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Helix Preview: “Cross-Pollination” [+ Exclusive Clip] 

Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy
Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

In “M. Domestica,” we don’t see Julia on the island 30 years in the future. Instead, we see her at Ilaria and with a few more allies than she thought she had. Balleseros is at least interested in having sex with her and may prove to be an ally outside the bedroom as well. Claire Wallenberg also proves valuable when she puts Julia in contact with Durant. But if this “renegade Immortal” is Michael, I’m certain Julia’s not going to like the work he’s been doing.

Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy
Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

On St. Germain, an outbreak — instigated by Amy and the tainted honey she has Landry put on some berries during Agnes’ wake — is wreaking havoc. So many are sick and when Olivia is allowed to escape her temporary prison, she convinces quite a few people that the CDC doctors are responsible for the disease. So not only do Alan and company have to watch their sick patients be ushered out of quarantine, but there’s nothing they can do about it if they want to stay alive.

I wonder if Amy’s the only person who believes Agnes died under suspicious circumstances. Michael’s come up with a story he thinks is credible and it’s clear that not many people are willing to challenge his authority and/or disbelieve whatever comes out of his mouth. But Amy knows Michael lied about being the only remaining Immortal. And she knows Agnes knowing that information put her life in danger. So when Amy asks Anne, who we learn is her mother, if she believes that Agnes (her grandmother) suffered a stroke, we know she’s testing Anne. She’s seeing if she can get her mother to stand with her against Michael. And with the planting ritual fast approaching, Amy has to escalate her plans. If she’s able to challenge Michael’s authority, maybe she won’t have to have sex with her father and bear him a daughter.

Can we talk about the planting ritual for a moment? First of all, the name is actually quite clever considering how disgusting (morally and otherwise) it is. Michael’s been planting his seed in generations of his daughters to try to “evolve” the humanity out of them, to create another Immortal through “natural” selection. Earlier this season I wondered if all the children on the island were fathered by Michael. Now, I guess we have our answer.

Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy
Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

Meanwhile, Peter is still stuck in the oubliette. Michael thinks he’s an Immortal as well, sent by Ilaria. Peter denies both charges, but Michael knows he’s still holding back. He decides Peter needs a little motivation to start talking, so he dumps a box of rats into the cage with him. When Michael returns later and Peter still doesn’t seem willing to share, he threatens to leave Peter down there for a year; Michael’s got time. Peter tries to get out of the box before sharing his intel, but Michael won’t be persuaded, so Peter tells Michael about Sarah’s immortal fetus. And if Michael knows something, so does Amy via Landry. So after Landry drugs Alan and prompts him to attack Sarah, I wonder if he’s doing it for Michael or for Amy.

Does Amy think implicating her own mother for the tainted honey will stop the planting ritual? I can understand why she’s upset, but is nothing sacred to her? Maybe she feels abandoned by her own mother, but the fact that she’s willing to turn on Anne like that tells us even more about the lengths Amy will go to to get her way. Part of me hopes she doesn’t usurp any more of Michael’s authority. He may not have everyone’s best interests at heart, but I really worry about the flock if Amy gains control.

Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy
Photo Credit: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

“Cross-Pollination” synopsis, from Syfy:

As the situation at the Abbey spirals out of control, Michael plans a mass suicide known as the Thinning. After Amy accuses Michael of plotting murder, she learns that Michael plans to use her as a baby-making factory to repopulate. While Alan and Kyle search for Jordan, Alan remembers through flashbacks that he performed a horrific surgery on her while he was drugged. Peter finds Anne down in the oubliette with him and bonds with her over being under appreciated. Meanwhile, Walker meets a 10-year-old immortal who informs her of Michael’s infertility project on St. Germain.

Helix airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy.

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