The Messengers: 1.5 “Eye in the Skye” Review

This time, on The Messengers—*insert epically cheesy Joshua-voiceover that totally seems to forget that the Devil was the star that fell and turned them into the Angels of the...

This time, on The Messengers—*insert epically cheesy Joshua-voiceover that totally seems to forget that the Devil was the star that fell and turned them into the Angels of the Apocalypse*—we have the beginning of the search for Pestilence.

Which isn’t a pandemic.

And, this might be the first actually original thing that The Messengers has ever done.

SHOCKED. I’M SHOCKED, I SAY.

So, why should the Horseman of Pestilence actually be—ya know—a literal Pestilence? Why not a computer virus? Take out banks which takes out local economies which takes out countries and their economies which takes out the interconnected world economy, and there’s a pretty decent economically-induced pestilence—especially if Pestilence is supposed to precede Famine.

Good on y’all. This is actually really smart.

Mind, this episode was written by Matt Pitts who wrote for both Revolution and Fringe, so it’s probably helping The Messengers to have some stronger writing talent doing the thing.

Yet, as much as “Eye in the Sky” is about figuring out who Pestilence is, that’s really not what takes up the main action of the episode. Mostly, it’s all about Amy’s birthday (and dealing with Ronnie who’s come out of the woodwork with the help of the Devil in order to abduct Amy back from Erin), and Joshua’s inability to vision.

Really, Raul and Joshua trying to unblock Joshua so the visions are vision-y is kinda ridiculous.

There’s also Rose and Vera being kinda buddy-buddy in weird ways, and Peter being all smitten at Nadia while Nadia is seven-figures of done with everything.

(I’m with Nadia because this sitting around is getting everyone exactly nowhere.)

So, yeah, the episode is basically the Devil moving people like chess pieces so that Ronnie re-abducts Amy.

It honestly feels like the entire Pestilence part of this episode is an afterthought—a well-done afterthought but an afterthought.

However, there is a new development in regards to how the Horsemen function, and one that, again, says that the writers have no control of their narrative (which, let’s be honest, has only ever worked for Charles Brockden Brown).

Evidently, Richards knew she was the Horseman of War. And, like, is aware of previous incarnations of the Horsemen that have failed.

THIS SHOW NEEDS TO DECIDE IF IT’S CALVINIST OR FREE WILL DETERMINED. Y’all can’t have it both ways.

The Devil is also out and about doing Richards’ bidding.

We also learn that the last time the Devil tried for a Rapture that they almost made it to the Seventh Seal—although, what all the Seals are, we really don’t know. All we know is that Horsemen are Seals. *hands*

Just—this actually doesn’t remotely match the first four episodes of The Messengers, and in fact, means that the game that the Messengers and the Horsemen are playing is vastly skewed towards the Horsemen’s side.

I’ve never understood why God in these sorts of things allows everything to be so—uneven. It’s bad enough that THIS IS ALL A TEST is somehow okay, but to make the test so completely unfair is just cruel.

It’s Lucky You Picked Us.:

  • Why is the apocalypse centered around Texas? I mean, Texas is kinda generally awful, but why is the apocalypse centered around Texas?
  • Seriously, someone explain to me how they all just have Y’all cannot suspension-of-disbelief this kinda thing away.
  • Also, they have hot water. And, the capability for making pancakes, which means electricity or gas. And, TV. And, wifi. Just—???????
  • Let’s bring back Erin’s abusive husband on Amy’s birthday. Yay! /sarcasm
  • But, pancakes.
  • Okay, here’s the thing. Ronnie’s a cop. Erin’s still using her same cellphone. Erin basically kidnapped her daughter. Why did Ronnie need the Devil to lead him to Erin?
  • Also, WHY HAVEN’T THE FREAKIN’ COPS FOUND THEM YET.
  • This show has no logic and does not actually function like an actual world.
  • Mason Dakota (Jonathan Joss; Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill, and Comanche Moon)? Spiritual shaman? ARE WE REALLY DOING THIS, SHOW?!?!?
  • But, we have a Native actor portraying a Native character because Jonathan Joss is of Comanche and White Mountain Apache descent.
  • Now, if we could just have less racist portrayals of Native characters~.
  • I do like Raul and Joshua’s ridiculous friendship. It’s just so completely weird.
  • The Devil certainly gets around. Evidently, he can teleport?
  • So—I’m not sure how I feel about the portrayal of Eliza? Like—quick-fix for mental health issues because ~God~????? Not cool or responsible, Show.
  • Does everyone in the neighborhood just assume the foreclosed-upon-house has seven wacky new tenants? Do they think it’s some kind of social experiment? A new iteration of The Real World?
  • “The devil’s still out there, and he’ll do anything to get inside our heads.” Well, it might help if you told everyone what he looks like, Rose. IT WOULD CERTAINLY KEEP Y’ALL FROM FAILING FOR HIS TRICKS EVERY TIME, DON’T YA THINK.
  • (Unless, he’s body hopping, but it’s never been portrayed like he’s body-hopping. More, like the Devil’s playing dress-up.)
  • As much as there’s a YAY, WOMAN FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, it’s really unsettling that The Messengers is presenting that the only way a woman could be Secretary of Defense is if the Devil helped her. Just—really?
  • I’m actually so here for an exploration of the Devil and God’s relationship because, if there’s one thing you learn from studying biblical mythology, it’s that God is a capricious, fickle asshat that manipulates everyone for His own ends and that the Devil’s cardinal sin was that he couldn’t disobey God in order to follow a conflicting order.
  • The Devil empathizing with Erin and Amy is creepy and kinda adorable. Who else would he be able to understand than an abused woman and her daughter who are frightened of an abusive father? And, what does it say that the Devil is the one who understands when so much of the world doesn’t?
  • Of course, it’s a ploy, but there was sincerity there too.
  • Yay for wildcard!Nadia.
  • Nadia can totally use a gun.
  • “I saved a life.” Ugh, I’m gonna hork.
  • Erin saving Ronnie (because Amy) is kinda—way to survive your abusive ex. That’s some big-hearted gonna-bite-you-in-the-butt-later-ness there.
  • (Not that Erin should have let Ronnie die, but still, there’s going to be a problem with Ronnie later.)
  • Joshua gets ridiculously good cell coverage. Must be the visions.
  • So—what does the Devil actually get out of the Rapture? Because that’s the beginning of the end for him, so why would he actually want the Rapture to happen?
  • Well, at least we have some explanation as to why no one—including Amy—is chuffed that she isn’t in school. She’d already been pulled out of school because Ronnie is epically paranoid.
  • Of course, this doesn’t explain why no one has reported Nadia Or, truant. Or—whatever.
  • I’m just going to sit over here and laugh forever.
  • And, ABADDON’s symbol is a graffiti cockroach with a skull. Just—LEAVE ME HERE TO DIE FROM THIS RIDICULOUSNESS.
  • Raul saying to Joshua that with their luck one of their ex-whatevers will end up being a Horseman, and then we have Joshua’s dad, wife, Nadia’s mum Gabriella, and Ronnie all in the episode. If they’re not telegraphing that eventuality, I will be very disappointed.
  • Gonna put this out there, but if the Devil really wants the Angels of the Apocalypse dead (which I’m not sure that he actually does?), why not just get some lackey to blow up The Last Supper Bar & Grill?
  • Finally, the last Angel of the Apocalypse Koa Lin (Jessica Van; The Real Housewives of Horror, , and It! People) is in play. Yay! Her gift? Polymorph. Which is funny because kaolin is clay.
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