Extant Recap: Say, Do You Hear the Distant Drums?

Extant Season 1 Recap

A public service announcement, courtesy of this week’s Extant: When you hear an ominous thudding throughout your home, it may be caused by some sneakers tumbling against the walls of the clothes dryer. Or? The alien who’s taken the form of your dead boyfriend might be waiting for you in the kitchen. #themoreyouknow

Sadly for Molly and her asymmetrical haircut of WTF-is-going-on-here, Faux-cus’ appearance in the breakfast nook is the least disturbing development that takes place in the episode. Mysterious symbols branding themselves on her abdomen? A concern-causing brain scan? Hints that John and Julie maybe are more than humanich-building buds? Yeah, we got that.

Read on as we review “Extinct.”

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HELLO AGAIN | It’s the morning after Fox Mulder Harmon Kryger appeared to Molly and told her to trust no one. When the aforementioned troublesome tennis shoes rouse Molls from her slumber, she happily makes breakfast and has a conversation with John that I’m sure is very important but — hold up a second: Eggs that can stand on their own?! O brave new world that has such breakfast foods in it!

Anyway, the Woods discuss their plans for the day – Ethan has a birthday party at the Museum of Natural History, then he’ll meet Yasumoto at John’s lab, and then Molly and John will share a romantic lunch. Ethan overhears his mom mention “looking sharp” and asks what the idiom means; Molly gestures to John as she replies, “This is looking sharp.” Preach, honey!

All is well until Molly hears the drumbeats again, doubles over in pain and sees Faux-cus telling her, “It’s OK.” (Side note: It’s still not OK.) She passes out and hits the ground, and when Ethan finds her, a pattern of interlinked circles is raising itself in the general area of her womb. I just knew the International Olympic Committee wasn’t as benign as it seemed!

The pattern fades, Molly comes to and later – after Ethan wanders off at the museum party and worries that John will be mad – they agree to keep each other’s secrets from Dad.

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MOTHER LODE | But the number of things Molly is keeping from her man continue to pile up throughout the hour. First off, Harmon Kryger makes contact with her and confesses that he, too, saw dead people in space. As we watch in flashback, Kryger’s mom appears to him under similar circumstances to Molly’s (solar flare, computer shutdown) and can only repeat what he’s said to her/it. Kryger, crying, traps her in an airlock and flushes her into space.

But when Molly tries to access the footage of his mission, she’s locked out. She dislodges the chip that allows ISEA to track her, then hops in a car with Kryger, who whisks her away to the trailer where he now lives. Kryger says he told ISEA everything, and was branded as crazypants for his troubles. But Molly has sobering news for her sweaty, pasty former colleague: They both seem to be suffering from the same brain abnormalities… which she knows because she told Dr. Sam that Kryger’s not dead. (Side note: Molls, when Kryger told you not to trust anyone, what part of the sentence was unclear?)

Speaking of the good (or possibly nefarious-but-posing-as-a-pal) doc, she ushers Molly to a veterinary facility to give her an off-the-books ultrasound, which reveals that she’s got a 14-week-old, perfectly normal looking human bun baking in her oven. Still, Molly tells Sam, she can’t tell John yet. But she does make sure that Director Sparks knows that she’s expecting… and expecting him to cough up some answers about how it happened.

Sparks makes tracks to Yasumoto’s home, where the two men have yet another exchange that creates more questions than it answers. Sample dialogue:

YASUMOTO: “With Molly, there can be no doubt.”
SPARKS: “You think we found them?”
YASUMOTO: “I think they are already here.”

Want the scene to get weirder? Don’t worry; it does. Yasumoto references how “this all started with” Sparks’ daughter, and then we see that Femi Dodd – the board member who’s been causing trouble for John’s humanich project – is sleeping with her uber-powerful boss. Oh, and Yasumoto has a little box that tells him how much longer he has to live: 102 days.

