as Clare thinks, he became a soldier so he could eat.
He calls her a spoiled princess, she throws back ugly drunk. I think the former is more powerful. She kicks him out.
Over to the bad guys – Gabriel is having a huge party with all his angels doing their own funeral thing which involves preserving the dead in goo. He’s distracted by something so leaves the 8-Balls to enjoy their bodies – and have an orgy. That distraction if Michael deploying the Archangel signal. Gabriel and Michael talk, basically expositioning the motives: Gabriel thinks god ran off because Earth was a failure and he didn’t want to destroy it himself while Michael thinks Gabriel is jealous that god loved mankind more than angels. Gabriel rants on about how terribad humanity is and maybe daddy will come back when they’re gone. Yes, this show needs more daddy issues. Gabriel also drops the knowledge that he knows about the Chosen One
The Helena embassy is all in prison and Arika is getting blamed for it all because she had sex with Whele. Vega has humiliated the women by taking their Hykas – long robes they wear.