Season 1, Episode 6
Date of release: March 29, 2019 (Amazon Prime)
Well, wasn’t this a convenient episode for both Hanna and Erik. Both couldn’t have been more separated after the end of the Berlin arc, and Erik couldn’t have been more healthy after getting shot and being frozen still for a few hours to not only escape, but also take a quick jet to Britain and pick up Hanna, before Marissa’s guys were able to do so. It’s convenient that Erik was faster in getting to Britain than Marissa’s guys were, and it’s convenient that Marissa was so emotionally attached to Hanna during this episode, doing her best to keep her promise and protect Hanna until she is delivered to the people she works for. It’s convenient that Marissa didn’t turn into something of an ally here, just to make sure that the show still has a villain, after Erik turned out to be the hero again. And I was counting so much on Erik turning into a bad guy, and Marissa realizing what kind of evil she is working for. I was expecting for Marissa’s box of secrets to blow up in her face, like it did for Erik, and to start turning against her employers. Granted, that can still happen, especially with a second season in mind, but this episode might have been a perfect beginning for Marissa’s importance in the story, and her transformation from ruthless villain to conflicted ally.
And it’s pretty clear that Marissa isn’t the ruthless villain of the show. She kept her word when it comes to protecting Sophie’s family, and she was never bad or lying to Hanna while she was in her “custody.” In fact, I still believe that Marissa taking Hanna’s picture might not have been for the Utrax files, and instead just Marissa’s way of connecting with the kid, maybe really wanting to protect her, because she knows what’s coming for Hanna, and maybe this really was the beginning of Marissa’s transformation. It would definitely help her character and the show, because I cannot imagine that Marissa will always be evil — that would be boring after a while. Character development has to happen at one point.
So, Hanna spent all of the episode in Britain. She certainly comes around – Poland in the pilot, Morocco in the second episode, Berlin for most of the previous episodes, and now Britain. Which county or city is next, and how expensive must it have been to produce the show, now that it has gone through for different settings, barely being shot on a soundstage (if ever — at this point I can’t even tell if something was shot on a soundstage, although Erik’s freezer room looked like quickly assembled for the sake of saving some of the budget money). What a shame that she already had to leave Sophie again, because I wouldn’t have minded to see where the soapy story of Hanna sleeping with Anton would have gone, and how mad Sophie would have been about that in hindsight, considering she is just a teenager, and all her life is about is teenage stuff. Her turn into a worried best friend was a bit weird though, especially after Sophie looked like she was about to sell out Hanna to “Claire,” but then Sophie was pushing Tom to hit her, and all of a sudden I was floored by this angry family dynamic. They are about to fall apart, and they might have accelerated their fate, simply because Hanna was in their lives, and they got helplessly involved in a secret spy game. Now even more so, after Dan realized that Hanna’s birth place is blacked out by this episode’s version of Google Maps. Realistically speaking through, this would be the end of Sophie and her family. For Marissa, they are a threat, and for Hanna, they are a liability.
The evacuation scene at the end was pretty cool, in spite most of the action being camouflaged by the fact that the camera was distanced, that there were a lot of people walking by, and because Hanna and Erik couldn’t just have shot their way through. Still, seeing Hanna actively fighting her way through some of Jerome’s bulky guys, and even breaking some hands and necks with her legs gave me joy. It’s about time for Hanna to stop just letting things happen to her and fight for her life. She might need the experience of fighting people, if the writers ever thought about putting the Utrax kids against her, and all of a sudden it’s Hanna versus however many kids were part of the program in 2004.
By the way, it was a very chic reveal that the Utrax program was still active, and that Marissa was most likely duped herself back then. Maybe she killed the babies, but maybe she also didn’t know that the program was either bigger than was told to her, or there was a twin version of it running without her knowledge (which means Marissa taking Hanna’s picture was not for Utrax, but for herself). And considering how evil Jerome has been since he got introduced, I still think that it’s a good idea to create a violent confrontation between Marissa and Jerome over the Utrax program and how it must continue (his thoughts) or should never have been started in the first place (her opinion). Like I said multiple times already, Marissa is about to become an ally of sorts for Erik and Hanna, and it’s needed for the show to not have it be run of the mill by the second season.
Best part of the episode: The fact that Erik will never say “I might not be your father, but I was always your daddy” to Hanna, although he has any right to do so, and continue to act like her father, just to protect her. The guy went through pain to get back to Hanna. That’s love.
Worst part of the episode: Of course, Dan conveniently finds out a secret about Hanna, and of course he immediately needs to tell someone else. Plot conveniency, here we are.
Weirdest part of the episode: Jerome lets the “villains” live is really something he should think about not doing any longer. Dieter was still alive, and he gave the job of killing Erik to someone else. No wonder why he got his ass metaphorically kicked in this episode. Maybe Jerome should do his own killing from now on, so he won’t be surprised by the failure of a mission.
Player of the episode: Rhianne Barreto sold her character for me here. While I was a bit weirded out by Sophie’s change in opinion about Hanna, that scene where she went against her father and pushed him to hit her was strong.