OK, then. I sensed that'd be a dark backstory to eventually put all of this lollygagging into a more serious context, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be this intense.
Gekkostate was actually an extermination squad? Eureka was actually a mass-murdering stormtrooper? Her “children” are actually the orphans of innocents she murdered during what, by all appearances, appeared to be an ethnic cleansing? That all just pops the balloon we’ve been playing with up until now.
Look, this was actually a rather brilliantly-told episode. I re-watched the beginning to get a better understanding of why exactly Holland flips out on Renton like that, and the way they maintain suspense and subtly hint at the citywide firebombing that’s coming is truly deft. I mean, Renton’s enthusiasm about the unusually-primo “man made” canyons plays completely differently depending on what you know.
But… man… I can’t help but think that this revelation about Eureka went too far. No matter how winsomely she bats her eyes, now, I’m not sure if I can really sympathize with a love interest who, in sound mind, wasted whole towns of people. If she was killing noble rebels in combat? Fine. If she was doing this wet-work while brainwashed? Alright, that’d be a little better. I don’t know if this ickiness can even be washed away, even over the remaining 40 odd episodes.
Maybe Bones is just a cabal of diabolical geniuses when it comes to playing with expectations. They’ve lulled me into a false sense of pleasantry and made me see these Gekkostate champs as trifling slackers… then hit me with this nasty surprise (which matter-of-factly coincides with some long-overdue exposition.) Perhaps there's a lot more to this revelation that meets the eye? Perhaps I'll actually be doing a 360 on little Ms. Eureka instead of a 180?
Watch this episode, "Paper Moon Shine" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.