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NO ASTRONAUT IS AN ISLAND | Let’s back up a second and examine the relationship between John and his co-worker, Julie. When she buys him coffee and can’t hide her disappointment when he doesn’t take it, that odor I smell isn’t the aroma of freshly brewed beans: It’s the scent of her like-liking him. My hypothesis is backed up when Molly drops Ethan by John’s fancy new lab, and her conversation with Julie is so stilted, it might as well be hovering above the dance of the clowns at Cirque du Soleil.

If I’m right, then Julie would be happy to know that Molly stands John up for their lunch, creating even more distance between them when she finally comes home and can’t tell him why she blew him off. He understands she needs time, he tells her, but she has to remember that she’s not going it alone anymore. It’s the perfect time for her to confess all… but we’ve got 11 episodes left, people!

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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21 Comments
  1. Definitely better than last week. Can we assume “They’re here” is NOT, in fact, a Poltergeist reference, but instead refers to whatever alien nation will try to make humans extinct? Are John and Julie part of this? Ans is the 120 days a reference to how long Yamimoto has before he goes back into that bed of goo from which we saw him emerge earlier? Did they send Molly up there because they KNEW Harmon had an encounter, and can we assume “they” are the ones that fathered her baby?

    Glad I wasn’t the only one to notice the eggs. :)

  2. dandihood says:

    Kimberly, you do a great job on these recaps, I feel I hardly need to watch the show. You are such a wit. Keep them coming!

  3. Dee says:

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    Julie is Meryl Streep’s daughter, huh?

    That mom was kind of scary looking. I wonder if she drowned.

  4. DebLG says:

    I am really enjoying this show. I also love the subtle nuances of the near(?) future – like the eggs and the shapes of the cars and even some of the clothes. It’s entertaining summer appointment television!

  5. Simon Jester says:

    Dearest Kimberly: Stop trying to make “Faux-cus” happen. Really.

  6. Annie says:

    Hey. I like her haircut. :/

  7. Pat says:

    Wow, Molly is nuts for telling the so call good doctor about Kryger and then tells Sparks about her pregnancy. Your right Kimberly, what part of the statement “Don’t Tell Anyone and Don’t Trust Anyone” did she not understand? I think the only one that she will be able to trust in the near future, will be her robot son.

  8. Grey says:

    It was interesting but am I the only one feeling that it’s moving a little slow? I like to think that I’m a patient person when it comes to good story telling and being able to wait for the big pay-off down the road but for some reason this show has me often glancing at the clock.

  9. Unsubstantiated character motivations, plot holes galore, this is heading to disaster-town and not in a good way. It’s got meh written all over it. Good effects though.

  10. Kathy says:

    I really enjoyed the show and look forward to seeing how all this plays out. And yeah, John and Julie and wife away 13 months – got a little close for comfort. The recap was perfect.

  11. cliff says:

    Very good/interesting cast here that should make this show pop. However, the plot is too muddled and as much as I want to get involved, I don’t think that I will stick with it long enough to figure things out. Something here just isn’t working…..I hope that it will catch my interest, but it has to happen REAL soon or I’m off to something else!

  12. The show is still boring with bad acting and writing. I love Halle Berry but the rest of the cast is completely forgettable

  13. Anabel Lee says:

    Such dreck!! I have the distinct feeling that nobody knows what is going to happen here including, and most especially, the writers. It’s going to be a program with no end, or “just mad up” end. I do not have confidence in the story line and so I am not going to waste my time.

  14. Djaye5 says:

    I didn’t expect to like the show and wasn’t planning on watching, but it doesn’t suck…yet. I do think it was irrational for Molly to tell her friend and boss that she’s expecting, but not her husband??? I’m afraid to like this show for the fear that it will go the way of 1) Almost Human (which I really liked) or 2) go ‘LOST’ or ‘Heroes’ on me. Don’t know that I want to invest too much time in it. The atmosphere is cool and the freaky eggs were nice, but don’t know that I want to go ‘all in’ just yet. Also, Under the Dome…my lord what a train wreck :)

  15. suzyku says:

    I haven’t watched episode 2 yet however episode 1 was really slow moving and left me with mixed emotions. We decided to DVR episode 2 and see if it improved at all. Jury is still out on this one for us.

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