Shapeshifters and Spiritual Stones and String Theory, oh my. Oh and wormholes. Can’t forget the massive wormholes.
The Aftermath season finale ends with the world…avoiding the meteor rocks plummeting towards it thanks to the brainy trio of Josh, Dana and Moondog as well as an epic sacrifice from Karen.
I’m not sure if there’s going to be a second season, but if there is, I am hoping we’ll find out where Karen landed and how her family is going to rescue her.
There are multiple dimensions, after all.
All season long, Karen’s been the protective one. She’s been in a few scrapes. I mean, she survived a volcano erupting all over her and a crazy psycho nurse woman who stuffs human patients. What’s getting sucked into an alternate dimension? For Karen, it’s no big deal.
To tell the story of the finale, I am going to use some of the episode’s more memorable quotes.
Brianna: If I find you and you’re not dead, I’m going to be pissed off!
While Karen’s on her spiritual mecca and Josh/Dana useÂ their smarts to come up with a save-the-day solution (in two hours or less), there needed to be something for Matt and Brianna to do. Their mission: to search for Matt’s insta-girlfriend, Sarah. Of course, this involves shapeshifters. We had to have one more encounter with these supernatural beings before the season wrapped up, right?
When Matt forces Brianna to make a pit stop so he can take care of business, he disappears. When Brianna tracks down her bro, he’s with Sarah. Only it isn’t really Matt. It’s Shifter!Matt. He’s pretty scary but you can tell Brianna is suspicious almost right away.
Just when Shifter!Matt has Brianna cornered, OG Matt saves the day. And what follows isÂ an awkward conversation between Matt and Sarah about their respective ‘shifter doppelgangers. The one about what they did while spending timeÂ with the fake version of each other. Actually, Matt figured it out quickly. Sarah? Not so much. She was fooled but good.
However, the bad news is the ‘shifters have evolved. They are smarter and more cunning, which makes themÂ more able to pass for human. And given more time, they’ll be unkillable. Scary thought, right?
Moondog: Usually when I say something, it turns out to be right.
The concept of Josh’s Adept-ness comesÂ up again. It really seems like he was meant to meet Moondog. Because Moondog knows things are right scientifically.
“People like us, when we know something, man, we just know it.”
Josh is more sure of himself when it comes to the faith/mythical side of things. He knows the religious prophecies and theories and mythological creatures hands down. He’s the yin to Moondog’s yang. Or is it the other way around? I don’t really know.
I want to know Dana’s deal. Is she an Adept? Could this Adept thing be genetic? Or is she just super smart? Because everything she’s deduced, she’s sounded so damn sure. Josh and Moondog are lucky to have her around. With her help, they’re able to figure out they need Gloria Douglas’ (Leslie Hope) computer cards. FYI…Gloria was also an Adept.
Moondog: She’s a killer and a deep thinker.
It was actually a joy to listen to the brainy trio ramble on and work this impending doom thing out. In my opinion, Dana’s the MVP — not only did she bring just as much (or even more) to the science table, she also savesÂ her dad and Moondog’s lives by shooting someone named JunkMan in the butt. #shewinseverything
Dana: All this stuff the meteors, the skinwalkers, they’re all just different aspects of one truth.
Dana, Josh and Moondog: The One is Many and the Many are One.
This part is above my pay grade for sure, but more scientific conversation concludes that what’s going on right now are these different dimensions colliding. That’s why shapeshifters and other supernatural beings are currently walking this plane of existence and notÂ in their own universes where they belong.
The end of the world is not
Gloria’s old time computer cards resultÂ in “The End of the World is Not” printed out over and over and over again. Josh realizes it isn’t an incomplete sentence. What he figures out is that the world wasn’t truly going to end. Of course, he has religious and spiritual myths and theories to back his hypothesis up. But this deduction at least provides some semblance of hope here.
Mindtrip Waitress: You are the price for what you want
When Karen decides to go after her kids, Moondog directs her to make a stop at a deserted diner named Delphi. This is where she undergoes yet another psychedelic…incident. It’s so funny that this keeps happening to her. It’s so not her, but maybe that’s the point.
She ends up using that special stone that currently serves as a necklace. It’s a key to a sort of spiritual pinball machine (yes, this show can be so cray cray sometimes). After inserting the key, she finds out some sort of prophecy that tells her anything she needs to know the most.
As soon as I hear the words, “You are the price for what you want,” I knew Karen was going to sacrifice herself in some way or fashion in order to save her family and everyone. She has a severe savior complex, if you haven’t noticed.
That pinball wizard trip really messes with Karen. She’s sitting in the middle of the road when her kids find her. Matt has to pick her up and carry her back to the car.
Dana: Two more waves coming and we can still find her.
So remember last week when Brianna saved Dana who was possessed by that skinwalker? Brianna decided to reverse the current from the Tesla tower after she fried Dana (which released the skinwalker most painfully) and then zapped said skinwalker out of existence.
Well, to get the wormholes to appear, they do the reverse electricity thing. But they have to do it x 1000. This way, theÂ wormholes get pulled into the vicinityÂ and, in turn, they’ll suck the rocks out of this dimension. Everything goes well, until it doesn’t.
That’s when Karen takesÂ it upon herself to do the righteous thing. She fixes the circuit and, in the process, she gets sucked into one of them there wormholes. Josh’s anguished yell for his wife is heartbreaking. Matt, on the other hand, is a bit of a buzzkill when he quickly concludes his mom is dead.
I’m #TeamDana because according to her, her mom’s not dead. She’s just gone and she can be found. Did Karen end up in the same dimension where the residents of Seattle got sucked into? Or somewhere else?
We’ll see…as long as there’s a second season. And I hope someone made a gif of Karen getting sucked up into the wormhole. If you find one, let me know.
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