Stop me if I’m getting this wrong…
So Contractors are random people whoget random powers depending on their random exposure to other side of Hell’s Gate. On one level, their powers are like country club membership. That is, Contractors’ children are guaranteed to have similar powers and the nefarious people in this show thus tried to create better contractors through all that gross forced in-breeding. Contractors themselves can either degenerate into Moratoriums who have no control over their powers or Dolls (or Mediums? It wasn’t quite clear) who have greater mastery over said powers. Hei’s one of those Dolls (or Mediums) because he’s got a bad ass power level than can just wreck other Contractors.
The significance of the term “Contractor” gets explained a little here but, again, I’ll confess to maybe not comprehending it fully. So, in exchange for getting powers, they’re running the risk of possibly turning into a Moratorium and hurting themselves and the ones they love? Is that right? I still feel like there needs to be somebody they’re making the contract with.
But still, c'mon, Moratorium seems like an ill-fitting, possibly mis-translated name, even for a sci-fi show that’s repurposing terms. Unless the moratorium is supposed to be on control, I don’t really see how it fits. You’d figure the Contractors would be in a powerless, vegetative state with that name.
DARKER THAN BLACK definitely earns the ol’ TV-MA rating with this episode. The burnin’ and immolatin’ of innocent bystanders! The slicin’ and dicin’ of good cops! The stabbin’ and stranglin’ of evil contractors! The... tender reunion and separation of father and daughter? Judging by precedence, we’re never going to see any kissing in this show (even with such a “hot” underage girl like Mai) but the sanguinity will certainly be coming in all the blood. I feel like that's only just started to flow.
Watch this episode “A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky… (Part 2)” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.